It has now been a full week since the launch of Southwest’s new credit card, the Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Visa Signature. (Use the link we published here to sign up and you’ll receive the full bonus, which includes 20,000 points after your very first purchase! Very cool.)
Points now can be redeemed for international travel (not just domestic flights, as it was before) and the points never expire, nor are there those annoying “blackout dates” to work around.
The general consensus from Outlaw‘s readers has been that this is an attractive value, when compared to other airline rewards offers out there at the moment — although perhaps not the best card overall, unless you frequently fly Southwest already.
Another option many of our readers have been excited about is the newly revamped United Airlines credit card — that offer includes up to 30,000 bonus miles (more than enough for a Saver Award roundtrip flight in the U.S.), plus a generous $50.00 statement credit after your first purchase as well.
A third option is AirTran’s rewards card. I am very curious to see if the proposed acquisition of budget airline AirTran Airways by Southwest will mean the end of AirTran’s attractive A+ Visa Signature card, and A+ Rewards frequent flier program — would the program be merged with Southwest’s Rapid Rewards in some way? Only time will tell, I suppose.
Disclosures: I used to review credit cards for a living. Also, my web site has a financial relationship with Chase — we participate in their affiliate program. No financial relationship or position on AirTran, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines or any other company mentioned in this story at time of publication.