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Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Visa: 2 Bonus Tickets with First Purchase

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

The Southwest Rapid Rewards Visa has a new offer: Get 2 free round trip flights after your first purchase. As is standard for the card, you’ll earn 2 Reward Dollars on Southwest-related purchases and 1 Reward Dollar on purchases everywhere else. Do note that the $59 annual fee is not waived for the first year under this promo.

There are also some restrictions on the 2 free plane tickets, per FW:

You get two vouchers good for anywhere, under the basic program with blackout days and limited availability. Or you can combine them and use them for a premium ticket good whenever there are seats available. They are good for 1 year from when they are mailed, but can be extended within a year of expiration for a year for $50; which stretches it to 3 years.

2011 BLACKOUT DATES

January 2
March 13, 20, 25, 27
May 27
July 1
October 16
November 23, 26, 27, 28
December 23, 26, 30

The 2 free roundtrip ticket offer has expired.

It’s important to note that there is an older, alternative Southwest deal that may be more attractive: Get 1 free flight plus $500 in Southwest gift cards. The older deal also has the annual fee waived for the first year, but requires $5,000 in spending to receive the $500 in gift cards. Depending upon your spending habits, the older deal may be more valuable.

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5 Responses to “Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Visa: 2 Bonus Tickets with First Purchase”

  1. Mary Jo Bryan Says:
  2. JOAN DWYER Says:
  3. ccwatcher Says:

    @Joan

    The rewards systems of Air Tran and Southwest are not fully integrated yet. This means that for now, A+ Rewards credits cannot be transferred into Rapid Rewards points or redeemed for Southwest flights or vice versa. Eventually, the airlines will provide options to earn and/or redeem in both programs, but that day has not come yet.

  4. Linda Says:
  5. ccwatcher Says:

    @Linda

    The 2 free flights offer has come and gone a few times this year, so there’s a good chance that Chase will bring it back at some point. Whether it will be as soon as January remains to be seen– I haven’t heard anything to that effect as of now. If it does reappear, we’ll definitely cover it in this blog, so if you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe!

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