Frequent flyers on Southwest
now have a new choice when paying for his or her flights.
and Southwest Airlines on Thursday introduced a new credit card, the Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card.
This comes in addition to the Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus card and the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier card.
The new Priority card has an introductory be offering of 65,000 issues, in comparison to the 40,000 the opposite Chase Southwest playing cards be offering. (Southwest points are worth 1.5 cents each, in line with the travel site The Points Guy).
But it additionally has a upper annual charge: $149, in comparison to $69 for the Plus card and $99 for the Premier card. Chase and Southwest will face festival from many different travel playing cards available on the market, which increasingly have no annual fee.
Chase evolved the cardboard after Southwest cardholders advised the financial institution they sought after sooner boarding and in-flight advantages, Leslie Gillin, Chase’s co-brand playing cards president, mentioned in a observation.
To that finish, the cardboard comes with a number of perks:
• A $75 annual Southwest travel credit
• 20% again on inflight purchases together with beverages, Wi-Fi, messages and films
• Up to 4 upgraded boardings according to yr
• 7,500 issues at the anniversary of proudly owning the cardboard
It additionally comes with most of the identical options because the Premier credit card:
• Two issues according to $1 spent on Southwest Airlines and Southwest Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partners. Those companions come with Hertz, Thrifty, Alamo, Radisson, MGM Resorts and Marriott)
• One level according to $1 spent on all different purchases
• “Tier” qualifying issues, which give a contribution to A-list and A-list most well-liked standing on Southwest flights
The card has no international transaction charges and issues don’t expire so long as the account is open.
Still, a majority of these travel credit cards can be limiting for vacationers who don’t wish to fly with only one airline, mentioned Matt Schulz, leader trade analyst at EvaluateCards.com, a credit card site owned via LendingTree. “There’s now much more of a premium on flexibility,” he mentioned. “People don’t want to work that hard for credit-card rewards.”
There are a number of, well-regarded travel playing cards that don’t require shoppers to redeem their issues at sure airways and their companions, together with American Express’s
Platinum, Chase’s personal Sapphire Reserve and Citi’s
Prestige card. But the ones playing cards additionally include top annual charges.
Chase and Southwest additionally have travel “partners” cardholders can guide with, broadening their choices.
The card additionally an rate of interest of 17.74% to 24.74%. The average rate for all credit cards now is 17.15%, in line with personal-finance site Bankrate.
The corporate is becoming a member of a number of different corporations, together with Barclays for its Arrival Premier card, that rewards shoppers for preserving their playing cards longer. “We’re starting to see more issuers focus on rewarding people for loyalty, which is ultimately a good thing for consumers,” he mentioned.