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Time is running out to sign up for just one Southwest card and secure a Companion Pass until the end of 2019! If you aren't eligible for the Companion Pass, we've also included details on a great alternative offer (no 5/24 to worry about) that can save you $700 or more on upcoming travel.
The limited-time offer on the Southwest cards comes to an end on February 11, 2019, leaving only a small window of opportunity to acquire one of these cards and take advantage of this outstanding offer.
This is the first time Chase has offered the Companion Pass as part of a signup bonus, and there is no telling if it will be on the table again anytime soon. If you’ve been on the fence with this offer, now is the time to act!
Here’s a recap of the Southwest Companion Pass deal:
- Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card – Earn 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.
- Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card – Earn 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.
- Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card – Earn 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.
Which card offers the best value? Without a doubt, we think the Southwest Priority Card is the card to beat. On top of the Companion Pass and 30K points, new cardholders get:
- 7,500 bonus points after your Cardmember anniversary
- $75 Southwest travel credit each year
- 4x upgraded boardings per year when available
- 20% back on inflight purchases
In addition to the standard application restrictions on these cards, all the Southwest cards fall under Chase’s 5/24 policy, which limits approvals to applicants with less than 5 new credit card accounts opened in the previous 24 months.
Check out our comprehensive post covering the Southwest Companion Pass offer for all the details.
Looking for a Different Card?
For folks that don’t qualify for the Companion Pass deal or do most of their travel without a companion, there is one alternative offer that really stands out:
That card is the Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard® (See Terms). New cardholders can earn 70,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first 90 days, redeemable for any travel expense over $100. The current bonus is the highest we've ever seen on this card, so now is an ideal time to add it to your wallet. You can check out our full review for all the details.
We also recently covered a unique strategy to buy last-minute flights with the Arrival Plus, using the cost of the trip to help cover the minimum spend and erasing all or part of the purchase once your welcome bonus posts to your account. You are effectively redeeming points for an award ticket before you have the points to cover the flight.
This is just one strategy you can use to minimize the cost of travel with Arrival Miles, and one of the reasons we consider the Arrival Plus such a flexible card to keep in your wallet.
Act Now to Secure a Companion Pass Until the End of 2019
This is one of the most valuable signup offers we’ve ever seen on an airline rewards card, and if you fly domestically with a companion could save you thousands of dollars! The deal to secure a Companion Pass with just one credit card sign-up wraps up February 11, 2019. So this is your last chance to get on board this offer before the signup bonus changes.
For rates and fees of the cards mentioned in this post, please visit the following links: Barclaycard Arrival Plus® World Elite Mastercard® (See Terms)
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