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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #50 on: November 17, 2014, 03:52:24 PM »
You basically need to sign up for 2 southwest credit cards-  I did the 2 personal credit cards, the "Plus" and the "Premiere."  I was approved for both instantly.  (Tip*  Do the 2nd one in another browser like IE instead of Chrome or use incognito mode in Chrome).  (Sucks that you will probably have to pay both annual fees)

After learning that you can do this with two personal cards. I decided to take the plunge and test it out myself. Over the weekend I applied, unfortunately I wasn't able to get any instant approval and both went to further review. So off to the reconsideration line I went. However, the agent on the reconsideration line told me I would need a verification department in order to proceed with this approval. It seems that they needed to verify that it was actually me who applied for these two apps and their verification department was only open on the weekdays.

So fast forward to today. I gave them a call today and answered two basic questions in regards to my chase accounts. Then the agent instantly approved both cards right on the spot. So here's looking to having the companion pass again for 2015-2016. I hope everyone is able to jump on this deal. So if you're worried about not having a "business" and applying for the business version. You can definitely jump on board for the two personal cards.
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« Reply #51 on: November 17, 2014, 05:33:37 PM »
So if you're worried about not having a "business" and applying for the business version. You can definitely jump on board for the two personal cards.

Last year I applied for a "business" credit card with the business description being that I travel a lot for work and wanted a separate card to use for all of my expenses that would get reimbursed. I've gotten another card with "I just started a website". There is no verification if you say "I just started..." and have an expected revenue of <$100. They just process the business card with the underwriting they would use for you personally and call it a day.
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« Reply #52 on: November 17, 2014, 07:06:56 PM »
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I did the serve soft card last night.  I one of us fills it successfully lets report back to confirm it shows up as a transaction and not a cash advance ok?

Agreed. I am especially curious if not having a cash advance line of credit on the cards will hinder me loading Serve with them (neither card was approved cash advance capabilities). Some of the info I've found says that some cards authorize as a cash advance, but then settle as a purchase - and this would require a cash advance line of credit.

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« Reply #53 on: November 18, 2014, 04:30:36 AM »
Last year I applied for a "business" credit card with the business description being that I travel a lot for work and wanted a separate card to use for all of my expenses that would get reimbursed. I've gotten another card with "I just started a website". There is no verification if you say "I just started..." and have an expected revenue of <$100. They just process the business card with the underwriting they would use for you personally and call it a day.

I agree, you can definitely apply and get granted for multiple business cards as long as you have a rational explanation. Just as you mentioned explanations like new business, accounting reasons, etc. are all legitimate reasons. I've gotten some business apps pushed through right after I applied and they didn't question anything about my business. The two personal cards was more of a test for myself and the two inquiries will be consider as one pull from Chase since I did them the same day. The chase analyst even confirmed this when I called the recon department since they pull from the same credit bureau for each app.
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #54 on: November 18, 2014, 06:10:50 AM »
I am new to cr card churning  , could somebody explain how to time the billing cycle for this offer. If i apply now (Nov-2014), i'll have 90 days from the day i activate my card to complete the min spend req of 4k on two cards ? is there a specific day of the month that the card needs to be activated to get the correct billing cycle ? Also to get the other 6k points for companion pass - can i transfer accumalated points from existing chase or other bank acc i have as the 6k spending seems tough.

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #55 on: November 18, 2014, 08:20:09 AM »
I am new to cr card churning  , could somebody explain how to time the billing cycle for this offer. If i apply now (Nov-2014), i'll have 90 days from the day i activate my card to complete the min spend req of 4k on two cards ? is there a specific day of the month that the card needs to be activated to get the correct billing cycle ? Also to get the other 6k points for companion pass - can i transfer accumalated points from existing chase or other bank acc i have as the 6k spending seems tough.

It's a lot simpler than you think. Apply in November, the card will show up sometime in late December. Finish your 4k in spending by the end of February and you'll be fine.

For the 6k points, points transferred from other cards usually don't count but Southwest runs promotions all the time for other ways to earn points. I talked about 2 promotions I used earlier.

Another companion pass holder here. I did this deal last year with one personal card and one business card (easier to get approved for one of each than two personal cards). I was really nervous about the timing and I didn't have any flights planned until April so I didn't finish up my spending and points earning until February.

For the last 6000 points you need to get to 110,000, I used two promotional offers to get a bunch of points. First they were offering 1000 points per bouquet of flowers you bought so I bought flowers for Mothers day and Valentines day for a few people and then I had to rent a car and got another 2400 points there.
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #56 on: November 18, 2014, 09:19:01 AM »
Does anyone know if it's fine to add someone else to your account and still rack up the points? It'll be much easier for me + boyfriend to spend $4K in 3 months than just me by myself.

(I haven't ever added someone to my account before, so I'm not sure how that works.)

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« Reply #57 on: November 18, 2014, 09:21:40 AM »
Does anyone know if it's fine to add someone else to your account and still rack up the points? It'll be much easier for me + boyfriend to spend $4K in 3 months than just me by myself.

(I haven't ever added someone to my account before, so I'm not sure how that works.)

Yup. If you add an authorized user, all the charges are still posted to your account and earn points. You are still legally liable for all charges (and the authorized user has no liability whatsoever).

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« Reply #58 on: November 18, 2014, 09:35:13 AM »
I am new to cr card churning  , could somebody explain how to time the billing cycle for this offer. If i apply now (Nov-2014), i'll have 90 days from the day i activate my card to complete the min spend req of 4k on two cards ? is there a specific day of the month that the card needs to be activated to get the correct billing cycle ? Also to get the other 6k points for companion pass - can i transfer accumalated points from existing chase or other bank acc i have as the 6k spending seems tough.

It's a lot simpler than you think. Apply in November, the card will show up sometime in late December. Finish your 4k in spending by the end of February and you'll be fine.

For the 6k points, points transferred from other cards usually don't count but Southwest runs promotions all the time for other ways to earn points. I talked about 2 promotions I used earlier.

Another companion pass holder here. I did this deal last year with one personal card and one business card (easier to get approved for one of each than two personal cards). I was really nervous about the timing and I didn't have any flights planned until April so I didn't finish up my spending and points earning until February.

For the last 6000 points you need to get to 110,000, I used two promotional offers to get a bunch of points. First they were offering 1000 points per bouquet of flowers you bought so I bought flowers for Mothers day and Valentines day for a few people and then I had to rent a car and got another 2400 points there.

I hope I get my cards before late December!  You meant late November, right?
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #59 on: November 18, 2014, 10:14:28 AM »
tyd450 - yeah you're probably right, mine usually show up about 2 weeks after I apply but if you get denied the first time and then have to call in to appeal it probably will be middle of December until you get the card and your first billing cycle starts. Either way, finish your spending by the end of February and you will probably be fine.
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« Reply #60 on: November 18, 2014, 10:53:28 AM »
I also did this last year and it's the best thing ever.  Southwest flies to a couple places in Mexico and the Caribbean now, too, and international flights are expected to expand even more (since they bought AirTran a couple years ago, who has planes that can fly over oceans).

Something I haven't seen mentioned - the best way to get the most use of this is for business travel, if your company allows it.  I can book a paid SW flight for work and earn the miles from it, my boyfriend can tag along with the companion pass for free, and our hotel is paid for by work where I'm also earning hotel loyalty points.

Not sure if one of the earlier questions has been answered confidently yet or not - yes, the points are transferred a day or two after the billing statement ends.  So, if it ends 1/2, your points will show up in SW around 1/3-1/5.  It will take about a day for the actual companion pass to show up in your account.  I called and bugged them about it and they put it in for me the day the points credited.

Even more fun: SW will start targeting you for free drink coupons in the mail!

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« Reply #61 on: November 18, 2014, 10:55:54 AM »
I also did this last year and it's the best thing ever.  Southwest flies to a couple places in Mexico and the Caribbean now, too, and international flights are expected to expand even more (since they bought AirTran a couple years ago, who has planes that can fly over oceans).

Something I haven't seen mentioned - the best way to get the most use of this is for business travel, if your company allows it.  I can book a paid SW flight for work and earn the miles from it, my boyfriend can tag along with the companion pass for free, and our hotel is paid for by work where I'm also earning hotel loyalty points.

Not sure if one of the earlier questions has been answered confidently yet or not - yes, the points are transferred a day or two after the billing statement ends.  So, if it ends 1/2, your points will show up in SW around 1/3-1/5.  It will take about a day for the actual companion pass to show up in your account.  I called and bugged them about it and they put it in for me the day the points credited.

Even more fun: SW will start targeting you for free drink coupons in the mail!

I am so excited for this- I can't believe they actually let the bonus points count towards the companion pass!
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #62 on: November 18, 2014, 11:01:51 AM »
I am so excited for this- I can't believe they actually let the bonus points count towards the companion pass!

One thing to keep in mind is that the bonus points do count towards companion passes, but do NOT count towards A-list.

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« Reply #63 on: November 18, 2014, 11:02:41 AM »
I am so excited for this- I can't believe they actually let the bonus points count towards the companion pass!

One thing to keep in mind is that the bonus points do count towards companion passes, but do NOT count towards A-list.

Those cheap bastards
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« Reply #64 on: November 18, 2014, 12:06:34 PM »
I am so excited for this- I can't believe they actually let the bonus points count towards the companion pass!

One thing to keep in mind is that the bonus points do count towards companion passes, but do NOT count towards A-list.

Those cheap bastards

Doubly cheap because flights you take with points don't count either. So those 200,000 points I've earned this year, even when I took a flight with those points it didn't count towards A-list. I guess I'll just have to keep getting on the plane in the normal order and paying for my in-flight wifi on the 32 flight segments I've scammed them out of :-)
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« Reply #65 on: November 18, 2014, 12:07:47 PM »
Let me guess, you have to pay for early bird or check in yourself like a sucker?
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« Reply #66 on: November 18, 2014, 01:54:26 PM »
F*ck it. I bit the bullet and made the applications today. From start to finish, it was under 5 minutes, complete with instant approval for both the Plus and Premier Personal Cards. Too easy.

I fly a lot for work, and my wife is my coworker. We get reimbursed for our flights as well. I'll be able to spent the required money in no time at all.

Just to be certain, as I've not participated in an offer like this before;

I need to be sure that the final purchase/transaction that brings me over 110,000 points occurs in January 2015 correct? NOT any sooner than that. Or else I will essentially forfeit nearly 12 additional months of the companion pass.

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« Reply #67 on: November 18, 2014, 03:12:51 PM »
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I need to be sure that the final purchase/transaction that brings me over 110,000 points occurs in January 2015 correct? NOT any sooner than that. Or else I will essentially forfeit nearly 12 additional months of the companion pass.

Yes! You need to make sure that all of the 110,000 points credit to the account in 2015 - you can do some of the spending in 2014, as long as the billing cycle ends early in 2015.

I am hoping to call customer service when I get my cards to move the billing end date to the 4th, so I will have from Dec 5th to Jan 4th to get most of the spend done, and still have the points post to rapid rewards in 2015.

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« Reply #68 on: November 18, 2014, 06:57:00 PM »
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I need to be sure that the final purchase/transaction that brings me over 110,000 points occurs in January 2015 correct? NOT any sooner than that. Or else I will essentially forfeit nearly 12 additional months of the companion pass.

Yes! You need to make sure that all of the 110,000 points credit to the account in 2015 - you can do some of the spending in 2014, as long as the billing cycle ends early in 2015.

I am hoping to call customer service when I get my cards to move the billing end date to the 4th, so I will have from Dec 5th to Jan 4th to get most of the spend done, and still have the points post to rapid rewards in 2015.

Not just the final purchase. All of your points need to be earned in 2015 otherwise they won't count towards the 110k points for the companion pass. The program is "if you earn 110k points in one calendar year, you get a companion pass good for the moment you reach 110k until the end of the following calendar year." So have 0 points on January 1st, have 110k as fast as possible (where 100k of that happen as a bonus soon after your last statement that says total spend since you got the card was greater than 2k/card) and get a companion pass good through the end of 2016.

The bit of clarification is that lets say that you put $1,999 on each card in the month of November and your December statement comes out before January 1st, then those points earned from the $3,998 wont count towards your 110k because you will have earned them in 2014, not 2015.
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« Reply #69 on: November 18, 2014, 08:28:06 PM »
I think you will owe tax on the FMV of the 100,000 points, so probably will owe tax on $2000 or so.  In our bracket that would be about $600 of federal tax.

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« Reply #70 on: November 18, 2014, 08:38:59 PM »
I think you will owe tax on the FMV of the 100,000 points, so probably will owe tax on $2000 or so.  In our bracket that would be about $600 of federal tax.

Everything that I have seen on the subject has said that the IRS's position on credit card rewards is that they are a discount on all purchases applied to the card to earn the rewards.
There has been one case where Citi issued tax forms for credit cards that earned AA miles. In that scenario, you could probably argue that you can't really assign a fair market value to points, since their value differs greatly based on what flight you book. In the case of Southwest, it's a bit more clear cut because the points required for a ticket are proportional to the ticket price.

However, even then, how could anybody truly assign the fair market value of Southwest's points? There are three tiers of tickets, and with each tier, the points are worth different amounts - 1.43 cents, 1 cent, or .83 cents per point (I'm pulling this from a website, so it may not be exactly accurate, but the fact that the points have different values across tiers of tickets is easily verifiable). And you could also decide to redeem your Southwest points for gift cards instead, at which point you get a far lower value of your points. Which of these valuations do you use?


Of course, the IRS position of credit card rewards being a discount towards spending charged to the card becomes problematic for cards such as Bank of America's Better Balance Rewards card, which only requires you to pay your bills on time (you need to charge something, but the amount doesn't matter) and earn up to $120/yr.

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« Reply #71 on: November 18, 2014, 08:41:26 PM »
Usually you can call them and ask them the last date by which you must achieve the spending to meet the program requirements.  I've done this many times in the past, and they're happy to look it up for you and give you an exact date.  That way there is no guesswork involved.  Usually it is 90 days or three months from the date they issue you the card and stick it in the mail to you.  So those of you getting approved now probably have until about 2/18.  But again, I'd suggest calling and asking.

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« Reply #72 on: November 18, 2014, 08:46:02 PM »
It was my understanding that reward points for spending are not considered taxable, but signup bonus rewards are.  I think I read that was the ruling.   Some of the forms from cards mention you will get a 1099 for the bonus given.

This deal you guys are discussing though might be different.  It seems you have to spend xx dollars to get the points and they are not just a signup bonus?   That might make them non-taxable.

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« Reply #73 on: November 18, 2014, 09:02:00 PM »
I guess I'll just have to keep getting on the plane in the normal order and paying for my in-flight wifi on the 32 flight segments I've scammed them out of :-)

Someone I know NOT ME uses acrobat to add "a list preferred" to his boarding pass to use the flyby lane and post-a group boarding.  Their screen just flashes valid/invalid not a detailed analysts of your boarding pass.

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« Reply #74 on: November 18, 2014, 09:27:58 PM »
It was my understanding that reward points for spending are not considered taxable, but signup bonus rewards are.  I think I read that was the ruling.   Some of the forms from cards mention you will get a 1099 for the bonus given.

This deal you guys are discussing though might be different.  It seems you have to spend xx dollars to get the points and they are not just a signup bonus?   That might make them non-taxable.

That is the key differentiating factor - whether you need to spend $X to get your bonus or not. It's the same rationale that is applied to bank account signup bonuses - there's no spending required to get such bank bonus, and hence it's considered taxable.



tl;dr - This whole discussion of possibly owing taxes on the sign up bonus is a red herring. Enjoy your free flights!

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« Reply #75 on: November 19, 2014, 09:19:45 AM »
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« Reply #76 on: November 19, 2014, 11:17:00 AM »
I applied and got the two cards. Looking forward to spending $10k asap (seems very unmustachian).

Basically I need to spend $4k in the next 2 months and $6k asap (to get maximum companion pass time) right?

Any reason why I wouldn't just apply for a 3rd card? Get another 50k points and I only have to spend $6k total (instead of 10) and an additional yearly fee/credit hit.

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« Reply #77 on: November 19, 2014, 11:18:54 AM »
I applied and got the two cards. Looking forward to spending $10k asap (seems very unmustachian).

Basically I need to spend $4k in the next 2 months and $6k asap (to get maximum companion pass time) right?

Any reason why I wouldn't just apply for a 3rd card? Get another 50k points and I only have to spend $6k total (instead of 10) and an additional yearly fee/credit hit.

Not exactly. You need to make sure you reach your $2k per card on a statement that's cut in January, or later. See above.

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« Reply #78 on: November 19, 2014, 11:41:20 AM »

Not exactly. You need to make sure you reach your $2k per card on a statement that's cut in January, or later. See above.

Thanks, I figure the statements associated for the cards I just applied for will likely end in Jan but I'll double check.

Any reason why I wouldn't get a 3rd card?

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« Reply #79 on: November 19, 2014, 11:46:31 AM »

Not exactly. You need to make sure you reach your $2k per card on a statement that's cut in January, or later. See above.

Thanks, I figure the statements associated for the cards I just applied for will likely end in Jan but I'll double check.

Any reason why I wouldn't get a 3rd card?

I got a 3rd card but went with the Sapphire Preferred which gives 40k bonus points (ultimate rewards points).  I am going to transfer some of those over to Hyatt 1:1 and then transfer from Hyatt to Southwest to finish off the $6k in additional spending requirement to get the companion pass.
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« Reply #80 on: November 21, 2014, 01:55:25 PM »
I got my cards today!
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« Reply #81 on: November 22, 2014, 11:53:48 AM »
I got my amex serve/softcard today and activated it.  I just loaded $500 on it from my Chase Sapphire Preferred card which I need to spend $3k on in the next 3 months.  I am trying to do this one before the 2 Southwest cards because it doesn't matter if I hit the bonus on that one before January.

FYI on 2 things:   

1.  The softcard version of the serve card allows $500 per day $1500 per month of credit card loading but I was worried at first because when you go to load it on the serve website it shows you the $200/$1000 limit...  But you do in fact have the $500/$1500 it just doesn't make it clear.  I had no problem loading $500 today.

2.  After I loaded the $500 I checked chase.com to see what happened.  It reduced my available cash advance limit by $500.  I heard that it initially does this but then it posts as a valid transaction... not a cash advance-  so don't panic if this happens to you as well.


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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #82 on: November 22, 2014, 07:21:01 PM »
I got a notice via email that my two cards should arrive in 5-7 business days. Awesome. Just wish they were here yesterday when I spent $575 on business. Damn.

But, it looks like I scored a temporary contract for the next 4-5 weeks and when they arrive, I'll be able to to push all of my expenses onto the cards. Should amount to about $1k/week in business expenses and another $500-$600 in personal expenses. Perfect timing for this.

Just got to make sure the purchases fall in the statement ending in January!
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #83 on: November 22, 2014, 07:37:02 PM »
I'm still waiting on my new SIM card for the softcard app to work... no indication when that will get here, or if it even shipped. That's okay though, because I don't have the cards yet, and I probably won't start loading spending onto them until after December 3rd (my intended billing cycle end date). tyd450, did you change your billing cycle end dates at all?

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #84 on: November 22, 2014, 08:38:16 PM »
I just applied and was approved for plus and premier personal cards. Looks like you can also earn an easy 500 points For subscribing to the Rapid Rewards Report and the Rapid Rewards email update. I would do it in January.

https://www.southwest.com/rapidrewards/emails

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #85 on: November 22, 2014, 09:45:22 PM »
No but I did call to check my closing dates because the website said "unavailable."   I need to spend $3k in 3 months on the sapphire preferred for that bonus so I will just bang that out first because it doesn't matter if I finish that one before January.  It helps getting $1500 of that done right away with the Amex serve! 
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #86 on: November 22, 2014, 09:46:43 PM »
Kudy who is your cell provider?  Are you close to a store.  When I was with Verizon I could just walk in to a store and get a new sim on the spot for free.
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #87 on: November 23, 2014, 07:13:13 AM »
and the points rightfully shouldnt count towards Alist.  coming from a guy who flies 40 times a year, you dont need A list status for your 3-5 free round trips you fly.  you can check in on time or pay for early bird and get to the airport earlier to clog up the security line bc you never travel and dont know how to go thru security.  and dont be one of those people who bitches at us when we walk past you on the way in... fly 20-40 times a year and you can do it too. 
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #88 on: November 23, 2014, 09:17:37 AM »
Boarder we were just joking around- this is an amazingly generous offer and pretty unbelievable.  We won't take up your precious a-list status!
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #89 on: November 23, 2014, 09:22:47 AM »
and the points rightfully shouldnt count towards Alist.  coming from a guy who flies 40 times a year, you dont need A list status for your 3-5 free round trips you fly.  you can check in on time or pay for early bird and get to the airport earlier to clog up the security line bc you never travel and dont know how to go thru security.  and dont be one of those people who bitches at us when we walk past you on the way in... fly 20-40 times a year and you can do it too.

I'm sorry that you have to even spend time in the same airspace as us lowly few-times-a-year flyer-plebs.

Seriously though, that came off as super elitist.  And I fly from some pretty small regional airports, filled with people who haven't flown for years, and I still don't feel like you.
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #90 on: November 23, 2014, 11:24:08 AM »
Kudy who is your cell provider?  Are you close to a store.  When I was with Verizon I could just walk in to a store and get a new sim on the spot for free.

I'm with T-Mobile - there's a store not too far away; might be worth dropping in there if I don't get the SIM that supposedly is on it's way before I need it.

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  • Pre-buy household goods I'll need over the next 2 months
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #91 on: November 23, 2014, 01:08:59 PM »
Hi All,

Long time reader, first time forum participant.  Just now getting interested in the churning game and I think I am completely misunderstanding how to make this work.  I am specifically interested in the Companion Pass status.  From what I reading below from the SW site and card terms, Bonus points do not count 1 for 1 toward reaching Tier Qualifying Status which is what is needed for Companion Pass.  Am I misunderstanding this or is obtaining free flights for a companion for over a year really this easy to obtain?

From FAQ on Tier system SW site: 

To qualify for a Companion Pass, you will need to earn 110,000 points from any combination of Southwest Airlines flights and Rapid Rewards Partners per calendar year, or fly 100 Southwest Airlines one-way qualifying flights per calendar year.

From FAQ SW site on earning points:
Tier Qualifying Points are earned from revenue flights or through the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Card from Chase. Points earned via Rapid Rewards Partners-with the exception of the Rapid Rewards Premier Card from Chase-purchased points, Bonus Points, or points earned via a promotion are not Tier Qualifying Points and do not count toward tier qualification.

Condensed From the Offer Details of the Personal Premier Card:

Earning Points
You will earn 1,500 Tier Qualifying Points (TQPs) for each $10,000 of eligible Net Purchases. TQPs are used solely towards elite status qualification. Maximum TQP accumulation is 15,000 points per Year, which equates to $100,000 in Net Purchases. There is no maximum number of points that you can accumulate on Net Purchases. (ďYearĒ means, for your first year as a cardmember, the period beginning with your Enrollment Date through your billing cycle with a December closing date of that same year. For each year thereafter, ďYearĒ means the twelve billing cycle period beginning the day after your billing cycle with a December closing date through your billing cycle with a December closing date of the next year.)

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #92 on: November 23, 2014, 02:57:44 PM »
As I understand it, "elite" status is in no way tied to the companion pass. You should be able to get a companion pass with the credit card bonus points, but you cannot obtain A-list status.

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #93 on: November 23, 2014, 04:11:07 PM »
Ok, that's it, I'm jumping in the pool too! 

We've been thinking about getting in the game, and this offer makes it easy to finally take the leap.  I applied for the Plus and Premier cards and received approval for both immediately. 

Thanks, tyd450, for posting about the offer! I'm sure I'll be thinking another thank you when we're taking those free flights!

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #94 on: November 23, 2014, 07:05:45 PM »

FYI on 2 things:   

1.  The softcard version of the serve card allows $500 per day $1500 per month of credit card loading but I was worried at first because when you go to load it on the serve website it shows you the $200/$1000 limit...  But you do in fact have the $500/$1500 it just doesn't make it clear.  I had no problem loading $500 today.

2.  After I loaded the $500 I checked chase.com to see what happened.  It reduced my available cash advance limit by $500.  I heard that it initially does this but then it posts as a valid transaction... not a cash advance-  so don't panic if this happens to you as well.

Thanks for sharing the tips tyd450!

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #96 on: November 24, 2014, 08:38:44 AM »
I'm in!  Got approved for the Premier and Plus cards.  Thank you for posting!

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #97 on: November 24, 2014, 08:41:13 AM »
Here's some more good info on the companion pass http://thepointsguy.com/2014/11/southwest-companion-pass-16-things-every-flyer-should-know/

that is a great list that will answer most questions anyone would have!
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #98 on: November 24, 2014, 10:28:54 AM »
I just got approved for the Premier card.  Got "pending" message but called reconsideration the next day and was put on hold for <1 min and they came back and said approved.  They didn't ask any questions.  I'll probably try a business card for the 2nd card as I only got the Chase Sapphire about 6 weeks ago (which is my only other Chase card), so 3 personal cards in the space of 2 months might seem a bit suspect.

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #99 on: November 24, 2014, 10:47:49 AM »
I just got approved for the Premier card.  Got "pending" message but called reconsideration the next day and was put on hold for <1 min and they came back and said approved.  They didn't ask any questions.  I'll probably try a business card for the 2nd card as I only got the Chase Sapphire about 6 weeks ago (which is my only other Chase card), so 3 personal cards in the space of 2 months might seem a bit suspect.

Yeah I did the 2 personal cards back to back and got approved for both instantly.  Then I decided to go for the Sapphire preferred a few days later, got the pending message, called in and they ended up closing out an old Slate card and moving that credit line over to the Sapphire in order to approve
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