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welcome offer

Earn 60,000 points plus a 30% off promo code after spending $3,000 within the first 3 months (promotion code expires 10/31/2024).

Bonus Value

Approximately $675

Annual Fee

$69

Card Rewards

2 points on Southwest purchases

New! 2 points on local transit, commuting, rideshares, on internet, cable and phone services, and on select streaming.

1 point everywhere else

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Card Overview

The Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card is a cheaper option of the Southwest credit cards. You earn 2 points on every dollar spent on Southwest flights and 1 point on every dollar spent elsewhere. You will receive 3,000 points after your cardmember anniversary each year and a great companion pass after earning 125,000 points in a calendar year (including the welcome bonus). Receive your first and second checked bag free, with a $0 charge for changing or canceling a reward booking. With the Southwest companion pass you can fly an unlimited amount of flights with your designated companion flying along for free!

Card-Smart Tips & Advice
  • Credit: Good credit needed
  • Chase 5/24 rule: There are data points that this card is currently bypassing the 5/24 rule
  • Max cards: You can get approved for up to 2 Chase credit cards in 30 days. Business cards and personal cards are counted separately
  • Apply for two cards: If you apply for one Chase card and get approved, it is recommended to apply for a second card since Chase is very good about approving for two cards, even within the same day. If the first application is still pending, wait for it to be approved before you apply for a second card
  • Double dipping: If you had received an opening bonus on any personal Southwest rapid rewards credit card in the past 24 months, or you currently have a personal Southwest rapid rewards credit card, then you are not eligible to receive a new bonus
  • Credit bureau: Chase Bank will usually pull your Experian credit report
  • Combining same-day credit inquiries: Some data points suggest that credit inquiries for all Personal Chase cards for same-day applications will be combined; also, credit inquiries for all Business Chase cards for same-day applications will be combined. Credit inquiries for Personal and Business card applications will not be combined. 
  • Check application status: You can check your application status at  Chase.com  / Customer Center / Check my application status or call 1 888 338 2586
  • Reconsideration: If declined you can call 1 888 609 7805 to be reconsidered
  • Quickest way to get my card: You will be able to add your new card to your mobile wallet immediately after you get approved (it can sometimes take up to an hour for it to show up in your online login).

Approval Monitor (submitted by HelpMeBuildCredit users)

100% Approved
735 Avg. Score of those approved
0% Denied
Approved 100% (2)
Denied 0% (0)

Credit limit range $2,000-$3,500

Avg. Credit limit$2,750

Approved 100% (2)
Denied 0% (0)

Disclosure: These results are based on information submitted by HelpMeBuildCredit users. Credit card approval results are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. Neither HelpMeBuildCredit nor the bank advertiser's take any responsibility on the accuracy of the information.

Welcome Offer Eligibility
You cannot get approved for a new personal Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card if your either a current Cardmember of any personal Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Card or previous Cardmembers of any Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Card who received a welcome bonus on any Chase Personal Southwest credit card within the last 24 months.
Card Details And Benefits
Rewards

-2 points on Southwest purchases
– New! 2 points on local transit, commuting, rideshares, on internet, cable and phone services, and on select streaming.
-1 point everywhere else

Foreign Transaction Fee

3%

Free Baggage

First and second checked bags are free on Southwest flights (this benefit is available to all Southwest customers no matter if you have their credit card or not).

Companion Certificate

Earn a free companion pass after earning 125,000 Southwest in a calendar year (welcome bonus points are included). Once earned the pass is valid for an unlimited amount of flights for the remainder of the calendar year plus for the full upcoming year. You will need to pay the companion's taxes and fees.

Auto Rental Collision Insurance

Primary coverage on rentals when renting outside of your country of residence, and secondary coverage on rentals when renting within your country of residence. Coverage is for rentals up to 31 days.

Travel Accident Insurance

Get coverage if you, G-d forbid, die in an accident while traveling or lose a limb, sight, speech, or hearing (on common carriers). Receive up to $500,000 in compensation.

Lost Luggage Reimbursement

Get up to $3,000 per person for lost or damaged luggage.

Extended Warranty Protection

Get your original manufacturer's warranty time matched (up to a year). (Will only cover if the original warranty is for 3 years or less). Max $10,000 per claim, $50,000 per account.

Purchase Protection

Get refunded if your purchase is damaged or stolen, up to 120 days from the date of purchase. Max $500 per claim, $50,000 per account.

Luggage delay insurance

If your baggage is delayed for 6+ hours, you can claim up to $100 per day to cover expenses like toiletries & clothing, for up to 3 days.

Priority Boarding

New! Get 2 free EarlyBird check-in passes

Inflight Savings

New! Receive 25% back (statement credit) for inflight purchases of Wifi, and drinks.

Anniversary Bonus Points

Earn 3,000 points after your cardmember anniversary each year

How can the points be used?

The points can be used at approximately 1 penny per point to book award flights with one of the Southwest airline partners.

Pay yourself back

You can use the points to PayYourselfBack at 1.0 per point to pay the annual fee and 0.8 cents per point up to $300 in statement credit to offset restaurant purchases on your card (ending 06/30/23).

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*The estimate is based on our research on what approximate value consumers get when booking travel with points or transferring the points to partner airlines/hotels and booking award travel. You might need to be reward savvy to achieve the proper value. You can find out more on how we value points here

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