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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #650 on: January 25, 2017, 01:26:59 PM »
I got the Southwest pass in spring 2015 and it lasted through 12/31/16.

I'd like to churn this - I mean get the Companion Pass again - but I think there is a two-year speed limit that Chase imposes (separately from the 5/24 limit).

Does anyone know for sure when this 2 year limit clock starts?  Is it related to account opening or when one gets the points?

From my scant records it looks like I got my first Chase Southwest card on 12/5/14, my second chase card on 1/14/15, and hit my 110K points on a purchase that occurred on 3/23/15.  Both cards were personal ones I believe.

I've got a sophomore in high school and think that getting the CP I can add him to that and then use our points to visit colleges the rest of his sophomore year, all of his junior year, and the first half of his senior year.

I know most of the time people advocate getting this at the end of the year, but I was applying for other cards in November and was afraid if I got the Chase SW cards before 12/5/16 I might violate the 2 year rule and then would be out of luck in terms of the CP.

I tried googling but anything having to do with "2 year" and "companion pass" all point to getting the CP for almost 2 years, not anything having to do with the limit on churnability.

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« Reply #651 on: January 25, 2017, 01:33:32 PM »
https://creditcards.chase.com/a1/southwest/50kPlusNonAEP?CELL=6RHZ
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Earn 50,000 Points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account.* This product is available to you if you do not have this card and have not received a new cardmember bonus for this card in the past 24 months.

It is from when you received your bonus points.  So I'd go with "after the bonus points on the last card went over to Southwest" as a "safe" date to apply again.

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« Reply #652 on: January 25, 2017, 01:42:34 PM »
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Earn 50,000 Points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account.* This product is available to you if you do not have this card and have not received a new cardmember bonus for this card in the past 24 months.

It is from when you received your bonus points.  So I'd go with "after the bonus points on the last card went over to Southwest" as a "safe" date to apply again.

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #653 on: January 31, 2017, 12:49:10 AM »
I'm sure this has been covered, but maybe one of you guys could tell me,

Does transferring points from one Rapid Rewards account to another count towards the companion pass? I'm 9k points shy of the companion pass (not all of my bonus qualifying spending landed in 2017), and was hoping to get that companion pass on my wife's account sooner than later. I've got 51k points left over in my account that could be transferred. Or at least the minimum necessary to earn the CP.
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« Reply #654 on: January 31, 2017, 01:40:15 AM »
No it does not.

They're still allowing the hotel rollover loophole for the next two months, if you have Chase UR points or whatever.
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #655 on: February 07, 2017, 10:08:21 AM »
Got an email today for 50k point referrals.

Send me a message if you need to get started towards your companion pass :)
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« Reply #656 on: February 07, 2017, 11:56:16 AM »
If you are signed up for the 50k miles promotion for the southwest premiere business card, call them and have them move you to the 60k miles sign up promotion. It works!

Now the long version. Just wanted to add a tip for anyone that is in the process of getting the companion pass. I got 2 southwest cards, the personal plus (Oct 2016) and the premier business card (Dec 2016). Both were offering 50k points at the time of sign up. Late in Jan 2017, I noticed that Chase had increased the sign up bonus for the business premier card to 60k points. Up until then, I was concerned about how to get my remaining $6k of spend and this would take care of it. So I called Chase and asked them to apply the 60k sign up bonus promotion to my account instead of the 50k sign up bonus. Note, I hadn't received my sign up bonus as of then, but had completed the spend requirements. The call center rep told me they would put in a request with the marketing department and that I would hear of their decision within 10 business days. I called them again after a week and got the same response. February rolled around, my statement closed and I saw that I was awarded only 50k points, instead of 60k points that I was hoping for. I also got a letter shortly after telling me I was signed up for the 50k promotion. I was pretty disappointed. Anyways, yesterday I got a letter in the mail telling me that they have issued an extra 10k miles which will post to my Southwest account when my statement closes early March. I am super excited as I won't have to manufacture spend to get my companion pass.

So advise for anyone that recently got the business premiere card under the 50k miles promotion. Call Chase and have them move you to the 60k miles promotion.

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« Reply #657 on: February 10, 2017, 01:23:56 PM »
I am sure in the last 14 pages this has been discussed but can you get the premier business card if you are just a landlord or something else that is pretty small and not so businessy?

Can you use it to buy things or services that are just personal? I guess I could pay the HVAC company when they do their annual maintenance and split up my insurance bill but that is, definitely note enough to hit the required spending.

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« Reply #658 on: February 11, 2017, 07:47:51 PM »
I am sure in the last 14 pages this has been discussed but can you get the premier business card if you are just a landlord or something else that is pretty small and not so businessy?

Yes. You just use your SSN.
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« Reply #659 on: February 13, 2017, 01:26:07 PM »
I am sure in the last 14 pages this has been discussed but can you get the premier business card if you are just a landlord or something else that is pretty small and not so businessy?

Can you use it to buy things or services that are just personal? I guess I could pay the HVAC company when they do their annual maintenance and split up my insurance bill but that is, definitely note enough to hit the required spending.

I suppose it's possible, but we weren't successful. Wife was approved for the Premier card, but when applying for the Business card, was denied because the business showed too little profit (we only have one rental). She was later approved for the Plus card which only had a 25k bonus available at the time, so we still ended up with the companion pass, but it was much harder than if we were approved for the Business card. Since your situation sounds similar to ours, your results might also be similar.
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #660 on: February 13, 2017, 03:55:47 PM »
I am sure in the last 14 pages this has been discussed but can you get the premier business card if you are just a landlord or something else that is pretty small and not so businessy?

Can you use it to buy things or services that are just personal? I guess I could pay the HVAC company when they do their annual maintenance and split up my insurance bill but that is, definitely note enough to hit the required spending.

I suppose it's possible, but we weren't successful. Wife was approved for the Premier card, but when applying for the Business card, was denied because the business showed too little profit (we only have one rental). She was later approved for the Plus card which only had a 25k bonus available at the time, so we still ended up with the companion pass, but it was much harder than if we were approved for the Business card. Since your situation sounds similar to ours, your results might also be similar.

Both personal cards (personal premier and personal plus) have 50k bonuses right now, no need for the business one (business premier).  I have referrals, as do other people up thread. PM one of us for it.
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« Reply #661 on: February 14, 2017, 11:25:18 AM »
Can you use it to buy things or services that are just personal? I guess I could pay the HVAC company when they do their annual maintenance and split up my insurance bill but that is, definitely note enough to hit the required spending.

You can. But there are differences in the benefits. For example, the car rental protection provided by a business cc is generally only extended to cars rented for business use.

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« Reply #662 on: February 14, 2017, 11:37:29 PM »
I'm sure this must have been posted somewhere in this thread but I'm lazy. Can someone give me an idea of how long after you pass the $2000 threshold it typically takes for the points to post? The terms say 6-8 weeks, I think. Has that been everyone's experience here?

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« Reply #663 on: February 15, 2017, 03:58:02 AM »
I'm sure this must have been posted somewhere in this thread but I'm lazy. Can someone give me an idea of how long after you pass the $2000 threshold it typically takes for the points to post? The terms say 6-8 weeks, I think. Has that been everyone's experience here?

I've had it happen on both cards about two weeks after the statement close where it passed the threshold.  So depends on where in the statement cycle you hit the spend.
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #664 on: February 15, 2017, 08:12:49 AM »
I'm sure this must have been posted somewhere in this thread but I'm lazy. Can someone give me an idea of how long after you pass the $2000 threshold it typically takes for the points to post? The terms say 6-8 weeks, I think. Has that been everyone's experience here?

I've had it happen on both cards about two weeks after the statement close where it passed the threshold.  So depends on where in the statement cycle you hit the spend.
Yeah - the earlier in your statement cycle you hit the number, the better your odds of getting the bonus miles after that statement.  Last one, we hit the $2K over halfway through the cycle, and it didn't post until the statement after that one.

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #665 on: February 27, 2017, 04:21:23 PM »
Companion pass for the win!

Just got notified that we hit the 110k this month, so I immediately went online and added myself as the companion to my wife's account. Then canceled the ticket I had reserved with air miles on my other southwest account (whose companion pass has expired).

We're SWIMMING in miles now. It's a joke. Should make for some fun last minute travel plans!
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #666 on: February 27, 2017, 04:37:02 PM »
Companion pass for the win!

Just got notified that we hit the 110k this month, so I immediately went online and added myself as the companion to my wife's account. Then canceled the ticket I had reserved with air miles on my other southwest account (whose companion pass has expired).

We're SWIMMING in miles now. It's a joke. Should make for some fun last minute travel plans!

Awesome. I envy you. I am currently working on getting 100K (50K + 50K) from my PREMIER & PLUS. Will have 104K by the end of March hopefully. I still need that additional 6K. We will see how long it will take us to get there.

Congrats.

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Hope they do this again sometime in the future, we would never use it in the next two years, or rarely at best. anywho....

so looking at travel hacking and trying to research all this I have a conundrum.

Which way can you transfer points?

like is it based off of the bank? BoA, chase, etc? That is what I would guess. But what about American Express and discover, they are their own bank and card(?like visa, mastercard etc) but they also have partners. Like the Credit union from my home town has a decent rewards with an american express, so could I transfer from that credit union amex card to other amex cards?

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Hope they do this again sometime in the future, we would never use it in the next two years, or rarely at best. anywho....

so looking at travel hacking and trying to research all this I have a conundrum.

Which way can you transfer points?

like is it based off of the bank? BoA, chase, etc? That is what I would guess. But what about American Express and discover, they are their own bank and card(?like visa, mastercard etc) but they also have partners. Like the Credit union from my home town has a decent rewards with an american express, so could I transfer from that credit union amex card to other amex cards?

You have to consider what types of points each card offers. e.g foes your credit union amex offer Amex membership reward points? Or some other kinds of points? e.g. if you have 2 different Amexes that offer Amex Membership Reward points, they are pooled to your same account. But if one offers MR points and the other offers SPG points, they are not pooled. (That said - Amex MR points DO transfer to SPG points so you could transfer and consolidate).

I was working on American Airlines miles last year. So I got:
- 2 AA credit cards
- 2 SPG credit cards
- 1 Amex credit card that offered Amex MR.

My process was:
1. wait for MR to offer a bonus transfer to SPG. When the offer was available, I transferred all my MR points to SPG, scoring a small amount of bonus points.
2. waited for AA to offer a bonus for miles transferred from SPG. When the offer was available, I transferred all my SPG points to AA.
3. Ended up with a nice pile of AA miles so my brother, SIL, and niece had enough for 3 roundtrips from the UK (where they live) to the US this summer for us to vacation together.
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Now that hotel transfers are going away, has anyone figured out any alternate way to get another Companion Pass? I really miss ours! We've done it with Southwest CCs twice and once with Miles & Points from Marriott.

We've been super careful about CC applications - but I really don't see how we can possibly manage only 5 apps in 24 months so no Chase cards in the foreseeable future.
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BoA has an visa? Alaska airlines card that has 20k bonus and one roundtrip ticket for $121. I think it was only a $1k spend too. seems like a good deal if you and another have an upcoming expensive flight.

edit; that is a companion pass for $121.

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Companion pass for the win!

Just got notified that we hit the 110k this month, so I immediately went online and added myself as the companion to my wife's account. Then canceled the ticket I had reserved with air miles on my other southwest account (whose companion pass has expired).

We're SWIMMING in miles now. It's a joke. Should make for some fun last minute travel plans!

Awesome. I envy you. I am currently working on getting 100K (50K + 50K) from my PREMIER & PLUS. Will have 104K by the end of March hopefully. I still need that additional 6K. We will see how long it will take us to get there.

Congrats.

I was able to get a couple of people to sign up with my referral code, and that aided significantly towards the companion pass. I also bought several months worth of grocery store gift cards at the same time, as well as prepaid some health insurance premiums.
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Now that hotel transfers are going away, has anyone figured out any alternate way to get another Companion Pass? I really miss ours! We've done it with Southwest CCs twice and once with Miles & Points from Marriott.

We've been super careful about CC applications - but I really don't see how we can possibly manage only 5 apps in 24 months so no Chase cards in the foreseeable future.

Apparently branded cards (like the SW) don't count for the 5/24 rule, so you may be able to get the CP from them (if you haven't got the bonus in the last 24 months, you're eligible again), even being over 5/24.  :)
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Now that hotel transfers are going away, has anyone figured out any alternate way to get another Companion Pass? I really miss ours! We've done it with Southwest CCs twice and once with Miles & Points from Marriott.

We've been super careful about CC applications - but I really don't see how we can possibly manage only 5 apps in 24 months so no Chase cards in the foreseeable future.

Apparently branded cards (like the SW) don't count for the 5/24 rule, so you may be able to get the CP from them (if you haven't got the bonus in the last 24 months, you're eligible again), even being over 5/24.  :)

Oooo...this may be worth a shot. We had tried for the Chase Sapphire Reserve back when it was launch but was denied for too many apps. Knew it was a long shot, but took the chance and used up another inquiry. If there's a chance for a SW Companion Pass, we might be willing to take the risk again. I loved that Pass! Then again - we really have to consider as I am trying to figure out how we are going to get all 4 of us to Malaysia next summer.
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Just got companion pass status yesterday. We Transferred 15,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points through Hyatt Gold Passport to pick up the last 7,200 points we needed to push us over the edge. We're already planning a trip to Mexico this fall and maybe another one to Arizona next Spring to see my wife's grandparents. Cannot wait to take advantage of this!
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Just double checking a couple things -

1. You just need to earn 110,000 points in the same year right? Not like actually have the 110,000 in your account at once? For example if we hit the 50,000 bonus on one of the cards I can go ahead and start using them right away right.

2. Along those same lines if I want to book 4 flights for our Family in say September (which they just released) should I just book 3 of them now while the wanna get away points required are really low and then assume/hope I can add the companion in May or June when we hit it for the fourth ticket?

When your using the companion pass it doesn't matter how expensive the flight is by then right?

Pretty sure my assumptions are correct, just wanted to confirm :)
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1.  Yes.

2.  If you're using points, you might even book all 4.  Reason being that booking with SW points is fully refundable, so should your CP not come through for some reason before you need it, you'll have all 4 tickets.  When it does come through, you can then add companion and cancel the original ticket.  Then keep an eye on things - you can get the points back if the fare goes down.

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Just booked our first flight with the companion pass. $896 worth of plane tickets for $22 and 28,000 points. If you figure the $170 in yearly fees for the SW credit cards, we're up $700 already with a ton of points still to go. I have a feeling this travel hacking thing is going to be addicting!
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Yeah the deal is worth like $3,000 - very much worth annual fee + any MS fees you might encounter.

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1.  Yes.

2.  If you're using points, you might even book all 4.  Reason being that booking with SW points is fully refundable, so should your CP not come through for some reason before you need it, you'll have all 4 tickets.  When it does come through, you can then add companion and cancel the original ticket.  Then keep an eye on things - you can get the points back if the fare goes down.

Thanks!! That's what I figured.
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I know it's late in the year to be shooting for the companion pass, but FYI folks, right now you can get 60,000 points for any of the credit cards, so automatic companion pass if you get 2.

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #681 on: October 02, 2017, 08:00:25 AM »
Is today too early to set up for 2018-19?

Offers still at 60K miles for each card.

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #682 on: October 02, 2017, 08:23:08 AM »
Hey all you Southwest fans. We are family of 4 so even with the pass booking the other 3 goes through the points fast.

Got the Companion pass for this year and next (did not even have a chance to use it this year). We have a trip for all of us booked for March and I'm flying by myself in Nov using some points so they are almost all gone from the initial 110K promotion.

Anyone have a recommendation for a non Chase card bonus that I could transfer to get more points?

Ideally I'd like to do a long weekend next fall to use Companion pass one more time but don't want to pay cash for the other 3 flights.
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #683 on: October 02, 2017, 08:27:22 AM »
Is today too early to set up for 2018-19?

Offers still at 60K miles for each card.

Just don't have the 2000'th dollar from either card hit your account in December and get the bonus early.

Also the 60k bonus is supposedly going to end on October 4th so if you're going to get it, get it soon.
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #684 on: October 02, 2017, 08:30:25 AM »
Hey all you Southwest fans. We are family of 4 so even with the pass booking the other 3 goes through the points fast.

Got the Companion pass for this year and next (did not even have a chance to use it this year). We have a trip for all of us booked for March and I'm flying by myself in Nov using some points so they are almost all gone from the initial 110K promotion.

Anyone have a recommendation for a non Chase card bonus that I could transfer to get more points?

Ideally I'd like to do a long weekend next fall to use Companion pass one more time but don't want to pay cash for the other 3 flights.
Assuming it is 2 adults + 2 kids, you could have "2nd adult" get the card.  Then make each kid a companion of one of the adults.

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« Reply #685 on: October 02, 2017, 08:34:09 AM »
Is today too early to set up for 2018-19?

Offers still at 60K miles for each card.

Just don't have the 3000'th dollar from either card hit your account in December and get the bonus early.
Bonus has always come 1-2 statements after the last dollar before.  Also - it is $2,000 within 3 months to get the bonus.

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #686 on: October 02, 2017, 08:38:14 AM »
Is today too early to set up for 2018-19?

Offers still at 60K miles for each card.

Just don't have the 3000'th dollar from either card hit your account in December and get the bonus early.
Bonus has always come 1-2 statements after the last dollar before.  Also - it is $2,000 within 3 months to get the bonus.

One of the 60k cards right now is 2k spend. The other is 3k spend.

It posts after the statement closes with the minimum spend hit, and then the companion pass comes a few weeks after that, typically.  So as long as your 3rd statement closes in January, you're fine to do the spend in Dec in that statement (e.g. say your statement is the 8th to the 8th... you could do the spend after Dec 8, then it'll close Jan 8, and post after that, next year).

You should be good to apply now, and have any 3rd statement (since you have 3 mo for min spend) close in Jan, now that we're in Oct.
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« Reply #687 on: October 02, 2017, 08:49:09 AM »
I'm showing $2000 minimum spend for both cards?

Plus: https://creditcards.chase.com/a1/southwest/60KPlus?CELL=6PLT

Premier: https://creditcards.chase.com/a1/southwest/60kPremier?CELL=6PLT

Anyway - applied and was instantly approved for both.
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« Reply #688 on: October 02, 2017, 09:00:53 AM »
Just hit me how crazy what just happened is.  A bank - a large bank - just agreed to in excess of $50K of revolving credit.  And they're going to give me $1500+ worth of airfare.  And the airline is going to match that.  All took maybe 10 minutes of my time.  And this is the third time since 2015 they've done this for our household - finally got the timing right on this deal.  How is this possible?

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« Reply #689 on: October 02, 2017, 09:18:17 AM »
Just applied for the Plus and Premier as well - was not instantly approved for either and they say they will notify me by mail.

Same thing happened to me with the Sapphire Reserve (which I got).

Should I call them tomorrow or just wait it out? If I do call anything I should say to increase my chances of getting approved?

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« Reply #690 on: October 02, 2017, 09:25:21 AM »
It'll depend on why they didn't instantly approved.  Examples - If you're over the 5/24 rule, from what I've read, there's nothing that will be done - you're SOL until enough time has passed without getting any new cards from anybody.  If it is "too much credit from us recently", you may be able to negotiate - first time I did this, I had opened a United card with Chase recently - they approved southwest card #1, but not #2.  Called the recon line and they agreed to cancel the United card in favor of southwest card #2.

Something with my wife's 2nd card happened as well - a call got it approved but I don't remember what the specific objection was.  She didn't have much credit history at that time, so that may have had something to do with it.

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« Reply #691 on: October 02, 2017, 09:27:20 AM »
I applied for Biz Premier and Personal Plus cards 9/26, have spend date of 1/22. 60k bonus points each, yay. I'm excited to get this.


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« Reply #692 on: October 02, 2017, 09:28:20 AM »
Just hit me how crazy what just happened is.  A bank - a large bank - just agreed to in excess of $50K of revolving credit.  And they're going to give me $1500+ worth of airfare.  And the airline is going to match that.  All took maybe 10 minutes of my time.  And this is the third time since 2015 they've done this for our household - finally got the timing right on this deal.  How is this possible?

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If you're over the 5/24 rule, from what I've read, there's nothing that will be done - you're SOL until enough time has passed without getting any new cards from anybody.

Branded cards (like SW) may be exempt from Chase's 5/24 (only their cards, like Sapphire and Freedom definitely have that rule).
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« Reply #693 on: October 02, 2017, 10:04:57 AM »

Branded cards (like SW) may be exempt from Chase's 5/24 (only their cards, like Sapphire and Freedom definitely have that rule).

I'm hoping. Husband is 6/24, but two of those are non-chase business cards, so might actually be 4/24 by their calculation. He's going to wait until closer to the end of the year and try. If that doesn't work, two of the cards fall off in February, so we'll try again.

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« Reply #694 on: October 02, 2017, 11:25:17 AM »

Branded cards (like SW) may be exempt from Chase's 5/24 (only their cards, like Sapphire and Freedom definitely have that rule).
SW cards are subject to 5/24. The business SW card is 5/24 sensitive (i.e. You will get denied if it's over 5/24) but it does not add to your 5/24 count! Just FYI for these particular cards.


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« Reply #696 on: October 02, 2017, 02:42:20 PM »
In case anyone is wondering - looks like the end date for the current 60K promotion will be 10/4.

https://millionmilesecrets.com/2017/09/13/heads-up-earning-the-best-deal-in-travel-will-soon-become-more-difficult/?utm_source=FB&utm_medium=FB+MMS&utm_campaign=Blog&campaign_id=FB_6080518742826_6080752174026_6080752174226

Yikes. Oct 4th, means that you will complete the 3 months on Jan 4th. So, you have the smallest of intervals to complete the $2k/3k spend, so that you end up with the companion pass for 2018/2019.

If Oct 4th is the last day to apply, wonder if the 3 month deadline happens from the day you get the card (maybe a week or two after you apply).

Any thoughts?

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #697 on: October 02, 2017, 03:06:42 PM »
Supposedly 3 months = 115 days for practical purposes with chase.

Plus - you only need the to post on the January statement as illustrated up thread by ARS.  So if your statement ends January 15th, you'd have from Dec. 16th until then to get the spend done.

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« Reply #698 on: October 02, 2017, 03:16:28 PM »
Hey all you Southwest fans. We are family of 4 so even with the pass booking the other 3 goes through the points fast.

Got the Companion pass for this year and next (did not even have a chance to use it this year). We have a trip for all of us booked for March and I'm flying by myself in Nov using some points so they are almost all gone from the initial 110K promotion.

Anyone have a recommendation for a non Chase card bonus that I could transfer to get more points?

Ideally I'd like to do a long weekend next fall to use Companion pass one more time but don't want to pay cash for the other 3 flights.
Assuming it is 2 adults + 2 kids, you could have "2nd adult" get the card.  Then make each kid a companion of one of the adults.

Can't do any Chase cards right now or that could work.

May just get Capital one freedom or Barclay with the $400 credit and use that do book 1 and part of another or something. Since there is no assigned seats on Southwest anyway shouldn't matter if it's two transactions I guess.
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« Reply #699 on: October 03, 2017, 09:49:15 AM »
I need to visit a Chase branch to open bank accounts. Is there any reason NOT to apply for both of the Southwest cards while I'm there?
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