Southwest Airlines and Chase Expand Benefits for Rapid Rewards Members

October 19, 2021

Today, Chase and Southwest Airlines in their 25th year of partnership, announced enhanced benefits to their lineup of Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Cards.

Consumer and business Cardmembers now have even more rewards categories to earn Rapid Rewards points, new and enhanced benefits that provide an elevated travel experience, and inflight savings – with no increase to annual fees.

The same great cards now come with more to love: more points, more benefits, and more possibilities. With these exclusive benefits, Customers can now earn on everyday spend categories such as select streaming services, local transit and commuting including rideshare.

Southwest Plus and Premier Cardmembers now have the ability to enjoy two EarlyBird Check-In® credits per year, and Premier and Priority Cardmembers have the ability to spend their way to A-List status. Cardmembers can enjoy these new perks in addition to their existing benefits, such as Anniversary Points, accelerated earn on Southwest purchases, and points on every purchase made with their card.

To celebrate the addition of the new benefits, new consumer Cardmembers can earn up to 100,000 Rapid Rewards points now through Dec. 7, 2021, for most channels – the best points offer ever for Southwest Rapid Rewards consumer Credit Cards:

  • New consumer Cardmembers can earn 50,000 Rapid Rewards points after spending $2,000 in the first three months of account opening, and an additional 50,000 points after spending $12,000 in the first twelve months from account opening

In addition, new business Cardmembers have the ability to earn up to 80,000 Rapid Rewards points:

  • New Performance Business Cardmembers can earn 80,000 Rapid Rewards points after spending $5,000 in the first three months
  • New Premier Business Cardmembers can earn 60,000 Rapid Rewards® points after spending $3,000 in the first three months

We're thrilled to enhance our partnership with Chase by bringing more benefits than ever before to our award-winning Rapid Rewards Credit Card program, and continuing to offer the best travel products to our Cardmembers," said Jonathan Clarkson, Southwest Airlines Managing Director of Loyalty, Partnerships, and Products.

"With perks like EarlyBird Check-in, Tier Qualifying Points toward A-List status, 25% back on inflight purchases, as well as expanded benefits to categories like local transit and commuting purchases, we're giving Cardmembers more out of their everyday travel and spending for future adventures."
"With the Customer at the heart of everything we do, we're always looking for more ways to enhance our Cardmember benefits. This means elevating the total travel experience from booking to boarding, getting them on the plane even faster and providing ways for them to earn even more points," said Julia Ashworth, General Manager Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Cards.

"This year, we're celebrating the 25th anniversary of offering our coveted Southwest Credit Cards by providing even more exclusive benefits to our Customers."

Additionally, Cardmembers are always able to take advantage of the carrier's existing great benefits of flying Southwest, including:

  • Points that don't expire
  • No blackout dates or seat restrictions when you redeem with points
  • Bags fly free® (first and second checked bags, weight and size limits apply)
  • No change fees (fare differences may apply)
  • No cancellation fees (failure to cancel a reservation at least 10 minutes prior to scheduled departure may result in forfeited travel funds)
  • All points earned with a Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Card count toward the coveted Companion Pass®, which allows a traveler to select one person to fly with them for free (not including taxes and fees from $5.60 one-way) every time they purchase or redeem points for a flight**

To learn more about the new benefits or apply for a card, visit

[Source: Southwest Airlines]

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