Whether you want to fly around the United States or to Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, Southwest has you covered as the biggest low-cost carrier in the world.
If you love to fly free (who doesn’t?!), join the Southwest Rapid Rewards loyalty program! You’ll earn points for flights, shopping, dining, and more which can be redeemed for free travel.
The more points you earn, the better. In this guide, we’re going to show you how it’s possible to earn over 100,000 Rapid Rewards points in no time.
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Why Would You Want to Earn 100k Points?
During peak travel season, Southwest has more than 4,000 daily departures from cities across the U.S. That’s a ton of flight options from which to choose to help you redeem all your Rapid Rewards points!
With so many Rapid Rewards points to spend, you may want to experience a domestic flight with the best seats on the plane in Business Select.
Plus, those 100,000+ points will really come in handy when using the Southwest Airlines Companion Pass!
1. Use Chase Ultimate Rewards Credit Cards
One of the best ways to get your hands on Rapid Rewards points is by transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points.
You can use one of 6 Chase Ultimate Rewards credit cards to earn tons of points. To transfer points to your Rapid Rewards account, you will need to have one of the 3 premium Ultimate Rewards cards (i.e. one with an annual fee).
Recommended Chase Cards (Personal)
|CREDIT CARD||CARD INFO|
|#1 - Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card|
> Best Ways To Redeem Ultimate Rewards Points
|Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ Card|
|Chase Freedom Unlimited℠|
Recommended Chase Cards (Business)
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|Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card|
|Chase Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card|
Hot Tip: Check out our Transfer Partner Tool for quick calculations on point transfers.
2. Use Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Cards
Chase also provides 3 co-branded Southwest Airlines credit cards that you can use to earn Rapid Rewards points directly.
You can even earn a sign-up bonus when you spend a specified amount in your first 3 months of owning the card. It can take up to 8 weeks for your sign-up bonus points to appear on your Rapid Rewards statement after you qualify but, very often, the points won’t take that long to post to your account.
Check the table below for details about and links to each Southwest credit card.
|CREDIT CARD||CARD INFO|
|Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card|
|Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card|
Hot Tip: Check out 8 valuable benefits of the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card.
3. Diners Club International
Are you a Diners Club member? While not the most well-known rewards program, Diners Club point can also be transferred to Southwest Airlines.
Diners Club members earn a Club Rewards point for every $1 spent on their card. Their high-end card even earns 3X points per $1 spent in categories such as grocery stores, restaurants, and drug stores.
You’ll receive 1,200 Rapid Rewards points for every 1,500 Club Rewards points transferred.
Unfortunately, it has been a few years since Diners Club accepted applications for new cardmembers, but if you have one you can take advantage of their rewards program to help you book Southwest award flights.
4. Use Rental Car Partners
Earn 600 points per rental when you book a car through Alamo, Budget, Avis, Hertz, Thrifty, Payless, Dollar, or National. If you rent a car a few times per year, it’s possible to add approximately 2,000 points to your Rapid Rewards account!
Even better, check out special offers for rental cars. Current offers for Rapid Rewards members include 1,200 to 2,400 bonus points plus up to 35% off rentals through January 2018!
5. Rapid Rewards Dining
Enroll in the Southwest Dining Rewards program and earn Rapid Rewards points for dining out at participating restaurants. Link up to 6 credit cards to your account to maximize your potential!
The minimum number of points you can earn is 1X points per $2 spent at the restaurant (including tax and tip). If you opt into email notifications, you’ll earn 3X points per $1 instead!
Want to earn more? Choose to leave a review, and you can earn 10X additional Rapid Rewards points. Plus, periodic sign-up bonuses give you the opportunity to earn more points upon enrollment.
Of course, the points you earn in Southwest Dining Rewards are on top of any points you earn just for paying with rewards credit cards. This means if you use the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, you can earn 2X points per $1 on top of the points you’d earn from the dining program.
Using Those 100k+ Southwest Rapid Rewards Points
OK – so the points are in your Rapid Rewards account, and you need to choose how to spend them. Keep in mind, the award prices of Southwest flights are pegged to the cash ticket cost so it can vary based on the day you book.
We’ve listed a few options here to give you some ideas:
Fly Business Select: Want to fly in style? When you fly Business Select, you receive special perks like getting through security quicker, priority boarding, and a free premium drink during the flight!
A Business Select fare from New York (LaGuardia) to Los Angeles is around 75,000 points.
Go to the Grand Cayman Islands: Ever wanted to visit the beautiful Grand Cayman Islands? You can book a round-trip adventure to this Caribbean island from Fort Lauderdale, Florida for around 5,040 Rapid Rewards points plus about $90 in taxes and fees.
For additional miles, you can also start your journey from one of the many other U.S. cities served by Southwest Airlines.
Companion Pass: Earn 110,000 points in a calendar year, and you’ll the Companion Pass for the remainder of the year in which you earn it plus the following year. Only certain points qualify, including points earned for:
- Flights (base but not bonus points)
- Rapid Rewards credit card purchases
- Southwest Dining
- Shopping portal purchases
Unfortunately, the rules were updated April 1, 2017, and they can be a little confusing. Read our guide about the best ways to redeem points with the Companion Pass to break down the details!
Now that you’ve learned some strategies for increasing your Rapid Rewards points balance, it’s time to start thinking about how you’d like to use 100,000 points!