Southwest Rapid Rewards Points Calculators

Southwest Points Calculators for earning on flights, earning with Southwest credit cards, determining point value, and transferring points to Southwest.

Program Details

Southwest Airlines is the largest low-cost carrier in the United States. They fly to over 100 destinations consisting of 41 states, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. Southwest is not part of any major alliance and they currently do not partner with any other airline.

Southwest does not have a primary hub and instead operates out of several airports:

  • Atlanta Hartsfield–Jackson (ATL)
  • Baltimore–Washington International Airport (BWI)
  • Chicago-Midway (MDW)
  • Dallas-Love (DAL)
  • Denver (DEN)
  • Houston-Hobby (HOU)
  • Las Vegas McCarran (LAS)
  • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • Oakland (OAK)
  • Orlando (MCO)
  • Phoenix-Sky Harbor (PHX)

Credit Card Rewards Calculators

The Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Card Calculators will calculate how many Southwest Points you can earn based on your monthly/yearly spend across categories. Each calculator will also output the cash value of the card based on your spend, how much you value the card benefits, and annual fees.

Compare credit cards side by side based on spend, benefits and fees.

You can compare the results side by side any credit cards featured on the site to find out which earns you the most rewards and the best return. If cookies are enabled, all spend entered (primary/first column only) will carry over to all credit card calculators on the website.

Best Credit Cards For Southwest Points

If you're looking to maximize your earnings with Southwest, you'll want to make sure that you have the best combination of Southwest Point earning credit cards. You can use this tool to get a list of the best credit cards based on your spend. Results include all Southwest credit cards and all credit cards that are part of programs that allow you to transfer earned rewards to Southwest.

Southwest Airlines Credit Card Calculators

Southwest currently offers four credit cards through Chase Bank that can earn you Rapid Rewards Points on everyday purchases. Each card offers different benefits and perks such as bonus points annually, the ability to earn Tier Qualifying Points on spend, and much more.

Redeeming Rewards & Cash Value

Southwest Rapid Rewards Points are best used for award flights on Southwest flights. You can also redeem points for gift cards, hotels, car rentals, experiences, and international flights with other airlines.

Transfer Partners

You can earn Southwest Points by transferring rewards earned in partnering programs directly to your Southwest Rapid Rewards account. This gives you more options for earning Southwest Points outside of using Southwest credit cards and can be useful for anyone looking to maximize their earnings.

Listed in the table below are the partners that transfer directly to the Southwest Rapid Rewards Program. Enter any amount of Southwest Points in the calculator below to see how many rewards you need in the partnering program to equal the amount you specified. You can click on any of the programs to learn more about earning, redeeming, and transferring rewards with their loyalty program.

Earning With Partner Credit Cards

The list below consist of credit cards that you can use to earn points transferrable to your Southwest Rapid Rewards account. Earning rates for the credit cards listed in the table reflect the transfer ratio when converting points to Southwest Rapid Rewards Points. You can click on a card to calculate how many Southwest Points you can earn based on your spend.

Transfer Partner Credit Cards

You can click on a credit card below to learn more and calculate total value based on spend, card benefits, and fees.
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You can use the Best Credit Cards For Southwest Points Calculator to find out which cards in the above list earns you the most points and gives you the best return based on your monthly/yearly spend.

Earning Rewards

Southwest Rapid Rewards Points are primarily earned flying Southwest Airlines. You'll earn Southwest Points based on fare purchased, base ticket price, and your elite status with Southwest.

Southwest Points can also be earned booking hotels, renting cars, shopping online, paying your energy bill, and much more. If you have a Southwest Credit Card, you'll be able to earn bonus Southwest Points when spending with their hotel and rental car partners. The easiest way to book with their partners is by doing so through the Southwest Rapid Rewards Partners page.

Southwest Hotel Partners

Southwest Points can be earned booking stays with seven hotel partners and by booking your hotel stays directly through the Southwest Hotels portal. When booking your stays at the Southwest hotel partners located below, you will earn 2 Rapid Rewards Points per $1 spent when you use a Southwest Airlines Credit Card.

Hotel Partner Book/Earn
Best Western Rewards Best Western Point Transfer or Change Best Western Earning Preferences
Radisson Rewards Radisson Point Transfer
Choice Privileges Choice Point Transfer
World of Hyatt Hyatt Point Transfer or Change World of Hyatt Earning Preferences
Marriott Bonvoy Marriott Point Transfer or Change Marriott Bonvoy Earning Preferences
MGM Resorts International Enter your Southwest Rapid Rewards Membership number when booking your MGM stay
Rocketmiles Book using the Rocketmiles-Southwest Link

Southwest Car Partners

Southwest has a total of 8 rental car partners that you can use to earn Southwest Points. This is a great way to earn rewards if you require a rental. You will earn 2 Southwest Points per $1 spent on the car rental partners below when you use a Southwest Airlines Credit Card.

You can book all of these rental car agencies through Southwest's car rental portal or you can book them directly through the rental car agency website. I recommend booking them direct since you'll be able to use a cash back portal to earn cash back on top of your Southwest Points.

Car Partner Book/Earn
Alamo Change Alamo Insiders Earning Preferences On alamo.com
Avis Change Avis Preferred Earning Preferences On avis.com
Budget Change Budget Rewards Earning Preferences On budget.com
Dollar Change Dollar Rewards Earning Preferences On dollar.com
Hertz Book On hertz.com & Use Hertz CDP 205418
National Change National Emerald Club Earning Preferences On nationalcar.com
Payless On paylesscar.com, Click On Partners & Book Through The Southwest Option
Thrifty Change Thrifty Blue Chip Earning Preferences On thrifty.com

Other Southwest Partners

Southwest Points can be earned shopping with retailers, filling up your tank, paying your energy bills, and filling out surveys.

Partners Book/Earn
1-800-Flowers.com Book Using Flowers-Southwest Link
Laithwaites Wine Book Using Southwest-Laithwaites Wine Link
Harry & David Book Using Southwest-Harry & David link
NRG Home Sign Up Using nrg-Southwest Link
Reliant [Texas] Sign Up Using reliant-Southwest Link
Marathon Earn Using MakeItCount-Southwest Link
Rewards for Opinions Sign Up
e-Rewards e-Rewards Currency Transfer
Emergency Assistance Plus Enroll

Southwest Portals

Southwest has their own dining, shopping, hotel, and vacation portals that you can use to earn extra Southwest Rapid Rewards Points.

Southwest Rapid Rewards Dining

Southwest members can earn Southwest Points eating at their favorite restaurants when they sign up for Southwest's Rapid Rewards Dining program.

southwest dining
Earn points when you sign up.

Members who opt in for email communication will earn 3 Rapid Rewards Points per $1 spent while members who opt out of email will only receive 1 Rapid Rewards Point per $1 spent. On top of that, you will earn bonus points for continuing to eat out at these restaurants during the year. This is a good way to earn thousands of Southwest Points for eating out as normal. There's nothing extra that you have to do besides sign up. Just make sure you're using a great credit card for dining purchases or a card that will earn you a good amount of Southwest Points when spending at restaurants.

Rapid Rewards Shopping

Southwest members can earn Southwest Points shopping through Southwest's own online Rapid Rewards Shopping portal. It features more than 850 different stores such as Macy's, Home Depot, and Sephora. The shopping portal also provides exclusive deals, bonus points, and provides valuable coupons.

rapid rewards shopping
Earn Southwest Points per $1 spent at over 850 retailers.

The amount of Southwest Points you earn will depend on the store. You can jump to Southwest's Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal to log in and see how many points you can earn with different retailers. Outside of earning with credit cards, this is one of the best ways to earn lots of Southwest Points.

Southwest Hotels

Southwest Hotels is Southwest's own personal hotel booking portal and booking through the portal will earn you 1 Southwest Point per $1 spent. Using the Southwest Portal, you can book stays at:

  • Hotels
  • Apartments
  • Resorts
  • Villas
  • Cabins

When booking your hotel stay, the Southwest Hotels portal will inform you of how many points you'll earn on your booking.

southwest hotels book stay
Earn points booking through the Southwest Hotels portal.

Southwest Vacations

You can book full vacation packages through the Southwest Vacations portal. This includes flights, hotels, car rentals, and activities all in one place. This is an easy way to earn lots of Southwest Points. I recommending reading my Southwest Vacations rundown.

Buying Rewards

If you need to top off your Southwest account and transferring points to your account from partners is not an option, the next option would be buying Southwest Points. The standard cost of Southwest Points will range from 2.75 to 3 cents. You can buy as little as 2,000 Southwest Points or as many as 60,000 Southwest Points. You can buy up to 60,000 per day and as many as you want per year.

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 do go on sale several times per year. If you're looking to add points to your account, doing so during a sale would be best.

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.

Do note that buying Southwest Points does not count towards the Southwest Companion Pass.


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