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7 Ways to Earn Southwest Points This Holiday, 50k and more

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Trying to score a free flight? Is your stash of Southwest points getting low? Do you need to earn a few points to get your Southwest Companion Pass (good for up to 2 years of free travel)? Then you’re in luck. Here are 7 ways to earn Southwest points this holiday.

1. 40,000 Point Southwest Credit Card

You can earn 50,000 Southwest points after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening a Southwest Premier credit card.

With 40,000 points you’re almost half of the way to earning the Southwest Companion Pass and two years of free flights!

Read: How to fly free for two years

Read: Extreme miles and points collecting

2. 2,000 Bonus Points

Already got the Southwest credit card? You’ll get 2,000 bonus points if you spend $4,000 by December 31, 2016.

Enroll in this promotion at

3. Shopping

Save gas, time, and avoid the crowds by shopping online through the Southwest shopping portal. And earn lots of bonus Southwest points.

Here are just a few examples:

  • 3,600 points from Verizon
  • 2,700 points from T-Mobile
  • 700 points when subscribing to the Wall Street Journal
  • 15 points per $1 spent at

4. Dining

Sign-up for the Southwest Dining program and earn 1,000 bonus points after spending $25 in the first 30 days.

5. Car Rentals

You’ll earn up to 2,400 Southwest points per rental with Avis and save up to 35% through January 31, 2018.

  • 600 points for 1 to 2 day rentals
  • 1,200 points for 3 to 6 day rentals
  • 2,400 points for 7+ day rentals

Use coupon code: MUAA042 and AWD K024700 in the Corporate/ID rate field for Avis.

You get up to 30% off and up to 2,400 Southwest points per rental from National through January 31, 2018.

  • 600 points for 1 day rentals
  • 1,200 points for 2 to 3 day rentals
  • 1,800 points for 4 to 6 day rentals
  • 2,400 points for 7+ day rentals

Use Contract ID: 5030514.

Note: Only the first 600 points per rental count towards your Southwest Companion Pass, A-List, and A-List Preferred elite status.

Pro-tip: Like hotel stays, book your car rentals in 1 day increments. This way you earn 4,200 points for a 7-day rental instead of only 2,400 points.

6. Lyft

Take your first ride with Lyft and get 1,100 Southwest points when you make your reservation at, and you live near these airports:

  • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
  • Chicago Midway International Airport
  • Dallas Love Field
  • Los Angeles International Airport
  • Louisville International Airport
  • McCarren International Airport (Las Vegas)
  • Nashville International Airport
  • Oakland International Airport
  • Reagan National Airport (Washington, D.C.)
  • San Antonio International Airport
  • San Diego International Airport

Pro-tip: Get $5 Lyft credit when you use code: DEBRA191454

7. Hotels

Get 600 Southwest points each time you stay at these hotels:

  • Best Western, Best Western Plus, and Best Western Premier Hotels and Resorts
  • Carlson Rezidor Hotels (Country Inns & Suites by Carlson, Park Inn by Radisson, Park Plaza, Radisson, and Radisson Blu hotels and resorts)
  • Choice hotels
  • Hyatt
  • La Quinta
  • Marriott
  • Mlife
  • Starwood

Read: How to get free breakfast at hotels

Read: How to get free internet at hotels

Read: How to get free Sheraton Club Lounge access = free food and drinks


Take advantage of special bonuses and earn more Southwest points with these 7 ways to earn Southwest points this holiday.

You can earn bonus points on everything from rental cars, shopping to dining out.

Score big with a 40,000 point bonus on the Southwest credit card

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Need points to get a Southwest Companion Pass (2 years of free travel)? Travel expert Debra Schroeder shares 7 ways to earn Southwest points this holiday.

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Amy Jones

Wednesday 7th of December 2016

This sounds so great, I had no idea this was possible! Thanks for sharing


Monday 28th of November 2016

These are great tips we can all take advantage of to relieve some stress and become happier as we deserve in this time of the year. It's close to Christmas. The Southwest Shopping Portal seems like a good avenue to spend hard-earned money.

Sarah, Things Sarah Loves

Monday 28th of November 2016

This card sounds great. I like that there are so many ways to get points - never a bad thing!

Enricoh Alfonzo

Monday 28th of November 2016

Had no idea about this. thanks for sharing. Wow what great tips. I need to schedule a flight so I am going to check out Southwestern for sure.


Monday 28th of November 2016

Thanks for all the tips! I've actually never flown with Southwest before but I've heard they are a great company to fly with!


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