How to Get the Southwest Companion Pass 2022

Alex

The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the best deals in the points and miles world. 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 all of the following year!! 

Either I or my husband has had the Southwest Companion Pass off and on for the last 5 years! I have flown my sister to NYC with me, my friend to Las Vegas with me, we used it for a trip to Newport Beach, Maui with just us, and then we took the kids to Maui! Something to be aware of is that you can’t just change your companion and fly whoever, whenever. You can change your companion up to three times each calendar year and you have to call Southwest to do it.

southwest route map

Southwest route map. Photo courtesy of Southwest.com

 

How to Earn It:

To get the Southwest Companion Pass you have to either take 100 qualifying one-way flights or earn 125,000 Rapid Rewards points in a calendar year. We aren’t going to even waste our time with that first option, we’re just gonna stick to getting those 125,000 points. Ideally, you would time it so that you earn all the points at the beginning of the year so that you can have the Companion Pass for almost 2 years!

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 60,000-80,000 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 so you will need to open a personal and a 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. You’ll also need to wait 30 days after you cancel before you reapply. These cards are also subject to the Chase 5/24 rule. Assuming the cards are offering their standard bonus, I would recommend applying for the Southwest Performance Business Card. I would then open the Southwest Plus Card. Between the bonuses on the cards and the spending to meet the bonus you would have over 125,000 points!Points that you earn from referring friends and family will also count towards earning your Southwest Companion Pass. Usually, you will earn 10,000 points for each referral for a max of 50,000 points but currently, they are offering 20,000 points for each referral for a max of 100,000 points!

 

Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus:

  • 50,000 points after spending $1,000 in 3 months
  • $69 annual fee
  • 3,000 points on your cardmember anniversary
  • 2x the points on Southwest purchases, Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental bookings, local commuting, transit, and rideshare, internet, cable, phone, and select streaming, and 1x on all else.
  • 25% back on inflight purchases
  • 2 Earlybird Check-in per year

 

Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier:

  • 50,000 points after spending $1,000 in 3 months 
  • $99 annual fee
  • 6,000 points on your cardmember anniversary
  • no foreign transaction fees
  • 3x points on Southwest purchases, 2x on Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental bookings, local commuting, transit, and rideshare, internet, cable, phone, and select streaming, and 1x on all else.
  • 25% back on inflight purchases
  • 2 Earlybird Check-in per year
  • 1,500 tier qualifying points towards A-List status for every $10,000 spent

 

Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority:

  • 50,000 points after spending $1,000 in 3 months 
  • $149 annual fee
  • 7,500 points on your cardmember anniversary
  • 3x points on Southwest purchases, 2x on Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental bookings, local commuting, transit, and rideshare, internet, cable, phone, and select streaming, and 1x on all else.
  • no foreign transaction fees
  • $75 Southwest annual travel credit
  • 4 upgraded boardings per year, when available
  • 25% back on inflight purchases
  • 1,500 tier qualifying points towards A-List status for every $10,000 spent

Southwest Premier Business Credit Card:

  • 60,000 points after spending $3,000 in 3 months
  • $99 annual fee
  • 6,000 points on cardmember anniversary
  • 3x points on Southwest purchases, 2x on Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental bookings, local commuting, transit, and rideshare, and 1x on all else.
  • no foreign transaction fees
  • 2 Earlybird Check-in per year
  • 25% back on inflight purchase
  • 1,500 tier qualifying points towards A-List status for every $10,000 spent
  • $500 fee credit for transferring points (Southwest charges to move points to another Rapid Reward account- this benefit give you $500 of free transfer credits) 

Southwest Performance Business Credit Card:

  • 80,000 points after spending $5,000 in 3 months
  • $199 annual fee
  • 9,000 points on cardmember anniversary
  • 4x points on Southwest purchases, 3x on Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental purchases, with 2x points on local transit, commuting, and rideshare, social media and search engine advertising, Internet, cable, and phone services, and 1x on all else.
  • 4 upgraded boardings per year, when available
  • inflight WiFi credits
  • Global Entry or TSA Precheck reimbursement
  • no foreign transaction fees
  • 1,500 tier qualifying points towards A-List status for every $10,000 spent
  • $500 fee credit for transferring points (Southwest charges to move points to another Rapid Reward account- this benefit give you $500 of free transfer credits)

 

 If you have a business then this is definitely a deal worth really considering. And if you don’t think you have a business check out this post. You may be surprised to find out you have something that does count as a business. As always, send any questions my way 🙂

Bottom Line

The Southwest Companion Pass is ideal for family travel. It is one of the greatest deals going for travel with points and miles. Have you ever had the Southwest Companion Pass?

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