Pros & Cons
Southwest's only flights outside the U.S. are to Mexico and the Caribbean
Seat restrictions may apply for award travel
Points and cash cannot be combined to cover flight costs
Ease of Earning Free Flight4.5
Award Flight Availability4.5
No. of Daily Flights> 2,000
Southwest Rapid Rewards is ranked No. 5 in the Best Airline Rewards Programs. U.S. News evaluated 9 frequent flyer programs offered by airlines based in the United States across several indicators of excellence. Read more about how we rank rewards.
Southwest Rapid Rewards is ranked as:
By enrolling in the Southwest Rapid Rewards program, you'll earn points for every dollar spent on Southwest flights. These points can be used to cover the cost of air travel on Southwest Airlines, plus retail items and gift cards. Additional redemption options, such as hotel stays and car rentals, are available to members with a Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card or a Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card.
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The Southwest Rapid Rewards program has four membership tiers: basic membership, A-List, A-List Preferred and Companion Pass.See details about how membership works
The Fine Print
- Points will expire after two years if you don't earn points via flight, partner or credit card purchases.
- The number of Rapid Rewards Points needed to redeem for certain flights varies based on factors like destination, time, day of travel, demand and fare class.
- You cannot use your points to book tickets through a travel agent or a third-party website.
- Bonus points cannot be used to qualify for an elite tier or Companion Pass status.
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