One of my favorite credit cards is my Alaska Credit Card because of the companion fare that is offered with it. We use my husband’s and mine every year to go to Hawaii with two of our grandkids. Did you know that there are actually 9 different airline credit cards that offer companion fares? If you are getting an airline card, you might as well get one with a companion fare too!
The Alaska Airlines Credit Card gives you a companion fare for $99 + taxes and fees. Currently, the Alaska Airlines Credit Card gives you 40,000 bonus miles after spending $2,000 minimum in 3 months. This is a pretty standard offer from Alaska. The downside is that the Companion Fare has to be used with a cash ticket, you can’t use it with an award flight.
One of the best companion fares offered is the Southwest Companion Pass. The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the best deals in travel hacking. When you earn the pass you get to fly someone with you for free every time you fly for the year that you earn it and the following year!! Now that Southwest is flying to Hawaii, the pass has become even more valuable!
You need to have 125,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards to get it so it takes a little work and opening two different credit cards, a personal one, and a business card. The easiest way to get 125,000 points is through signup bonuses.
It seems to be that the standard bonus on the Southwest personal cards is 40,000 points and 60,000-70,000 points on the business cards. Periodically the bonus on the personal cards will jump up to 50,000 points or even better, 60,000 points! Opening just one of these cards isn’t going to cut it. What you need to do is open two cards. Chase won’t allow having more than one personal Southwest card. You will need to open a personal and business card. If you already have a personal Southwest card or have received a bonus on one in the last 24 months you will need to cancel that card and wait till it’s been over 24 months before you reapply.
These cards are also subject to the Chase 5/24 rule. Signup bonuses fluctuate on these cards a few times a year. Signing up when the bonus is high can make qualifying for the Southwest Companion Pass much easier. Make sure to follow us on Instagram and subscribe to our newsletter to be notified of the next bonus.
The Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card has a higher annual fee of $250 but comes with an annual companion fare that you only have to pay taxes and fees for. It isn’t available the first year but on renewing your card the second year, it is available. Unfortunately, it is only available for use in the 48 contiguous states of the U.S.
Occasionally, this card has an increased bonus so wait for that. Recently we got it for my husband with a 65,000 bonus. At the time of writing the bonus is just 40,000 miles.
Talk about a hefty annual fee – this one is $550! Although I don’t mind paying a higher annual fee sometimes for great benefits, I probably won’t on this card. It offers Delta SkyClub access but I get that on my American Express Platinum Credit Card that has way more benefits. The companion fare is a great benefit but at this price, I’ll be taking a pass on this card.
To tell you the truth, I had no idea there was a companion fare for this card and this is one of my favorite cards. The companion fare is only available for international business or first-class tickets. That’s probably why I didn’t know about this companion fare. I’m probably not going to use this benefit because they have to be booked through the AMEX site. I would rather use points for my premium tickets than pay for them. However, if you are a business person, and your company pays for your premium ticket, the option of taking a companion for only taxes and fees is pretty great.
Hawaiian Airlines will offer a 50% discount on a companion fare between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii. This isn’t quite as good as just paying taxes and fees but it is still a nice benefit. It’s also a one time deal after approval for the credit card. Currently, this card has a bonus of 60,000 bonus miles after a minimum spend of $2,000 in 3 months. Here is what they publish about their companion fare:
If you travel a lot using British Airways and can put a lot of money on the British Airward Visa Signature credit card in a year, they have a great companion fare. It is called the Travel Together Program and for 2 years you have a companion pass if, and this is a big IF, you spend $30,000 on the card annually. That’s a pretty hefty requirement if you don’t live in Europe but can be a good deal if you travel to Britain often. The is good for one free flight each year, minus taxes and fees.
I really like flying Lufthansa in business class so I can see myself getting this card for the bonus spend. The card is offered by Barclay Bank. One can earn 50,000 miles after spending $3,000 in 3 months and paying the annual fee of $89. It also gives you a companion fare and business class lounge access (2 passes) after each account anniversary. You will need to pay taxes and fees. If you travel to Europe, this could be a great card to get at some point.
This is one of my favorite travel cards because it offers 50,000 (sometimes it goes up to 60,000) Aadvantage bonus points after your first purchase in the first 90 days and paying the $99 annual fee. Talk about easy, peasy! You can earn a companion fare each year if you spend $20,000 on the card. Sometimes this card will offer the companion fare as part of the signup bonus! If you can get it with 60,000 points AND the companion fare then that is an especially great bonus! I think this a great airline card if you have American Airlines as a primary airline near you.
We all travel hack with airline credit cards so we might as well take advantage of a card with a companion fare. It is a great way to save money when you aren’t using points! My husband and I have used these multiple times to fly to Mexico, Hawaii, and within the United States. Do you have a credit card that offers a companion fare? Where have you gone with one?
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