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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #800 on: December 07, 2017, 12:25:15 PM »
Yikes, forgot about it and I am within $100 of the limits. Hoping Chase/SW are not feeling generous and give me the point bonus early.

I did the same thing accidentally, my annual fee actually put me over the limit even, but supposedly the annual fee doesn't count towards the total so fingers crossed they don't start feeling generous!
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #801 on: December 13, 2017, 07:38:24 PM »
I was approved for both Premier and Plus rapid rewards cards back in mid-October, when the bonuses were still 60,000 per card. I've spent to within $250 of the $2,000 on one card and once I put car insurance on the other (late December), I'm within $150 on the other. Today I received the following email:
   
It appears that you may have multiple Rapid Rewards® accounts with past activity. We wanted to make you aware of this so that you can link your accounts and be recognized for all of the points you have earned.

When your accounts are merged, all of your Rapid Rewards Points will reside in one account, making it easy for you to manage your Rapid Rewards activity. It will also ensure that all of your points count toward your reward travel and tier status.

To merge your Rapid Rewards accounts, simply click the link below to access a list of your accounts. Please do not share this link with anyone, as it is personalized for you. From the list, you will select the accounts you would like to merge and validate that the account is yours. You will also have the option to declare that an account is not yours.

Thank you for your continued loyalty and participation in the Rapid Rewards Program.


Sooooo... what the heck is this merge they are talking about? Are they on to us? I confirmed through SM that I have until 1/27/18 to spend the $2,000 on each card, and I don't plan on putting the last charges on either card to reach $2K spending until the month of January. Being new to this whole program I'm just curious if this is their way of trying to get someone to forfeit their companion pass by combining the expenditures in both accounts so you are awarded one 60,000 bonus immediately (in 2017) and the other whenever you cross the $4,000 threshold (either 2017, thus shaving a full year off companion pass, or 2018, not awarding the companion pass at all). Either way, I don't think I'll touch that link until at least February after the points have posted... I just thought I'd throw it out here for discussion since others may have gotten the same message.

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #802 on: December 14, 2017, 07:06:37 AM »
Yikes, forgot about it and I am within $100 of the limits. Hoping Chase/SW are not feeling generous and give me the point bonus early.

I did the same thing accidentally, my annual fee actually put me over the limit even, but supposedly the annual fee doesn't count towards the total so fingers crossed they don't start feeling generous!

Checked last night and found out that they have not credited me the miles. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #803 on: December 14, 2017, 07:34:32 AM »
I was approved for both Premier and Plus rapid rewards cards back in mid-October, when the bonuses were still 60,000 per card. I've spent to within $250 of the $2,000 on one card and once I put car insurance on the other (late December), I'm within $150 on the other. Today I received the following email:
   
It appears that you may have multiple Rapid Rewards® accounts with past activity. We wanted to make you aware of this so that you can link your accounts and be recognized for all of the points you have earned.

When your accounts are merged, all of your Rapid Rewards Points will reside in one account, making it easy for you to manage your Rapid Rewards activity. It will also ensure that all of your points count toward your reward travel and tier status.

To merge your Rapid Rewards accounts, simply click the link below to access a list of your accounts. Please do not share this link with anyone, as it is personalized for you. From the list, you will select the accounts you would like to merge and validate that the account is yours. You will also have the option to declare that an account is not yours.

Thank you for your continued loyalty and participation in the Rapid Rewards Program.


Sooooo... what the heck is this merge they are talking about? Are they on to us? I confirmed through SM that I have until 1/27/18 to spend the $2,000 on each card, and I don't plan on putting the last charges on either card to reach $2K spending until the month of January. Being new to this whole program I'm just curious if this is their way of trying to get someone to forfeit their companion pass by combining the expenditures in both accounts so you are awarded one 60,000 bonus immediately (in 2017) and the other whenever you cross the $4,000 threshold (either 2017, thus shaving a full year off companion pass, or 2018, not awarding the companion pass at all). Either way, I don't think I'll touch that link until at least February after the points have posted... I just thought I'd throw it out here for discussion since others may have gotten the same message.

That sounds completely unrelated to the credit cards. My guess is that you (or someone with the same name) signed up for Southwest's frequent flyer program (called Rapid Rewards) a few years ago and they just want to merge the two accounts. I can't imagine it changing your qualifying points in 2018 in a bad way.
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #804 on: December 21, 2017, 10:43:04 AM »
Just want to check that my math is correct.

I got two cards, a Plus with a $2k spend requirement, 1/25 spend date, and a statement closing date on the 2nd of the month, and a Premier with a $3k spend requirement, a 1/27 spend date, and a statement closing date on the 7th of the month.

I should be fine if I finish my spending right now, right?  Bonuses will post on 1/2 and 1/7?

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #805 on: January 17, 2018, 07:46:44 AM »
Met the MSRs on both the Plus & Premier and today...got all 120,000 points AND now I have the CP through 12/31/19!  23.5 months of BOGO with Southwest!  Super excited.
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #806 on: January 17, 2018, 08:33:30 AM »
Met the MSRs on both the Plus & Premier and today...got all 120,000 points AND now I have the CP through 12/31/19!  23.5 months of BOGO with Southwest!  Super excited.
How quickly did your points post? Was that after statement close?

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #807 on: January 17, 2018, 08:44:52 AM »
Met the MSRs on both the Plus & Premier and today...got all 120,000 points AND now I have the CP through 12/31/19!  23.5 months of BOGO with Southwest!  Super excited.
How quickly did your points post? Was that after statement close?

Statement day was the 12th (for both), points posted today.  Not sure if it's by business days (three?) or just five days after the statement.
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Earn a $150 bonus with Chase Freedom - only $500 spend needed in 3 months.
https://www.referyourchasecard.com/2/DBOP9XI9XT

Southwest Cards - Earn 50k miles for $2k spend in 3 months.
Premier -
https://www.referyourchasecard.com/224/JY2BMSDZJ2
Plus -
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #808 on: January 17, 2018, 08:59:04 AM »
Met the MSRs on both the Plus & Premier and today...got all 120,000 points AND now I have the CP through 12/31/19!  23.5 months of BOGO with Southwest!  Super excited.
How quickly did your points post? Was that after statement close?

Statement day was the 12th (for both), points posted today.  Not sure if it's by business days (three?) or just five days after the statement.
Awesome, congrats! My statements close 1/27 so I have another 2 weeks to wait. :-)

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #809 on: January 17, 2018, 10:05:47 AM »
Got one bonus on the 5th, second one supposed to post today (they didnt change my statement date as i requested, but only cost me a few weeks).  If any mustacian forum members have tips on using the pass/miles, please post them.
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #810 on: January 17, 2018, 01:39:42 PM »
Got one bonus on the 5th, second one supposed to post today (they didnt change my statement date as i requested, but only cost me a few weeks).  If any mustacian forum members have tips on using the pass/miles, please post them.
Book as far in advance as possible.  Keep an eye on prices - they will refund your miles if the price goes down and you make a "change" to your same flight. 

They made a change recently - used to be you could refund your 9/11 fee back to your credit card if you cancelled a rewards ticket.  Lately, I'm only presented with the travel-funds option.  So not quite fully refundable like it used to be, but if you can keep track of your travel funds, this isn't that big of a deal - just apply the $5.60 to the next flight.

I usually book for the non-companion first, and leave the companion off until a few weeks before the flight.  More convenient if you want to make a change - if you book the regular passenger and the companion, you have to cancel the companion ticket first to make any changes.

If a wanna-get-away fare isn't available, consider paying cash on SW or another airline - 40-50K miles for the anytime / business seats is a lot.  Could be worth it in the right circumstances, but usually I prefer the value of the 2+ (often 2+++) round trip tickets you can get for that.

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #811 on: January 18, 2018, 08:53:00 AM »
Got one bonus on the 5th, second one supposed to post today (they didnt change my statement date as i requested, but only cost me a few weeks).  If any mustacian forum members have tips on using the pass/miles, please post them.
Book as far in advance as possible.  Keep an eye on prices - they will refund your miles if the price goes down and you make a "change" to your same flight. 

They made a change recently - used to be you could refund your 9/11 fee back to your credit card if you cancelled a rewards ticket.  Lately, I'm only presented with the travel-funds option.  So not quite fully refundable like it used to be, but if you can keep track of your travel funds, this isn't that big of a deal - just apply the $5.60 to the next flight.

I usually book for the non-companion first, and leave the companion off until a few weeks before the flight.  More convenient if you want to make a change - if you book the regular passenger and the companion, you have to cancel the companion ticket first to make any changes.

If a wanna-get-away fare isn't available, consider paying cash on SW or another airline - 40-50K miles for the anytime / business seats is a lot.  Could be worth it in the right circumstances, but usually I prefer the value of the 2+ (often 2+++) round trip tickets you can get for that.
Thanks!  Whoo hoo.  120k + miles confirmed.  Time to book some flights.
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #812 on: January 18, 2018, 09:05:15 AM »
We did the free Companion Pass for CA residents after 1 purchase offer (DH is legally a resident of CA but we live in VA), and they were very fuzzy on if he would qualify.  Good news as of last night he DID.  So now we have a free Companion pass through December, then I can sign up for the 2 card bonus and run this points churn at the end of the year.  3 free years of free flights, YES PLEASE!

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« Reply #813 on: January 18, 2018, 09:34:49 AM »
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #814 on: January 18, 2018, 09:52:24 AM »
I'm about to pull the trigger on a bunch of apps.  Anyone have an opinion on whether the Chase SW cards fall under the 5/24 rule?

Also, if one has (ahem!) received the Companion pass before, how long does one have to wait, and is the time period measured from when one applied for the cards before, or when one received the miles bonus before?
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #815 on: January 18, 2018, 11:05:35 AM »
I'm about to pull the trigger on a bunch of apps.  Anyone have an opinion on whether the Chase SW cards fall under the 5/24 rule?

Also, if one has (ahem!) received the Companion pass before, how long does one have to wait, and is the time period measured from when one applied for the cards before, or when one received the miles bonus before?

Yes they fall under the 5/24 rule.

What do you mean? As far as Southwest is concerned, all that matters is when the miles hit your RR account. They don't care about the cards one bit as they are managed by Chase, not Southwest. So lets say you had 110k points hit your RR account in January 2016, the Companion pass would last until Dec 31st 2017. Then you could have 110k points hit your RR account on January 1st 2018 and you'd get a new pass good until Dec 31st 2018. i.e. theoretically, if you timed it all absolutely perfectly (which is really hard to do given the impreciseness of points being sent to your RR account after your card statement date) you could never have a gap but most people see a gap of a couple weeks to make sure they don't have points apply too early.
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #816 on: January 18, 2018, 02:42:49 PM »
I'm about to pull the trigger on a bunch of apps.  Anyone have an opinion on whether the Chase SW cards fall under the 5/24 rule?

Also, if one has (ahem!) received the Companion pass before, how long does one have to wait, and is the time period measured from when one applied for the cards before, or when one received the miles bonus before?

Yes they fall under the 5/24 rule.

What do you mean? As far as Southwest is concerned, all that matters is when the miles hit your RR account. They don't care about the cards one bit as they are managed by Chase, not Southwest. So lets say you had 110k points hit your RR account in January 2016, the Companion pass would last until Dec 31st 2017. Then you could have 110k points hit your RR account on January 1st 2018 and you'd get a new pass good until Dec 31st 2018. i.e. theoretically, if you timed it all absolutely perfectly (which is really hard to do given the impreciseness of points being sent to your RR account after your card statement date) you could never have a gap but most people see a gap of a couple weeks to make sure they don't have points apply too early.

Thanks for the answer on the first part.

On the second part, I was under the impression that, in addition to the 5/24 rule, there is also a 2-year-rule on getting the 60K (or whatever it is) bonus on the SW cards specifically.  Since I got two of the Chase SW cards in about November/December of 2015 and reached the 120K miles in about January/February of 2016, if I met the 5/24 rule (which I don't, by a mile), I'd still want to be careful of the second 2-year-rule.
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #817 on: January 18, 2018, 03:35:54 PM »
Yeah - the terms on the cards are that you cannot have received the bonus within 24 months of the new application date.

This is a non-issue for those of us for whom the "companion" is pretty constant and also has decent credit.  Just alternate who gets the cards - first person gets cards, then nearly 2 years later, 2nd person gets cards, then nearly 2 years after that, first person gets the cards again.  You've got near-continuous companion pass coverage for the 2 of you without even coming close on the "once per 24 months" thing on the bonuses.

If your companion, for example, is a minor, that 24 months on the bonuses thing becomes more of an issue.

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #818 on: January 18, 2018, 04:32:49 PM »
If your companion, for example, is a minor, that 24 months on the bonuses thing becomes more of an issue.

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #819 on: January 19, 2018, 07:43:26 AM »
Yeah - the terms on the cards are that you cannot have received the bonus within 24 months of the new application date.

This is a non-issue for those of us for whom the "companion" is pretty constant and also has decent credit.  Just alternate who gets the cards - first person gets cards, then nearly 2 years later, 2nd person gets cards, then nearly 2 years after that, first person gets the cards again.  You've got near-continuous companion pass coverage for the 2 of you without even coming close on the "once per 24 months" thing on the bonuses.

If your companion, for example, is a minor, that 24 months on the bonuses thing becomes more of an issue.

Only issue is if/when the bonuses drop to 40k.  Need at least 50k bonuses to make it work, imo.  Thankfully, I jumped on the 60k (!!) offers this fall.
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #820 on: January 19, 2018, 07:47:05 AM »
Yeah - the terms on the cards are that you cannot have received the bonus within 24 months of the new application date.

This is a non-issue for those of us for whom the "companion" is pretty constant and also has decent credit.  Just alternate who gets the cards - first person gets cards, then nearly 2 years later, 2nd person gets cards, then nearly 2 years after that, first person gets the cards again.  You've got near-continuous companion pass coverage for the 2 of you without even coming close on the "once per 24 months" thing on the bonuses.

If your companion, for example, is a minor, that 24 months on the bonuses thing becomes more of an issue.

Only issue is if/when the bonuses drop to 40k.  Need at least 50k bonuses to make it work, imo.  Thankfully, I jumped on the 60k (!!) offers this fall.
I noticed they're at 50K (60K for business) right now - wonder if the 60K experiment last year will prove to be a one-off.  Agree it is easier to get the $10K spend than $30K, although that's not completely outside the realm of possibility with MS techniques.

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #821 on: January 19, 2018, 08:20:30 PM »
Booked first companion pass flight for a trip i needed later this year under 3000 pts (Sale is on).  So two one way flights are now booked for about 2% of my total earned points. 

《2%x$168 in fees for the cards, + 11.20 in taxes, means we are flying with companion for about $14.56, or $7.28 per segment on this first booking.  If i add back that i could have earned a 2% cash back on the 5k spend, that raises the cost by another 2% of the 5k spend, or another $100, so to be fair we are flying for closer to $8.28 each....Now granted, on sale i could buy these same seats now for $59x2+ $11.20 taxes or $129.20.  Still, made back 2/3 of the up front fees with one booking.

Good times....hope to keep it rolling.
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #822 on: January 22, 2018, 04:40:06 PM »
I swear this is the best deal in the galaxy. Got the companion pass doing this a couple of years ago. We went all over the place using my points and the pass. To NYC twice to see shows, to Boston, to Colorado, to Washington State, to the left coast again on our way to Asia, to freaking Disney World with the kids. How awesome is that?!

Now my SO just got both cards! Whoo hoo! Two more years, baby, two more years. I'm going to push harder for the islands or Costa Rica this time. Then it will be my turn again to get the cards (if they still have this awesome deal).

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #823 on: January 23, 2018, 05:41:59 AM »
@Zamboni — Looks like Hawaii is also in the works as a SW destination! So many options for great travel!

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #824 on: January 23, 2018, 08:26:29 AM »
Looks like I goofed up big time.

I applied for the cards in October, one with my company (60k miles)  and one personal(50k).

The company card billed on the 25th of the month, first bill in 10/25/2017 and the third on 12/25/2017. So, I get my 60k on Dec 25th, instead of January 2018 as I was planning. Spoke to chase and they did not change it.

The personal card should give me 50k miles in Jan.

Is there anything else I can do? Any ideas?


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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #825 on: January 23, 2018, 08:30:30 AM »
Did the miles actually post on 12/25?  Why are you just discovering this now?

Generally, they won't change it once the miles have gone over.

You still have 110000 miles, so that's like $1500 worth of airfare.  or you could manufacture the remaining 60K for this year.  That is a lot of spend though - might want to talk to your bank in advance, or come up with a way other than "buy visa giftcards, then buy money orders at walmart".

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #826 on: January 24, 2018, 07:11:30 AM »
OMG Hawaii! I forgot they just started flying to Hawaii!

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« Reply #827 on: January 24, 2018, 07:14:38 AM »
OMG Hawaii! I forgot they just started flying to Hawaii!
Well - in the works for later this year.  Last flight we took, the flight attendant said something about being a Honolulu based flight crew, although probably a joke.

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« Reply #828 on: January 24, 2018, 07:37:13 AM »
@CowboyAndIndian — you can try applying for the other personal card, if you qualify. When were the actual southwest points awarded? In 2017? It’s odd that they hit your account so quickly after the 25th even with the holidays. If you can’t apply for the other SW card, you can try to manufacture spend or, worst case, purchase miles on a sale. Even without the CP, you still have a ton of miles. You can convert them 1:1 to Amazon and basically cover your household purchases for a while, for free.

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #829 on: January 24, 2018, 05:14:50 PM »
@CowboyAndIndian — you can try applying for the other personal card, if you qualify. When were the actual southwest points awarded? In 2017? It’s odd that they hit your account so quickly after the 25th even with the holidays. If you can’t apply for the other SW card, you can try to manufacture spend or, worst case, purchase miles on a sale. Even without the CP, you still have a ton of miles. You can convert them 1:1 to Amazon and basically cover your household purchases for a while, for free.

Thanks, @lexde.

I can still apply for another card, I guess. This is definitely an option.

It was odd that they immediately put the miles on my account. Called chase, but they refused to do anything.

How do I convert them to Amazon?

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #830 on: January 24, 2018, 05:27:10 PM »
@CowboyAndIndian — you can try applying for the other personal card, if you qualify. When were the actual southwest points awarded? In 2017? It’s odd that they hit your account so quickly after the 25th even with the holidays. If you can’t apply for the other SW card, you can try to manufacture spend or, worst case, purchase miles on a sale. Even without the CP, you still have a ton of miles. You can convert them 1:1 to Amazon and basically cover your household purchases for a while, for free.

Thanks, @lexde.

I can still apply for another card, I guess. This is definitely an option.

It was odd that they immediately put the miles on my account. Called chase, but they refused to do anything.

How do I convert them to Amazon?

Here’s an article with some info. Be sure you redeem in $50.00 increments for 1:1 value.

http://www.thetruthaboutcreditcards.com/get-600-in-amazon-gift-cards-with-the-southwest-credit-card/

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #831 on: January 26, 2018, 10:40:03 AM »
My points for my January statement didn't post until almost three weeks after my statement date, but when they did post, they were backdated to the statement date.

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #832 on: January 29, 2018, 01:35:14 PM »
Points posted (1-3 days after statement closed), companion added, flight to Belize for spring break booked with wife :-)
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #833 on: January 30, 2018, 05:10:14 PM »
That sounds fun! You timed it perfectly.

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #834 on: February 04, 2018, 01:19:15 PM »
Points posted today. Companion pass earned. Booked our first flights to meet up with SO's road trippin' grandparents while they are in New Mexico knocking things off their bucket list. They were going to swing through Taos to see the Earthships we are so fond of. They wanted to see what all the fuss was about. We told them how about we just fly out and stay in one with you? Total flight cost = $22.40. Experiencing Earthships with our Midwestern grandparents = priceless.

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #835 on: February 04, 2018, 02:16:12 PM »
Looks like 60,000 transferred in 2017 and 60,000 are in the process of transferring now (2/2/18 but haven't yet shown up in my Southwest Rapid Rewards account).

Does that mean when I book the companion pass, it will only be good for this year if the first 60,000 showed up in 2017?


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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #836 on: February 04, 2018, 04:14:16 PM »
Looks like 60,000 transferred in 2017 and 60,000 are in the process of transferring now (2/2/18 but haven't yet shown up in my Southwest Rapid Rewards account).

Does that mean when I book the companion pass, it will only be good for this year if the first 60,000 showed up in 2017?



Unfortunately that means you won't get the companion pass. Unless you earn another 40,000 points this year. It has to be 100k in the same calendar year.

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #837 on: February 04, 2018, 08:25:40 PM »
Points posted today as well.  Time to figure out our first destination!

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #838 on: February 10, 2018, 01:59:57 PM »
We got our 120k and our first companion pass too! Too many places to go now and not enough vacation time. I am a little disappointed that the full 2018 calendar isn't up yet for SW as we would like to book our fall trips before hotels book up for our dates. Is anyone else using the Hyatt card too for the all inclusive resorts?

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« Reply #839 on: February 12, 2018, 06:55:39 AM »
nara -

https://www.southwest.com/air/flight-schedules/index.html

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Received the pass in February by getting the business premier 60K bonus and the personal plus 50K bonus. Met the business min spend by prepaying my CPA. Met the plus min spend through gift of college gift cards to make extra student loan payments.

My biggest challenge now is trying to convince my wife that we can travel with a toddler and baby.

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I apply for the business and the personal credit card and just go them.

Do I have to open a Southwest Rapid Rewards account to see my points? Do I have to link my chase accounts to the Southwest Rapid Rewards accounts? Or does that happens automatically?

Thanks.


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Yes, you should open a Southwest Rapid Rewards account first and then put that number in when you apply for the credit cards. Otherwise they will probably just assign you one and you would have to make sure that it was the same one for both.

@AK : Since my son was born 3 years ago, we've only flown Southwest for domestic flights and we love love love Southwest for family flying - free checked bags to accommodate all the baby junk, family boarding before the B group, no change fees, friendly attendants, etc. Plus with their style of boarding, when my son was under 2, even when he was a lap child, most of the time if there was any room on the flight the attendants were usually fine with us bringing the carseat on board so he would get his own seat without us paying for it and he could nap while we watched free TV. Just ask when you check in (or at the gate if you don't like the first answer). We've flown at least 30 times with him and it is totally doable!

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Yes, you should open a Southwest Rapid Rewards account first and then put that number in when you apply for the credit cards. Otherwise they will probably just assign you one and you would have to make sure that it was the same one for both.
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I forgot to do this and they asked me if I want to merge both accounts.

Easy peasy.

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@AK : Since my son was born 3 years ago, we've only flown Southwest for domestic flights and we love love love Southwest for family flying - free checked bags to accommodate all the baby junk, family boarding before the B group, no change fees, friendly attendants, etc. Plus with their style of boarding, when my son was under 2, even when he was a lap child, most of the time if there was any room on the flight the attendants were usually fine with us bringing the carseat on board so he would get his own seat without us paying for it and he could nap while we watched free TV. Just ask when you check in (or at the gate if you don't like the first answer). We've flown at least 30 times with him and it is totally doable!

Passed your feedback along and she said well we have two kids. Overall, she makes do but would rather not travel with young ones if it can be avoided. As always, thanks for your feedback and everyone else's too!

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This might not be the best place to post this, but we've been denied the Chase SW card due to having two many accounts open in the past two years.  We've been churning pretty steadily for the past 3 years and Chase has us locked out apparently.  Does anyone have experience with this?  Or can you advise about how long to wait before applying again.  I'm asking because if we have to wait a full two years, I won't bother with Southwest.  If it's a matter of months, we'll definitely wait because we want the companion pass?  Any advice?

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This might not be the best place to post this, but we've been denied the Chase SW card due to having two many accounts open in the past two years.  We've been churning pretty steadily for the past 3 years and Chase has us locked out apparently.  Does anyone have experience with this?  Or can you advise about how long to wait before applying again.  I'm asking because if we have to wait a full two years, I won't bother with Southwest.  If it's a matter of months, we'll definitely wait because we want the companion pass?  Any advice?

It's a 5/24 rule, so if you've applied for (or received?) five new cards in the past 24 months, including non-Chase credit cards, you will get declined.  For churners, it effectively means you have to choose between (1) Chase or (2) everyone else.

Personally I've gone with choice 2.  To augment this I've tried applying for some of the Chase cards that were listed as not being affected by the 5/24 rule, but was still unsuccessful, probably for other reasons such as too many inquiries overall or enough credit with Chase already.

Since you mentioned "we", one strategy you can employ is have one person do all the other apps and then the other person do the Chase apps every 2 years.  One person should be able to get two Chase SW cards every two years and thus maintain the SW companion pass deal indefinitely.
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I was under 5/24 when I applied for both, and they declined one of them and specifically said it was because I had applied to too many Chase cards (I had gotten CSR earlier in the year). They seem to be tightening up their requirements above and beyond 5/24.
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I was under 5/24 when I applied for both, and they declined one of them and specifically said it was because I had applied to too many Chase cards (I had gotten CSR earlier in the year). They seem to be tightening up their requirements above and beyond 5/24.

Right.  The way I would say it is that Chase has multiple rules for which they will decline you.  If you fail any one of the rules, you'll get declined.  One is 5/24.  They have another one about CSR and similar cards; I don't recall offhand what it is but you can google it.  They, and most other CC companies, will only extend you a certain percentage of your reported income, so if you hit that and still want a card you'll have to move some existing CL from another Chase card.  Obviously if you have bad credit they'll turn you down for that.  There are probably other rules.
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I was under 5/24 when I applied for both, and they declined one of them and specifically said it was because I had applied to too many Chase cards (I had gotten CSR earlier in the year). They seem to be tightening up their requirements above and beyond 5/24.

Right.  The way I would say it is that Chase has multiple rules for which they will decline you.  If you fail any one of the rules, you'll get declined.  One is 5/24.  They have another one about CSR and similar cards; I don't recall offhand what it is but you can google it.  They, and most other CC companies, will only extend you a certain percentage of your reported income, so if you hit that and still want a card you'll have to move some existing CL from another Chase card.  Obviously if you have bad credit they'll turn you down for that.  There are probably other rules.

^This.

I applied for CSP no problem in July 2017.  Then I went for the double dip on the Chase SW cards at 60k and had to haggle with their customer service reps - eventually got them to reduce the credit limit on one of my cards and moved CL over to the new SW card.  I also forgot to include entire household income which you are legally allowed to use.
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