Don’t miss out! Join the thousands of people who subscribe to our once-daily email or our free miles and points Facebook group with all the best travel news. Points With a Crew has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Points With a Crew and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers.Southwest is offering up to a 45% bonus on buying, gifting or transferring points through April 4th. This is a high bonus, close to the best bonus Marriott has ever offered. Let’s examine the math and see if this makes sense. All buying points do pay a commission so thanks in advance if you use them to help support the site.The PromotionBelow are details of the promotion:Offer is valid between March 7, 2023, 12:00:01 a.m. CT and April 4, 2023, 11:59:59 p.m. CT.Rapid Rewards® Member will save 35% when the Member purchases 3,000 to 9,000 Rapid Rewards points; or save 40% when the Member purchases 10,000 to 14,000 Rapid Rewards points; or save 45% when the Member purchases 15,000 or more Rapid Rewards points within a single purchaseA valid credit card is required to buy points.A minimum 3,000 points purchase threshold must be met on a per transaction basis in order to qualify for the discount.Points can be purchased in blocks of 1,000 and a daily maximum of 60,000 points can be purchased by a Member with no annual maximumWhat about with the current promotion? This time the bonus is tiered –Buy fewer than 3,000 points – no discountBuy 3,000 – 9,000 points – get a 35% discountBuy 10,000 – 14,000 points – get a 40% discountBuy 15,000 or more points – get a 45% discountIf you purchase the maximum allowed, you will receive 60,000 points for $990.00, about 1.65 cents per point.Remember that you can only redeem Southwest points for a fixed amount – usually though not always for about 1.33 cents per point.(SEE ALSO: Yes, you CAN get 2.55 cents per Southwest point!)So obviously buying points at 1.65 cents per point and redeeming them at 1.33 cents per point is not a winning strategy!  I’d say the only real opportunities where this might make sense is if you have multiple accounts with points in them and don’t have enough to book your flights and need to consolidate.  One option would be to have the individual accounts buy flights for individual people, but that doesn’t always work out for flying. Also it’s important to note that purchased points do NOT count towards earning the points you need for the Southwest Companion PassIf you have questions about whether or not this makes sense for you, send me an email or post over in our free Points With a Crew miles and points Facebook groupConclusionPurchased points can represent great value sometimes. But as always, you need to crunch the numbers to ensure it makes sense.  (SEE ALSO: When does buying airline miles make sense?  ONLY in these 3 instances)During the past two years, Southwest has offered bonus on purchase points about four times a year, and the maximum bonus ranged from 30% to 50%. A 45% discount is equivalent to more than a 50% bonus, so the current promotion is about the highest it’s ever been. As I always say, if you don’t have an urgent need for Southwest points, I would recommend waiting for the next promotion with higher bonus.  I generally would only buy Southwest or any other type of miles or points if you have a specific short-term need for them.When you need to change a flight, it’s super easy.  Login to your Rapid Rewards account online, and modify the trip.  If your new flight selection needs more points, you’ll have to pay the difference.  If the new flight is less points than your original flight, you’ll get the difference refunded back to your account instantly!There are no change or cancellation fees for Southwest flights, even with their cheapest fares!  This is a fantastic feature, and I took full advantage back when I had my Companion Pass for 2016 and 2017.Buy, gift or transfer Southwest points here with up to a 45% discount through April 4th Points With a Crew has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Points With a Crew and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Responses are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered. Other links on this page may also pay me a commission – as always, thanks for your support if you use them