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No, Southwest Rapid Rewards Points do not expire as long as your account remains open. Per the Southwest terms and conditions page:
“Points do not expire. Should a Member close its account, the points in the account will be terminated.”
How You Can Earn Southwest Rapid Rewards
With no point expiry deadline, you can focus your efforts on building up a healthy Southwest points balance and using it for your next travel reward. You can earn Southwest Rapid Rewards points in the following ways:
- Fly with Southwest and include your Rapid Rewards number in your ticket/booking.
- Join Rapid Rewards Dining and earn points the next time you dine out.
- Click through the Rapid Rewards Shopping portal to earn points for online purchases.
- Send flowers to someone special.
- Buy Southwest Rapid Rewards points.
- Stay with Southwest’s hotel partners, including many big names such as Marriott, Choice, and Hyatt.
- Take Rewards for Opinions surveys.
- Share opinions through eRewards.
- Purchase wine from Laithwaiteswine.com.
Earning Southwest points through credit card spending
One of the easiest ways to rack up a bunch of Southwest Rapid Rewards points is by getting one of the Southwest co-branded credit cards from Chase:
- Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card: Earn 75,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
- Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card: Earn 75,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
- Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card: Earn 75,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
- Southwest® Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card: Earn 60,000 points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.
- Southwest® Rapid Rewards® Performance Business Credit Card: Earn 80,000 points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
- Earn 75,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
- 7,500 anniversary points each year.
- Earn 3X points on Southwest® purchases.
- Earn 2X points on local transit and commuting, including rideshare.
- Earn 2X points on internet, cable, and phone services; select streaming.
- $75 Southwest® travel credit each year.
- No foreign transaction fees.
- Member FDIC
- 3X points per $1 spent on all Southwest® purchases
- 2X points per $1 spent on all Rapid Rewards® Hotel and Car Rental Partner purchases
- 2X points per $1 spent on local transit and commuting, including rideshare
- 2X points per $1 spent on internet, cable, phone services, and select streaming services
- 1X point per $1 spent on all other purchases
With so many credit cards to choose from, we've got a dedicated article to help you decide which Southwest card is right for you.
Boosting Your Points Balance
Ultimately, you still have options if you are a few points short of redemption. Southwest is a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner, meaning you can transfer some Chase points to boost your balance.
Chase points transfer to Southwest at a ratio of 1:1 with a minimum transfer of 1,000 points. In addition, transfers are immediate, so there is minimal risk of your award being snapped up while you wait for the points to show up in your Southwest account.
You also have a few less-desirable transfer options that you can use to pad your Southwest account for your next flight redemption:
Southwest is one of the simplest programs in the points and miles world. The program is straightforward, with little to worry about in the small print. Also, the program offers excellent value — from the famous Companion Pass to solid redemption options.
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