Buying Southwest Points

Get the details on buying Southwest Points including when and how to buy them. Calculate how much it will cost you to buy at the standard rate.
Updated 2020-12-23 By Robert Flowers III

Southwest Rapid Rewards Points can be earned flying Southwest, spending with their partners, using transfer partners, and using Southwest credit cards, but there may be times in which none of these options work for you. That leaves the option of buying Southwest Points. Buying Southwest Points can be an easy way to top off your account if you need points sooner than later.

Cost To Buy Southwest Points

The standard cost of Southwest Points will range from 2.75 to 3 cents. In order to get the best price, you'll need to buy at least 6,000 Southwest Points otherwise you'll be dishing out 3 cents per point. If you only end up needing 5,000 or less Southwest Points, then paying 3 cents per point is fine. Don't buy more points than what you need if it does not make sense to do so.

Buying Southwest Points
Southwest Points Cost
Cost Per Points
2,000 - 5,000 Points 3 Cents
6,000 - 60,000 Points 2.75 Cents

Southwest Points can be purchased in 1,000-point increments starting at 2,000 Southwest Points. You can buy as little as 2,000 Southwest Points for $60 and as many as 60,000 Southwest Points for $1,650 per transaction. You cannot buy or receive as a gift more than a total of 60,000 Southwest Points in a calendar year.

Details On Buying Southwest Points
Base Cost Per Points 2.75-3 Cents
Taxes? No.
Min Purchase Per Transaction 2,000 Points
Max Purchase Per Transaction 30,000 Points
Max Points Per Calendar Year 60,000 Points
Purchase Increments 1,000-point increments

Do note that buying Southwest Points do not count towards A-List, A-List Preferred, or the Companion Pass.

Southwest Buy Points Calculator

If you're looking to buy Southwest Points at the standard rate, the calculator below can give you an idea of how much buying points may cost you. Do note that the cost of Southwest Points can change at any time, so you'll want to log into your Rapid Rewards account and check their Buy Points page to see the actual cost.

Buy Southwest Points Calculator

Enter how many Southwest Points you want to buy to see the estimate cost at the standard rate.
Points
Total Cost
2.75-3 Cents Each
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When To Buy Southwest Points

The most common reason for buying Southwest Points is to top off your account. If you're a few thousand miles short of a redemption, buying Southwest Points can be worth it if you need to cover the cost of an award flight.

If you need more than just a "top-off", buying them will typically not be the best way to go about it. The only time it makes sense to buy a large amount of Southwest Points (or points with any program for that matter) is if you can redeem them at a higher value than what you paid for them. If you do find a case in which buying a bunch of points is worth it, you'll want to try and wait until Southwest has one of their 'Buy Points' sales in which you can get them at a great discount.

How To Buy Southwest Points

If you're in need of Southwest Points, you can buy them directly from their website following these steps:

  1. Head to Southwest's Buy Points page.
  2. Log into your Southwest Rapid Rewards account.
  3. Select how many Southwest Points you want to buy.
  4. Enter your payment details.
  5. Review the purchase and agree to the terms and conditions.
  6. Click Pay Now.

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