SOUTHWEST 50,000 POINTS: After being rolled out early this year and then yanked in April, the Chase Southwest 50,000-point offer is back! Thanks to Fatwallet for bringing this to my attention. There are actually four different offers (annual fees are not waived, alas):
- Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Card
- Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Plus Card
- Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Card
- Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Plus Business Card
What do you do with those points? They are pretty valuable if you just redeem on Southwests’s “Wanna Get Away” fares, making those 50,000 points worth around $800. You can also get the Southwest Companion pass if you get 110,000 points (easily done if you get both the personal and business versions, and don’t forget that you can transfer points in from Ultimate Rewards as well) and take along a friend for free on Southwest for a year.
You can also redeem for a variety of gift certificates–in fact, my wife and I just redeemed some Southwest points for Bed, Bath, and Beyond giftcards. Incidentally, for those of you with babies and small kids: did you know BBB giftcards and coupons can be used at BuyBuy Baby, and vice versa?
BUT WAIT, THAT’S NOT ALL: Thanks to One Mile At A Time for pointing me to this Roms Deals post heralding the arrival of a Chase Fairmont credit card app with the $95 application fee waived for the first year. The bonus with this card: 2 free nights plus breakfast for two at any Fairmont hotel.
Fairmont is a high-end hotel chain, the kind I won’t be staying in for a while until my kids get a bit older. But this is one of their hotels I would love to stay at some day:
That’s not a castle, it’s the Le Chateau Frontenac, a Fairmont hotel overlooking Quebec City. If you and your spouse both get this card, that’s a four-day luxury trip for you two. Fairmont has hotels all over the world, so have a look at their site and see if anything interests you.