7/23/2013

Hack your trip with Southwest Part I

Southwest Points, Companion Pass, and more

Southwest Airlines is probably the most popular airline in the United States. Free check-in bags, free cancelation, popular destinations, fun crew, the good list can go on and on. So how to get Southwest points and does it worth the efforts?


1. How to get Southwest points? 
  • The easiest way is to apply for southwest credit card via Chase (Since I do not have affiliate with them, I won't provide the link here. But you can search it on Google or send me a message to request the link). There are three of them out there and each gives you 50,000 points. Of course you will also earn points using the card. The three cards are: 
    • Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus Card
    • Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Card
    • Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Business Card
  • Remember you can only get signing up bonus once for each type of Chase credit card.


  • Another way to get Southwest points is to utilize transfer partners (can transfer their points to Southwest). Here is the list (ranked by transfer value).
    • SPG points via United Airlines and Marriott Hotels.
      Once you get more than 200,000 SPG points, United miles and Marriott points combined: SPG --> United --> Marriott --> Southwest 
      • 1.25 miles per point if you transfer every 20,000 SPG points or 1 miles per points otherwise
      • transfer 20,000 SPG points = 25,000 United miles
    • Ultimate Rewards points via Chase Sapphire/Ink plus/Ink Bold holder
      • 1 miles per point
    • Marriott Hotel + Air Package
      Once you get more than 200,000 Marriott points
      • 1 miles per point
    • United Airlines miles via Marriott
      Once you get more than 200,000 United miles and Marriott points combined: United --> Marriott --> Southwest 
      • 1 miles per point
    • Hyatt points
      • 5000 points=2400 points (0.48 miles per point)
    • AMEX points
      • 60000 points=25000 Southwest Points via AMEX--SPG---United---Marriott---Southwest (around 0.417 points per points)
    • Wyndham points
      • 8000 points=2400 points (0.3 miles per point)

    • AMEX points 
      • 6000 points=2400 points via AMEX---Wyndham---Southwest  (0.3 miles per point)
    • Choice Hotels points
      • 6000 points=1800 points (0.3 miles per point)
    • Best Western points
      • 5000 points=1200 points (0.23 miles per point)
  • Oh... almost missed the last one: flying Southwest Airlines while using your southwest credit card.
2. So what is the value of Southwest points?
  • Southwest is generally valued at 1.67 cents per points if you travel by 'Wanna get away' fares
  • However, I would value it at 1.8 cents per points considering the taxes. Note that you do need to pay $2.5 security check fee per segment
  • So, if you apply for the Southwest credit card, with 50,000 points, you can get equivalent value of $833 or $900 for travel on both Southwest and AirTran

Since you've get a general idea about Southwest points, we will move onto the Southwest Companion Pass on part II. 

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Good info