Southwest® Rapid Rewards® Performance Business Credit Card review

A valuable welcome bonus, bonus miles on your account anniversary, and solid ongoing rewards makes this a great choice for business travelers who favor Southwest Airlines.

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Jennifer Doss
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Southwest® Rapid Rewards® Performance Business Credit Card

  • Rewards
  • Earn 4 points per $1 spent on Southwest® purchases. Earn 3 points per $1 spent on Rapid Rewards® hotel and car rental partners. Earn 2 points per $1 spent on local transit and commuting, including rideshare. Earn 2 points per $1 spent on social media and search engine advertising, internet, cable, and phone services. Earn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Welcome Bonus
  • Earn 80,000 points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
  • Annual Fee
  • $199
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Key Features

Editor Analysis:

Pros
  • Earn 80,000 points after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Earn 9,000 points each year on your account anniversary, a nice ongoing incentive to help offset the cost of the annual fee.
  • Application fee reimbursement for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck.
Cons
  • If Southwest isn't your preferred airline, or you don't travel it often, you might be better off with a card with a lower annual fee.
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The CardName is the cream of the crop when it comes to the Southwest Rapid Rewards® credit cards; albeit it’s the most expensive. However, it’s annual fee of AnnualFees comes with a lot of benefits for Southwest travelers.

To start, new cardholders can earn 80,000 bonus points, which puts a nice dent in the point threshold necessary to earn a Southwest Companion Pass. This pass is one of the most coveted perks available to travelers as it allows you to bring along a companion on Southwest flights for just the cost of taxes and fees, for the remainder of the year that you earn the pass, and a full year after that.

This bonus offer is really big deal, as otherwise, to earn a Companion Pass, you’d need to fly 100 one-way Southwest flights, or rack up 135,000 Rapid Rewards points in a calendar year. This isn’t impossible, especially if you or your employees travel frequently, but earning a Companion Pass is certainly more manageable with a bit of help.

This welcome bonus alone would definitely give you a huge advantage. Earning 80,000 bonus points for spending $5,000 in three months, is a great start. And the bonuses don’t stop there. As an incentive to maintain card membership, Southwest awards 9,000 bonus points each year on your account anniversary.

With all that said, we never recommend signing up for a credit card based on its bonuses alone, but bonuses never hurt. The great thing with this card though is that the ongoing rewards rate is really good as well. Cardholders earn four points per dollar spent on Southwest purchases; three points per dollar with Rapid Rewards hotel and car partners; two points per dollar spent on social media and search engine advertising, internet, cable and phone services; two points per dollar on rideshares; and one point on all other purchases.

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The amount of points it takes to redeem a flight on Southwest will depend on several factors, such as travel dates and destination, however, Southwest offers a number of flight options under 10,000 points. If you do the math, the sign up bonus alone can take you far. Not to mention the extra 9,000 points you’ll get each year on your account anniversary, which itself could equal a one-way flight. The anniversary bonus is a win-win as it provides cardholders with an additional reason to renew while also providing Southwest with a customer retention advantage compared to cards without a renewal bonus. These bonuses also go a long way in offsetting your credit card annual fee.

Additional card features include four upgraded boardings per year, in-flight Wi-Fi credit and a credit reimbursement for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck.

The in-flight Wi-Fi credit can save you an $8 fee for Wi-Fi access. As business owners and employees often use smartphones, tablets/iPads or laptops to work (or for personal enjoyment) on flights, the value of this perk can be very valuable for the frequent flier.

Reimbursement for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck can save you up to $100 every four years, as well as time. Keep your shoes on, laptop/tablet/iPad in your carry on, or zoom through customs. These programs provide a number of perks which you can learn more about in our Global Entry vs. TSA PreCheck guide. CardName will reimburse the fee via a statement credit, available once every four years– a year earlier than needed for the renewal (currently every five years).

You can also add employee cards at no additional cost, enabling your business to collect benefits from multiple travelers, which can add up quickly if you have a business that often visits with customers or goes to conventions, seminars or other business events in the markets that Southwest serves. Plus, this card doesn’t charge foreign transaciton fees, so you can use it internationally without worrying about incurring extra costs.

Potential downsides of the card_name

Though the card has a generous rewards offer, it’ll take a little effort to offset the annual fee, so you will have to weigh if you will use the card enough to cover that cost as well as to earn an acceptable level of rewards. With Southwest offering other business and consumer cards with a variety of fees, rewards and options, you will also want to examine if one of them provides a better total value than this card.

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We know that the rewards offered with this card sound great (they are!), but before you go and hit apply, you need to first ask yourself a few questions to see if qualify for the CardName. Since you don’t necessarily need an Employer Identification Number (EIN) to qualify for a business credit card, your odds may be better than you might think.

The list of people who can apply for a small business credit card includes quite a few professions, such as freelancers/self-employed individuals, entrepreneurs, small business owners/officers, owners/officers of established businesses, and owners/officers of startups. Most credit card companies have a pretty broad definition of a “business” when it comes to deciding who will be granted a small business credit card. To qualify for a business credit card, you need to be an “authorized officer” of a company. In other words, you must have the legal right to enter into borrowing arrangements with financial institutions on behalf of a business. As you’ve likely guessed, if you are the owner of a sole proprietorship business or the sole owner of a small business, you are already an “authorized officer.” It can be more complicated determining who ranks for businesses that have multiple owners, though. That said, most owners, even multiple ones, are also “authorized officers.”

Credit card issuers consider each application on its own merits, so let them make the decision on whether you qualify – rather than assume you aren’t a good fit simply because your business doesn’t appear to fit a standard business model. And some hopefully helpful FYI: your personal credit history will likely be what is used to determine your eligibility and/or credit limit on a business card before you’ve built up a credit history for your business.

If your business doesn’t have a tax ID number (EIN), you can enter your personal social security number instead, but in general, you’ll want to try and have the following information available when you apply:

  • Business name
  • Business name as you want it to appear on the card
  • Business address
  • Type of business Tax ID number (or your social security number)
  • Number of employees
  • Annual revenue/sales
  • Monthly expenses
  • Number of years in business
  • Ownership type (publicly traded, privately owned, etc.)
  • Business structure (LLC, corporation, non-profit, etc.)

How do cardholders rate the card_name?

CardRatings conducts a survey annually to learn what actual cardholders think of their cards. Here are the results for the card_name:

 Current ScoresPast Scores
Overall Score82.375.2
Features Satisfaction8.17.5
Customer Service8.37.5
Website/App Usability87.6
Likelihood of Continuing to Use8.57.6
Recommend to a Friend/Colleague8.47.5
Scores above reflect the results of surveys with actual cardholders. Full methodology below.

How the card_name compares to other business cards

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The first difference that jumps out is that there is no annual fee for the CardName. Additionally, do you want airline-specific rewards or points that can be redeemed for cash back or travel rewards? The CardName offers $350 cash back bonus when you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months and an additional $400 when you spend $6,000 on purchases in the first six months after account opening. On an ongoing basis, earn 5% cash back on the first $25,000 spent in combined purchases at office supply stores and on internet, cable and phone services each account anniversary year; 2% cash back on the first $25,000 spent in combined purchases at gas stations and restaurants each account anniversary year; and 1% cash back on all other purchases. You can also add employee cards at no additional cost, and there’s an added bonus of 0% introductory APR for 12 months on purchases, then RegAPR.

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This is a question of which Southwest card would you prefer? If Southwest is your preferred air carrier, or at least one you use quite a bit (even if another air carrier is your preferred one, but Southwest offers destinations that your preferred carrier doesn’t) and you benefit from the other bonuses as well, you might be looking at a choice between the two, meaning that you will have to calculate which card gives you a better total return.

The AnnualFees annual fee for the CardName is a little less than half of what the Southwest® Rapid Rewards® Performance Business Credit Card offers, and, right now, you could earn a valuable bonus with the CardName: Earn 60,000 points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months your account is open.

Still, you should compare the other benefits from the two cards to determine which is best for you. CardName offers three points on any Southwest Airlines purchase as well as on two points per $1 on rideshares and purchases with Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partners. You’ll also earn one point for every $1 spent on your other purchases, but unlike CardName, there are no extra points for certain business categories. If you spend enough in those categories, the additional cost of the annual fee might be worth it. Plus, the card member anniversary bonus is higher with CardName at 9,000 points vs. 6,000.

Is the card_name a good card?

Good things usually come at a cost, and we think the annual fee associated with the CardName can easily be offset with the amount of good that comes with it. Not only is the signup bonus great, but the point earning potential is huge, especially if Southwest is your preferred airline and you make a lot of purchases in the bonus business categories. Plus, the 9,000 bonus points after your card anniversary is nice ongoing incentive to help offset the cost of the annual fee.

Our Methodology

Survey methodology: CardRatings commissioned Op4G in September 2023 to conduct surveys among 1,869 cardholders nationwide. CardRatings website analytics from Jan. 1, 2023-Aug. 31, 2023 were used to determine a selection of the most popular cards and additional cards were included to add survey breadth. Responses to each of nine questions were given on a scale of 1-10 and respondents’ scores were then averaged under broad topics. To determine the overall score, responses from questions 1-8 were summed and the answer to “How likely are you to recommend this card to a friend, coworker or family member?” was double weighted. Current Scores reflect scores from the most recent survey (2023); “Past Scores” reflect scores from the 2022 survey.

Disclaimer:The information in this article is believed to be accurate as of the date it was written. Please keep in mind that credit card offers change frequently. Therefore, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information in this article. Reasonable efforts are made to maintain accurate information. See the online credit card application for full terms and conditions on offers and rewards. Please verify all terms and conditions of any credit card prior to applying.


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