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.
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!
Update: All the Southwest personal cards have limited time bonuses of 75,000 points after you spend $5,000 in 3 months. The offer ends July 11th.
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 🙂
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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