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Yes, Southwest Rapid Rewards expire if you have no qualifying earning activity on your Southwest Rapid Rewards account in a 24-month period. Full terms at Southwest.com and which activities are considered “qualifying.”
Points will remain active as long as you have at least one qualifying earning activity every 24 months. Qualifying earning activities include: 1) completed travel on Southwest® qualifying flights, (2) points earned from our Rapid Rewards Partners and posted to Member’s account prior to the expiration date, (3) points purchased through Southwest.com, and (4) gifted/transferred/donated points received and claimed by the recipient. Gifted/Transferred/Donated points are a Qualifying Activity for the recipient only. Examples of activities that do not count as Qualifying Activities include but are not limited to: cancelled trips; nonrevenue travel such as Reward or Companion Pass travel; for the donating Member, points donated by a Member to a charity; and other travel such as charter flights, service-charged, reduce-rate, trade out, extra seat, and paper tickets.
A critical point worth noting is that unlike other programs, including British Airways’ Avios and Starwood Preferred Guest who have similar policies, redeeming your Rapid Rewards Points does not count as a qualifying activity to prevent your points from expiring. The only activity that counts with Southwest is earning. So, what options do you have to Earn Southwest Rapid Rewards points and keep your account live?
How Can You Earn Southwest Rapid Rewards?
Earning Southwest Rapid Rewards is easier than you might think. You can easily earn Rapid Rewards points in the following ways:
- Fly with Southwest and be sure to include your Rapid Rewards number in your ticket/booking
- Transfer points from Chase Ultimate Rewards
- Join Rapid Rewards Dining, and you will earn points the next time you eat out
- If you're shopping online click through the Rapid Rewards Shopping portal, to pick up some points for everyday spending while extending the life of your points 24 months
- When it’s time to send that special someone flowers, use Southwest and earn points at the same time
- Consider getting one of the Southwest co-branded credit cards from Chase which include:
- Purchase Rapid Rewards points, which will count as earning and prevent your points from expiring
- Earn Points with one of Southwest’s Hotel partners, which include many big names such as Marriott, Best Western, Radisson and Hyatt.
- Earn points through Valued Opinions
- Share opinions through eRewards to earn points
- Convert your Thanks Again points to Southwest Rapid Rewards
With so many options to keep your points alive there is no reason you should lose, and let your account expire.
- Earn 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.
- 7,500 bonus points after your Cardmember anniversary.
- $75 Southwest® travel credit each year.
- 4 Upgraded Boardings per year when available.
- 20% back on in-flight drinks and WiFi.
- 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest® purchases and Rapid Rewards® hotel and car rental partner purchases.
- 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.
- No foreign transaction fees.
- 2X points per $1 spent on Southwest® purchases and Rapid Rewards® Hotel and Car Rental Partner purchases
- 1X point per $1 spent on all other purchases
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