Gift Cards Trigger $75 Annual Travel Credit for Chase Southwest Airlines Priority Credit Card

Good afternoon everyone, greetings from Macedonia!  I’ve been traveling around Eastern Europe this week, but I noticed that the Chase Southwest Airlines credit cards have changed their sign up bonuses and some cards are now offering the Southwest Airlines Companion Pass.   Even though the Southwest Airlines Companion Pass is awesome, I want to talk about the Chase Southwest Airlines Priority Credit Card.  My girlfriend recently converted her Chase Southwest Airlines Plus Credit Card to the Chase Southwest Airlines Priority Credit Card, and part of the card benefits is a $75 annual travel credit.  Much like the airline reimbursements on the American Express Hilton Aspire Credit Card and the American Express Platinum Charge Cards, I assumed airline gift cards would trigger the $75 statement credit, but I had to find out for myself.

Here are the terms & conditions regarding the $75 annual travel credit:

$75 Southwest Annual Travel Credit: A statement credit will automatically be applied to your account when your Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Priority Card is used for purchases (excluding Upgraded Boardings and inflight purchases), up to an anniversary year maximum accumulation of $75. Anniversary year means the year beginning with your account open date through the first statement date after your account open date anniversary, and the 12 monthly billing cycles after that each year. Eligibility for a $75 Southwest Annual Travel Credit for accounts that switch to this product: Account open date is the date the switch is official in the Chase system. Statement credit(s) will post to your account the same day your Southwest Airlines purchase posts to your account and will appear on your monthly credit card billing statement within 1-2 billing cycles. The $75 Southwest Annual Travel Credit will be issued for the year in which the transaction posts to your account. For example, if you buy a Southwest Airlines ticket, but the airline does not post the transaction until after your current anniversary period ends, the cost of the ticket will be allocated towards the following year’s Southwest Annual Travel Credit maximum of $75.

My girlfriend then went to the Southwest Airlines website and purchased a $75 egift card.

A few days later, she logged into her Chase online account and saw that the $75 egift card purchase posted along with a $75 statement credit with the title “TRAVEL CREDIT $75/YEAR.”  Both transactions posted on the same day.

She dug a little deeper and this is how each transaction coded.  To her surprise, the $75 egift card looks like it earned 150 Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Points (worth ~$2.25).  This is a cardmember year benefit, so she can buy a $75 egift card every cardmember year.

If you have any questions about the Chase Southwest Airlines Priority Credit Card, please leave a comment below.  Have a great day everyone!

2 thoughts on “Gift Cards Trigger $75 Annual Travel Credit for Chase Southwest Airlines Priority Credit Card

  1. Mike

    It also works on refundable fares that are canceled. I canceled some flights I booked with points, got the $5.60 credit back and they didn’t claw back the $75 credit. Simpler than dealing with a gift card.


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