Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards

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Southwest Airlines – Our Favorite Airlines to Las Vegas

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards offers a flexible program and makes award redemption so easy.

Southwest Rapid Rewards Overview and Rules

Southwest Rapid Rewards Overview and Rules

Earn Rapid Rewards

There are a lot ways to earn Rapid Rewards. 

  • Chase Southwest Airlines Visa – Currently, it is offering 25,000 Rapid Rewards bonus by spending $1,000 in first three months of account opening.  This is a bad deal.  Please wait patiently for their 50,000 Rapid Rewards bonus, which available very often.
  • Chase Ultimate Rewards – transfer your Ultimate Rewards to Southwest Rapid Rewards
  • Earn by flying – Rapid Rewards are calculated based on the dollar amount x class of services (*6X for Wanna Get Away Fare, 10X for Anytime Fare, and 12X for Business Select Fare)
  • Earn by shopping online via Southwest Airlines site
  • You can also earn Rapid Rewards from hotel stay, car rental, partners and promotions.

 

1:! point transfer for Chase Ultimate Rewards

1:1 point transfer for Chase Ultimate Rewards

Earn Rapid Rewards by Flying

Earn Rapid Rewards by Flying

Earn Rapid Rewards by Shopping Online

Earn Rapid Rewards by Shopping Online

 

Redeem Rapid Rewards

When you make the reservation, it has options for “Dollar” or “Points”.  If you pick “Points”, you are on your way to redeem your Rapid Rewards

Your Rapid Rewards worth 1.5 to 1.8 cents per point.  What does that mean?  It means you get 50% to 80% more in value comparing with cash back.  ( Usually 10,000 points = $100 in cash back, i.e. 1 cent per point.)

Recently I redeem a Roundtrip Ticket from San Jose to Las Vegas, which cost me 5,846 Rapid Rewards Points plus $11.20 tax and the paid fare for the ticket is $117.20. 

($117.20 – $11.20) / 5846 points = 1.8 cents per point

Redeem Rapid Rewards

Redeem Rapid Rewards

 Secrets on Redeem Rapid Rewards

  • If the fare is on sale and costs less points to redeem the award ticket, you can go to “Manage Reservation”, and change the reservation with the same flight, then you will credit the different of the points back into your account.  For example, when you redeemed, it required 3508 points and now it only requires 2923 points, you can get back 585 points on your Rapid Rewards account for future use.
  • Because you already paid for $5.60 tax on your first redemption.  When you change the reservation, make sure you pick “Applied Credit” to the new reservation, otherwise, the system will ask you for the payment again.  If not, your $5.60 credit will leave in your account, attached to that confirmation number for future use and it is only good for one year and it is only good for the same traveller.  If you forget to use it, you lose it.
  • Anytime if you change your plan, you decide to cancel the flights, it is no penalty.  The points will go back to your account immediately after your cancellation, but you will have a credit of tax that paid, which is non-refundable, but you can use the credit within one year.  Please remember to keep your cancelled confirmation number so you can retrieve your credit.
  • If you paid for your tickets for Wanna Get Away fare, which is non-refundable, you can keep the credit for future travel use when the fare is on sale.  Same rules apply.  The credit is good for one year and has to be used by same traveller, otherwise, you lose it.
  • You cannot use the credit to pay for “Early Bird Check-In” fee of $12.50 each way.

 

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