[California Only] Free Southwest Airlines Companion Pass Through 12/31/18 After Opening a Southwest Credit Card and Making Any Purchase

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What the title says. This promotion applies to all three Southwest cards but is for residents of California only. If you take part in this offer, you are still eligible for the current signup bonuses for all three cards, which are as follows:

A few important points to consider:

  • The Companion Pass earned from this promotion will be valid through 12/31/18, regardless of when the first purchase is made. This is in contrast to earning a Companion Pass the “normal” way (see here), which, if timed properly, can get you a Companion Pass valid for nearly two years.
  • The signup bonus on the personal cards has been as high as 60,000 points in the past, so even though you get a Companion Pass, you do give up a potential 20,000 points if you are signing up for one of the personal cards.
  • You are not eligible for this offer if you currently hold any Southwest Rapid Rewards card or if you’ve earned a signup bonus from any one of them within the past 24 months.
  • All of these cards are subject to the Chase 5/24 rule, so if you’ve opened 5 or more personal credit cards in the past 24 months, you will not be approved for any of them.

Overall though, this is still a pretty good offer and potentially worth doing if you live in California. Note the promotion ends 11/30/17, so sign up before then if you are interested.

PPDG & Cardcash No Longer Earning 5x or 3x UR with Chase Ink Bold / Cash / Preferred

Via Doctor of Credit, PayPal Digital Gifts (via Ebay) and Cardcash purchases are no longer earning 5x or 3x UR with Chase Ink Bold/Cash/Preferred credit cards as of 10/17/17.

Interestingly, I did make a PayPal Digital Gifts purchase on 10/17/17 directly through their website, not Ebay, and it did earn 5x points. With that said, my guess is that this might have more to do with the timing of the purchase and is probably not an exception. Even it if it were an exception, I doubt it would last long, and there usually aren’t that many deals that involve buying directly from PayPal Digital Gifts.

There are a few other 5x methods that previously worked with Ink that will be worth testing again. In any case, it’s the end of an era, as they say…

Increased Credit Card Offers (Citi AAdvantage Personal & Business / Amex SPG Business) That I’m Not Terribly Excited About

Just posting for completeness’ sake.

Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard – 60,000 miles after $3,000 spend in 3 months

CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard – 60,000 miles after $3,000 spend in 3 months

American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card – 25,000 points after $6,000 spend in 3 months + 10,000 extra points after additional $4,000 spend in 6 months (so $10,000 spend total)

The number of miles and points offered by these cards are relatively good, but personally I’ve been finding AAdvantage miles more difficult to use lately and have thus amassed a pretty large stockpile of them. As for the SPG offer, their points are great, but $10,000 spend is a bit much, especially now that American Express is looking out for manufactured spending techniques and may potentially deny the bonus if you use MS to meet the spend requirement.

Anyway, these offers are still worth doing if you’re looking for more AAdvantage miles or if you can meet the SPG card’s $10,000 spending requirement easily.