Southwest $500 – $800 Sign Up Bonus

Posted by Madison on November 16, 2012

UPDATE: This offer has expired. Please see our Airline Rewards section for other offers.

It’s back! Just like clockwork, the annual Southwest free flight or mega gift card offer is back! The Southwest offer is a great way to celebrate Free Money Friday for anyone planning travel or gift giving this holiday season (which probably covers just about all of us)!

The Southwest offer is for $500 in gift cards or two free roundtrip flights. But you’ll have to hurry, just like last year, the offer is for a limited time.

How to Get Your Sign Up Bonus

  1. Apply for the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Card.
  2. Spend $2,000 in the first three months.
  3. Get 50,000 Bonus Points, redeemable for either:
    • $800 in Southwest Wanna Get Away fares (2 free roundtrip flights)
    • $500 in gift cards

Terms and Conditions

  • $99 Annual Fee.
  • Fare availability dependent on destination, time, and day of travel, which are subject to change.

More on Southwest

More Points. You’ll earn 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest tickets and Rapid Rewards Hotel & Car partners, plus an additional 6,000 points ($100 in Wanna Get Away fares) every year on your Cardmember anniversary.

Travel Benefits. Southwest offers no change fees, no blackout dates, no points expiration, unlimited reward seats and your first and 2nd bags checked for free!

Gift Cards. If you’d rather redeem your points for gift cards (which is what I plan to do since Southwest doesn’t fly the routes we need), some merchants include:, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Wal-mart.

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Comments to Southwest $500 – $800 Sign Up Bonus

  1. This sounds interesting – how long do you have to have the account open before you can cancel and still get the $500 bonus? Thanks!


  2. Is there any way to avoid the $99 annual fee?


  3. Don’t see anywhere this card offers $500.00 in gift cards. Could you email and let me know ehre to find it? I am a loyal reader.


    • Hi Barry,
      I’ll email you, but here’s a link to the gift card rewards options if others are looking for it too:
      Southwest Rewards.


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