Not gonna lie, I had the Southwest card a few years ago and cancelled it, because there really weren’t to many perk compared to the Chase Sapphire Reserve I got last year.
BUT this year, it’s like they knew they had to be competitive to keep up with the other travel reward credit cards out there. They rolled out 30,000 bonus miles plus the companion pass.
If you don’t know what the companion pass is that you get to pick a partner to travel with you for free for the rest of 2019. If you have a significant other or bestie that lives in a major Southwest hub then this credit card is for you!! One of the reasons I chose this card is because Southwest has a direct flight back to my hometown in Columbus so I will get that in savings just during our holiday flights from PHX to CMH.
You have 3 options. I chose the lowest annual fee of $69 aka the Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card. You get 2x points on Southwest flights and hotels and 1x points on everything else. You also get 3,000 anniversary points every year.
As soon as you get the card you should try to spend the $4k, because I read it can take up to 8 weeks to get the companion pass and it’s only valid for the rest of 2019.
But, before you apply…
You aren’t eligible if you currently have a Southwest Credit Card
You’ve earned a new card member bonus on a Southwest credit card in the last 24 months
Be sure to check back at the end of the year and I will let you know how much use I get out of the card and put a $ amount to value the companion pass.
Ohhh how I loved Dubai, but really….I would move there. Dubai is a desert so yes it’s hot. When we arrived there was a dust storm and it wasn’t good visibility of the skyline. I recommend going during later months (not August like us), but whenever you can go go. It’s a once in a lifetime trip.
Where We Stayed
The Conrad. The Conrad is a Hilton brand. I am obsessed because I used to work for Hilton. I used 34,000 Hilton points for one night. The best part is our flight wasn’t until late so they let us check out at 7pm (the latest late check out I’ve ever had). Which was much needed because it’s so hot you need at least 2 showers a day there.
This was in a great location right across from the metro. It has a pool and a spa. The do deals throughout the summer so I got a 30 minute massage and 30 minute facial for $88. Not. Too. Bad. Right?
Where We Ate
There’s tons of places to eat at the mall. Not gonna lie…we weren’t local the whole time. We had Cheesecake Factory and Paul Bakery. I even heard they are getting a Chick-Fil-A soon.
For dinner, I highly recommend Zuma. If you like sushi there’s a ton of different options.
Also for breakfast or coffee I highly recommend Paul Baker. You’ll see the latte and crepes above 😋.
There are also a ton of restaurants by the Burj Khalifa. Which is a perfect spot to watch the fountains, much like the ones in Las Vegas Bellagio, but better!!
Just know Dubai is pretty pricey. You only need a few days there. I wish we would have had more time to see the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, but maybe next time.
Overall, we didn’t get a rental car. It was easy to around the metro station was right in front of our hotel, but we aware there is a women’s section!! Rayan and I were standing in the all pink section and didn’t notice why everyone was looking at us. It’s for women and children LOL.