Everyone likes getting things for free and you can earn a free flight on Southwest Airlines by joining the Southwest Rapid Rewards Program and earn the required amount of points for a ticket. It’s free to join and it’s easy to earn points by flying, staying in hotels, going on Southwest vacations, renting a car, etc.
How to join the Southwest Rapid Rewards Program
It’s simple to join the Southwest Rapid Rewards Program. All you have to do is sign up either on line, via text or by phone. To sign up online you just go to the Southwest Airlines website and click onto ‘rapid rewards,’ and ‘enroll.’ Then, fill out all of your personal information like name, address, phone, etc. to enroll in the Rapid Rewards program.
If you would rather sign up via text, then you just need to send a message to Southwest Airlines using the code: 72743 or do it via phone to Southwest Airlines Reservations at 1-800-248-4377.
Rapid rewards enrollment promotion code
You get 250 bonus points just for joining rapid reward programme. You can add another 500 bonus points when you sign-up for email report and email update [click n save]. You need to opt in to receive The Report and Email Update and stay subscribed for at least three months, and 500 Bonus Points will be deposited automatically into your account.
Using your Rapid Rewards Account
You will be given your account number at the end of the enrollment process and need this number when you fly so you can earn points towards a free flight. You can also use it at partner locations like car rental or hotels that honor it to earn points.
Best of all, the points never expire as long as you do something to earn points at least every two years. You earn points for every dollar you spend and points earned vary depending on the kind of flight you take.
Plus you can keep track of your points balance either online or by calling (800) 445-5764. Any points earned show up within hours of earning them. You can even earn points for Southwest Vacations too at 1,500 points earned for each one.
Rapid Rewards Status Tiers
Southwest offers three distinct statuses [or tiers] for rapid reward customers as a reward for your continued loyalty. When you join this programe, you will be at basic tier and then you can achieve A-List, A-List Preferred, and Companion Pass as you spend more. You earn status based on one-ways flights or points earned within a calendar year.
- A-List: 25 one-way flights or 35,000 Tier Qualifying Points. A qualifying flight is a one-way revenue flight on Southwest Airlines from an origin city to a destination city, including any intermediate stops and/or connections on Southwest Airlines.
- A-List Preferred: 50 one-way flights or 70,000 Tier Qualifying Point.
- Companion Pass: 100 one-way flights or 110,000 Tier Qualifying Points.
How to Earn Points
There are three ways to earn points on Rapid Reward Program. You earn points whenever you spend on flying with Southwest, or you can earn points when you spend with partners [like credit card, hoteling, renting cars ect] or simply you can buy points.
1. Earn Points by Flying
The amount and type of fare you choose determines how many points you earn. Table below shows how the points are calculated. With Base Tier, you get less points per dollar spend. As you progress to higher tier, you get more reward points per dollar spend. If you are frequent flyer on ‘Business Select’ then you earn the maximum points.
|Fare Type||Business Select||Anytime||Wann Get Away|
|Base Tier||12 points per $1||10 Points per $1||6 Points per $1||A-List Tier||15 points per $1||12.5 Points per $1||7.5 Points per $1||A-List Preferred||24 points per $1||20 Points per $1||12 Points per $1|
2. Earn Points with Partners
You can also earn points by making purchases from Southwest partners like credit cards, entertainment, renting car or staying at hotels. Here is quick look at some of the partners programme.
- Rapid Reward Credit Card from Chase
If you spend enough through credit cards then this special credit card will save you good money on flying. You will receive 25,000 bonus points just for getting this credit card. You also earn 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest and Rapid Rewards Hotel and Rental Car Partner purchases, as well as 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases. At every anniversary of you credit card you receive 3,000 bonus points. You can redeem points for international flights, cruises, hotel stays, car rentals, gift cards, and access to exclusive events.
You can earn 600 points per stay with various hotel partners including Marriott, Hyatt, Starwood, Choice Hotels, Best Western, and Wyndham Hotels. For Wyndham, you must be a member of Wyndham Rewards and set your preferance to air miles and select southwest rapid reward option. You can also redeem 8,000 Wyndham Rewards points for 2,400 Rapid Rewards Points.
- Car Rentals
You can earn 600 points per rental with rental car partners including Avis, Hertz, Budget, Thrifty, Dollar, Alamo, and more.
- Rapid Reward Dining
When you join Rapid reward dining club, you can earn more rewards points from thousands of participating restaurants,
bars, and clubs. You earn 3 points per dollar spend along with 300 bonus points for joining the programe.
- Rapid Reward Shopping
You can earn upto 10 points per dollar spend if you do your shopping from Rapid Reward online mall. You can find and compare thousands of product from your favorite online retailers, such as Nordstrom.com, homedepot.com, Target.com
How to get a Reward Flight
Once you have enough points, which varies depending on the flight you wish to use it for, you can make a reservation and have no blackout dates to get in your way. For instance, it takes 120 points per dollar for business select rates, 100 points per dollar of the fare for Anytime fares, and 60 points per dollar of the fare for Get Away Fare prices.
There are no blackouts and no flight restrictions. If a seat is open, you can use the points to get a free ticket if you have enough to pay the fare price for the seat you want.
This table shows how to calculate points to get a Reward Flight
|Fare Type||Business Select||Anytime||Wann Get Away|
|Sample Fare||$200||$180||$100||Required Points per Dollar||120 points per $1||100 Points per $1||60 Points per $1||Total points required for a Reward Flight||24,000 Points Required||18,000 Points Required||6,000 Points Required|
How to Redeem Rapid Rewards Points for Flights
To redeem the correct amount of points to get a free ticket, just do it online during the reservation process or tell the operator you want to use your points if you call for a ticket. Then, just use your account number and be sure you have enough points needed for the ticket you want to buy.
The points can only be used for the fare and not for extras like pet fares, etc. Plus, you can’t earn points on tickets bought for someone else. However, the points can be used to pay for things like hotels if you have the required amount of points to spend.
The bottom line is that if you like earning points to get free things for your vacation like flights, hotels and more, then you need to hurry up now and sign up to the Southwest Rapid Rewards program today. It’s fast, easy and you can start using it to earn points right away. For more information go to the Southwest Airlines website.