Posted by William Charles on October 9, 2017
Credit Card Offers

Published on October 9th, 2017 | by William Charles

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[Expired] [Targeted, California only] Chase Southwest Plus: Companion Pass After One Purchase & 40,000 Points After $1,000 In Spend

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The Offer

No direct link, targeted offer

  • Open a new Rapid Rewards Credit Card account make a purchase and receive a Companion Pass. You’ll also earn 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 in the first three months of card opening.

Card Details

  • Annual fee of $69 is not waived first year
  • Anniversary bonus of 3,000 points
  • Chase 5/24 rule applies to this card
  • Promotional Companion Pass is valid from the time promotion qualifications are met, through December 31, 2018

Our Verdict

I don’t actually think this offer is that great considering the cards just recently offered 60,000 points (business card still offering that). The Chase Southwest companion pass requires 110,000 points in a calendar year, by getting two cards you had 120,000 points and a companion pass. This is made better by the fact that you can time it so the points post in 2018 and then you have the bonus for all of 2018 and 2019. With this offer you get 40,000 points (20,000 points less than previously offered) and the companion pass for one year. If you got the business card it doesn’t even count to your 5/24 total. Personally I don’t really understand the hype around this offer when you break it down like that. The previous deal was much better.

Hat tip to cpxchewy



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This is an amazing offer for non-churners. 1k in 3 months is doable for most folks, and 40k points with the companion pass will go a long way.

I am surprised that Southwest is overtly promoting the CP. It takes quite a bit of flights/spend/points for those not opening credit cards. It was originally my opinion that the new crush of people applying for and using the CP with the recent bonuses would be the death knell of the pass.

Perhaps, Southwest sees a loyalty aspect out of essentially a 50% discount on flights and it also seems that Southwest is very willing to do things that distinguish it in a good way from both the legacy and LC carriers (ie 2 free bags not going away anytime soon).

It could be useful in my case.

Only got the premier version before the 60k goes away. Haven’t got the card yet.

If I apply for this one and just make one purchase, I could get CP for one year.

Meet the minimum spending of both cards at end of December should get me at least 103k points. Make another 7k points before this CP expires to secure CP for 2019.

Miss 20k points but get extra 2.5 month of CP. Not so great but it’s still something.

Now, how do they tell if you are from California? By mailing address?

Just curious – but what’s the deal with CA?

@Joe Southwest is in a turf war with Alaska/Virgin right now. Presumably this is a carrot for CA folks to stick with/move to Southwest

Getting two SW card under 524? Don’t be ridiculous… 80% of the readers here won’t be able to do that ever.

We are into Oct now. Suggestion here is to apply and get the card, but do not make the first purchase until Jan 1st. That should result in getting the CP for all of 2018 & 2019. Chase is fairly generous with the time allowed to meet the minimum spend in a period greater than 90 days, but you would need to do the rest of the 1k spend in Jan pretty fast for the 40k points.

anybody, know how to get this, my daughter lives in CA, and this would be perfect for them right now. Is it an email, or should she try to book a flight maybe then it will show?

For such little work, this is a fantastic offer. Are there any referrals for this? Is a California address required?

What if you do the first purchase by end of Nov to get CP, then wait to spend the full $1,000 by early January to get the 40k points, then do business card any time in 2018 for the 60k? Only 9k points of spending to get GP for 2018-9, plus you get CP for the rest of this year and for early 2018 while you meet spend requirements.

Am I missing something here? Seems possible to get best of both?

Just applied for the Business card. They asked me to call in after I submitted the application, asked a few extra questions. They put me on hold and then told me I had the card.

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