How to Accrue Southwest Airline Points

If you’re like me and like to travel, there is nothing you probably hate more than paying for airline tickets. Most of us would rather spend the money we use on airfare on a nice swanky resort, a nice dinner, or an excursion once we actually arrive at our dream destination. Nobody wants to pay hundreds–if not thousands of dollars–just to land somewhere.

A lot of airlines offer credit cards where you can earn “points” toward air travel. Southwest  Airlines (SWA) is only one of many. But what if you don’t want to acquire another credit card? Are there still ways to earn points? The answer is YES, if you are an online shopper.

To get started you need to register for a FREE Southwest Rapid Rewards number if you don’t already have one. You can register at www.rapidrewardsshoping.southwest.com which just happens to be the same website where you will shop!

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Through this shopping website, you can shop through hundreds of online retailers (i.e. Macy’s, Nordstrom Rack, Sephora). Once you click on the store where you would like to shop, you will be redirected to that retailer’s website through SWA. Any purchases that you make through that retail will then accrue a set amount of points per dollar spent. The number of points that you accrue varies by retailer. Best of all, you can pay with any form of payment that the particular retailer accepts. So If I log into the SWA shopping website and buy something through Nordstrom, I can pay with my debit card or any credit card of my liking.

Typically if I am making an online purchase—especially a large purchase—I check this site to see if the store is featured. I also always watch the “Featured Stores” to see when I can really rack up the points.

Since SWA now flies to several international destinations this is even more exciting. This past year shopping through SWA’s store helped us get three round-trip tickets to Cabo for FREE! Happy shopping!!

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