I wrote yesterday about obtaining a Southwest Companion Pass by signing up for two Southwest Visa credit cards when the signup bonus was at 50,000 for a total of 100,000. In the post, I mentioned that the current publicly available online signup bonus was 25,000 points which is mostly true in regards to online offers but in truth the BEST credit card signup offers are not always online. Sometimes you need to head to the source…..the airport!
Southwest confusingly advertises the sign up bonus as “One Free Roundtrip Flight” when the signup bonus is 25,000 points and “Two Free Roundtrip Flights” when the signup bonus is 50,000 points. Since the Southwest award program is based on the cost of the flight, the advertising is actually quite misleading but nonetheless this is in fact an advertisement for a 50,000 point signup bonus.
The airport offer is even more lucrative
As the sign suggests, head on over to Gate A2 at the Super Bowl contender Baltimore Raven’s BWI airport and you will find an application for a 50,000 point signup bonus AND a free t-shirt. Devastatingly, no online applications for this card offer a T-shirt on top of the 50,000 point bonus so technically speaking, the best publicly available offer for this card is actually at the airport.
The bottom line
In all seriousness, I would not ever hand jam my information onto an application at the airport and trust the agent to protect my personal information for a silly T-shirt, but if we want to get technical, the airport has the better offer.