Chase Introduces New Southwest Rewards Credit Card

Chase Introduces New Southwest Rewards Credit Card

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Southwest Rapid Rewards® Performance Business Credit Card

Earn 70,000 points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open. 9,000 Learn More

Fans of the popular Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card have another reason to keep flying. Chase launched another Southwest-branded business credit card, called the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Performance Business Credit Card. What does it offer? How is it different from previous cards? Is it worth it if you don’t fly all the time?

Here’s the scoop on earning Rapid Rewards and getting big bonuses during the card’s initial launch period.

Big Bonuses for Business Card Holders

Small businesses have a buffet of credit card options available to them. If you fly Southwest often, however, it makes sense to consider this new offering. With Southwest a top airlines for its low fares and no-risk flying (canceled flight fees can be reused for future flights with no penalty), it’s a solid pick for those who travel between Southwest hub cities and don’t mind lining up by number to select a seat on the plane.

The card, like other business accounts, grabs you right away with some sweet rewards for new account applicants. Here are the details on the signup bonuses:

  • Earn 70,000 points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.
  • Get an additional 9,000 bonus points after your Cardmember anniversary

The earnings tiers are rather generous, as well:

  • 3 points per $1 spent on Southwest® purchases. (Including flights, in-flight services, and Southwest Airlines gift cards)
  • Earn 2 points per $1 with a range of business-related services, including social media advertising, paid search, internet, cable and phone services
  • Earn 1 point per $1 on all other qualifying purchases

In addition to the bonuses and earning program, this card offers four boarding upgrades per year, subject to availability. You’ll also get inflight Wi-Fi credits, something that can save more than a few bucks off each flight – especially for those who want to work on the plane. Finally, you’ll get a generous Global Entry or TSA Pre® Fee Credit, a perk that’s often limited to only the highest level of business cards. This credit alone can easily pay for the annual fees in one benefit redemption.

Speaking of fees, the annual fee for this card is a value. Just $199 a year gets you access to these benefits, plus free employee cards. The employee spending earns you points, too – something that not all business cards tied to loyalty programs offer. Competing cards with similar perks often price their annual fees much higher than that. This card offers the right balance of perks and fees for that business traveler who wants a bit of everything and doesn’t want to pay $300 or more in annual fees to get it.

Why Businesses Choose Southwest

As an airline, Southwest is genuinely unique. Those that fly it often will understand and accept its nuances, such as having to pay for EarlyBird to be ensured your best pick of the seats. With free checked bags, unlimited reward seats, no blackout dates or seat restrictions for reward travel, and no change fees, it’s a system that gets more affordable as you go. This new addition to the business credit card line will undoubtedly be something to consider if you or your employees use Southwest often. If you don’t fly Southwest, this card could be the nudge you need to give it a go.

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