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Yesterday, one of the best-ever credit card offers came to an end, at least for the time being. The 100,000-mile bonus for a British Airways credit card will be missed.
With that offer off the table, 50,000 miles pretty much defines the high end of current sign-up bonuses. And Southwest (whose cards are issued by Chase, which also issues the British Air card) has stepped up to that bar with its own limited-time offer.
Although not quite as eye-popping as British Airways’, the Southwest bonus and other card-linked perks are probably more useable for U.S.-based travelers.
The Plus card comes with a $69 annual fee and an anniversary bonus of 3,000 points. The Premier card has a $99 annual fee and a 6,000-point anniversary bonus.
There are business versions of both cards, which are also eligible for the bonus. So you may be able to qualify for both a personal and a business card, for a total of 100,000 bonus points.
From the Terms & Conditions: “This one-time bonus offer is valid only for first-time Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards personal Cardmembers with new accounts. Previous and existing Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards personal Cardmembers/accounts are not eligible for this bonus offer.”
There’s no published end date to the bonus offer so it could be terminated at any time.
Deal or No Deal
The standard bonus for Southwest cards is 25,000 points, so this is twice the norm and probably as good as it will ever get.
In Southwest’s Rapid Rewards program, 50,000 points is worth $833 when redeemed for Wanna Get Away fares and should be enough for two round-trip flights.
If you haven’t had a Southwest credit card recently and can make good use of two Southwest flights, this offer is both generous and accessible.
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