Time to Earn the Southwest Companion Pass!

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The Southwest Companion Pass is the best deal in the points gameIf you frequently travel with a spouse or friend, there is huge value with the pass! Keep reading to learn exactly how to earn the Southwest Companion Pass.

Now you may or may not have heard of the Companion Pass so I’ll give you a quick rundown. The pass allows you to bring along your spouse, your best friend, or maybe your mom. Whomever you choose, your companion can fly with you FOR FREE! It does not matter if you are redeeming points or paying for the flight, your companion is ALWAYS free. There is no catch; it’s as good as it sounds. Whenever I’m traveling domestically with Mrs. TT, we almost always fly Southwest, primarily because of the companion pass.

 

Earn the southwest companion pass

How to earn the Southwest Companion Pass? You’re definitely not flying 100 one-way flights, so you need to earn 110k Southwest points in one calendar year. With the new Southwest 50k point credit card offers it’s never been easier! Let me walk you through step by step.

 

Step 1: Apply for two Southwest Credit Cards

 

***Update***4/5/18 – Chase has added a restriction for the Southwest credit cards. You can now only be approved for one Southwest personal card and one business card. Read more about it here

This is the easiest part. All you need to do is apply for two of the three Southwest credit cards currently offered in any combination. I have been approved for a personal and business Southwest card in the same day, and I have read of others who have gotten two personal cards in two days. If you are not immediately approved call the reconsideration line.

Even if you simply sell things on eBay or Craigslist you should be eligible to apply for the Southwest Business card. If you’re not comfortable applying for the business card then go for the personal Premier & Plus cards.

The only bad thing is you can’t apply online for the Southwest 50k Plus Personal card. You will need to obtain a referral from an individual who already has the card. This is rather simple and referrals can be found on FlyerTalk.

Thrifty Tip #1: Applying for one Chase personal and one Chase business card in the same day, usually only results in one credit inquiry!

Thrifty Tip #2: You can’t apply online for the 50k Plus card. You’ll need to obtain a referral from an individual who already has the card. This is rather simple and referrals can be found on FlyerTalk.

Thrifty Tip #3: If you are applying for a personal and business card we recommend you apply for the Plus card first as it only has a $69 upfront annual fee instead of $99.

Thrifty Tip #4: You usually can’t apply for two personal Southwest cards in the same day. You can however apply for a personal and a business in the same day.

 

Earn the southwest companion pass

Highlights of the three cards

 

Step 2: Meet Required Spend

You are required to spend $2k on each credit card within the first three months to earn the 50k bonuses. That’s $4k total spend to earn 100k points. Now you could quit there and be perfectly happy with 104k points (bonus + spend) good for 4-5 round-trip flights anywhere Southwest flies. The key to the Southwest Companion Pass is now that you have 104k points all you need to do is spend $6k more in total on either of the credit cards in order to earn a total of 110k in the year.  Once you’ve met the 110k requirement you will receive an email that you’ve earned the pass along with a card in the mail from Southwest. The email usually arrives within 30 days of meeting the 110k point requirement. If you earn it early in the year it is good for the remainder of the current year and the next year as well!

The My Rewards Menu (Mrs. TT has a long way to go)

The My Rewards Menu (Mrs. TT has a long way to go)

 

Thrifty Tip #5: Do not overspend in order to meet spending requirements.  Utilize our Top 5 ways to hit Spend Requirements! We are very debt averse here at Thrifty Traveler and recommend never carrying a balance on your credit card from month to month.

Thrifty Tip #6: To earn the companion pass you must spend $2k on each credit card (earns 104k points) + spend an additional $6k total on either card (6k points) = 110k points qualifying points

Thrifty Tip #7: Book hotels with the Rocketmiles website. You can earn 1-10k Southwest miles per night for a hotel stay! This is an excellent way to build up Southwest miles from hotels that would not normally earn you valuable points! This is also a great way to earn those extra 6k points per Thrifty Tip #5!

Thrifty Tip #8: The trick to getting the most out of the companion pass is to earn it early in the year. The companion pass is good for the current year and all of the next year. If you earn the pass in January it is good for almost 24 months! The 110k points must be earned in one calendar year.

 

Step 3: How to Use the Southwest Companion Pass

Congratulations you’ve earned the pass!  To use the pass all you need to do is book a Southwest flight like you normally would. Once your flight has been purchased the flight should show up in your online account within 5-10 minutes.  At that point find the reservation and there should be a button below the reservation to “Add a Companion”. After designating your companion the only charge for the companion ticket is $11 in taxes.

Earn the southwest companion pass

Thrifty Tip #9: You can change your designated companion three times in a calendar year. You originally designate a companion through My Account on Southwest.com, but to change your companion you must call 1-800-435-9792. The change will show up in your account in 15 minutes.

It’s that easy to earn the Southwest Companion Pass! There are no gimmicks; just a straight forward free ticket. If you earn the companion pass early in the year it can be good for up to 24 months!

Thrifty Tip #10: If you have a spouse, rotate who has the companion pass.  Spouse A could earn it early in 2016 and it would be valid through December 2017.  In January 2018, Spouse B could earn the pass and you would be good through December  2019!

Thrifty Tip #11:  Reward flights on Southwest are fully cancellable after booking. If your plans change just cancel the tickets and rebook.  This Southwest benefit is rare in the airline industry!

 Earn the southwest companion pass
Southwest Premier Personal Card by Chase 

  • Two personal cards available (Plus/Premier)
  • 50k miles after $2,000 spend in 3 months
  • Up front annual fee of $99
  • No foreign transaction fees

Earn the southwest companion passSouthwest Plus Personal Card by Chase (Find a referral offer on Flyertalk)

  • 50k offer after $2,000 spend in 3 months
  • Up front annual fee of $69 (Cheaper)
  • 3k point bonus after your cardmember anniversary

 

 


Southwest Airlines Premier Business Card by ChaseEarn the southwest companion pass

  • 50k offer after $2,000 spend in 3 months
  • Up front annual fee of $99
  • 6k point bonus after your cardmember anniversary
  • No foreign transactions fees

 

 

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27 Responses

  1. Brandon says:

    I was succesful in applying for both the Plus and Premier personal cards in the same day! And great read by the way!

  2. Melinda says:

    If you already have a Southwest Credit card, can you cancel it and re-apply?

  3. Andrew Merewitz says:

    You can change the companion 3 times in a calendar year? or 3 times total while having the companion pass?

  4. Logan says:

    If you are looking for the SW Plus or SW Premier 50k offers I have both available.
    Simply email me lcomstock07(at)gmail(dot)com and I will send you the direct link within 10 minutes.

    Regards,
    Logan

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