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How does the Southwest VISA Rapid Rewards program work?

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The Southwest VISA Rapid Rewards program allows users of Southwest VISA credit cards to accumulate points toward free travel when they purchase items with the cards, reports Southwest Airlines. The three Southwest VISA credit card options are the Premier Card, the Plus Card and the Premier Business Card.

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All three Southwest VISA cards offer users 50,000 bonus reward points when they spend over $2,000 within the first three months after opening an account, according to Southwest Airlines. Airfares with Southwest Airlines earn the most points. Additionally, users earn two points per dollar spent on other Southwest Airlines purchases or its hotel and rental car partners, and one point per dollar spent for all other purchases. The Premier and Premier Business Cards offer a waiver of foreign transaction fees and 1,500 qualifying points toward a status upgrade to A List or A List Preferred, which offer priority boarding, priority check-in and other bonuses. The Premier and Premier Business Cards award 6,000 extra points after a year's membership, while the Plus Card awards 3,000 points after a year.

Southwest VISA Rapid Rewards program members are able to redeem their accumulated points for Southwest Airline flights, hotel accommodation, cruises, car rentals and gift cards, states Southwest Airlines. They can also buy extra needed points, give points as gifts or transfer points to others. The points do not expire, there are no blackout dates, and there is no limit to how many flights that users can take with accumulated points.

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