Whether you want to fly to the U.S., Mexico, Central America, or 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 that you can redeem for free travel.
The more points you can 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 3,900 daily departures. That’s a ton of flights to choose from when redeeming all your Rapid Rewards points!
With so many points to spend, you may want to experience a domestic flight with the best seats on the plane in Business Select.
Plus, those 100k+ points will really come in handy for earning a Companion Pass!
1. Apply for Travel Rewards Credit Cards
Use travel rewards credit cards to effortlessly accrue Rapid Rewards points.
Sign up for Chase Ultimate Rewards credit cards to earn points that can be transferred to Rapid Rewards. There are 6 Chase UR credit cards; make sure you have at least 1 of the travel rewards cards in order to transfer points to loyalty program partners.
|Loyalty Program||Credit Card|
|Chase Ultimate Rewards Program Review||Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card*|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ Card*|
|Chase Freedom® Credit Card|
|Chase Freedom Unlimited℠|
|Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card*|
|Chase Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card|
* Utilize at least 1 of the cards marked with a star “*” to transfer points to partners
Chase also has 3 Southwest co-branded credit cards you can use to earn Rapid Rewards points (see below).
Look for sign-up bonuses of up to 40,000 points when you spend the 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.
Check the table below for links to Southwest credit cards and a review of the Rapid Rewards program:
|Loyalty Program||Credit Card|
|Southwest Rapid Rewards Loyalty Program||Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card|
|Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card|
|Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card|
2. Sign up for Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards
Southwest partners with the SPG hotel loyalty program. This means you can transfer any points in your SPG account to Southwest Rapid Rewards points on a 1:1 basis! Even better, when you transfer 20,000 points at a time, you get a 5,000-point bonus.
Check out our Transfer Partner Tool for quick calculations on point transfers.
A terrific way to increase your SPG points is by using one of the Starwood Preferred Guest credit cards, listed in the following table:
|Loyalty Program||Credit Card|
|Starwood Preferred Guest Loyalty Program||Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express|
|Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express|
Hot Tip: Because Hyatt and Marriott are 2 additional Southwest Rapid Rewards hotel partners, earn points with the co-branded credit cards and transfer them to your Rapid Rewards account to really increase your balance!
3. Enroll in Diners Club International
Are you a Diners Club member? Then listen up! If you aren’t a member, you may want to consider it.
Diners Club members earn a Club Rewards point for every $1 spent on their card. Then, Club Rewards points can be converted to Rapid Rewards points!
You’ll receive 1,200 Rapid Rewards points for every 1,500 Club Rewards points transferred.
4. Use a Rental Car Partner
Earn 600 points per rental when you book a car through Alamo, Budget, Avis, Hertz, Thrifty, Payless, Dollar, or National. By renting a car a few times a 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 1 per $2 spent at the restaurant (including tax and tip). If you opt in to email notifications, you’ll earn 3 points per $1 instead!
Want to earn more? Choose to leave a review, and you will earn 10 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…using this method, you can really make out like a bandit!
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. Where to start? 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 Hawaii: While Southwest is working on adding Hawaii to their itineraries, you don’t have to wait! Book a trip with your Rapid Rewards points through More Rewards and fly with one of their airline partners.
For example, a recent search found a flight from Atlanta to Hawaii on American Airlines for 96,329 Rapid Rewards points.
Companion Pass: Earn 110,000 points in 1 calendar year, and you’ll get a free Companion Pass. 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 a 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!