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Do not post referral offers or requests in this thread. All such posts will be deleted. See below for the dedicated referral thread.

Live links to 50K offer pages:
https://creditcards.chase.com/6000329
https://creditcards.chase.com/a1/southwest/2rtfosam1 (Current redirect target of www.southwest.com/inflight)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rapid Rewards Visa

1. What are the different card types?
non-business Plus, non-business Premier, business Plus, and business Premier.
Premier cards have a higher annual fee but give 6000 anniversary bonus points vs. 3000 points for the Plus cards. It is generally agreed that you will get the bonus for a new account if you have not had that particular type of RR Visa card before, but Chase appears to be in the process of changing their policies (see below).

Note that prior to RR-2.0, the two types of RR Visa cards were "Classic" ($29 to $39 annual fee) and "Signature" ($59 to $69 annual fee). Plus and Premier are new products for purposes of the (soon to be retired?) "One bonus per product" rule.

2. Is there a zero annual fee version?
No.

3. Can I "churn" these cards? How often can I reapply for the same type card and get the signup bonus?
The official rule has recently changed more than once. Closely check the T&C of your offer as different rules may apply to concurrently available offers. The Inflight offer linked above states:
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This bonus offer is available to you as long as you have not received a new cardmember bonus for this product in the past twenty four months.
Referral offers have been seen with a limit of one individual and one business bonus per lifetime (although T&C read by the CSR taking the application differed from those printed on the referral offer).

Actual results sometimes differ from the official rule. People have reported receiving the bonus a second time on the same card type at various intervals even when the bonus was officially oncer per lifefime per product. Please post your results here.

4. Can I cancel the card and still collect the anniversary bonus?
Yes. Reasonable people disagree on whether this crosses the line of exploiting the card issuer. The anniversary bonus is described a reward for having been a cardmember for the past year, not as a reward for paying the next year's annual fee. Based on that description, the bonus has been earned even if you then cancel the card. As a practical matter, there is a window of only a couple weeks to accomplish this. The bonus points will post on the billing date of the statement containing your new annual fee, which will have posted earlier in the billing cycle. You have 30 days from posting of the annual fee to cancel the card and have the new fee refunded.

5. Does the annual fee count toward the spending threshold for the signup bonus?
No.

6. When will my signup bonus post to my Rapid Rewards account?
If you have met the spending threshold at least several days before your statement date, the bonus will normally post 2 days after your statement date, not when you actually spent the money! Cutting the timing or the spending amount too closely is not advisable. Mistakes can happen.

7. My statement shows sufficient purchases to meet the spending threshold. Why didn't I receive the bonus?
This can happen if you met the spending threshold just a few days before the statement date. It appears that accounts are flagged for meeting the spending threshold independently of the statement generation process and less frequently than daily.

8. How can I determine my statement date?
You should call Chase (phone number on back of card) to check your next statement date. Credit card companies are now required to have payments due on the same numerical day of each month, which means closing dates vary throughout the year. (Before reforms enacted after the financial crisis, RR Visa cards had constant closing dates rather than constant due dates.) The closing date should remain within the same small range unless you request a change of your payment due date. When you request a change, Chase normally can delay your next statement but cannot accelerate it. If you are unwisely taking the risk of cutting your timing too close, you should call Chase more than once to confirm your next statement date.

9. I accidentally crossed the spending threshold in December rather than January. Can I return a large purchase to bring my spending back below the threshold?
Unlikely. It appears that the sweep to check spending threshold does not un-flag an account previously flagged as meeting the threshold. It's not even clear whether the sweep counts returns at all. If you realize the error before the statement closes and you have a payment due date change available, you might be able to push the December closing date into January.

10. Can I apply for a credit card in my wife's name but my Rapid Rewards number, so that the points funnel into my account?
People have tried this. Some have succeeded. Others have reported that Chase closed the account and posted no Rapid Rewards points. Do you feel lucky? Programs can become very aggressive when they suspect members of defrauding the program by using non-matching names. When you game the system you are only on solid ground if you follow the rules to the letter. Breaking the rules means that the program can penalize you if they want to, and believe me: They want to.

11. Can I scam this system in any other way? I just had a clever idea.
There is nothing new under the sun here on FlyerTalk. If it relates to established program rules and it isn't discussed here you can be confident your idea will not work.

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Old Yesterday, 4:43 pm   #2221
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: TX
Programs: WN A List Preferred and CP, AA, IC Platinum, Hertz #1 Gold 5*, Hilton Diamond, Enterprise Platinum
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Holy cow. It's not a debit card.

But...AGC can be used to buy, oh, I dunno...gift cards?
It is a gift card. Why would I buy gift cards with a gift card?
It's all good. I'll just use it for groceries and some bills.
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Old Yesterday, 4:55 pm   #2222
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
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I got my wife the Plus card last night, instant approval 12k CL.

I hear that the 50k offers are going away. I'm not sure if I should just try to get her the Premier card now or wait.

I already have CP for 2015 so we could wait until late in the year for the 2nd card to get her CP for 2015/2016..........if the 50K offer comes back.

Any thoughts on getting approved for a 2nd card a day later and the 50k offer returning ?

I would rather just wait as we we have $5500 in spends to meet already by early May

Thanks
The 50k offers have been coming and going for years and Southwest is devaluing their program April 17th so there's a good chance a/the 50k offers return.
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Old Yesterday, 5:37 pm   #2223
 
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The 50k offers have been coming and going for years and Southwest is devaluing their program April 17th so there's a good chance a/the 50k offers return.
I'll probably wait and take my chances on another 50K offer coming around before November.

I fly MSP/TPA and MSP/BDL so I doubt my routes are going to effected much by any increase and SW points are so easy to earn so I'll probably be ok
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Old Yesterday, 11:37 pm   #2224
 
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My points showed up as soon as the last statement closed so I assume at the close of my next statement the CP will be active right away.
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CP showed up for me within a day of my Southwest point total exceeding 110,000.
we're going to redeem our marriott points for hotel, air package and get SW points 120k. We want to use companion pass for March 7th trip. Is it possible to use CP in a week? In their rules, I need to show CP card at airport, so just want to make sure we can use without CP card in hand.

If I can't get CP in a week or can't use CP without companion pass card, I'm going to collect points to redeem higher hotel category.

help please
thanks in advance
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Old Yesterday, 11:41 pm   #2225
 
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we're going to redeem our marriott points for hotel, air package and get SW points 120k. We want to use companion pass for March 7th trip. Is it possible to use CP in a week? In their rules, I need to show CP card at airport, so just want to make sure we can use without CP card in hand.

If I can't get CP in a week or can't use CP without companion pass card, I'm going to collect points to redeem higher hotel category.

help please
thanks in advance
You do not need the companion pass card at the airport (or ever).
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Old Yesterday, 11:45 pm   #2226
 
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You do not need the companion pass card at the airport (or ever).
thanks for quick reply. So, after we got CP status and add companion in trip, we are good to go, correct?

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Old Yesterday, 11:48 pm   #2227
 
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thanks for quick reply. So, after we got CP status and add companion in trip, we are good to go, correct?

Yes.

The element of your approach that I haven't done myself is the transfer of Marriott points to Southwest, so I can't say from experience how long that takes or how smoothly it goes.
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Old Yesterday, 11:55 pm   #2228
 
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Yes.

The element of your approach that I haven't done myself is the transfer of Marriott points to Southwest, so I can't say from experience how long that takes or how smoothly it goes.
Thanks a lot. I guess we still have like a week, so it would be enough time to get points into our sw account.

thanks again, really appreciate it.
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Old Today, 9:06 am   #2229
 
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Got personal plus and premier the same day

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thanks for the replys. i thought it would be no problem getting the biz card approved, but the CSR said that my wife didnt need a business card if she didnt have consistent profits over a long period of time. Instead of politely hanging up and trying again my wife made a snarky comment about Chase clearly understanding how a business should and should not be run as long as bailouts are available.... So that didnt go over well. anyway, i am just trying to figure out how long we should wait to apply for the premier version and if we should cancel the plus version after 4 months
I am a newbie and took the SW plunge yesterday trying to earn toward the Comp pass. I was instantly approved for Plus and then tried the business but was rejected, even after two calls. Decided then to just try the premier. Was again instantly approved. So, now I'm waiting for the cards to start spending.
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Old Today, 9:54 am   #2230
 
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I am a newbie and took the SW plunge yesterday trying to earn toward the Comp pass. I was instantly approved for Plus and then tried the business but was rejected, even after two calls. Decided then to just try the premier. Was again instantly approved. So, now I'm waiting for the cards to start spending.
Congratulations on the two approvals. Now remember that the click starts ticking on approval date, not when you activate the cards.
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