7 Ways to Keep Your Southwest Rapid Reward Points From Expiring

Jan 25, 2016

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One of the dangers of earning miles and points in various programs is that it can be hard to keep up with them all, this is especially true for the points that are in programs that you don’t use on a regular basis or that in your children’s accounts that may not get frequent use. AwardWallet can help tremendously with tracking expiration dates for various programs, but even with that reminder you still have to take action in order to keep points from expiring in various programs.

While a few programs currently have points that never expire, most now require some account activity at least every 12-24 months. This usually means you need to earn (or sometimes use) points to keep them safely in your accounts. One program that requires you to earn points at least every 24 months is Southwest Rapid Rewards.

Over the weekend I got an email that my points would be expiring soon due to lack of activity, so I had to decide what to do to keep my Southwest Rapid Reward points from expiring. Even though I don’t fly Southwest frequently right now, I sure don’t want the points in my account to go to waste!

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The good news is it is very, very easy to keep points alive in most programs thanks to the myriad of ways to earn points. As an example, here are seven ways to keep your Southwest Rapid Reward points from expiring.

Seven Ways to Keep Your Southwest Rapid Reward Points From Expiring

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I had an online purchase to make today, so I just made it through the Rapid Rewards Shopping portal as that easy action will not only earn me points for my purchase, but it will extend the life of all of my Rapid Reward points for another 24 months.

One bonus way to keep Rapid Reward points from expiring is by making an instant transfer from Chase Ultimate Rewards. You can transfer as few as 1,000 points to extend the life of your Southwest points for another 24 months.

One final tip I have to keep Southwest Rapid Reward points from expiring, or really any type of mile or point from expiring, is not to wait until the last minute. If you wait until the final few days before the points are scheduled to expire then your list of options to extend them will be much shorter since some transactions take time to post. I recommend taking action a couple of months ahead of time to extend your points so that you don’t have to stress about when the transaction will post.

What do you do to keep your (and your kids!) valuable miles and points from expiring?

Terms and Conditions for Expiring Southwest Rapid Reward Points:

Points will remain active as long as you have at least one qualifying earning activity every 24 months. Qualifying earning activities include: 1) completed travel on Southwest® qualifying flights, 2) points earned by transacting with any current Rapid Rewards® Partner, 3) points earned through everyday purchases using Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Credit Cards and through points transferred from Diners Club®, and 4) points purchased for personal account use. Member should allow four to six weeks or such time as is otherwise specified for points to post from qualifying activity. Points gifted or transferred to another Member only keep the recipient’s point balance active. The last activity date will be the latter of the last qualifying earn activity or date of Award expiration. All Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply.

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