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Southwest Rapid Rewards

Program overview 

Southwest Rapid Rewards is the frequent flyer program for Southwest Airlines. It is a revenue-based program. It has no airline partners and Southwest only flies to around 48 U.S. States (including Hawaii), Puerto Rico and to limited destinations in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Therefore, you should only transfer points when you are planning to fly this airline. 



Program website 

Approximate miles value 


Miles validity 

Never expire

Program accrual

The amount and type of fare you choose determines how many points you earn

Limit on amount of miles you can purchase 

The daily maximum purchase is 60,000 points

Waitlist option


Courtesy Hold for award reservation

Allowed for 24 hours 

Do you need to open an account to check availability?


Stopover option 


Family account


Upgrade option


Online booking 


Airline partners 

No partners 

Credit card partners

Chase (1:1, instant transfer)

Hotel partners 

World of Hyatt (5:2.4, 6-8 weeks transfer), Best Western Rewards (5:1, 4-6 weeks transfer), Radisson Rewards (10:1, 4-6 weeks transfer), Marriott Bonvoy (3:1, 24 hours transfer), Choice Privileges Rewards (10:1, 4-6 weeks transfer) 

Co-Branded credit card in the US 

Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Cards

Point/Miles Conversion Chart


  • Miles never expire 
  • One of the easiest mileage programs to use for domestic flights
  • Award tickets are fully refundable. No change or cancellation fee applies. 
  • No blackout dates. All seats are available for award space (dynamic pricing)
  • All Southwest fares and award flights include 2 checked bags. This is a great deal compared to other US Airlines. 
  • Simple, easy to use website
  • Companion Pass 


  • Limited only to its own route network with mostly domestic flights
  • Revenue-based program 
  • No first/business cabin 

Excellent for   

  • Domestic flights within the US. (For example, a flight from Baltimore to New York costs USD $70.00 or 4,000 miles) 

Insider Tip 

  • Southwest Companion Pass is a much-coveted benefit for Southwest flyers. This pass allows you to assign and take a companion for free (taxes/airport charges not included) every time you purchase a ticket or redeem points for a flight. To qualify, you need to fly 100 qualifying one-way flights or earn 125,000 qualifying points in a calendar year. The points you get from Southwest co-branded credit cards, including sign up bonuses, count towards the 125,000 goal but Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer points do not.

Do you use this program? Share your experience and tips in the comments below. Your thoughts would be very valuable to us!



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