Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Points Will No Longer Expire

By Paul Riegler on 17 October 2019
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IMG_8481 2Southwest Airlines announced significant changes to its Rapid Rewards frequent-flyer program.

In a major shift, the airline said the its Rapid Rewards award miles will never expire. The move follows a similar announcement by United Airlines at the end of August.

United had been the first to award members miles that did expire, starting in 1989, a concept that eventually became the industry standard.  Delta Air Lines was the first to offer miles that did not expire, starting in 2011, a move followed by JetBlue Airways in 2013.

Southwest also said it was increasing the threshold for earning a Companion Pass, a travel pass that allows someone to travel with the Rapid Rewards member for free for an entire year. Currently, the airline requires a Rapid Rewards member to earn 110,00 qualifying points or fly 100 segments. Starting next year, the airline will require 125,000 qualifying points or 100 segments.

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