Posted by Chuck on October 17, 2019
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Published on October 17th, 2019 | by Chuck

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[Expired] [Update] New Card Review: Chase Southwest Performance Business Card with 80,000 Points Signup Bonus and $199 Annual Fee

Update 10/17/19: This link is still showing the 80k bonus.  I’d recommend signing up now if you’re at all interested in this offer. Might be a good idea given the companion pass will cost 125,000 points.

Update 8/10/19: See this post 4 Southwest Credit Card Bonuses Slated To End on October 16th.

Update 8/19/19: Just a quick update: this signup offer should be around until 10/16/19, as per a Facebook ad which is showing. See image here (hat tip to reader Alex). A lot of people were interested in knowing if this would be around near the end of the year for Companion Pass timing purposes. Given the 10/16/19 end-date showing, that should work perfectly. Just make sure the signup bonus points don’t post until January so that it’ll count toward the 2020-2021 Pass.

Chase Southwest Performance Business Card

Direct Signup Link   | Press Release

As rumored, Chase has launched a new Southwest business card, a premium version of the Southwest Premier business card. The new card has a highest-ever signup bonus for a Southwest card:

  • Earn 80,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points when you get approved for the Chase Southwest Performance business credit card and spend $5,000 within 3 months.

This new Cardmember bonus offer is not available to either (i) current Cardmembers of this business credit card, or (ii) previous Cardmembers of this business credit card who received a new Cardmember bonus for this business credit card within the last 24 months.

Card Basics

Card earns at the following rates:

  • 3x Southwest points per $1 spent on Southwest and Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partner purchases
  • 2x Soutwest points per $1 spent on purchases in the following rewards categories: social media and search engine advertising; internet, cable, and phone services
  • 1x Southwest points per $1 spent on all other purchases

Other Details:

  • $199 annual fee (not waived first year)
  • Four upgrade boardings per year when available
    • Every anniversary year you will be reimbursed for the purchase of 4 upgraded boardings. Upgraded boardings are positions A1-A15. These can be purchased on the day of travel only at either the departure gate or ticket counter and aren’t always available. Price of these upgraded boardings varies based on the itinerary, I think it’s usually $30-$40.
    • The benefits of being in this boarding position is you may be able to get an exit row seat (and at worst you’ll get another seat you want) and you can find overhead bin space.
    • Anniversary year is defined as ‘the year beginning with your account open date through the first statement date after your account open date anniversary, and the 12 monthly billing cycles after that each year.’
  • Up to $100 Global Entry or TSA PreCheck Fee Credit
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 9,000 anniversary points each year
  • Inflight WiFi Credits, up to a total of 365 $8 credits per year for all WiFi transactions on the overall business card account
  • Earn tier qualifying points towards A-list status
  • Points earned count towards Companion Pass
  • Employee cards at no additional cost

F.A.Q’s

Is the Chase Southwest Premier business card still available?

Yes. From the press release, it sounds like that card is here to stay.

If I have the Chase Southwest Premier business card, can I get the bonus?

The 24 month limitation states:

“This new Cardmember bonus offer is not available to either (i) current Cardmembers of this business credit card, or (ii) previous Cardmembers of this business credit card who received a new Cardmember bonus for this business credit card within the last 24 months.

The language of the terms indicates that it does not combine with the other Southwest business card. So if you got the bonus on the business Premier card, you should still be eligible to signup for this one. That’s different than the rule on the Southwest personal cards where the 24 months is combined across all Southwest personal cards. 

Can you product change to this product?

It should be possible to upgrade from the Premier to the Performance product. Let us know if you try. In the past, they even sometimes offered bonuses to upgrade to a premium product.

If you are under 5/24, you might do better applying for the new card separately to get another bonus.

Does the Chase 5/24 rule apply to this card?

The Chase 5/24 rule has applied to all other Southwest cards for some time. All indications so far are pointing that it applies to this one too.

When does the sign up bonus end?

No end date is showing, currently, but I’d guess the 80,000 bonus is a temporary thing for a few months or whatever as an initial rollout promotion, and eventually it’ll go down to 60,000. That’s my guess.

Is the card metal?

No idea. I’m guessing no since it’s not advertised as such but metal credit cards are so common these days it’s hard to know for sure.

Our Verdict

The 80,000 points bonus is terrific, after meeting the minimum spend you’ll have between 85k-95k points toward your Companion Pass requirement. It does have a hefty $199 annual fee, but that’s in a large way offset on an annual basis by the 9,000 points annual bonus. There are lots of other benefits too, like the $8 wifi credit; for someone who flies Southwest roundtrip once per month, that can easily be worth $200+ per year. And the four upgrades has value too.

Obviously, many of us won’t be eligible for this card due to 5/24, but if you are eligible this is a really great deal, especially for Southwest flyers. Will be adding this to the list of the best credit card bonuses.



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Leon
Leon

Direct signup link goes to the premier business card

Max B
Max B

Did I understand this correctly? They are offering 365 credits of $8 per year for WiFi; potentially $2,920 in credit.

Burton
Burton

Up to $2,920 credit that costs SW practically nothing.

qmc
qmc

Wifi is $8/day/device. Probably the easiest way to say “free wifi”. Unless one travels multiple times a week with multiple people, I don’t see many people maxing this out. And if one DOES fly that frequently, chances are good that they have free wifi by being A-list prefered anyways.

The many-device-family who travels relatively frequently, but not enough to have status will probably get the most value out of this perk.

Max B
Max B

We fly an average of once a month with a CP so at least 24 flights but we only use points so we don’t earn A-List Preferred. I usually just skip WiFi but this would be nice.

Rowan
Rowan

You might look into using a wireless travel router to get around the device limit on in-flight wifi and at some hotels – it works great! This little unit is $22 and is really light because it just runs off of the portable charger I already have with me:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00HZWOQZ6

Rowan
Rowan

Chuck Please feel free to edit this link to add your Amazon referral.

Taco
Taco

I got a little Travel TP Link router, and I love it! I’ve only used it for chromecast in hotel rooms. Does this really let you get around device restrictions? Don’t you need to have your phone also connected to the airline wifi in order to setup the router? Or is it just the router’s network, and through that you connect to the plane’s? I’m not great with network stuff…

Rowan
Rowan

You can use any device to initiate the connection via the travel router but yes, in my experience I’ve been able to utilize both Southwest’s WiFi to purchase a paid plan as well as hotels that limit the number of devices connected within each room through a captive portal sign-on page. Now granted there’s some slowdown due to it needing to rebroadcast an existing WiFi signal (so its preferable to use the Ethernet plug when possible) but overall the convenience of having all of my devices connect automatically without having to sign them in one-by-one is pretty handy.

qmc
qmc

A-List Preferred is 50 paid one ways anyways… you’d only be about 1/2 way there. And with the 2 of you, with 2 devices each, you’d only be 1/4 of the way to maxing this perk (2 people * 2 devices * 24 days = 96 wifi charges)

Aloha808
Aloha808

Link is to the old southwest/ chase page. This is the actual link to the new card signup: https://creditcards.chase.com/a1/southwest/NAEPBizW

Alli
Alli

This will make the CP go up to earn I bet.

Dave
Dave

People have been saying that for years whenever there’s a good CC offer. It has never been true yet.

Alli
Alli

I agree people have been saying that but this is the highest point offer.

Eric
Eric

Most of the people will need to apply for two SW cards for CP, so whether the SUB IS 80k or 50k doesn’t make a difference to earn CP anyway.

sevillada
sevillada

how much spending would it take to get CP with this card alone? I can’t remember if you need 110k or 100k points

Clover Chan
Clover Chan

110

sevillada
sevillada

so…with only this card, it would take around 15k of “…purchases in the following rewards categories: social media and search engine advertising; internet, cable, and phone services” …right? not too bad, but not easy for a regular joe

qmc
qmc

question thread.

j/k. google.

Daniel
Daniel

This may be a stupid question, as I am new to SW cards. But do you get the anniversary points during the first year, or only after the card has been open a year and following years. (I’ve always assumed the latter, but the extra anniversary year description made me wonder.)

CM

> and you can find overhead bin space.

I fly Southwest all the time; have AList. I can tell you with certainty that I’ve pretty much never heard of gate-check luggage being required at Southwest: first of all, their planes are big and all the luggage fits as-is, second, because bags fly free, folks don’t really try to sneak all the possible luggage directly onto the board. Often boarded 10.5 minutes prior to departure before I had AList when lounging was more of my thing and I had bad positions anyways, and still no issues with luggage being on board. Very big contrast with the legacy carriers, where even being in line at boarding 40+ minutes prior to departure, you get a bag tag for potential gate-check.

Dave
Dave

Must depend on your route. I have been on Southwest flights where as many as the last 10-20 people boarding were forced to gate check their bags.

Cap

Acquiring at least 85K after meeting min spend for this biz card puts you 77% of the way towards CP.

That leaves easy options for applying for 2nd SW card, biz or personal. Chase is more lenient in issuing biz cards in my experience than other Lenders like BofA. Chase has yet to deny my biz applications. I spend much more with Chase over other Lenders as a result.

For those under 5/24, this is a great fastrack to CP with little impact to personal credit score if two biz cards are opened. Language seems to allow both biz bonuses to be earned separately.

I’m too greedy to apply now and will wait til year’s end to open this biz and a personal to hit 110K early 2020 for max CP timeframe (rest of 2020 and all of 2021).

At this point, a bump to SW’s CP 110K requirement seems inevitable though. I just hope they don’t make it 200K or something ridiculous, if they do. I’d be fine with 130K, or 150K max.

kimmyannangel
kimmyannangel

Do you think this card will still be worth 80K points at the end of the year? I find that pretty risky…?

SF
SF

Man, I JUST got the premier card… Do people think it’s worth it to try to product convert? I do purchase the WiFi a lot on flights

chong786
chong786

even if you have the premier biz card , you are eligible for this card ( assuming you are under 5/24 )

ann
ann

what about the restrictive language on getting the points if you have had the card in the last 24 months?? i just got the premier business also and waiting for points to post.. are you saying I can go ahead and apply for this one also and get the 80,000 points too?

tennismenace3
tennismenace3

“even if you have the premier biz card , you are eligible for this card ( assuming you are under 5/24 )”

William Charles

Might as well get this card as well, will give you enough points for the CP

Alex
Alex

Have a major purchase by end of day tomorrow. I see I can sometimes call for expedited shipping of the card, but anyone know what the odds are for calling Chase and, I dunno, them just telling me my number? Fat chance?

Andrew D
Andrew D

Not going to happen.

Alex
Alex

Haha, thanks. Figured.

VL
VL

Chase always easily agrees to rush the card, but still will not arrive by tomorrow 🙂

Mike
Mike

They cannot rush the SW cards as they are co-branded. Have been told this more than once. SW, Hyatt, etc no. Ink, Sapphire yes.

sdsearch
sdsearch

Except they DID just expedite this new Southwest Performance Biz card in my case! I don’t know what made the difference. Did they JUST change their policy (perhaps to make up for getting rid of the 3.5 months-to-spend-instead-of-3-months policy)? Or was it because it it’s a brand new type of card for them? Or was it because it’s one of their highest (non-waived) annual fee partner cards? Or was it because I waited until the day after I was approved (I checked the phone number the day I was approved in the morning, and it still said 30 days, then I logged in to my Chase business card accounts the next morning and the new card was showing there, and that’s when I called the status line, it said I was approved, I asked to speak to an agent, and asked to expedite, and they agreed), which may have been after they already did the handshake with Southwest Airlines, but before they had actually sent the card the slow way? Or was it because I called and talked to an agent LIVE, instead of sending a secure message which they answer who knows when? Or was it because they took 9 days (after my application) to approve me and wanted to make up for it? Or was it something else?

Whatever the reason, I just picked up the UPS Express Envelope (sent “UPS Next Day Air Saver”) and my new card was inside. So it was possible in my case. Not knowing why I “bucked the trend”, I can’t predict whether it will be possible in anyone else’s case.

Allan Fee
Allan Fee

I was just approved for the SW Premier Business card. Do you think I could have it upgraded to this card?

Will Shrop

The 80k bonus is nice. Puts you real close to the 110k you need for the CP. Really just need to get a personal card and you’re set.

The spend categories….you can do better with the Ink Preferred and Ink card which gives you 3x or 5x back in all those categories. Then you can transfer your UR points to Southwest.

The Wifi credits, upgraded boardings, and 9K points every year could offset that annual fee depending on how much you fly. 9K points are worth $130. So you need $70 in upgraded boardings and wifi credits to break even.

Kevin White
Kevin White

Is that possible? Could I just get this card and then transfer over 25k from chase UR to hit my 110 minimum? (80k bonus + 5k minimum spend + 25k chase UR)

VL
VL

Transfers do not count towards CP. Only CC spend and sign up bonuses… and obviously actual flying.

Jab
Jab

24 month language on this card sounds like Ready Player Two

tennismenace3
tennismenace3

Is that because you’ve had this card before, even though it just came out?

The Man
The Man

I don’t want it if it’s not metal. Metal please.

tim
tim

I don’t want it if it IS metal. Too heavy in the wallet. And there’s nothing worse than the douchebag at the register who clanks his card down on the counter to show everyone he has a metal card

VL
VL

Looks like you can not refer to this card yet.
As you know Chase moved to “cards family” referrals for SW cards, which works great for Premier Biz which since 60K is a public not elevated offer. So hopefully this new card will be added to the list too, and it seems that 80K is a standard offer on it. If that is the case you should be able to score another 10K via referral for your player 2.

Anybody knows how self referrals work for Chase cards? No issue for Amex… but not sure about Chase.

Thanks!

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