Why You Should Get the Southwest Credit Card This Year (Before February 11th)

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…

  1. You aren’t eligible if you currently have a Southwest Credit Card
  2. 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.

Things to Do During a 12 Hour OVERNIGHT Layover in Hong Kong

We landed in Hong Kong around 8pm with a 12 hour layover overnight… Obviously we would go completely insane if we didn’t leave the airport so why not go check out the good food and night scene in Hong Kong?!

It took us about 30-45 minutes to get through immigration & customs.

From there, we took the airport express $15 a person. It took about 20 minutes to get to the city.

We decided not to get a hotel since we would just head back to the airport in a few hours. A lot of restaurants were already closed, but we found Tsui Wah Restaurant on Yelp open until 2am here.

I did get two free guests in the Plaza Premium Lounge with free food, alcohol and even showers. Read my post on the Chase Sapphire Reserve to see how we get over 1,000 lounges all over the world for FREE (comes in the annual fee, but well worth it in my opinion)!!

We wanted to go to Victoria’s Peak which overlooks the city, but we were worried since everything closes around midnight we were worried we wouldn’t be able to figure out the bus system so we headed back to the lounge since it’s open 24 hours and hung out until our flight.

All in all, Hong Kong was a very clean and safe city. I would highly recommend going to check out if you have the time, even if it’s overnight.