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Earning and Maximizing Points Tips & Tricks

mayabulleit
New Arrival

Opening up a new thread on the topic of earning and maximizing points. Lots of good info found in various threads, however would like to combine some here and possibly create a shared document for everyone's reference and use.

What are your tips for earning or maximizing SWA points?

 

Here are some prompts to get conversation started:

 

  • Booking hotel stay through SWA
  • Booking rental car through SWA
  • Signing up for and using SWA credit card
  • When to purchase SWA points
  • Best SWA point calculator or formula

 

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Re: Earning and Maximizing Points Tips & Tricks

mayabulleit
New Arrival

Here is a great thread I saw earlier by @Kauaikidd:
Maximizing-Rapid-Rewards-Utilization-Lesson-One 

"The first two points are the most important;

1)  When Southwest has a sale, purchasing tickets with points ALSO goes on sale.  Southwest is the ONLY airline I know of that does this.  This, a ticket that might have cost you 16000 points normally may only cost you 9000 points during a sale.  So, book ALL your flights during the big 3 day sale periods and you will make your hard earned points last MUCH longer.

2)  A companion pass works WITH the above mentioned technique.  So, you combine a free ($6) ticket with the ticket you bought with points ON SALE and you have a combination that you simply cant beat.

These two features, working together, make the Southwest Rapide Rewards program the best 8n the air.  But there's more!  Read my next post to learn more.

IFLYSWA,

Kauaikidd"

Re: Earning and Maximizing Points Tips & Tricks

mayabulleit
New Arrival

Another great write up with several tips by @elijahbrantley !
Maximizing-Rapid-Rewards-and-Companion-Pass-for-an-Anniversary 

 

Re: Earning and Maximizing Points Tips & Tricks

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New Arrival

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Re: Earning and Maximizing Points Tips & Tricks

shelbyusn
Active Member

Good "Check List" to earn points.😃

I am a Sailor

Re: Earning and Maximizing Points Tips & Tricks

gsking
Active Member

If the goal is to earn points for CP, I think the hotel stay is the best bet. Some hotels offer bonus points at around 160 points per dollar, which is close to the valuation.   But you lose refundability.  

 

Rental cars are not so good.   The cost to rent is high.   A good discount rate is a better deal,  but can't be used with reward points. 

 

Of course, putting everything on the RR card is a no- brainer.

Re: Earning and Maximizing Points Tips & Tricks

mayabulleit
New Arrival
Spoiler
Agreed. I put everything I can on the card and pay it off at the end of the month. Rack up those points!