Southwest Extends 30% Bonus Points on Credit Card Spending to January 2021

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Southwest has relaunched its 30% bonus points promotion that we saw this summer. Once again, targeted Rapid Rewards cardholders will receive a 30% bonus on points earned between October 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021 as long as they register and spend at least $6,000.

You'll need to log into your Southwest Rapid Rewards account to see if you qualify. If you do, register for the promotion to start earning 30% bonus points on all credit card spending.

Southwest 30% Bonus Points Deal

Southwest Promo Info #2

  • To see if you're targeted, log into your Southwest account and check your Rapid Rewards promotions
  • Targeted members need to register by January 31, 2021
  • The 30% bonus applies to points that post to your Rapid Rewards account between October 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021
  • You must spend at least $6,000 with your registered card across all three months
  • You can earn a maximum of 25,000 bonus points through this promotion

The Fine Print

  • The promotion bonus will count toward earning your Southwest Companion Pass
  • Credit card signup bonus points and points transferred from Chase Ultimate Rewards are not eligible for bonus points
  • Points will post to your Southwest account within 8 weeks of the end of the promotion

Stacking With Other Offers

Southwest has already given all Rapid Rewards members a boost toward A-List elite status and the Companion Pass:

After this boost, travelers need 100,000 Companion Pass-eligible points to earn the Companion Pass in 2020. Both credit card spending and this 30% bonus are Companion Pass-eligible points. So, this promotion can certainly help you spend toward the Companion Pass. If you had a high enough credit limit and spending power, you could spend $77,000 on a Southwest credit card between October 1 and the close of your December credit card statement to earn 100,100 Companion Pass eligible points. That's 77,000 from spending and 23,100 from the 30% bonus.

Also, remember that Chase is offering cardholders 1,500 additional Tier Qualifying Points (TQP) for each $10,000 in purchases made before the close of your December 2020 statement. This is in addition to the 1,500 TQP for each $10,000 in purchases that Southwest cards already earn. That means you'll earn a total of 3,000 TQP for each $10,000 in purchases—up 30,000 TQP for $100,000 in purchases.

Final Thoughts

This targeted promotion can effectively increase the earnings on Southwest credit cards by 30%. That means you'll effectively earn 1.3X Southwest points on everyday purchases, and even more in Southwest credit card bonus categories.

If you're targeted for the promotion, you'll need to spend at least $6,000 between October 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021. That could be as straightforward as spending $2,000 per month on everyday purchases. Once you do, you'll earn your 30% bonus on your points, i.e. 1,800 points, and these points will count toward earning a Southwest Companion Pass.

Lastly, to make sure the points post during the promotional period, you'll want to check your credit card closing date to ensure everything clears by January 31, 2021.

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    Does anyone know if the 30% bonus posts on the statement after you hit the $6k spend? Or does it only post after the promo period is over? I’m close to hitting the 125k points hits year, and the 30% should put me over the top.

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      Unfortunately, I wouldn’t count on the 30% bonus to help you this year. The T&C say that the bonus points will post 8 weeks after the end of the promotion – but they might end up posting before that.

      Also, if you’re counting on Southwest card spending, make sure to triple-check your credit card statement closing date for December and make sure purchases post by then.

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    Justin T Bohannon says:

    I’m definitely going to try and go for this deal. I am wanting to visit hawaii when the pandemic calms down, and this is a great way to get more miles to get there! I appreciate this post awardwallet!

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    As southwest and every other airline should do during the pandemic. Good to give customers so loyalty on the other side!

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    I think that all airlines anda cards operators should do similar promotions.
    but for now, good for Southwest….

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    Nice to see that they are doing this promo again. This is hoping that the pandemic ends soon so we can take advantage of all the points being earned.

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    Similar extensions will keep coming in 2021. People will not travel en masse next year.

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    Are you sure on getting 100k points by 31 Dec using bonus as part? If bonus posts in 4+ weeks, wont early Dec post in Jan at earliest and not count for 2020 CP?

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    HELP! My targeted offer was 15k spend from 8/1 – 10/31 and as of next week when my statement closes I will have made it. The bonus points will get me to companion pass. The PROBLEM is that this morning when I signed into my Southwest account, the promo that I registered for is GONE, as is the supermarket spend. There is now a new promo for 25k spend between 10/1 – 12/31. I am extremely upset. Any ideas on who to contact? I had active promos that have disappeared and now 2 new ones.
    Any suggestions or help? Thanks.

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      Ugh, those promotions also disappeared for me. In your case, it’s worth giving Southwest a call about this situation. I’m guessing you (and I) are still registered, but it just dropped off the website.

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    Lance Wilkinson says:

    Thanks for the Update! I’ll definitely sign up for this. I love southwest air.

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    Whoa they are being quite aggressive with these promotions.
    I hope the other big 3 will follow with something similar.

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    Wow! I really wish I had this card. 🙁

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    dharmesh says:

    Southwest isnt normally my go-to airline. I usually am stuck with American but I think I should start looking into southwest more as bags fly free and they have good destinations in USA

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    ilia khan says:

    Darn I wasn’t targetted and I have 2 cards with them along with companion pass through next year. If anyone can figure out a way to get this added please let me know!

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      With all such targeted promotions it would be nice to know how broad or narrow the targeted group is. Perhaps AW could place a poll on such articles and folks could respond to get a sense of the offer.

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    Karthikeyan Chidambaram says:

    unfortunately I didn’t qualify. I am working hard towards companion pass with 10k more points to go and this could have been a boost for me