How Does a Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card Differ From Other Cards?


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The Southwest Rapid Rewards Visa card from Chase Bank differs from other cards in that it offers two Rapid Rewards points for each dollar spent with Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partners or Southwest Airlines, according to Chase. Cardholders earn one Rapid Rewards point per dollar spent on all other purchases. Cardholders can redeem the points earned for flights on Southwest Airlines, hotel stays, rental cars, gift cards and other consumer goods.

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Other distinctive features of a Southwest Rapid Rewards Visa card include no change fees on Southwest flights as well as no fees for the first and second checked bags. Cardholders earn unlimited points that have no expiration date as long as there is flight or partner earning activity every 24 months. Purchases made abroad do not incur transaction fees with the Southwest Visa card, as stated by Chase. For flights that cardholders purchase with points, there are no seat restrictions or blackout dates.

Cardholders also receive 50,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on the Southwest Visa card in the first three months after opening an account, according to Chase. For each anniversary, which is the date that is 12 months after the enrollment date and each date that falls 12 months thereafter, a cardholder receives 6,000 points. Cardholders also receive one point for each dollar in balance transfers made within the first 90 days of the account open date, with a maximum earning potential of 15,000 points.

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