Nick: Thanks for the e-mail and the tips on half way to a ticket on Southwest. Here is Nick’s email:
Southwest Airlines – Sign up for Rapid Rewards Get 8 FREE Credits (halfway to a ticket) NEW Members ONLY! Boston Celtics FANS ONLY!
No purchase necessary.
Sign up for Rapid Rewards and get up to 8 credits—that’s 50% of the way to your first free flight*. Simply enroll in the program and you will get 6 credits. Provide your e-mail address and subscribe for Rapid Rewards communications; Rapid Rewards E-mail Updates and the Rapid Rewards Report—stay subscribed for three months, and you will get up to 2 more! It’s that easy!
So basically sign up for ALL email and keep subscribed for 90 days and you will have the 8 credits (the first 6 are instantly credited to your account).
Need more credits??
If you wait long enough, they often offer 16 Credits for New Credit Card SignUp (currently offering 8 + 8 for balance transfer, $59 annual fee, ridiculous fees for transfer).
You have two years to accumulate the 16 so I would wait. Getting on their mailing lists should get you a targeted offer fairly quickly.
They also have a Partner shopping promotion (winter bonusland) that I don’t seem to qualify for yet (I imagine I will next year).
Thanks again, Nick!