Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus Card = Bait & Switch?

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Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus Card = Bait & Switch?

Postby neutralnovice » Sat Jul 16, 2011 3:01 pm

Hey all! I am new to these forums! I did a search regarding Southwest cards on the forums but I came up empty.

I just ran into a little situation with Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus Visa card.

For I think over a year now, I have been continuously receiving offers from Southwest for their Visa Rewards Card through Chase Bank. Every single time, the bonus introductory offer has been the same: 30,000 ($500) Rapid Rewards Points, 3,000 ($50) Annual Bonus Points, and a $69 Annual Fee (nets to about a $19 Annual Fee if you include the 3,000 points I get every anniversary). For awhile now, I have been tempted to sign up because the rewards were excellent and I finally gave in about 7-9 days ago.

Just as a side note, the Rapid Rewards Premier version of the Southwest Airlines credit card gives 50,000 bonus points ($800) but with a $99/year annual fee.

Here is where I feel like I was just kicked in the jewels. Today, about a week after I applied for the card, I receive another mailer from SRR Marketing which offered the following:

Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Visa
50,000 Bonus Points
3,000 Annual Bonus Points
$69 Annual Fee
Same APR, rules, etc.

Note that the above is for the SAME card I applied for, a Plus version! After waiting over a year to finally sign up for a card, a week later, I get an even better offer of 20,000 more points, which I can't even apply for since I already have a card! Also, this 50,000 Rapid Rewards Point offer isn't even available on their website for the Visa Plus, only the Visa Premier! I double and triple checked the new offer; it is for Plus credit card.

I called customer care to inquire on if they can give me that offer instead. The lady said no but said that she would put a message in for their marketing to see if they can give me the new offer instead, which they will reply to my request in the mail. Some part of me thinks that they will not give me the offer.

Many say that first impressions are very important. And with this being my first impression with Southwest's Rapid Rewards Visa Plus & Chase Bank, this is NOT a very good first impression!

Any tips you guys can give me that will help me get that extra 20,000 points?

Again, it's unbelievable that after over a year's worth of offers, I finally get a better one a week after I finally give in. It's either that or I just have bad luck in this case.

Thanks for reading and any help if you can offer!


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Postby Mogul of Pineapples » Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:44 pm

I'm really sorry to hear that. Did you hear anything back?

I know there was someone on CreditCardForum who applied for the Sapphire right before they boosted the bonus and he was able to call up customer service and convince them to make up the difference. Though I'm sure that doesn't happen every time, more like getting lucky on a case by case basis. Also that was purely a Chase card, while the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus card is co-branded, so the customer service may not have as much flexibility to adjust offers like that.
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Postby KEYSSANDI » Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:28 pm

I've been trashing those offers for years - now I need a travel card.

I have a Capitol One which was far too complicated to redeem so it's in the drawer. I looked at Citi ThankYou Premier because it seems to be the most flexible - the catch to the bonus points I would like to use for the trips. That $3K must be spent in the first 3 months - not a real problem since I have two trips coming up.

But I need to book in the next week to lock in rates and doubt I would get it in motion by then.

Also the question is, would I be able to use the points earned from the trip as a credit to offset it later?

The next option is the Southwest card since I get a free ticket with activation but I do not want to mess with my credit rating by applying for 2 cards close together. I really need a Visa card --family card is USAA MC-believe it or not, the local $ store takes everything but MC! Any suggestions?

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Postby Money card » Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:14 pm

first of all do you travel on business?

are you looking for a low intrest visa, cash back visa or travel card visa?

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Postby KEYSSANDI » Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:37 pm

Money card wrote:first of all do you travel on business?

are you looking for a low intrest visa, cash back visa or travel card visa?

PS: Retired -have low interest card for long term purchases-need travel card visa.

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Postby Money card » Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:36 pm

Don't get an airline card; banks set you people up. Unless you travel on business, entertain clients/customers, using the card every night for dinners, checking into hotels, shows. If you do these things for a living then an airline card is a good idea.

If your looking for a travel card take a look at the Chase Sapphire, Citibank Thank You Premier and Bank of America's travel card.

Do belong to a union? If so do they offer credit cards? Maybe they have a travel card .

Which capitol1 card do you have? I have the gold version of the venture.

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Postby KEYSSANDI » Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:42 am

I have Cap 1 Business ---- with 36,000 points I could only book a $350 flight--had to have 60,000 points to get a $351 flight- TOTALLY USELESS!.

I no longer use that card. Now looking into upgrading to the Venture but won't help with my immediate need to book travel.

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Postby Money card » Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:11 pm

You can't upgrade there totally different cards.

I would suggest the blue Venture card. You get 2 miles per dollar spent. I'm sure you are aware whatever you want to transfer has to be the total that you have. You can't break down partial points.

Depending upon what your flight cost, depending upon the amount of points you accumulate, is how soon you can leave.

The gold version only offers 1.25 miles, the blue is much better, more of an executive card while the gold is more of a salesperson's card.



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