How to get your free one-way flight on Southwest (well, almost) is offering 3,000 Southwest points if you sign up for their credit monitoring service.  I generally recommend this as a good source to checking your credit for free.  You sign up for the service, get your reports and cancel within the 7 day trial period and it’s absolutely free.  Unfortunately, with this offer you need to keep your account open for 2 months to receive the bonus (see terms & conditions below).  The monthly fee is $14.99.  So basically the cost of this deal is $30 for 3,000 Southwest points.  That being said, when I have called in the past to cancel they always try to convince you to keep the membership and they lower the monthly fee for you to keep the service.  I recall it being lowered to $9.99 for me in the past.  I of course still canceled.  So, let’s say you could get them to lower it to $9.99, then these 3,000 points would cost you $20.
Okay, now what will 3,000 Southwest points give you.  Well, from my research, it will give you just about a free one-way ticket for a short haul.  Below is an example of a short haul flight here in California but you can price short haul tickets in your area and find similar prices depending upon the time of year.

 So this is just to show you an example of the value of the 3,000 Southwest points.  You could obviously combine them with more to earn a full roundtrip short haul flight.  Lastly, you can sign up for email offers and receive 500 Southwest points.  So now you have 3,500 Southwest points.  You can now book your one-way short haul flight.
You could also earn more points with these offers from Southwest: Terms & Conditions:
*Earn 3000 Rapid Rewards Points after your second month as a paid member of Must provide Rapid Rewards account number at the time of purchase.
**Monitoring with Experian begins within 48 hours of enrollment in your trial. Therefore, the credit monitoring benefit may only be available for 5 days during your trial period; however, other product features and benefits will be available to you during your entire trial period. You may cancel your trial membership any time within 7 days of enrollment without charge.
Calculated on the PLUS Score model, your Experian Credit Score indicates your relative credit risk level for educational purposes and is not the score used by lenders.


When I tried to enroll yesterday there was not a spot for your Southwest Rapid Rewards # during the entire enrollment process.  I did  not submit because I know the headache it will be to collect the miles if you do not enter your frequent flyer number in during this process.  The probability of getting the miles is also not good either.  Just a caution, on any offer for miles/points if you don’t have a place to enter your FF# DO NOT PROCEED.  So I was a bit stumped.  This afternoon I tried links from with non of those links showing the offer.  The simply went to to enroll.  NO good!  Something is very weird here.  I tried a bunch of links from other blogs, still no offer loading.  I finally found this link: and the offer loaded with a place to put your Southwest Rapid Rewards #.  So I would recommend using this one.
Also, I signed up for myself and hubby but I entered my Southwest account for both.  Will see if 6,000 miles post to my account.  I have good luck doing this with many offers and thus doubling the my earnings.  There is nothing in T&C that states any issue with this.  Will update when points post.  Should be 1 free ticket for our family for $40. (2 months membership @ $9.95 x 2 accounts)

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