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Southwest Rapid Rewards® Performance Business Credit Card review

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An upgraded card, with a higher annual fee.

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★★★★★

  • You want a luxury-esque business card under the Southwest umbrella.
  • You want a lower annual fee or different earning categories.
  • Apply with a good to an excellent credit score of 670 or higher.

70,000

Points as welcome offer

Up to 3x

Points

$199

Annual fee

15.99% to 22.99%

Purchase APR (variable)

Details

Product NameSouthwest Rapid Rewards® Performance Business Credit Card
Annual fee$199
Purchase APR15.99% to 22.99% variable
Balance transfer APR15.99% to 22.99% variable
Balance transfer fee$5 or 5% of the transaction, whichever is greater
Cash advance rate24.99% variable
Cash advance fee$15 or 5% of the cash advance amount, whichever is greater
Penalty APR29.99% variable
Foreign transaction feeNone
Interest free periodUp to 20 days
Late payment fee$39
Returned payment fee$39
Rates & feesrates & fees

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Expert review

Business owners who fly Southwest will be hard-pressed to find a card with a better pound-for-pound value. This card rocks up to a 100,000 point signup bonus, earns up to 3x points on eligible Southwest purchases, provides a $100 TSA PreCheck or Global Entry statement credit and more.

Right off the bat, the enormous welcome offer will catapult you most of the way toward earning a Southwest Companion Pass. Earning categories on this card also sport larger rates than the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card. The earning categories are also tailored to categories helpful to small and mid-sized businesses. And of course, the host of flight perks, such as complimentary flight upgrades and the ability to earn tier qualifying points, makes this card especially valuable for businesses on the go.

The main tradeoff for these gains is the larger annual fee compared to Chase’s other Southwest business offerings and the lack of an intro purchase APR. However, using this card’s perks just a few times along with the anniversary bonus points help take the sting out of the high price. For growing or mid-sized businesses, this card is a great choice to supplement your business and travel needs.

How to apply for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards® Performance Business Credit Card

  1. Go to Chase.com and click on the drop-down menu at the top left of the page. The drop-down menu looks like three horizontal lines.
  2. Click on Credit cards from the drop-down menu.
  3. At the new page, click on Business under the Filter card by: heading.
  4. At the Business Credit Card page, scroll down until you see the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Performance Business Credit Card.
  5. Click on Learn more and then Sign in to apply to start the process.

What credit score do I need?

You should apply with at least a good credit score of 670 or higher.

Card benefits

  • Signup bonus.
    Earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
    Plus, earn an additional 30,000 points after you spend $25,000 on purchases in the first 6 months of account opening.
  • Anniversary points.
    Earn 9,000 points each year on your card member anniversary.
  • Reward points.
    Earn 3x points for every dollar spent on eligible Southwest Airlines purchases. Earn 2x points on every dollar spent on social media, search engine advertising, Internet, cable and phone services. Earn 1x point for every dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Travel credits.
    Enjoy a Global Entry or TSA Precheck fee credit as a statement credit up to $100 every four years. You’ll also enjoy in-flight WiFi credits.
  • Flight upgrades.
    You’ll receive four upgraded boardings per year when available.
  • Earn tier qualifying points.
    For each you spend with your card you’ll earn 9,000 tier qualifying points, up to $100,000 in purchases total.

What to watch out for

  • Annual fee.
    You’ll pay a $199 annual fee to use this card. This is the highest annual fee among Chase’s Southwest Airlines offerings.
  • No intro APR for purchases.
    If you were hoping to use your card to help kickstart your new business, this might not be the best choice.
  • Might not be eligible for balance transfers.
    According to Chase’s site, this card might not be eligible for balance transfers. Unfortunately, further information isn’t provided on the Chase site, so call ahead if your were interested in balance transfers.

Compare business credit cards

Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Rewards Purchase APR Annual fee
Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card
3x points on the first $150,000 on travel and select business categories annually, then 1x after and on all other purchases
15.99% to 20.99% variable
$95
100,000 bonus points after you spend $15,000 on purchases in the first 3 months after account opening. That's $1,250 toward travel rewards when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card
5% at office supply stores, on Internet, cable and phone up to $25,000 combined annually (then 1%), 2% on gas and dining up to $25,000 combined annually then 1% after that and on all other purchases
0% intro for the first 12 months (then 13.24% to 19.24% variable)
$0
$500 bonus cash back after you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months.
Ink Business Unlimited℠ Credit Card
1.5% cash back on all purchases
0% intro for the first 12 months (then 13.24% to 19.24% variable)
$0
$500 bonus cash back after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months after account opening.
United℠ Business Card
2x miles on United, restaurants, gas stations, office supply stores, local transit and commuting, and 1x miles on all other purchases
16.49% to 23.49% variable
$0 intro annual fee for the first year ($99 thereafter)
Earn 75,000 miles once after spending $5,000 in your first 3 months.
Universal Premium Mastercard®
3 cents off per gallon when you buy 30,000 or more gallons in a month plus 3 cents off at the Retail Savings Network
27.24% variable
Up to $120
Earn 3 cents off per gallon when you buy 30,000 or more gallons in a month plus 3 cents off at the Retail Savings Network.
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Bottom line

With a huge signup bonus, improved bonus point earning rates and a host of travel perks, the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Performance Business Credit Card is the new go-to card if you’re a Southwest loyalist – even with the increased annual fee.

If you don’t travel enough to offset the increased annual fee or you prefer other earning categories, compare other travel credit card options to find one that suits your business and spending needs.

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