Southwest is making it easier to achieve elite status. The Dallas-based carrier has rolled out a new promotion that offers 3 ways to help frequent flyers of the airline achieve A-List or A-List Preferred status. Here is a look at everything you need to know.
Award Flights Count Towards Elite Status
Recently, Southwest announced that all award flights completed between January 1, 2022, and September 9, 2022, would count as segment credits towards elite status.
Now, Southwest is upping the ante by extending award flight qualifying on flights booked and flown by November 30, 2022. That’s right, all flights you book using your Southwest Rapid Rewards Points will count towards the elite status for over 2 months.
Paid Flights Earn Double Tier Qualifying Points
If you’re short on Southwest Rapid Rewards Points, or you don’t have Chase Ultimate Rewards points that you can transfer, Southwest isn’t leaving you out. For the same timeline, on flights booked and completed by November 30, 2022, you’ll earn double-tier qualifying points on all paid flights.
Note that this aspect of the promotion is limited to flights purchased with cash, LUV vouchers, gift cards, or travel funds, but not Rapid Rewards Points.
To participate in either promotion, you must first register on the landing page. If you already have flights booked during the promotion window, you must cancel the flight and rebook after registering for the promotion, if you want your award trip(s) to count towards your segments, or paid flight(s) to earn double-tier qualifying points.
Southwest Elite Level Benefits and Requirements
Here is a look at the requirements needed for each level of Southwest elite status, and the benefits you will receive once your qualify.
|To Qualify||25 one-way qualifying flights or 35,000 tier qualifying points||50 one-way qualifying flights or 70,000 tier qualifying points|
|Priority Boarding||Yes (for you and everyone on your reservation)||Yes (for you and everyone on your reservation)|
|Same-day Change||Yes (with no difference in base fare)||Yes|
|Priority Check-in and Security||Yes||Yes|
|Dedicated Phone Line||Yes||Yes|
For most flyers, A-List will be the sweet spot as it requires half of the flying that A-List Preferred does and receives all of the same benefits, with the exception of earning fewer points and free Wi-Fi on flights (though all Southwest flyers can receive free Wi-Fi by holding the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Performance Business Credit Card).
Note that we have omitted the highest elite tier, the Southwest Companion Pass, as this promotion does not count towards the 100 one-way qualifying flights or 125,000 tier qualifying points needed to achieve that status.
Those who qualify for A-List, or A-List Preferred, during the promotion window, will receive the status for the rest of 2022 and all of 2023.
If you’re a frequent Southwest flyer, this is an excellent promotion to take advantage of for those looking to make the final push to qualify, or re-qualify, for Southwest elite status.
Don’t forget that you need to first register for the promotion, rebook any flights that you’d made prior to registering, and that all of your travel must be completed by the promotion deadline of November 30, 2022.
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