Unless you have already, some of you might still be planning on applying for 2 of the 3 versions of the Southwest credit card in order to earn most of the 110,000 points needed to get the Southwest companion pass for 2017 and 2018. Currently, the personal versions of the Southwest Airlines credit card are offering an official sign up bonus of only 25,000 points (if you apply from chase.com or southwest.com). If you plan to apply for one of the personal versions of the Southwest Airlines credit card, make sure you do not apply using a link offering only a 25,000 sign up bonus, as it is very easy to find links for 50,000.
As many of you know, the official sign up bonus for Southwest credit cards is normally 25,000 points, but Chase periodically raises the bonus to 50,000. There are 3 versions of the Southwest credit card available – one business version (Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Business Credit Card) and two personal versions (Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card and the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card). Right now, the sign up bonus for the business version of the Southwest card is officially 50,000, but only 25,000 for both personal versions.
There are a couple of ways to find links to a Southwest Airlines credit card 50,000 sign up bonus (if you are not targeted):
1. Chase Refer-A-Friend
Even when the official sign up bonus for a Southwest credit card is only 25,000, Chase might still offer a sign up bonus of 50,000 points through Chase Refer-A-Friend and currently that is the case. (If you are not familiar with Chase Refer A Friend read this post first.) Update: As of May, 2017, Chase is only offering 40,000 points instead of 50,000 through refer a friend.
If you have a friend or family member that has the Southwest card, ask them to go on chasereferafriend.com and send you a referral. They will earn points for making the referral and you will receive the 50000 sign up bonus so it is a win win.
What if you don’t know anyone that has the Southwest card? You can find people online that will refer you. Two places to find someone to refer you include these threads on flyertalk and reddit. Some of our readers will also leave their email or referral link on our posts about Chase Refer a Friend (you can find some here).
2) Unofficial Links
If you don’t want to use Chase refer a friend, you can usually find unofficial 50,000 links on the internet. Here is a link for the personal Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card and the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus Card that sometimes works. This thread on flyertalk is a good place to find links to the 50,000 sign up bonus for the personal Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Card. Make sure to take a screenshot of the landing page showing the 50,000 bonus.
There is no reason to ever apply for a Southwest credit card with only a 25,000 sign up bonus when you can usually get the 50,000 bonus using unofficial links or referral links.
(If you fly Southwest frequently, see also related posts How to Get the Southwest Companion Pass for 2017 and 2018 and How To Get A Good Seat on Southwest Airlines.)