For 2015, Get.com and NerdWallet both ranked the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premium credit card as the best airline-specific credit card in the United States. Get.com rates the card four stars out of five, while NerdWallet rates it 4.5 stars out of five.
The reviewers on both sites cite the card's great points program as the primary reason for its high rating. They both praise the program for the generous bonus offered with new card sign-ups, which rewards cardholders with 25,000 points if they spend $1,000 or more within the first three months. Using the card to make Southwest Airlines purchases rewards its owner two points for every dollar spent; cardholders gain one point per dollar for any other purchase made with the card. Account holders also benefit from a 6,000-point bonus on their card's issuance anniversary. Cardholders can redeem points on travel-related expenses and gift cards.