Chase Southwest Premier Credit Card Review (2019.1 Update: 30k + Companion Pass Offer!)

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2019.1 Update: There’s a new offer: 30k + companion pass! HT: DoC. The offer expires on 2019.02.11; the companion pass expires on 2019.12.31. Companion pass is one of the best features for Southwest. If you have a companion frequently traveling with you and your base has Southwest routes, then this is a great offer. P.S. All 3 Chase Southwest personal cards have this companion pass offer now, you can choose the one you like (only one).

2018.4 Update: The 50k offer is expired, and there’s only 40k offer now. Plus, from April 2018, you can only get approved for one personal Southwest card.

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Benefits

  1. 40k offer: earn 40,000 Southwest miles after spending $1,000 in the first 3 months. The recent best offer is 60k.
  2. 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.
  3. Earn 2x miles per dollar spent on Southwest Airlines. Earn 1x mile per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  4. After each year anniversary and pay the annual fee, you will be credited 6k Southwest miles.
  5. If you earn 110k Southwest miles in a year, you get the Southwest companion pass certificate which is valid until the end of next calendar year!
  6. No foreign transaction fee.
  7. Refer a friend (targeted): You can earn 5,000 bonus Southwest miles for every approved account you refer, up to a maximum of 10 approved referrals (50,000 Southwest miles) per calendar year.

Disadvantage

  1. Annual fee $99, not waived first year.
  2. 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

  1. [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.
  2. This product is available to you if you do not have any Southwest personal credit card and have not received a new cardmember bonus for any Southwest personal credit 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.
  3. Don’t apply for more than 2 Chase credit cards within 30 days, or it’s highly likely that you will get rejected.
  4. We recommend you to apply for this card after you have a credit history for more than a year.

Summary

The 50k or even 60k 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 125k Southwest miles in total, which more than enough to get you a Companion Pass. 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!

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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.

After Applying

  • Call 800-436-7927 to check Chase 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. Call it if you didn’t get approve immediately. Your personal information will be acquired and they will then review it. You seldom answer questions, instead, just enjoy the music and then you get approved or rejected, or further information is needed to be hand in to the branch or faxed.

Historical Offers Chart

Note: Sometimes there is 40k+20k offer on this card. But the spending requirement for the latter 20k is huge, so we don’t treat them as sign-up bonus, we treat them as spending bonus instead.

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