We are looking forward to our upcoming 7-day Caribbean cruise in April. Our port of departure is Miami, Florida. To get there from Southern California, we will be using Southwest points. For those of you who routinely book free flights on Southwest with your Rapid Rewards points or your Chase Ultimate Rewards points, you know how easy the process of booking free reward travel can be:
- Search on Southwest.com for your reward flight options.
- Check to see how many Rapid Rewards points you need for your
flight. If you have enough points
in your account already, you can directly book the flight.
- If you don’t have enough Rapid Rewards points in your account but you do have enough Chase Ultimate Rewards points, you can transfer the points into Rapid Rewards points. Point transfers must be made in increments of 1,000 Ultimate Rewards points to 1,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points. The point transfer should be instant after you login to your Rapid Rewards account.
When booking free reward travel, I’ve always found that booking in advance is always the better option. The earlier I book with points, the lower the total point cost will be. The longer I wait to purchase a flight, the more points I will have to spend.
One of my best friends booked 2 tickets from Los Angeles to Miami, Florida for only 12,500 American Airlines miles each, an incredibly valuable use of American Airlines miles. When I finally went to book the same flight, they were out of tickets. Darn.
It always helps to diversify your points and miles balances. Even though we could not take the same flight, I found the next cheapest option: booking our flight through Southwest.