Southwest Airlines Credit Card Offers

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Here are the current offers for the co-branded Southwest Airlines credit cards.

All three cards feature the same points earnings structure:

  • 3X on Southwest Airlines purchases
  • 2X on Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partner purchases.
  • 2X on local transit and commuting, including rideshare
  • 2X on internet, cable, and phone services
  • 2X on select streaming
  • 1X on all other eligible purchases

Each also gives cardholders 10,000 Companion Pass qualifying points boost each year and 25% back on Southwest inflight purchases.

Their various perks, features, and annual fees are the major differences.

Unless you really want it, I wouldn’t waste my time with the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit CardIt carries a foreign transaction fee That’s right: a credit card for an airline that flies to destinations outside the United States smacks you for foreign purchases.

Honestly, I’d go for at least the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card. My favorite of the three is the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card because its $149 fee packs a pretty big punch:

  • Receive 7,500 bonus points each year upon card renewal (starting the second year of card membership)
  • $75 Southwest travel credit each year.
  • Unlimited Tier Qualifying Points (TQPs)
    • Earn 1,500 TQPs toward A-List status for every $10,000 you spend on the card. There is no limit on the number of TQPs you can earn!
  • Enjoy four (4) upgraded boardings (boarding positions A1-A15) per year when available.

The 7,500 bonus points and $75 travel credit pretty much make up for most of the annual fee. I also really like the A1-A15 boarding positions. Those alone can make your trip more comfortable if they score you an exit row or bulkhead seat.

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Here’s a look at all three cards:

Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card

  • 3X on Southwest Airlines purchases
  • 2X on Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partner purchases.
  • 2X on local transit and commuting, including rideshare
  • 2X on internet, cable, and phone services
  • 2X on select streaming
  • 1X on all other eligible purchases
  • Other Card Earnings and Bonuses
  • 10,000 Companion Pass qualifying points boost each year
  • Receive 7,500 bonus points each year upon card renewal (starting the second year of card membership)
  • $75 Southwest travel credit each year.
  • Unlimited Tier Qualifying Points (TQPs)
    • Earn 1,500 TQPs toward A-List status for every $10,000 you spend on the card. There is no limit on the number of TQPs you can earn!
  • 25% back on Southwest inflight purchases
  • Enjoy four (4) upgraded boardings (boarding positions A1-A15) per year when available.
  • No blackout dates or seat restrictions.
  • $149 annual fee.
  • Read more and learn here how to apply for the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card

Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card

  • 3X on Southwest Airlines purchases
  • 2X on Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partner purchases.
  • 2X on local transit and commuting, including rideshare
  • 2X on internet, cable, and phone services
  • 2X on select streaming
  • 1X on all other eligible purchases
  • Other Card Earnings and Bonuses
  • 10,000 Companion Pass qualifying points boost each year
  • Receive 6,000 bonus points each year upon card renewal (starting the second year of card membership)
  • Unlimited Tier Qualifying Points (TQPs)
    • Earn 1,500 TQPs toward A-List status for every $10,000 you spend on the card. There is no limit on the number of TQPs you can earn!
  • 25% back on Southwest inflight purchases
  • Two (2) Early Bird Check-Ins each year
  • No blackout dates or seat restrictions.
  • $99 annual fee.
  • Read more and learn here how to apply for the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card

Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card

  • 3X on Southwest Airlines purchases
  • 2X on Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partner purchases.
  • 2X on local transit and commuting, including rideshare
  • 2X on internet, cable, and phone services
  • 2X on select streaming
  • 1X on all other eligible purchases
  • Other Card Earnings and Bonuses
  • 10,000 Companion Pass qualifying points boost each year
  • Receive 3,000 bonus points each year upon card renewal (starting the second year of card membership)
  • Charges foreign transaction fees
  • 25% back on Southwest inflight purchases
  • Two (2) Early Bird Check-Ins each year
  • No blackout dates or seat restrictions.
  • $99 annual fee.
  • Read more and learn here how to apply for the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card
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Chris Carley
Chris Carley
Chris, in addition to running EyeoftheFlyer.com, is a travel, points, miles, and credit card aficiando. He can teach us how to leverage points to make one unimaginable cruise not just attainable but affordable. Why not fly and stay for free before the cruise — which you’ll pay for with points?

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