Southwest Airlines Credit Card Offers Two Free Round-trip Flights

by John Kiernan on July 6, 2011

wb-southwestFeel bad about missing the British Airways offer for two free round-trip international flights a few months back? Well, here’s a chance to make up for it. Southwest Airlines recently announced a limited-time deal whereby consumers can score two free roundtrip flights simply by opening the Southwest Airlines Credit Card and making a single purchase.

Think that sounds too good to be true? Let’s take a closer look at the terms of this deal and see whether you are really free to move about the country with this credit card.

First of all, excellent credit is required to garner approval for this card and it has a $99 annual fee. That’s the bad news. The good news is that after making your first purchase, Southwest gives you 50,000 Bonus Points, which are worth $800 in Wanna Get Away Fares with no blackout dates and no rewards expiration. The air carrier will also give you 6,000 bonus points (equal to $100 toward a Wanna Get Away Fare) each year on your Cardmember Anniversary, and you earn 2 Rapid Rewards points for every dollar spent through Southwest as well as its hotel and car rental affiliates and one point for every dollar spent on everything else.

The question therefore becomes: What exactly is a Wanna Get Away Fare, and are there any restrictions or blackout dates?

The answer: Wanna Get Away is merely the branding given to one of Southwest’s discount fare classes. Unlike with Anytime tickets (Southwest’s standard price point) Wanna Get Away tickets are not fully refundable (which really doesn’t apply to free tickets anyway), cannot be changed free of charge on the day of travel and might have to be booked a few days in advance.  Other than that, they don’t differ from Anytime tickets and you aren’t sacrificing anything by redeeming bonus miles for this type of ticket. Besides, you can use your bonus points to book an Anytime or Business Select ticket, you just won’t get as much bang for your buck, so to speak. Check out the image below for a full comparison of the different fare classes offered by Southwest.

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Therefore, the deal Southwest is currently offering with its Rapid Credit Card appears to be an excellent one, which you should jump at while it lasts. So spread the word; tell your friends and family. I know I will. Maybe I’ll see you in Miami or Vegas, and we can toast to Southwest and the power of credit card one-time bonuses.

[Disclosure: Some of the links within this article point to CardHub.com, which is owned by the same parent company as Wallet Blog.]

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