Increased 60,000 Point Southwest Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus!

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The Southwest Companion Pass has been a hot topic in the miles and points world in the last few weeks, both because the best time to earn it is as early in the year as possible, and also because of the impending change to what types of points will count towards the 110,000 points needed in a calendar year to earn the pass. As you may have heard, beginning March 31, 2017, transfers into Rapid Rewards from hotel partners like Marriott, Hyatt, and more will no longer count towards the points needed to earn the Companion Pass.


However, hotel bonus points aren’t the only non-flying route to the Southwest Companion Pass. Sign-up bonus points from the Chase Southwest co-branded credit cards have been counting for years, and are still counting as of now with no announced change to that process. There are currently three different co-branded Chase Southwest credit cards, and one of them now has an increased sign-up bonus of 60,000 points!


Via Doctor of Credit, the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business Credit Card from Chase (not an affiliate link, information not supplied from Chase) is offering 60,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account, which is higher than the normal increased level of 50,000 points.

The other two co-branded Southwest cards, the Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card and the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card, both currently have 50,000 point sign-up bonuses after hitting the spending requirements. You could potentially get one of those and the 60,000 point business card to get you to the needed 110,000 points to earn the Companion Pass.

Alternatively, as long as you complete the transfer before the end of March 2017, you could get the 60,000 point Premier Business Southwest Card sign-up bonus and also do a Marriott Hotel + Air Package that includes 50,000 Southwest points and 7 nights in a Category 1 – 5 Marriott property for 200,000 Marriott Points, or roughly 66,667 points transferred to Marriott from SPG. Those two actions combined would be enough to get you the Southwest Companion Pass for the rest of 2017 and all of 2018.

Note that there is a $99 annual fee for the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business Credit Card, 5/24 does seem to apply, and the terms and conditions for the credit card indicate that “This product is available to you if you do not have this card and have not received a new Cardmember bonus for this card in the past 24 months.”

Even if you aren’t interested in earning the Companion Pass, 60,000 Rapid Reward points can be worth $850 towards Southwest Wanna Get Away award travel, so this isn’t a bad offer for anyone who utilizes Southwest!

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  1. I just have a quick question….

    What do you think the % of people that read your blog, or any miles blog for that matter, are under the 5/24 chase rule? I bet its under 20% of readers, more like 10%. So, in saying that, its almost redundant to write blogs like this, unless you are obviously looking for referrals/making money from links.

    I have read your blog for a few years now, and to see where you started to where you have come too, sad….you were one of the best family bloggers, now I almost never read anymore.

    • Sorry to hear you almost never read the site now, but glad to hear you liked it at some point. To be clear though, I get no referral credits of any kind for this card, so no personal benefit to me on this one at all. I actually used to write about rewards cards probably much more at some points in the past than I do currently. I also am personally below 5/24, as is every member of my family, most of my friends, etc. so I don’t think 10 – 20% is an accurate guess for the percentage under 5/24 on this site, though certainly not everyone is, and I wasn’t until last month. Still, I purposefully got below 5/24 because of an offer I wanted, so I think it is worth being in the loop on what is out there even if you are above 5/24. If I had to guess, I would guess that only 10- 20% of my readers are above 5/24 and will continue to be “forever”. Most are either under 5/24, or could be if they choose to be at some point to be able to pull the trigger on offers like this one, the 100k CSR, etc. I understand your 5/24 frustration, but blaming me covering things like a 60k Southwest offer on referral credit or $$$ is off target.

  2. Nice response Mommy Points! FirstClassTraveler is anything but first class based on their comment, but it’s the Internet.

    I’ve been a travel blog reader, including this one, for many years. The 5/24 rule is a huge road block for many people, but one must simply learn how to manage that and be patient when applying for cards if over the 5/24. I’ve found myself over 5/24 and it has prevented me from applying for cards like the Reserved, but you have to move on. It hasn’t prevented me from continuing to use cards like Amex SPG, Citi Prestige, multiple AA cards, Chase Ink, Chase Freedom, Chase Sapphire.

    The Companion Pass is something that is very important to me and my fiancee and I have each earned it and made the other the Companion over the past four years. Thanks to you notifying me of this 60,000 point offer I double checked if any cards have fallen off my credit report from 24 months (thanks to a previous blog entry you provided detailing how to look into this on Credit Karma) and determined I could apply for the Business Premier card.

    After applying, receiving an email to call up Chase with a reference number and chatting with an agent for three minutes I was approved! 60,000 points closer baby!

    Keep up the great work.

  3. Summer, please keep up your educational blogging – there’s always more to learn. I was denied for CSR last August cuz I was right at 5/24. If I’d known 18 months ago what I know now, I’d have gotten the business version instead of the personal version of one of my 5 cards; I’d then have been at 4/24 and probably would have been approved for CSR.

  4. I just applied and was approved for the Chase Sapphire Reserve but am considering getting the Chase Southwest Business and Chase Southwest Personal to qualify for the Companion Pass. How long do you think the Business card 60k offer will be active?

    I think I can apply for the business card now. Other than the Reserve, I haven’t applied for a credit card in the past 2 years. And would you recommend I wait 90 days from my Reserve application to apply for the Southwest Personal card?

  5. I hope to do the companion pass in 2018/2019, applying for southwest cards towards the end of the year. Do you think the 60K bonus will show up again this year?

    • Julie, I think it is actually available now, though your guess is as good as mine on when it will appear again. It certainly could later in the year, though!

      • Do you remember how long the one lasted that this post was about from Jan? I got approved for Premier personal and would like to do the business too, though I was thinking of waiting ’till maybe 1-3 weeks later to try for it so it would give me more time to meet spending requirements but didn’t want to miss the chance. Thanks!

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