As the saying goes, past is prologue. However, even though the past is not a complete guarantee of the future, you can look at how often Southwest has offered the 50,000 points bonus and notice that they typically only offer up this promotion a few times per year. And given how lucrative it is, it’s understandable why they limit access.
Update: This offer expired on March 10, 2014. The content below will remain for reference purposes.
If you use the 50,000 Rapid Rewards points for “Wanna Get Away” airfare, you can get over $800 worth ($833.33 to be exact). That’s one monster of a credit card signup bonus, it’s enough for 2 roundtrip flights!
But keep in mind you are not getting 2 free flights because you will still have to pay the annual fee for the card ($99, which is NOT waived the first year) and the applicable govt taxes/fees on the flights (which are as low as $10 per flight). Plus, there’s the minimum spend requirement to get the 50,000 bonus points.
This review was written or last updated March 9, 2014