Our guide give you a complete overview of the Southwest Rapid Rewards program: how to earn and redeem points, book a flight, gain elite status and more.
For travelers weary of the hassles and hidden fees that often come with booking airline award tickets, the Southwest Rapid Rewards program is a welcome alternative. Southwest makes it extraordinarily easy to book its low-cost fares at a great value.
What is Southwest Rapid Rewards?Rapid Rewards is the loyalty program of Southwest Airlines – one of the largest domestic carriers in the U.S. Through Rapid Rewards you earn points on airline purchases, credit card purchases, purchases through Southwest partners and more, which you can redeem for a variety of awards, including flights on Southwest.
Though your flight options with the Rapid Rewards program are limited mainly to domestic flights (Southwest serves only 10 countries outside the U.S.), it’s a great option for economy travel within the U.S., as well for as families toting along several family members and a lot of extra luggage. Not only is it simple to find and book flights with your rewards, but you don’t have to worry about baggage fees or any other kind of hidden fees. Plus, Southwest booking policies are extremely flexible, allowing you to change and even cancel your ticket at the very last minute for free and with a full refund of your points.
Southwest Rapid Rewards program overview
|Type of currency||Miles|
|Average point value||1.6 cents|
|Credit cards||Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus, Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier, Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority, Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business,Southwest Rapid Rewards Performance Business|
|Redemption options||Flights, gift cards, car rentals, merchandise, hotels, experiences|
|Minimum required to redeem||Number of points required to cover the cheapest available flight|
|Do rewards expire?||Never|
|Flight coverage||Fair. 3,600+ daily flights, 90+ destinations, 10+ countries|
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