southwest changes frequent flyer program

It's well known that airline experience affects how often you travel them. To win your business, some airlines work hard to improve difficult plane processes like boarding.

Others believe loyalty programs with bonuses and awards can win back repeat clients. Southwest is one of the newest airlines to announce big frequent flyer

Southwest is popular with travelers for its built-in comforts and budget-friendly practices like not charging for the first two checked bags, despite recent issues with

planned changes to its distinctive boarding process. The carrier's Rapid Rewards frequent flyer program has a two-tier structure with A-List and A-List Preferred

Customers who qualify for A-List by taking 25 one-way flights or earning 35,000 tier qualifying points by spending on co-branded credit cards each year can enjoy

priority security lines in many airports, priority check-in, priority boarding, a 25% rewards mileage bonus, and same-day flight changes. Travelers who take 50 one-

way flights a year or earn 70,000 tier qualifying points become A-List Preferred and receive 100% bonus miles and complimentary WiFi on flights.

Getting the required number of flights to unlock rewards has always been difficult, but things are going to get easier. According to The Points Guy (TPG), Southwest will lower 

Starting Jan. 1, 2024, customers just need 20 one-way trips to earn the A-List status. The A-List Plus requirement will reduce to 40 one-way flights each year.

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