The Chase Southwest Premier Visa is my last card for the year. This will be my fifth card in the past 6 months, and I’ve got plenty for now. I’ll be holding off until January for my next two cards, and I already know which ones I’m targeting.
Offer and Application
I applied to the Southwest card through an email offer for 50,000 Rapid Rewards points with a $2,000 spend in 90 days. This card is typically available only at 30,000 Rapid Rewards; but the public bonus offer is bumped up to 50,000 points once or twice a year. 50,000 points will get me two roundtrip flights from the Northeast US to the Caribbean, or a handful of short-haul domestic tickets.
The application process after the link was simple. Fill out the forms, instant approval. The account showed up on my existing Chase account instantly, right underneath my United MileagePlus Explorer card.
The Southwest card is one of my favorites, if I’m being honest. The plane on the front keeps it interesting, the black color scheme keeps it classy, and the red rim along the side of the card keeps it looking sharp. The only thing I would change on the card is to put the information on the back, but that’s just personal preference.
The card is equipped with chip technology, and contains all the typical information in the front. Since it’s linked directly to your Rapid Rewards account, your RR number is also on the front, just underneath your name.
- Visa Signature benefits
- 1 point per $, 2 points per $ on Southwest Airlines and partner hotel/car rental purchases
- No foreign transaction fee
- Anniversary Bonus: 6,000 Rapid Rewards miles after you pay the annual fee (essentially 1.6 cents per mile)
Some of the other usual benefits of co-branded airline cards don’t apply here. For example, Southwest doesn’t charge for your first checked bag, and boarding differs from the larger airlines. In comparison, Priority boarding and free checked bags are both benefits of the Chase United MileagePlus Explorer and Citi AAdvantage Executive.
Southwest Companion Pass
The main reason I’m applying for this card is to hit the 110,000 Rapid Rewards threshold for the Southwest Companion Pass. Credit card bonuses count toward the offer. These bonus miles will post to my account in 2016. I’m planning on getting the Business version of the card then as well, which brings my total Rapid Rewards to 100,000. After flights I’m taking in March, and a few extra purchases, I should hit companion pass status by the end of March 2016. This will essentially grant me a free guest ticket on any Southwest flight through the end of 2017.
We’ll get plenty of use out of the pass, with family spread out throughout the continental US. Plus, Southwest’s recent integration of AirTran opens up the Caribbean and Mexico for vacation and volunteering trips.
I’ll keep you posted on how the Companion Pass works out.