Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Changes

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Southwest Airlines announced that Rapid Rewards Points will no longer expire after 24 months of no earning activity in a Member’s account. Regardless of earning activity, points will remain in the Member’s account for use.

Companions Pass Points Qualification Threshold Increase—Effective January 1, 2020, the Rapid Rewards Companion Pass points qualification threshold will increase from 110,000 to 125,000. The Companion Pass qualifying flight threshold will remain at 100 qualifying one-way flights.

Free Same-Day Standby—Effective January 1, 2021, the name used for free same-day standby will change to ‘same-day standby free of airline charges’. With this change, if a Member uses same-day standby and the new flight itinerary requires any additional government taxes and fees, Rapid Reward members will be asked to pay the difference.

Per Southwest Airlines,

Your Rapid Rewards points will never expire – Beginning October 17, 2019: We believe the points you earn should be yours forever. That’s why you now have the freedom to keep all of your points without needing to have qualifying activity. No expiration means your points will be available to use whenever you want—even if that’s years from now.

Companion Pass qualifying points1 increase – Beginning January 1, 2020: We know how important it is to experience new places with family and friends, which is why we created the unparalleled benefit of Companion Pass. To continue offering unlimited flights for Companions when flying with their Companion Pass holder, we’re increasing the points required to earn a Companion Pass from 110,000 to 125,000 beginning January 1, 2020.

Taxes and fees for same-day standby – Beginning January 1, 2021: Having the freedom of same-day standby can mean heading home earlier when your plans change last minute. We know how much this benefit means to our A-List and A-List Preferred Members. In order to keep offering same-day standby free of airline charges, starting January 1, 2021, anyone who changes their itinerary using same-day standby will be responsible for any additional government taxes and fees that may result. On the day of travel, please see a Customer Service Agent at the airport when using this benefit and to learn more about any additional government taxes and fees.

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  1. Michael Flanders, CPA WN# 1029288901
    I’ve been a good customer of WN for many years. I lost 100K miles due to the 24 month rule.

    Now that you are once again unlimited, is there any way I can fly or buy them back (like I did on AA)

  2. Yes, southwest have increased the companion pass points and i’m very disappointed with this. But still this airline have genuine rates and the rapid rewards partners are still providing good offers so have decided to stick with you guys for more time.

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