Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card

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The Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card can help you earn rewards for everyday purchases and flying Southwest.

When you include the card’s generous welcome bonus and travel-specific perks, the Premier Business easily gives top business travel cards a run for their money.

Here are the details:

You’ll earn 2X points on Southwest® purchases and 1X points on all other purchases for a $99 annual fee.

There’s also a 60,000-point sign-up bonus when you spend $3,000 on purchases within your first three months. When you include your business’ everyday spending, the sign-up bonus could help you reach the 110,000 points required to earn the Southwest Companion Pass.

Employee cards are free and rewards earned on these cards will be deposited in the main cardholders account.

Is this card right for you?

The Premier Business card was made for business owners who frequently fly Southwest and/or are aiming for the airline’s companion pass.

If you’d rather earn more points on Southwest purchases or want to earn rewards for purchases related to running your business (think: advertising and Internet service), you may want to consider Southwest’s newest business card.

With the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Performance Business Credit Card, you’ll earn 3X points on Southwest Airlines®️ purchases, 2X points on social media and search engine advertising, Internet, cable and phone services and 1X points on all other purchases.

The Performance Business offers a stellar 80,000-point welcome bonus after spending $5,000 in your first three months from account opening, along with up to a $100 Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®️ Fee Credit. But with the added perks, you’ll pay a higher annual fee of $199 per year.

Overall, if you only fly Southwest Airlines occasionally, you’re probably better off with a business credit card that pays flexible rewards in the categories you typically spend.

Advantages
  • 60,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 in your first three months from account opening
  • Get 6,000 bonus points after your cardmember anniversary
  • Check your first and second bag for free (weight and size limits apply)
  • $0 change fee (fare differences may apply)
  • No foreign transaction fees or blackout dates on travel
  • Unlimited reward seats to more than 100 destinations
Disadvantages
  • $99 annual fee
  • Southwest does not offer airline partners, so flights must be booked through the Southwest site
  • You can’t pay for flights with a combination of points and cash

How much are the rewards worth?

If you spent 5,000 a month on Southwest flights with your Premier Business card, you’d earn $1,200 worth of points by the end of your first year. Keep in mind the rewards earned from spending on employee cards funnels into your account.

That also means you’d earn 10,000 points a month, or 120,000 points for your first year of card membership. When you include the 6,000-point bonus you’ll receive after your cardmember anniversary, that’s 126,000 points earned in your first year ⁠— more than enough to qualify for Southwest’s Companion Pass.

How to use this card

The Premier Business comes with Visa Signature benefits, including auto and travel protections, insurance and hotel discounts and benefits at participating properties. It also provides extended warranty protection on qualifying purchases.

To redeem your points, simply visit Southwest.com and log into your Rapid Rewards account. When searching for your itinerary choose the “Points” option instead of Dollars. Select the fare you want and then check out using points to pay. Unfortunately, you cannot pay with a combination of points and cash.

Rapid Rewards cardmembers can also redeem their points for hotel stays, rental cars, gift cards, event tickets, merchandise, and other unique experiences. Our guide to Southwest Rapid Rewards goes into further detail about the program, including how to best utilize your points and how the benefits stack up against other frequent flyer offers.

The bottom line

The Premier Business can help you earn rewards for your business-related spending on Southwest flights.

Thanks to its hefty welcome bonus and 6,000-point bonus after each account anniversary, you can quickly accrue enough points for the coveted Southwest Companion Pass offer.

The information about the Southwest Rapid Rewards Performance Business Credit Card and the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business Credit Card has been collected independently by Bankrate.com. The card details have not been reviewed or approved by the card issuer.