How to earn, redeem, and maximize Southwest points in 2023

You can earn Southwest points from flights, credit cards, and more — then redeem them for free travel in the US or abroad.
The Southwest Rapid Rewards frequent flyer program makes it easy to earn and redeem Southwest points.
You can earn points from flying, co-branded credit cards, travel and retail partners, or transferring from other programs.
Redemption options include Southwest flights, hotels, car rentals, gift cards, and more.
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With flights to over 120 destinations throughout the US, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Aruba, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos, and the Dominican Republic, it’s possible to use Southwest points for truly epic vacations without having to worry about spending more than the taxes and fees. 

With perks like the highly coveted Southwest Companion Pass, points that never expire, and unlimited award availability, Southwest Rapid Rewards is a solid airline loyalty…

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