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Old 11-14-2012, 07:11 AM   #1
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Southwest is offering 50,000 points again! Question?

If I get this card right now, will I be able to purchase our flights using the points for a December 2013 trip and cancel the credit card before our trip comes up? I would think that since I used the points already, this would be okay but just wanted to check if anyone did this yet.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:38 AM   #2
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If I get this card right now, will I be able to purchase our flights using the points for a December 2013 trip and cancel the credit card before our trip comes up? I would think that since I used the points already, this would be okay but just wanted to check if anyone did this yet.
Yes....but you might as well keep the card for a full year as your paying the 12 month annual fee up front.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:48 AM   #3
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It's paid up front? I must've missed that. Last time we did the deal, we didn't pay anything till the 12 month mark which is when I cancelled.
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:39 AM   #4
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It's paid up front? I must've missed that. Last time we did the deal, we didn't pay anything till the 12 month mark which is when I cancelled.
The annual fee is paid on your 1st statement
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:42 AM   #5
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I am consdering this also. How much is the annual fee?
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:46 AM   #6
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I am consdering this also. How much is the annual fee?
Not sure about this time, but the last couple times offered it was either $79 or $99. We use our Disney Visa so decided not to get this one right now. If I had a specific trip planned I would probably go for it.

There are some restrictions. You would need to look closely at the terms and conditions.
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:56 AM   #7
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Any idea how far 50,000 points would get you? We fly from Boston or Providence. Would it be tickets for 2 people or 4? We have no set dates in mind.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:22 AM   #8
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The fee is $99 which is still awesome for 50,000 points. We flew 4 people round trip for FREE using 48,000 points in May. It's a much better deal than anything the Disney Visa offers.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:23 AM   #9
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Yes, even if you cancel the card, the points remain active for as long as you use or earn points very 24 months (i would double check that date)

Yes you pay an annual fee, but they give you anniversary points to cover the fee

As for Boston, check the site, you can look up how many points it take, basically put in dates and then once it shows prices click points. Out of Buffalo we got points for more than 4 round trip flights.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:23 AM   #10
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I should've mentioned, I found flights for $79-$89 so that's how we used it for 4 people instead of 2 and we flew from Milwaukee to Orlando nonstop both ways.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:59 AM   #11
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According to the rep my husband talked to this week, the card must be open for 6 months or your points would be forfeited. He was just trying to tie up some loose ends and since the points hit our account he was going to cancel it.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:46 PM   #12
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And the hit on your credit score? Anyone considered this?
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And the hit on your credit score? Anyone considered this?
Our credit scores are very strong and we aren't looking for new loans anytime soon. We're not worried about it. If we had shaky credit or wanted a new loan, it would be a different story.
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:19 PM   #14
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Great deal! I signed up when it was 30,000 a while ago and thought that was a good deal at the time.

It used to be 60 points/$1. So 50,000 points would be $833. Which after the annual fee, is still $733 to use for trips. I think the conversions might be even better now? Just pulling up some flights, seems like some of the $100 flights are only 5100 points when they used to be 6000.
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:03 PM   #15
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I took advantage of this promotion in 2010. As soon as my year was coming up, I cancelled the credit card. Any ides if I would still qualify for the 50,000 points if I applied for the card again?
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