Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card

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The Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card

All information related to this card was collected independently by Frequent Floaters and was neither provided nor reviewed by the card issuer.< Current Welcome Offer: Earn a Companion Pass good through February 28, 2025, plus 30,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 in eligible purchases within three (3) months of being approved for card membership. This offer expires on March 11, 2024. Learn here how to apply.

Card Type: Visa

What Kind of Points/Miles the Card Earns: Southwest Rapid Rewards points

Annual Fee: $149

Foreign Transaction Fees: $0

Points Earnings:

  • 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

Southwest Travel Benefits

  • Enjoy four (4) upgraded boardings (boarding positions A1-A15) per year when available.

Passengers stand in their Southwest Airlines boarding groups at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose SJC Airport.Quick Take

This card is worth holding if you fly Southwest several times each year. The A1-A15 boardings alone are fantastic if you regularly take long flights: they give you a better shot at scoring a bulkhead or exit row seat. The 7,500 bonus points (starting year two) and $75 annual travel credit offset a chunk of the annual fee.

Points earning-wise, it’s fine. To be honest, a better strategy is earning points on a Chase Ultimate Rewards card — while using the Rapid Rewards Priority® card for the Southwest benefits. Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer to Southwest Rapid Rewards.

Fine print, per Chase: “(This product is) available to you if you do not have a current Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Card and have not received a new Cardmember bonus within the last 24 months. This does not apply to Business Card and Employee Credit Card products.”

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