Southwest® Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card Review
2023.7 Update: The new offer is 60k+60k, the latter part requires $15k spending which is a bit high. Offer ends on 8.28.
2020.9 Update: This card is taking applications again now. The offer is 60k.
2020.5 Update: It seems there is no active application link any more. If you find one, please let us know in comments!
- 60k+60k offer: earn 60,000 Southwest Miles after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months, earn additional 60,000 Southwest Miles after spending $15,000 in total in the first 9 months. That’s 120k miles in total.
- We value Southwest Miles at 1.3 cents/point (Airline Miles Value), so the 60k highest offer is worth about $780. See A Beginner’s Guide to Southwest Miles to check for details about Southwest Miles.
- Earn 3x miles per dollar spent on Southwest Airlines; earn 2x miles per dollar spent on hotel and rental car partners, local transit and commuting (including rideshare); earn 1x mile per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- After each year anniversary and pay the annual fee, you will be credited 6k Southwest miles.
- If you earn 125k Southwest miles in a year, you get the Southwest companion pass certificate which is valid until the end of next calendar year!
- No foreign transaction fee.
- Annual fee $99, not waived first year.
- Southwest doesn’t have airlines partners, so the miles can only be redeemed for Southwest Airlines itself. Southwest can only fly to the US and some central America and Caribbean countries, no further international routes.
Recommended Application Time
- [5/24 Rule] If you have 5 or more new accounts opened in the past 24 months, Chase will not approve your application on this card, no matter how high your credit score is. The number of new accounts includes all credit card accounts, not only Chase accounts. See this post for details about how to possibly bypass this rule.
- This product is available to you if you do not have this card and have not received a new cardmember bonus for this card in the past 24 months. Note that what matters here is the time you got the sign-up bonus, not the time you open the account or close the account.
- Don’t apply for more than 2 Chase credit cards within 30 days, or it’s highly likely that you will get rejected.
- We recommend you to apply for this card after you have a credit history for more than a year.
The sign-up bonus is good. If you apply for a personal Southwest card and a business Southwest card, both when have the highest sign-up bonus, then you will earn more than 125k Southwest miles in total, which is more than enough to get you a Companion Pass (Note that you can’t get two personal Southwest cards at the same time now). The best timing to get it is the beginning of a calendar year, because it will be valid until the end of next calendar year!
Related Credit Cards
- Chase Southwest Plus
- Chase Southwest Premier
- Chase Southwest Priority
- Chase Southwest Premier Business (this post)
- Chase Southwest Performance Business
|Chase Southwest Plus||Chase Southwest Premier||Chase Southwest Priority||Chase Southwest Premier Business||Chase Southwest Performance Business|
|Various Credit||none||none||$75 Southwest credit; Four Upgraded Boardings||none||Four Upgraded Boardings; Inflight WiFi; Global Entry|
|Best Sign-up Bonus||75k||75k||75k||60k||80k|
The current terms basically force you to choose only one personal Southwest credit card among the three. But you can have both personal and business cards.
Recommended Downgrade Options
- You can not downgrade this card to any card with no annual fee, so I suggest you close it when you don’t want to keep it any longer.
- Call 800-453-9719 to check Chase business cards application status. This is an automated telephone line, and the information has the following meanings: Receive decision in 2 weeks means your application is probably approved; Receive decision in 7-10 days means your application is probably rejected; Receive decision in 30 days simply means your application requires further review and there’s nothing to tell you for now.
- Chase reconsideration backdoor number: 888-270-2127 or 888-609-7805. It’s pretty hard to recon Chase business cards. Be prepared to be asked about a lot of details of how your business operates.