The Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority – What you need to know

Posted on September 16, 2019 by in Credit Card Deals, Southwest Rapid Rewards, Travel Deals, Travel News

The Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card is the newest addition to the Southwest collection. The card comes with a lot of good benefits! It also comes with a higher annual fee but it will get you to that companion pass faster.

About the Card

Annual fee – $149

Sign-up bonus – Earn up to 60,000 points. Earn 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open. Plus, earn 20,000 points after you spend $12,000 on purchases in the first 12 months your account is open.


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

Rewards never expire as long as your account is open and active.

You get an automatic 7,500-point bonus every year you remain a cardholder. You don’t have to meet any spending requirement to receive it. Also, each year, you’ll receive $75 in statement credits after making eligible Southwest purchases. Any Southwest purchases except for upgraded boarding and inflight purchases qualify. You can use this credit to purchase a ticket and effectively cut your annual fee in half.

Southwest Companion Pass

The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the best deals in travel. The Southwest Priority Card’s welcome bonus and the points you earn from spending on the card both count toward earning the pass. To earn a Companion Pass you need to complete one of the following tasks in a calendar year

  • Fly 100 qualifying one-way flights
  • Earn 110,000 qualifying Southwest points

Once you earn the Companion Pass, a friend or family member can travel with you on paid and award flights for just the cost of taxes and fees.

Earning points with the Southwest Priority Card

It’s easy to earn points with the Southwest Priority Card. You can earn points in three ways:

  • 2 Southwest points per dollar on Southwest Airlines purchases, including airfare
  • 1 Southwest point per dollar on every other purchase
  • 7,500 Southwest points each year on your card anniversary

About the author: Mila Kostic is a native of Belgrade, Serbia. After majoring in sociology at the Belgrade University she has been working as tutor and coach. Prior to taking on her role at Mighty Travels, she wrote for a video games, fitness, and health lifestyle website. After starting her work with the Mighty Travels team she discovered her passion for travel and travel writing. Now, she is focused on bringing you the newest travel news. In her portfolio here at Mighty Travels, you can find articles on Airline news, hottest credit card deals, tips and tricks on earning miles and much more. You can reach her at [email protected]

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