Exclusive Interview: Gabbing with Brett Eldredge

Brett Eldredge is the first cardmember to be upgraded to the new Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card from Chase.

Last weekend, Brett Eldredge was at Smorgasburg in Los Angeles to celebrate the launch of the new Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card, in partnership with Chase and Southwest.

We had the chance to catch up with Brett about some of his favorite travel spots, tales from the road, and his adorable pup, Edgar Boogie.

NG: Can you talk about how you came to partner with Chase and Southwest to launch their new credit card?

BE: It was just a natural fit for me! I travel with Southwest so much and I’ve been an existing Southwest cardmember for a long time. So when Chase and Southwest told me about the Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card and the new benefits that come with the card, I had to have it. And I thought, why not join forces and tell my fans how they can get the benefits I’m getting when I’m traveling. One of the benefits I really like is the ability to purchase upgraded boarding for myself or someone I’m traveling with up to four times each year. So, if my mom or best friend are traveling with me, I purchase upgraded boarding for them with the Priority card and the cost is automatically credited back to my account. I’m always using WiFi on the plane so the 20% back on in-flight purchases is great because I can use it for WiFi and if I want to have a drink, I get 20% back on that, too. And getting to my Companion Pass quicker thanks to the 7,500 anniversary point benefit is great because I always have someone traveling with me. So those are some of my favorite benefits of the card.

NG: As an avid traveler, do you have a favorite place that you’ve been on vacation?

BE: There are so many but Switzerland really stands out. It was so majestic and beautiful.

NG: Where do you want to travel that you haven’t been yet?

BE: Cuba and Costa Rica are both on my bucket list. I’ve been fortunate to go to a lot of places but those are two spots I haven’t been. I just need to find a couple of days to get away.

NG: Favorite place to visit on tour?

BE: I love that I get to visit so many places as a result of being on tour. I’m from the Midwest and the Midwest has always been great to me. Chicago is always a big one for me because I’m from there. I love Kansas City. I have a lot of family in St. Louis, so St. Louis is great. And I love to get out by the beach so down in Southern Florida like Ft. Lauderdale to the west coast like Los Angeles. But I love Boston. I love New York. There’s not a place I don’t like to play. I can always find something fun to do wherever I am.

Brett Eldredge is the first cardmember to be upgraded to the new Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card from Chase.

NG: You’ve played shows and venues across the country – Is there one that stands out as a favorite show or place to play?

BE: There have been several on The Long Way Tour this year that it’s hard to pick just one. Boston was incredible. I played the Orpheum Theater which is a legendary place that I’ve been wanting to play for so long. It sold out quick so I knew it was going to be a great show but the energy was unbelievable. After the first song, people were going crazy for like four minutes straight. I didn’t know what to do. I think I actually laid down on the stage for a little bit because I just did not know what to do. This is the kind of energy that you dream about and it just fuels you. It was amazing.

I just played the Windy City Smokeout in Chicago and that was an incredible show. I had the city skyline in the background of my view and sometimes being on stage and looking at the city is the most magical thing. There was a gigantic crowd – the biggest crowd they’ve ever had for that festival actually – so it was jam-packed in there and everyone was going nuts. And I’m from Illinois so it felt like home. It was just a magic show.

NG: Speaking of the tour, what can fans expect from the show?

BE: We go out every night and have a party. This tour is all about spreading love and happiness. I encourage people to dance, sing, and just have a great time. Our stage is a really cool bar set-up and we just want the fans to feel like they are out for a night to forget all their worries and have fun.

NG: Have you had any crazy fan encounters while on the road?

BE: My fans are great! There have been a few moments when people are just really excited but nothing too crazy has happened. We’re all here to have fun and give and receive love and dance and sing. And the energy they give to me is just incredible.

NG: You’ve written and recorded a lot of songs – do you have one that stands out as your all-time favorite?

BE: “Wanna Be That Song” is up there because I watched that thing grow from this weird idea I had in the back of my head at a race track in Kansas. I had my friend Scooter Carusoe on the road with me writing and they were about to announce me on stage and I’m putting in my in-ear monitors and I said, ‘Hey, I wanna write a song called I Want to be that Song’ and just walked out on stage. A few months go by and we got together and Scooter said, remember that song you wanted to write, what do you think about this idea for it? And we got together with my friend Ross Copperman who I’ve been writing with for a long time and it just came together and it was a song that I knew I’d be singing for a really long time because it said exactly what I want to say about music which is being a part of someone’s life through these songs. I wanna be that song that makes you dance, makes you fall in love, that takes you back to a special place in your life. I think it just says everything about what I want to do with my career and my music and I think it sums me up pretty good.

NG: America has really fallen in love with your dog, Edgar Boogie. Is he the ultimate travel companion? What’s the best part of being a dog dad?

BE: Edgar travels almost everywhere with me. He’s the most cultured dog I’ve ever met. I think the best part of being a dog dad is just coming off stage and knowing he’s going to be waiting there and excited to see me. And when I go out and explore a new city now, I get to do it with my best buddy. We like to be outdoors – swimming in lakes or hiking in the mountains. I think I am sort of a puppy myself. I have the same energy and excitement for discovering a new place as he does!

Want to learn more about the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card? Check out the exclusive benefits below:

The Priority card has a limited-time introductory offer of up to 65,000 points, rewarding members with more than half the points needed to earn a Companion Pass after they meet the required spend.

New Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card benefits include:
– 7,500 Anniversary Points
– Up to 4 Upgraded Boardings per year, when available
– $75 Southwest annual Travel Credit
– 20% back on in-flight purchases including drinks, Wi-Fi, messages, and movies

Like the Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card, Priority cardmembers will also receive the following benefits:
– 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest Airlines and Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partners
– 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
– Earn unlimited points
– Earn tier qualifying points that count towards A-List and A-List preferred status (1,500 TQP for each $10,000 spend up to 15,000)
– Points earned count towards Companion Pass
– Points don’t expire as long as account is open
– No foreign transaction fees

And cardmembers are always able to take advantage of the existing benefits of flying Southwest:
– No blackout dates or seat restrictions when you redeem with points
– Bags fly free®
– No change fees