Southwest Airlines Credit Cards Get Summer Bonus Boost

by Ann deBruyn

Sign-up bonuses on Southwest Airlines-branded credit cards will spike to 75,000 Rapid Rewards points, as Americans head into summer 2022 amid rocketing airfares.

Bonus details

The new bonus is: Earn 75,000 Rapid Rewards points after spending $5,000 on qualifying purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.

The new bonus applies to these three personal Southwest-branded credit cards issued by Chase:

NerdWallet values Southwest Rapid Rewards points at 1 cent each. This is a baseline value, drawn from real-world data, not a maximized value.

The downside to the change is the relatively high required spending to earn the bonus.

Previously, the bonus on the three cards was far less lucrative but easier to get: Earn 40,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.

Unlike many airline credit cards , sign-up bonuses among Southwest's personal credit cards is typically the same, regardless of card.

Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card

Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card

Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card

Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card

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Annual fee

$149 .

$99 .

$69 .

Rewards

  • 3 points per $1 spent on Southwest purchases.

  • 2 points per $1 spent on Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partner purchases.

  • 2 points per $1 spent on local transit, rideshares, internet, cable, phone services and select streaming services.

  • 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.

  • 3 points per $1 spent on Southwest purchases.

  • 2 points per $1 spent on Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partner purchases.

  • 2 points per $1 spent on local transit, rideshares, internet, cable, phone services and select streaming services.

  • 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.

  • 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest purchases and Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partner purchases.

  • 2 points per $1 spent on local transit, rideshares, internet, cable, phone services and select streaming purchases.

  • 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.

Sign-up bonus

Limited-time offer: Earn 75,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.

Limited-time offer: Earn 75,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.

Limited-time offer: Earn 75,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.

Anniversary points

Earn 7,500 points automatically after your cardholder anniversary each year.

Earn 6,000 points automatically after your cardholder anniversary each year.

Earn 3,000 points automatically after your cardholder anniversary each year.

Earns tier qualifying points?

Yes (unlimited).

Yes (capped at 15,000 TQPs per year).

No.

Foreign transaction fees

None.

None.

3%.

Boarding perks

4 upgraded boardings per year when available.

2 EarlyBird check-ins per year.

2 EarlyBird check-ins per year.

Southwest travel credit

$75 per year.

None.

None.

25% back on in-flight purchases

Yes.

Yes.

Yes.

APR

The ongoing APR is 16.74%-23.74% Variable APR .

The ongoing APR is 16.74%-23.74% Variable APR .

The ongoing APR is 16.74%-23.74% Variable APR .

Companion Pass progress

Points earned from Southwest credit cards count towards the coveted Companion Pass . The pass allows one person to fly with you for free (you'll just pay taxes and fees, starting at $5.60) when you purchase your own ticket. You get the pass by earning 125,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points in a calendar year or purchasing 100 qualifying one-way flights. It's good for the remainder of the year in which you earn it, plus the next full calendar year.