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- In the past, the only way to earn the Southwest
Companion Pass was to fly 100 one-way flights on the airline, or
earn 110,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points in a calendar
- Southwest’s new promotion allows you to earn the
Southwest Companion Pass with a single credit card sign-up
- This promotional Southwest Companion Pass lets your
companion fly free for the rest of the year — even if you pay for
your flight with points.
- Our pick for the best Southwest card to open is the
Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card — however,
read on here to see which is best for you.
While all sorts of travel deals come and go over the years, one
of the best — and most lucrative — is the Southwest Companion
Pass offered by Southwest Airlines.
This usual pass allows its owner to let a designated “companion”
fly for free for remainder of the year they earn it and the entire
next year. Amazingly, the Companion Pass works whether you book the
initial flight with points or with cash — as in, you can book a
free flight for yourself with Southwest Rapid Rewards points and
still bring your companion along for free.
Unfortunately (but not surprisingly), the Southwest Companion
Pass isn’t that easy to earn. While you have always been able to
earn the pass by flying 100 qualifying one-way flights with the
airline within a calendar year, you also had the option of
earning 110,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points within a year.
Many people used to get close to the 110,000-point threshold by
signing up for two Southwest credit cards and earning sign-up
bonuses on both, but sign-up bonus restrictions on Southwest credit
cards have made that strategy almost impossible the last few
Fortunately for consumers, Southwest Airlines and Chase are
partnering up to bring the Southwest Companion Pass within reach
this year via a single credit card sign-up bonus.
It may seem too good to be true, but this is the real thing.
Keep reading below to find out all the details and how you can sign
How to score the Southwest Companion Pass this year with a
single credit card
Starting on January 10, Southwest is offering the easiest way to
get the Companion Pass we’ve ever seen. Here’s how this new
When you sign up for any of the three personal Southwest credit
cards — the
Priority ($149 annual fee), the
Premier ($99 annual fee), or the
Plus ($69 annual fee) — you will get the Southwest
Companion Pass plus 30,000 points after you spend $4,000 on your
purchases in the first three months of account opening.
This promotional Companion Pass works just like the regular one
since it allows customers to choose one person to fly with them
free of airline charges every time they purchase or redeem points
for a flight. You would only have to pay airline taxes and fees for
the companion, which work out to $5.60 per person one way for
domestic flights. The big caveat here is that this version
of the Companion Pass only lasts through December 31,
2019. This credit card offer also ends early in the year
on February 11, 2019.
In other words, you can sign up for this card, earn the
promotional Companion Pass for the rest of this year, and score
30,000 points to spend on flights in one fell swoop. If you think
you can qualify for one of the personal Southwest credit cards,
this is one heck of a deal!
How to use this promotion to your advantage
Let’s say you do sign up and complete the requirements to
qualify for this promotion. At that point, you would have the
Companion Pass through the remainder of 2019 plus 30,000 points to
spare. Also note that, if you have any Chase Ultimate Rewards
points, you can transfer them to your Southwest account at a 1:1
While the number of points you need for a free flight varies on
Southwest, you can easily book a round-trip flight to the Caribbean
with less than 30,000 points, then add your companion for free.
Heck, you could even book two round-trip domestic trips for two
people with this promotion if prices were low enough for the route
A husband and wife with two kids could do even better. I know
because both my husband and I each had our own Southwest Companion
Passes several years ago. When we each had the Companion Pass, we
each designated one of our kids as a companion and used the benefit
to fly to the Caribbean a few times as well as several domestic
trips. It was amazing while it lasted, and there’s no reason you
can’t do the same in your house if both you and a spouse are
willing to sign up for this new offer.
Imagine paying for two adult flights with points and the kids
still coming along for free. It’s hard to beat this deal, which is
why you should sign up if you think you can swing it.
The fine print
Like every amazing offer out there, Southwest’s new Companion
Pass deal does come with some fine print. There are also a few
caveats you should be aware of, as well as a few instances where
you may not qualify. Here’s what you should know:
It can be difficult to get approved for Southwest
credit cards. If you have already had a Southwest credit
card (or have had one in the past), you may not qualify for this
offer or this card. That’s because Southwest includes the following
wording in the terms and conditions of its credit card offers. “The
product is not available to either (i) current Cardmembers of any
Southwest Rapid Rewards®Credit Card, or (ii) previous Cardmembers
of any Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Card who received a new
Cardmember bonus within the last 24 months.” These terms and
conditions may not apply to you if you have or have had a Southwest
Business credit card, however.
The Companion Pass is only good for the remainder of
this year. Like we mentioned before, this promotional
Companion Pass is only good for the remainder of this year instead
of the year you earn it and the entire following year.
You can only change your companion a few
times. While you can choose anyone to fly for free with
you whether you book with points or cash, you can’t change your
companion all the time. In fact, Southwest only lets you change
your companion up to three times per year.
The bottom line
Southwest is frequently named as the nation’s most
family-friendly airline for a reason. Not only do they have a
lucrative rewards program with fare-based redemptions, but you can
check two bags for free and you can change or cancel most flights
without a penalty. Plus, points are easy to earn thanks to
Southwest co-branded credit cards and the fact that the airline
partners with Chase Ultimate Rewards.
Still, the Southwest Companion Pass could help you bring your
rewards game to a whole new level.
You could score it for the rest of the year and bring your kid
or spouse along everywhere you go, and your spouse could even do
the same. And since Southwest flies to dozens of domestic
destinations and to Caribbean hotspots like Aruba, Turks and
Caicos, Grand Cayman, and Punta Cana, this perk could help you see
more of the world this year.
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Source: FS – All-Travel destinations-News
I've had the Southwest Companion Pass, and it's a game changer for family vacations — you can get one now easier than ever before