For years, you have not been in a position to guide Southwest Airways flights on-line by way of bank card journey portals, comparable to these affiliated with American Categorical, Bilt, Chase and Citi. Lastly, that has modified … properly, considerably.
Now you can redeem your Chase Final Rewards factors by way of its on-line portal for journey on Southwest. Nonetheless, it seems that solely Wanna Get Away and Wanna Get Away Plus fares are presently accessible to guide by way of the portal. Whereas this alteration is probably not interesting to prospects who want to guide a Enterprise Choose fare or perhaps a refundable ticket with the airline’s Anytime fare, it’s useful for these hoping to snag a base fare or the airline’s Wanna Get Away Plus fare.
Plus, this selection may very well be extra interesting than transferring your Chase factors to Southwest Fast Rewards since Southwest introduced it’s going to devalue its factors in 2024 by about 4%.
This is what you might want to learn about redeeming your Chase factors for Southwest flights.
Reserving Southwest flights with Chase factors
As a holder of the Chase Sapphire Most well-liked Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve or Ink Enterprise Most well-liked Credit score Card, you possibly can switch your Chase Final Rewards factors to Southwest Fast Rewards at a 1:1 switch ratio.
However once more, since Southwest is slashing the worth of Fast Rewards factors from a projected 1.4 cents apiece to 1.3 cents apiece, level transfers from Chase to Southwest are about to change into much less advantageous.
However now, you possibly can doubtlessly get a greater redemption price by redeeming your Chase factors straight within the Chase portal for Southwest flights. After navigating to the Chase portal, seek for your Southwest flight the way in which you’d guide some other flight by way of the Chase portal.
The worth of your Chase factors when used for airfare within the portal will differ primarily based on the cardboard you have got:
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Even when you have the Chase Sapphire Most well-liked Card or Ink Enterprise Most well-liked Credit score Card, it is nonetheless virtually actually a greater use of factors to guide straight within the Chase portal as a substitute of transferring to Fast Rewards. That is since you’ll usually earn Fast Rewards factors whenever you use Chase factors to guide Southwest flights within the Chase portal and embrace your Fast Rewards quantity in your reservation. As a reminder, you possibly can’t earn Fast Rewards factors on award journey (i.e., whenever you guide by transferring Chase factors to Fast Rewards).
This is what you earn as a Fast Rewards member:
- Wanna Get Away: 6 factors per greenback
- Wanna Get Away Plus: 8 factors per greenback
- Anytime: 10 factors per greenback
- Enterprise Choose: 12 factors per greenback
Southwest standing members additionally obtain a bonus:
- A-Record: 25% bonus
- A-Record Most well-liked: 100% bonus
So, within the pattern screenshot above, a basic member would earn 358 Fast Rewards (the bottom fare is $59) on this Wanna Get Away fare. That choice actually beats the 5,650 Fast Rewards factors plus $5.60 (and no alternative to earn factors) Southwest is slotted to cost for this flight from 2024.
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Now you can use Chase factors straight within the Chase portal on-line, which is nice information since Southwest will devalue Fast Rewards redemptions beginning Jan. 1, 2024.
In equity, if you wish to get essentially the most worth on your Final Rewards factors, there are higher methods to maximise Chase factors, comparable to transferring them to companions like World of Hyatt and Air Canada Aeroplan for high-value redemptions.
Nonetheless, if you wish to use your Chase factors for Southwest Airways journey, there’s now one other option to do it.