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Rapid Rewards

  • Southwest Airlines
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Ever reliable, Southwest's Rapid Rewards program has long been among the top loyalty programs. For those mainly flying within North America, Rapid Rewards is a must-consider.

  • Companion Pass may the most lucrative benefit in the industry
  • Various credit card partnerships can help members earn frequent flyer benefits without flying like one
  • Customer-friendly change/cancellation policies
  • Route network limited to USA/Central America
  • No partner awards options
Discover Destinations on Rapid Rewards



Accrual Type: Revenue-based

Earn miles by miles flown. See our guide to earning points for more.

Credit Cards

This is a list of branded, program-specific credit cards, in addition to flexible reward cards. Not sure what is kind of card is right for you? Our guide weighs the pros/cons for each type of card.

Disclosure: This selection of cards is for reference and is not guaranteed to be complete or up to date. AwardAce does not earn any commission for any links.

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card
Airline Card
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
Flexible Transfer Card

Transfer Partners

Program Partner Ratio Transfer Time
American Express
Chase 1:1 Instant
Starwood Preferred Guest

The ratio is the number of flexible rewards points it would take to transfer to Rapid Rewards.

Transfer time is what is reported by the transfer programs, supplemented by our own research. However, actual time to transfer is often highly variable.


Airline Type Pricing Type
PrimaryFixed rate
PartnerFixed rate

Don't know what airlines are bookable? See our list of particpating airlines.

A fixed-rate program prices award flights by dividing the cost of a regular ticket by the value of a point. Learn how to optimize these programs in our guide below.

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Strategy to Spending Points

Selected Redemptions

(Miles required to redeem in Economy, Business and First)

Booking And Fuel Surcharge Guide

Our step-by-step booking guides can show you how to book tickets on any airline.

Airline Online Phone Surcharges Alliance
Southwest Airlines (WN) Yes Yes $

Policies and Fees

Expiration: Points Expire 24 months since last activity.

For some programs, an activity can any accrual of miles (e.g., crediting a flight, transfering or purchasing miles). For others, spending activities such as redeeming or donating points counts as an activity.

Key Airlines and Resources

Click through to each airport code to use our discover feature.

Primary Airlines Code City Name
Southwest Airlines (WN) MDW Chicago Chicago Midway Intl
DAL Dallas Dallas Love Fld

Elite Status


Tiers (3) Flights TQP
A-List 25 35000
A-List Preferred 50 70000
Companion Pass 100 110000

Tier Qualifying Points (TQP)
Usually calculated through some combination of miles and/or base fare

Elite Benefits

Benefit A-List A-List Preferred Companion Pass
Flight Benefits
Flight-Day Benefits
Priority Baggage
Priority Security Screening
Priority Boarding
Free Inflight WiFi
Priority Phone Number
Refer Elite Status
Bonus Miles 25% 100% 100%

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