How to Fly (Almost) Free For Two Years on Southwest!

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Southwest Companion Pass

About a month ago, I wrote that the Southwest Plus and later the Southwest Premier card were both offering a 50,000 point sign-up bonus.  Well, now all 4 versions of the Chase Southwest credit card are offering  a 50,000 mile (~$833 in travel or $500 in gift cards) sign-up bonus after spending $2,000 within 3 months.

This is great news because it makes it easy to get almost all the 110,000 Southwest points needed to get the Southwest Companion Pass!

Our Southwest Companion Pass!

Emily and I have a Companion Pass and this is perhaps the best miles and points perk which we have.  Why?  Because it lets a companion travel with you for free whenever you travel on Southwest.  It doesn’t matter if your flight is booked with points or paid for with cash – your companion flies free!

We’ve used our Companion Pass much more than we intended including for 5 weekends in a row this summer.  From using it to take flights to our departure city when visiting Paris or Bora Bora, to meeting Travel by Points and Travel Whimsy in Las Vegas, to traveling to Ohio for our wedding!

Southwest Companion Pass-2

In Las Vegas!

Southwest flies to a lot of US cities, and will fly to Puerto Rico in 2013, and will eventually fly to a few international destinations as it absorbs Air Tran routes and Hawaii later on.

Some folks sneer at Southwest, but what’s not to like about them?  The flight attendants and ground crew are friendly, the boarding process is among the most efficient, they don’t fly small regional jets, you can check 2 bags for free, they have a lot more non-stop flights than other airlines, and they don’t file for bankruptcy.

The best way to get the Companion Pass is to apply for 1 Southwest personal card and 1 Southwest business card and then get the extra 6,000 points needed — after accounting for the $2,000 in minimum spending which earns points — to get the 110,000 points for the Southwest Companion Pass.

2 Southwest 50,000 point credit cards and 10,000 transferred points can get you at least ~$3,332 in free flights!

I’ve been getting a lot of comments and emails on the Southwest Companion Pass and what’s the best way to get the Companion Pass, so I’d thought I’d answer commonly asked questions here.  Please comment if you have more questions to add!

A)   What is the companion Pass?

1.   What is the Southwest Companion Pass?

The Southwest Companion Pass is the best airline perk because it lets a companion travel with you for free whenever you travel on Southwest.  It doesn’t matter if your flight is booked with points or paid for with cash – your companion flies free as long as Southwest is selling seats on that flight (even if they are business select seats).

2.   Can My Companion Travel For Free if I Book My Ticket Using Points?

Yes, your companion can still travel free.  You only have to pay a very small amount (~$10) for taxes and there is no limit to the amount of times your companion can fly with you.

3.  What Is This Worth?

Getting the Companion Pass means that the 50,000 points  credit card sign-up bonus is not worth ~$833, but twice that or $1,666.  So 2 credit cards can get you $3,332 worth of flights on Southwest?  I earned my Companion Pass last year and have used it a lot!

4.  How Can I Get a  Companion Pass?

You need to fly 100 1-way flights (within a calendar year) on Southwest to qualify for the companion pass.

Or

You need to earn 110,000 points (within a calendar year) to qualify for the Companion Pass.  And points from the Southwest credit card currently count towards the Companion Pass.

5.   When Do I Need To Earn the 110,000 Points By?

You have to earn the 110,000 points within ONE calendar year (January to December).  Your Companion Pass is valid from the date you earn 110,000 Companion Pass qualifying points up to the end of the next calendar year.

For example, if you earn the companion pass on November 14, 2012 it is valid up to the end of 2013.

If you earn the Companion Pass on January 1, 2013, it is valid up to the end of 2014.  So earning the Companion Pass in early 2013 can get you close to 2 years of free flying on Southwest.

6.  Can I Still Redeem 110,000 Points For Flights Once I Earn The Companion Pass?

You don’t lose your 110,000 Southwest points when you earn the Companion Pass.  You can still use the 110,000 Southwest points to book flights, and your companion flies for free if you have the Companion Pass.

7.   Can My Companion Use Points From Her Account To Book My Flight And Then Fly For Free?

Yes.  As long as you have a Southwest ticket in your name (either via cash, using your points, or using points from someone else’s account), you can add your companion to the flight.

8.  Can My Partner And I Each Earn The Companion Pass & Fly the Kids For Free?

Yes, you and your partner can each earn the Companion Pass and add your kids, parents or friends as companions.  However, 1 person cannot earn more than 1 Companion Pass.

9.   How Many Times Can I Change My Companion?

You can change your designated companion up to 3 times during the length of your Companion Pass.

The terms say: “…the Member may change his/her designated Companion and request issuance of a new Companion Pass up to three (3) times within the validity period of the Pass.”

So choose wisely!

However, you have to designate a companion when you 1st get the Companion Pass, so this means that up to 4 separate persons can be designated as your companion.  You can switch back to an earlier companion, but it would count as a “switch” and eat into the 3 changes permitted.

10.   Can I Use my Southwest Companion Pass on Air Tran?

No.  You can’t use your Southwest Companion Pass for flights on Air Tran.  However, Southwest is gradually absorbing Air Tran routes and flights into Southwest and you can use your Companion Pass for any flight on Southwest.

11.  How to Activate Your Southwest Companion Pass

See this post on how to activate your Southwest Companion pass.

12.  How to Use Your Southwest Companion Pass

See this post on how to add a companion to your Southwest reservation.

B)   Southwest Credit Card

1.   Does The Credit Card Sign-up Bonus Count Towards The Companion Pass?

The terms and conditions say that “Partner bonuses do not count toward Companion Pass status.”  But they also say that “points issued on Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Credit Cards” count towards the Companion Pass.  So it is a bit ambiguous.

In practice, the credit card sign-up bonuses currently count towards Companion Pass status.  But it could change anytime.

Even if the points don’t count towards the Companion Pass, you can still redeem them for regular flights on Southwest – 50,000 will get you ~$833 worth of flights.

2.   Is The Annual Fee Waived For First Year?

The $69 annual fee for the Plus card and $99 annual fee for the Premier card is NOT waived for the 1st year.

However, you get 3,000 Southwest points worth ~$50 (3,000 points X 1.67 cents per Southwest point) with the Plus cards & 6,000 Southwest points worth ~$100 (6,000 points X 1.67 cents per Southwest point) with the Premier cards for renewing the card each year.

3.   Can I Get The Sign-on Bonus If I Had The Earlier Southwest Cards From Rapid Rewards 1 Which Offered Credits & Gift Cards?

If you had earlier Southwest credit cards which offered 16 or 32 credits or gift cards, you can still apply for the new Plus or Premier cards and get the bonus.

For example, if you had the Southwest Plus card with 16 credits and cancelled it, you should still get the 50,000 points if you reapply.

4.   Can You Get The Bonus For The Business & Personal Version?

Yes, you can get the bonus for 1 personal (either the Plus or Premier version) & 1 business Southwest card (either the Plus or Premier version).  In my opinion, this is the best route to take if you want to apply for 2 Southwest credit cards.  I’d apply for the personal card first and then the business version.

You could also get the bonus for 2 personal cards, but I don’t have experience with this and it could be harder to explain why you need 2 personal cards.

5.  But I Don’t Have A Business?

As I’ve written before, many folks may qualify for this card even if they don’t currently have a business, but are thinking of starting one.  Or if you’ve dabbled with a business (sold something on ebay, had a garage sale, sold crafts or cookies etc.), but now want to concentrate a bit more on it.

Or you could want a business card to keep your reimbursable business expenses at work separate from your personal expenses.

You usually have to enter your social security number on the application form and the credit inquiry will appear on your personal credit report, but the credit line will not appear on your personal credit report.

This means that the average age of your credit history should not decrease because the business credit line doesn’t sit on your personal credit report.

When applying for a business credit card as a sole proprietor, I enter my social security number as the Tax ID in the application form and enter my name as the business name.

If you don’t get approved call the business reconsideration telephone line.

6.   Should I Apply For 1 Personal & 1 Business Card At The Same Time or 1 After The Other?

If you apply for 1 Chase card, your 2nd application almost always will be declined online.  But if you call the Chase reconsideration line you can usually negotiate an approval for the card.

I’d apply for the personal card first and then the business version.

7.   What Are The Personal & Business Reconsideration Telephone Numbers?

More details in this MilePoint thread.

See this post for tips on how to negotiate an approval after calling the reconsideration department.

8.   What Questions Does The Business Reconsideration Department Ask?

The questions have got more detailed over the years.  Expect to be asked when you started your business, how long it has been established, what your business does, your revenue, sales, and profits from the last 2 or 3 years.

What are your future projections for revenue, sales, & profits?

9.  Can You Get The Bonus For The Plus & Premier Personal Cards or Plus & Premier Business Cards?

Usually you can get the bonus for different card types (Plus vs. Premier) with Chase.  I’ve personally got the bonus on the Plus personal card, cancelled it and got the bonus on the Premier card and so have other readers.

But I haven’t had the Plus AND the Premier at the SAME time.  But you can eventually get the bonus for all 4 cards.

10.   Can 2 People Apply For The Cards Separately, But Put In The Same Southwest Rapid Reward Account Number?  Or Do We Have To Put In Our Individual Rapid Rewards Numbers.

You should always put in your Rapid Rewards number in the application.  However, some readers have entered in a different Rapid Rewards number in the application (mistakes happen), but have got the points credited to a different Rapid Rewards account.

But this could be a big pain to sort out if the Southwest points don’t post to your account, so do this at your own risk.

11.  How Do I Know If I Have Already Have the Plus or Premier Version?

a.   You could call the number at the back of the card to ask.

b.  The Premier cards have a $99 fee, but the Plus cards have a $69 fee.  You can check your statements online and the 1st or 2nd statement will have the annual fee.

c.  The Premier cards are blackish in color and the Plus cards are bluish in color.  See the image of the cards on the Airline Credit Card tab and compare them to the cards you have.

C)   Timing

1.   Any Idea When These 50,000 Point Offers End?

I don’t know, but I expect them to last for at least ~1 month.  The 50,000 point offers have come and gone every 2 or 3 months for the last 2 years so I wouldn’t worry about missing it, because they will likely happen again.

2.  When’s The Best Time To Apply For These Cards? Now Or Wait For Some Time?

In my opinion, you should apply for the cards in the last few months of 2012.  Start spending on the card, but don’t spend more than $2,000 in your 1st billing cycle.

3.  Why Should I Not Spend $2,000 In My 1st Billing Cycle If I Want The Companion Pass Up To 2014?

If you spend $2,000 in your 1st billing cycle, the 50,000 points credit-card sign-up bonus *may* hit your Southwest account in 2012.  In that case, you will have to earn the remaining points for the Companion Pass in 2012 (the points you earned toward the Companion Pass will reset to 0 in 2013).

And your Companion Pass will be valid only up to the end of 2013…instead of up to the end of 2014.

4.  What Should I Do To Get A Companion Pass Valid Up To The End Of 2014?

If you apply for the cards now, you should get them in ~10 days or by the 3rd week of November.  You have 3 months or up to the 3rd week of February 2013 to complete the $2,000 minimum spending requirements on each card.

You can start spending on the card, but BE SURE (this is important!) not to spend more than $2,000 in the 1st billing cycle which ends in December 2012.

Note that whatever amount you spend in your 1st billing cycle, say $500, will NOT count towards the Companion Pass in 2012, because the Companion Pass counter resets to 0 on January 1, 2013.  However, this could be worth not having to rush to complete the minimum spending in a shorter period of time.

By putting off the minimum spending you ensure that the points don’t post to your Southwest Rapid Rewards until 2013, which means that you have the whole of 2013 to earn the 110,000 points needed for the Southwest Companion Pass.

If you earn 110,000 Companion Pass points in 2013, your Companion Pass is valid from when you cross 110,000 points up to the end of 2014.

5.   What If I’ve Already Got 50,000 Southwest Points Earlier This Year?

If you’ve already got 50,000 Southwest points from earlier this year, you don’t have much time to earn the remaining points needed for the Companion Pass.  Log into your account to see how many Companion Pass qualifying points you have.

You could get another credit card for 50,000 points and spend $2,000 as soon as possible and ideally ~8 days before your statement closes to ensure that the points post in 2012 and help get you to 110,000 points for the Companion Pass.  But it will be very close.

D)   Other Ways to Earn Companion Pass Qualifying Points

1.   How To Check How Many Companion Pass Qualifying Points You Have?

You can check how many points you have towards the Companion Pass by clicking this link and signing into your Southwest account.

2.   How To Get Extra  Points For The Southwest Companion Pass?

If you apply for 2 Southwest credit cards and spend $2,000 on each of them and the points post post to your account in 2013, you will have earned 104,000 points out of the 110,000 points needed for the Southwest Companion Pass.  That’s 100,000 points from 2 credit card sign-up bonuses & 2,000 points on each card by meeting the minimum spending requirements.

So you need an extra 6,000 Companion Pass qualifying points to earn the Companion Pass.  Of course, you can spend $6,000 on your credit cards, but there are easier and cheaper ways.  Here are 3 possible ways (not necessarily the best ways for you):

a)   Transfer Choice Hotel Points.   Buy 18,000 Choice hotel points for $198 and transfer them to 5,400 Southwest points.  Thanks to mike fien for suggesting this because it is cheaper than buying Marriott points.  5,400 Southwest points are worth ~$90, so your net cost is $108.

b)  Buy Flowers.  Teleflora offers 1,000 Southwest points for buying flowers.  So you could buy flowers for  $45 per 1,000 Southwest points (~$30 for the flowers + $15 delivery charge).  So you’d spend ~$270 for flowers and earn 6,000 Southwest points (worth ~$100).

Update:  Adam K posted a link to a Teleflora offer with up to 2,000 Southwest points per purchase (depending on the purchase amount)

c)   Chase Ultimate Rewards Points.  For example, you can transfer 12,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt and from Hyatt transfer them to 6,000 Southwest points.

See this post on 10 ways to get extra Companion Pass qualifying points by crediting car rentals, transferring hotel points etc.

3.  Can I Transfer Points From Chase Ultimate Rewards Towards Companion Pass Requirement?

You can transfer points from Chase Ultimate Rewards to Southwest in a 1:1 ratio, but those points do NOT count towards the Companion Pass.

But you CAN first transfer points from Chase Ultimate rewards to either Hyatt or Marriott hotels, and then you can transfer Hyatt or Marriott points to Southwest Airlines.   However, the transfer ratio is NOT 1:1, so you will “lose” some Ultimate Rewards points, but this is totally worth it to get a companion to fly with you for free for close to 2 years!

For example, you can transfer 12,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt and from Hyatt transfer them to 6,000 Southwest points.

4.  Can I Transfer Points From American Express Membership Rewards Towards Companion Pass Requirement?

American Express Membership Rewards points (the loyalty program of certain American Express credit cards) CANNOT be transferred directly to Southwest Airlines.

But you can transfer 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 20,000 Choice hotel points and then transfer 20,000 Choice hotel points to 6,000 Southwest points.

Bottom Line

The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the best miles and points deals for domestic travel.  And if timed correctly, you can have a companion fly with you for free for almost 2 years!

As always, there is no guarantee that the points earned from the credit cards will count towards the Companion Pass, but here’s hoping they continue to count!

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746 Responses to How to Fly (Almost) Free For Two Years on Southwest!

  1. Do you think I can apply for card in my name and put hubby’s Rapid Rewards # on app?

  2. @Jen - I’d go with #1 for the same reason which mike fein suggests.

    @Deb – It has worked for readers in the past, but it could be hard to get the miles if they don’t post automatically.

    @Cheri
    – Congrats! We’re not sure if the points still count towards the Companion Pass, but hopefully they should. I just got approved for 2 cards myself!

  3. This is a pretty awesome blog post, thank you.

    2 quick questions (apologize if these are already addressed in the thread):
    1. Do the points get credited the moment you spend $2K, the statement in which you spend $2K, or at the end of 3 months? I need 36K more points this calendar year to reach Companion status so just doing a gut check to see if i can even pull this off. Just received my card yesterday.
    2. Are we sure these points will qualify for Companion? My co-worker called Chase Southwest and asked, they said it doesn’t:
    “The 100k bonus points that you earn per Credit Card application does not apply for the requirement for companion pass. You *must* make purchases worth of 110k points, not receive the points via bonus plan.”

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. @Chester – The points usually post a few days after the statement in which you complete the minimum spending closes, if you completed the minimum spending at least 8 to 10 days before the statement closing date. We aren’t 100% sure the points will continue to count towards the Southwest Companion Pass. They have been counting so far, but that could change anytime. Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

  5. FYI-Your link for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Business is no longer there. I applied through the link at the bottom of the page but ended up applying for a second personal card (and was denied) because I didn’t read closely enough.

  6. @Kim – Thanks for letting me know. I’ve edited the directions to make it clearer.

  7. Daraius,

    Hope you and Emily are having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. I know alot of people are extremely thankful for all your hard work, insight, patience, and generosity. So cheers to the Million Miles Secret Team.

    I have both the personal and business Southwest Plus cards. My original offer was for 1,000 minimums, so to reach 110,000 points for the companion, I have roughly shy 8,000 points.

    The original 50k already posted a couple months ago for the personal, and the $1,000 minimum was reached on the business card this past Thursday. I currently have 51,711 points and that’s without the upcoming 50k signup bonus and an additional $500 purchase. So I am guessing I am right at 52,211.

    My plan is to shoot for the companion pass and cover the spread. Unfortunately, my companion pass will be basically for 2013 due to the timing of all this, but I’m okay with that. Two years would be great, but I can create plenty of memories either way.

    But to make this work, do I have to create those 8,000 missing points before my cycle dates on either of these cards, or do I have until the end of the year? I am somewhat guessing that your comments were stating that I need the next statement (within 2012) to reflect 110,000 or more reward points to be considered?

    If that is the case, then my upcoming cycle dates are:
    December 4th for the Business card
    December 7th for the personal card

    And if I do need to post all this before my next statement closes, is it logical to think that I would just focus my efforts on the Southwest Personal Card since it’s cycle date gives me 3 more days to spend? (ie: Dec. 7th vs. Dec. 4th)

    I may be able to do $4,500 or so in additional spending for purchases I have for the holidays, but that may bring me a 3k to 3.5k shy.

    I can certainly spend more if I need to to reach the 110,00, but also wondered about the other option of transferring points.

    I do have enough Chase Ultimate reward points to cover it, as well as, maybe Marriot.

    Do you have any idea how quickly I could go from Chase Ultimate Rewards to Hyatt, and Hyatt to Southwest points if say I did it tomorrow (SUNDAY 11/25/12)? (Just as you suggested)

    And after reading your blog one more time, I guess my cycle dates may not be as important, as much as, focusing on 8 to 10 days before the cycle dates. So with that being said (and solely using Dec. 7th cycle date) I need this wrapped up by say I would need to have this all in place 8 to 10 days before my cycle dates…which would be a possible target of this Wednesday, November 28th to be safe? (that would give 10 days till Dec. 7th)

    As always, thank you for making us all feel individually important. When you can, please let me know if I am on the right path.

    JP

  8. @Darius: I used your links to apply for both the personal and business card for my brother. Many thanks to you.

  9. Daraius,

    Hope you and Emily are having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. I
    know alot of people are extremely thankful for all your hard work,
    insight, patience, and generosity. So cheers to the Million Miles
    Secret Team.

    I have both the personal and business Southwest Plus cards. My
    original offer was for 1,000 minimums, so to reach 110,000 points for
    the companion, I have roughly shy 8,000 points.

    The original 50k already posted a couple months ago for the personal,
    and the $1,000 minimum was reached on the business card this past
    Thursday. I currently have 51,711 points and that’s without the
    upcoming 50k signup bonus and an additional $500 purchase. So I am
    guessing I am right at 52,211.

    My plan is to shoot for the companion pass and cover the spread.
    Unfortunately, my companion pass will be basically for 2013 due to the
    timing of all this, but I’m okay with that. Two years would be great,
    but I can create plenty of memories either way.

    But to make this work, do I have to create those 8,000 missing points
    before my cycle dates on either of these cards, or do I have until the
    end of the year? I am somewhat guessing that your comments were
    stating that I need the next statement (within 2012) to reflect
    110,000 or more reward points to be considered?

    If that is the case, then my upcoming cycle dates are:
    December 4th for the Business card
    December 7th for the personal card

    And if I do need to post all this before my next statement closes, is
    it logical to think that I would just focus my efforts on the
    Southwest Personal Card since it’s cycle date gives me 3 more days to
    spend? (ie: Dec. 7th vs. Dec. 4th)

    I may be able to do $4,500 or so in additional spending for purchases
    I have for the holidays, but that may bring me a 3k to 3.5k shy.

    I can certainly spend more if I need to to reach the 110,00, but also
    wondered about the other option of transferring points.

    I do have enough Chase Ultimate reward points to cover it, as well as,
    maybe Marriot.

    Do you have any idea how quickly I could go from Chase Ultimate
    Rewards to Hyatt, and Hyatt to Southwest points if say I did it
    tomorrow (SUNDAY 11/25/12)? (Just as you suggested)

    And after reading your blog one more time, I guess my cycle dates may
    not be as important, as much as, focusing on 8 to 10 days before the
    cycle dates. So with that being said (and solely using Dec. 7th cycle
    date) I need this wrapped up by say I would need to have this all in
    place 8 to 10 days before my cycle dates…which would be a possible
    target of this Wednesday, November 28th to be safe? (that would give
    10 days till Dec. 7th)

    As always, thank you for making us all feel individually important.
    When you can, please let me know if I am on the right path.

    Thanks JP

  10. @gocong – Thanks for using our links and good luck!

    @personette@gmail.com – We had a nice Thanksgiving weekend and hope you did too! If the points from your business card post in 2013, you would need another 60K points to get the Companion Pass in 2013 and the pass would be valid until the end of 2014. However, if they post in 2012, you could get the pass until the end of 2013. I’d keep a close eye on when the points post to your account.

    You have to earn the remaining 8,000 Companion Pass qualifying points before 31st December, 2012 (not before your statement closes). The points from the business card should post around December 4th. However, you don’t need to earn the remaining points via spending, but could just buy points from Choice hotels or Marriott/Hyatt and transfer them to your Southwest account. Or transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt and then to your Southwest account. In my experience it takes 7 to 10 days (sometimes sooner) to transfer the points. It takes about 1 day to transfer from Ultimate Rewards to Marriott and often immediately for transfer to Hyatt.

    All purchases which post to your account will earn points. However, I suggest completing the minimum spending 8 to 10 days in advance of the statement closing date, because otherwise the sign-up bonus points could post in the subsequent statement.

  11. Has anyone had experience with cancelling either the plus or premier and getting a 2nd bonus? I had the plus and closed it in early 2011. I currently have the premier that I opened in November 2011. I’m looking to apply for cards in early 2013 for the companion pass. Is there a way to find out from Chase if the bonus is available for a 2nd time or should I go with both business cards?

    Thanks again for your indepth detail of each offer/detail. It really is helpful!!

  12. @Richie Rich - Readers have commented that they have been able to get the bonus for the same version if they enter a different rapid rewards number. If your earlier plus version offered flight credits (as opposed to points) you should be able to get the bonus for that version again. Otherwise the business cards could be the better choice.

  13. I just spoke with Chase’s Southwest Card Team and Southwest’s Rapid Rewards Team and they both confirmed that the sign-up 50,0000 points would not be able to be used towards the Companion Pass…… I wonder if they were merely saying this for policy reasons…. Maybe Richie Rich benefited from a glitch… Maybe the glitch is still there? hmmmm

  14. Take your chance, WhattheEFF. By the way, I just reached companion pass status thanks to the two sign-up bonuses.

  15. @whattheEFF @gocong – The terms are ambiguous, but it currently is counting towards the Companion Pass. As always, do what is comfortable to you!

  16. Hey sorry to bother you all but a question: If you sign-up for a Southwest personal Plus card (50k) then convert right before the 1 yr renewal to the Premier version (to get the 6k bonus instead of 3k bonus at 1 yr renewal), can you then cancel that card at sometime in the future and then sign-up again later for a Southwest personal Premier card to get the bonus (as you previously got the bonus on a Southwest personal Plus card for the 50,000k, but converted). In this case of previously having the Premier up-converted from the Plus, should you next time sign-up for the Plus again or the Premier to get another 50,000k bonus to work toward the companion pass in the future?

  17. @Dave – I really don’t know, but I wouldn’t convert because you don’t get the sign-up bonus for converting a Chase card, and I’d rather just cancel and reapply to get the bonus again. The extra 3K anniversary bonus doesn’t seem worth the risk of not getting the 50K sign-up bonus.

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  19. Thought I’d go ahead and be the guinea pig for trying for both Plus and Premier personal cards since no one seemed to have a clear idea if it works or not. Instant approval on app 1, fail on app 2. I called the reconsideration line and was told it was declined because it was the “same product… cannot have two Southwest cards…” (although I was sure to apply once for Plus and once for Premier.)
    Just f.y.i.

    By the way, I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, and I really appreciate the info! Thank you!!!

  20. @Lorinda – Thanks for sharing. This is very helpful. However, I’d call a few times just to make sure that is there policy since you’ve already got the credit inquiry.

  21. I had cancelled my SW Plus Personal and Business cards a couple of weeks ago, and just applied for the SW Premier Personal and Business cards a week later. I got pending responses on both. I called into the reconsideration line for the Personal this week, and was told that they couldn’t approve me due to the number of requests for credit, and that they had approved my Business card app for the Premier. They also said that the British Airways card I had applied for and gotten was opened in May of this year. Should I just keep calling back and see if I can get a different answer for my app on the Personal Premier card?

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  23. I applied for SW personal card and Was approved instantly. However,a few minutes later I applied for business as sole prop. and received following response:

    thank you for applying. your application requires further review before making a decision.     here’s what you can expect: Our goal is to”otify youinwritingwithin 10 days,  however in Some Circumstances it, may take up to 30 days.If you are approved you will receive your Card and other important information in the mail

    Is this the point where I call reconsideration or should I wait for the response in mail?
    Has anyone had a similar experience with this card?

  24. @angel: Call the consideration line and sweet talk the guy/lady. Prepare to answer questions about your business: revenue, profit, sales etc. When I applied for both cards a few month ago, I was in your situation. The personal card was approved instantly and the business card was put under pending review. I called and had it approved. I applied both cards for my brother a week ago, and same thing happened. Called the reconsideration line and had the business card approved as well.

  25. Just a follow-up and a BIG thanks! Got approved right away for personal for hubby. The business card application got the “we need to do some additional checking….etc etc. We will mail you…” I waited a week, and then decided to call the reconsideration line today. I hadn’t realized what kind of checking they would do, so I foolishly abbreviated the name of the business and when they searched the Sec. of State records couldn’t find it. So, I gave the full business name and BAM! we got approved for the second card. So we should be all set for the 100K points. I aso applied for a new Plus Personal for me, that came today. I figured 50K points extra can’t hurt! I am forever in your debt – or at least until the end of 2014 when the companion pass expires. Now just have to cross fingers that the 100K point count!

  26. Following up as well with a HUGE thank you millionmilesecrets. Thank you @gocong for your reply. I went ahead and called in reconsideration line. Due to my past personal banking and CC history with Chase everything went through; after a few simple questions about business, card was approved.

    Now to start using cards as soon as they come in. :)

  27. Got approved for both the personal and business cards. My ultimate goal is to get the Companion Pass for 2013 and 2014. Is it best to wait to and spend in 2013 or can I start my spends in the statement cycle that will close after the 1st of the year. The personal is show an initial payment due date of 1/16/2013, meaning that a statement should close around 12/20*. So I should be able to be safe to hit the minimum spend after 12/20 or whenever the statement closes.

  28. @Eric – Yes, I’d call back and offer to close/move credit from another card to get approved.

    @angel – What gocong says! Congrats on the approval, and be sure to either wait until next year to meet the spending or don’t cross $2,000 until 2013 so the points post to your account then.

    @Deb – Good luck! You can always use your points to book tickets in your husband’s name and add you as a companion for free.

    @CP! – To be 100% safe, I’d get as close as possible to $2K, but complete the final spend after Jan 1, 2013 to make sure that the points post in 2013. Also, those initial payments dates aren’t always accurate so call to find out when the statement actually closes.

  29. My thoughts exactly! 150000 points will go a really long way on it’s own, and if we truly get the companion pass….Wow!

  30. My personal card showed up on my chase acct right away… my business card has not showed up after one day of being approved on reconsideration line..

    is it supposed to show up on my acct or would it be a separate chase online acct?

  31. Naveen Madisetty

    Hi ,
    Thank you for your post ..I applied for Personel and got rejected and I called chase reconsideration and they asked couple of questions and approved it. I applied for Business card (I have IT consulting company) it was approved after i called reconsideration. My question is how do I combine these 2 cards so that I can have 100,000 miles in one account ?

  32. Christine Pincince

    Your site is so very informative and helpful. Thank you for all of this. wow. i do have a request if u dont think it too bold. I would love to be able to down load a copy (blank naturally) of the way you keep all this crazy stuff organized. I would guess I could figure out myself a way to do it with excell or something but if you already have a good idea, that sure would be lovely. thank you..christine

  33. @Naveen: when you applied for both cards, did you put your Rapid Rewards account number on both application? If you did, then the bonus 100k points will post to your RR account. If you didn’t have a RR account number prior to applying for the cards, they will create one for you and it will be one Rapid Rewards account number for both cards.

  34. @angel: The business card won’t show up in your personal Chase account. You have to create a different online Chase username for your business card. You can’t add the business card to your personal account when you get your card. I think Chase can add it for you, but you have to call them to do it. I created a different Chase username for my business card.

  35. I just applied for Premier Personal, and Plus Business. first one approved, and second one approved after calling the reconsideration hotline. questions.
    1. is it fine to have premier personal and plus business for the purpose of getting companion pass?
    2. both applications forms don’t mention anything about 50000 bonus points, they simply said “2 rountrip flights after spending 2000..”. Obviously, I am in this for the bonus points, then companion pass, not just 2 round trip flights.

    thanks.

  36. I applied for the business card (I have rental properties and got the card in the LLC name) last week and just applied for the personal card and got approved. I was hoping to have the $2000 in spending done in January some time. I will let you know how and if this works.

    Let me know if there is any other advice to make sure I do this right. I will be checking back regularly.

  37. THANK YOU Daraius for all you do on this blog. You are helping so many people achieve their dreams of travel. You are really making a difference in the lives of your readers. I can’t thank you enough. Got both cards! Lots of tricky questions from the business reconsideration department, but approved. So excited!

  38. @angel – You usually have to set up a separate business account with Chase for a business card online.

    @Naveen Madisetty – As long as you entered the same Rapid Rewards number in your account, the points will go to the same account.

    @Christine Pincince – I’ll email you the spreadsheet which I use.

    @gocong – Thanks for helping out!

    @Aidan - The offer says “2 roundtrips” but you actually get 50K points per card. As of now, they count towards the Companion Pass, but that could change anytime.

    @El Hefe – You should be fine as long as you complete the spending before the 3 months is up and the points post to your account in 2013.

    @Wolf – Congrats and thanks for the kind words!

  39. Got approved for my personal card and getting ready to apply for the business one, my question is, I verified my first statement close date will be 12/14/12, so will I be safe to start charging towards the $2000 right after that? Thanks for your great blog btw.

  40. I had sw personnel card in august, and got approved for business card last week and my first statement date is last week of this month. i have 55k sw points now. I order to get another 55k points i need to spend 2k+ before the statement date in this month right? or in order to get the points do i need to pay back the spending immediately when i get the statement or it can wait ?
    Is my payments and points linked anywhere ?

    Thanks
    Regards
    P

  41. @Simon – You should be fine charging after that, though I wouldn’t cross $2K until Jan 1, 2013 just in case the points post when you complete the minimum spending.

    @prawinready – The points will post a few days after the statement in which you complete the minimum spending requirements closes. That said, I’d make sure to complete the spending 8 to 10 days before the statement close date. And do note that sometimes the points could post in the next statement cycle. Payments and points aren’t linked.

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  43. Hi Darius – I just applied for the Personal Plus card and got approved and the Business Premier card and after calling the reconsideration line, I got approved for the Business! Thank you so much for the information and all the hard work you do. My question is after the points have posted in my account, and I get the extra 10,000 points, what do I need to do to get the companion pass? Will it show up on my SW account?

  44. @Lynn – The Companion Pass will automatically show up in your account, and you’ll get an email, once you cross 110K points. You can also check the status at this link —> http://www.southwest.com/account/rapidrewards/companion-status

  45. Daraius –
    Thanks for writing back to me.

    This is a follow up to my original companion pass question from 11/25/12.
    I mentioned I already earned the 50k from the personal card by spending 1k.

    On 11/22/12, I completed the minimum spending on the business card of 1k.
    So I am waiting for the additional 50k to post.

    On 11/25/12, I was still shy 8,000 points to reach the 110,000 companion pass, so I used it on a specific purchase that I planned for.

    All that in total would put me slightly above 110,000 points all earned in 2012.

    The cycle date or statement period for my business card ends (today) 12/4/12 at midnight. As of now, southwest.com DOES NOT REFLECT the 50k or the additional 8k spending on there website. It says I am 47% earned towards this year’s companion pass.

    Obviously there are 27 days left in the month for points to post, but the next statement period won’t post until January 5th, 2013. Making it next year…not this year.

    I sensed that you felt I needed to see the 50,000 post on this Chase statement period (that closes tonight) otherwise those miles won’t count for THIS YEAR, and will be applied till next years total. (which would mean I would lose 60,000 points from this year towards the Companion Pass)

    I obviously was shooting for completing it in 2012 for use in 2013.
    Can I call Chase or Southwest and push this request thru?

    Thanks as always…jp

  46. @JP – Southwest won’t reflect the point earned until a few days after your statement closes. I’d look at your Chase statement online (the PDF version) when it closes and see if the bonus points and points from spending are reflected in it. If so, the points will hit your Southwest account in the next few days. Yes, you need to see the points in your account in 2012 for it to count towards the Companion Pass in 2012 since you already earned 50K this year. Good luck!

  47. This will be the first time I apply for Credit cards I don’t need. I also have no companion and never travel with one [sob].
    So I’m still doing good if I apply tonite for both personal and business and get 100,000 points? I can start using up the $2k starting January, 2013. I need several flights after 2013, NY and LA. My house payment plus a few other things will cover $2k in January, February at the latest.
    John Davis
    Gresham, OR

  48. @John A Davis – Even if you don’t have a companion, you still get ~$1667 worth of Southwest flights. That said, I’d still cross the $2K spending in January 2013 to get the Companion Pass in 2013, because it is valid until the end of 2014, and things could change in 2 years! :)

  49. ha! I love that you got back to me so quick. Just pulled the trigger on the Premier and was accepted. Heading off for the biz card.
    Now that $2k is for both cards for the month of January?

  50. I don’t think I can spend $4k in January if that is what is required for the personal and business. I will wait for the biz to see what you say.

  51. The website I reached from your link says this:
    “Apply for the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Card, and we’ll get you started with 50,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months of opening your account.”

    Is this correct? It implies I don’t need to spend $2k in January. Is there some other reason? Kinda confused. . . and thank you!

  52. @John A Davis – You’re welcome! You have to spend $2K within 3 months on each card (from when you were approved) to get the 50 K points. So that is until the beginning of March 2013. However, you don’t want the points to post to your account in 2012, because then they won’t count towards the Companion Pass in 2013. So you can start spending if you know that your 1st statement will close in January 2013 and not December 2012. You can call to find out when your statement will close. Or if you start spending in December, make sure that you don’t cross $2K in spending in December.

  53. Got no more money to spend in December. So looks like I can get the business one too! Thanks a bunch. This should pay for my annual trip to visit daughter in NY city. And my crazy friends in Los Angeles.
    And maybe I’ll go to Waikiki and learn to surf (serious). Thanks again to you and your wife.

  54. Do you think if I transfer Chase Sapphire UR points to my SW account, they will count towards the 110k?

  55. D- sorry for not digging back in the old comments, but do the bonus points earned through shopping via the Southwest Portal count towards companion pass? You mention buying flowers, but I was hoping the Rapid Rewards Mall would count

  56. Nevermind, found it. Someone in the comments say that they count

  57. @John A Davis – You’re welcome! Southwest doesn’t fly to Hawaii currently, but they may fly there in 2014 or 2015.

    @Anjum – Unfortunately, they do not count directly, but do count if you transfer them via Marriott or Hyatt.

    @Nick – No worries. They do currently count.

  58. I just clicked on your link to apply for the SW Plus Personal card…and then the Premier…then the Business Plus, and Premier – ALL OFFERS FROM ALL LINKS FOR THE 50,000 POINTS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE…..I AM SO BUMMED OUT!!! I was so grateful to find your site as I trolled for info/links before applying, and spent a couple of hours reading everything before I decided on my strategy – only to find that I seemed quite literally “a day late and 25,000 points short” of the best offer! I quickly searched sites and links for another way to access to the 50,000 point offer – everything was a dead end. Any ideas?? I don’t want to apply for a 25,000 when I know there’s a chance for something better.

  59. If I opened two cards for 50k points each, one personal and one business, each one under a different Rapid Reward number (I was worried that using the same RR number for both cards would allow them to deny me one of the sign-up bonuses) , will merging them into one account work towards the 110k total for free companion pass?
    Thanks.

  60. Hey Darius,

    I too managed to be late to the party and only see the 25k offers for all the cards now. Unfortunately based on your post and TPGs I didn’t think they were dropping the bonus of all 4 cards down to 25k. I did manage to use a link from a Southwest email to me to sign up for the Premier personal card for 50k, and got automatic approval. At this point, do you think I should try to apply for one of the Biz cards and get the 25k, then apply for the other in a few months? Or do you think the 50k offer will come back, and if so, when? Thanks for the help, your site is the best.

  61. Daraius,

    I should have just been patient. Points posted next morning after cycle date. Bonus points plus the additional purchases. Also woke up to a nice surprise from Southwest this morning with an email entitled “You’ve earned the Southwest Companion Pass!” As always, you and Emily are rockstars. Thanks brotha….

    @JP – Southwest won’t reflect the point earned until a few days after your statement closes. I’d look at your Chase statement online (the PDF version) when it closes and see if the bonus points and points from spending are reflected in it. If so, the points will hit your Southwest account in the next few days. Yes, you need to see the points in your account in 2012 for it to count towards the Companion Pass in 2012 since you already earned 50K this year. Good luck!

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  63. @NB – I found links to the Plus personal and business and to the Premier personal and business and updated them on the blog. You won’t find these on the Chase or Southwest site so take a screenshot before applying. I wouldn’t apply for the 25K versions.

    @Charlie
    – I’ve never tried that, but I do know that they currently count towards the Companion Pass when you apply for 1 personal and 1 business and have the points go to the same account.

    @Aurelien W.
    – I’ve updated the links on the blog and all but the Premier Business currently have the 50K bonus. I wouldn’t apply for the 25K version.

    @JP – Glad it worked out and thanks for letting me know!

  64. Hi Darius,
    I got the s w personal and 50k. Got the business and only 25k. I did what you mentioned and called and sent a secure message. Thanks , It worked! 50 coming. Raised my spend to 2k. Decided to drag the spend on this til jan 13 and go for companion pass. So applied for. a second business. Was denied. Called and was approved in 15 mins. The csr actually had a sense of humor. Got a pass coming soon. Thanks s w for 150,000 pts in 3 months. All 3 premier.
    Thanks much for all the great tips.

  65. Well, I phoned the business reconsideration line for Chase SW biz card I applied for on December 5th. I was told to apply in a couple months once I had shown some activity on the other card. Main reason was a 7,750 balance on a credit union card I have that I owe. I mentioned that I would no longer get the 50,000 signing bonus and the guy said that it would be back in several months.
    Only fair, I guess. Not sure if I will be able to get the companion thing if I have to wait 3 months or so.

  66. @Jeff – Was this for a separate business? Good luck and please let us know if you get the bonus on both the business cards.

    @John A Davis - If the points post in 2013, you have until the end of 2013 to earn the Companion Pass, so it should be possible. If you really want the card now, you can try calling the reconsideration again and see if they will approve you for the card.

  67. Will HHilton miles converted to Southwest RR work towards a companion pass?

  68. @Pete – You can’t transfer Hilton points to Southwest.

  69. do the bonus pts post after u reach the theshlod amount or do the post after the statment drops?

  70. @vu – It usually posts a few days after your statement closes in which you complete the minimum spending requirements. But I’d wait to complete the threshold amount of $2K in 2013, just in case it posts earlier.

  71. I am about 16,000 pts short of the companion pass for 2012. I moved my AMEX pts to Choice pts and then tried to redeem for SW pts,but they are saying it takes 4-6 weeks to convert. Is there anything I can do? I saw that I could purchase some Marriott pts and then redeem, but won’t I be in the same boat? HELP!

  72. @Brett – 4 to 6 weeks is the maximum it could take, but in my experience it transfers in about 10 days. Good luck!

  73. Choice Hotels is offering a 10% bonus when buying points [to convert to SW pts] before December 31st, 2012!!

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  75. If I open a Chase Southwest card today with the 50,000 points & spend the $2,000 as soon as teh card comes figure a week -

    How fast will the Southwest points post?

  76. @Andy – Don’t go too crazy!

    @ih - I really don’t know, but perhaps others will share their experiences.

  77. Just to clarify once again, if my next statement closes in January, then can I start using my card to fulfill the minimum requirements now? Will the points count for the 2013 calendar year as long as it posts in 2013? or does the spending have to be in 2013? Thanks!

  78. @Christine – You should be fine as long as the statement closes in 2013. That said, I wouldn’t cross $2,000 in spending until 2013, so I’d stop short of spending $2K in December just to be 100% sure.

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  80. if i use southwest card to buy amex gift card on https://www.americanexpress.com/gift-cards/, will it count towards the 2000 requirement? if yes, then any reason not to do it?

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  82. What a great site! I just wish I would have found it (and acted ) a few days earlier. Yesterday, I decided to call Chase and finally apply for a new SW card in my name (already have one in hubbys name and earned companion pass but I travel a little more than him so could make better use of cp). Well, they said all 50K offers are gone! I just used your links (for the Plus Indivdual) and it worked. It said that I was instantly approved an that I’d get my card soon. But the approval did not list my name or anything and I have not yet gotten a confirmation email. Now when i try to go to that link (from your site), it’s dead. Same thing with the business one, which I’d like to apply for my husband. Do you think I really have been approved????? Unfortunately, i took no screenshots but then again, nothing about the approval screen had my name on it.

  83. I talked to Chase last night and I was approved for both. But I had trouble with one of the links – in order to get it to work I had to use a different brower, so I downloaded FireFox and it worked once! I’d try that or try on a different machine and see if it will go thru!

    I also did not get confirmation emails on either app!

  84. Watch your spending and cycle dates CLOSELY my friends. I have goofed and spent over $2k on my personal version that posted in 2012. The cycle ended on Dec. 3rd but payment is not due until Jan. 3rd 2013…..I wrongly assumed the points would post after paying up in 2013. No companion pass for me : (

    Darius> Ever heard of one calling SW to ask that points be removed for a few days and then reapplied? HA!

  85. Aha! Your blog never fails me….just a little navigating and a lot of reading. I’ve found that I only need to get approved for the other version of the same card with a 50k sign on bonus to go with my 50k’s that will post in 2013!

  86. Hello! I wanted to get your advice on what I should do. Me and my girlfriend each signed up for this card about 6 months ago and had used up the points for flights. I didn’t realize at the time about the potential for companion pass. I can still sign us both up for business Southwest cards. At this point though it is probably too difficult to get the Companion passes requirements with just the business card bonus. Should I just cancel our current personal Southwest cards and sign up for both the business and personal cards a few months later? Or should I just sign us up for business cards now….cancel both cards in a few months….then repeat the process of getting both personal and business cards later on? Also cancelling these cards is not like AMEX where they keep your Years of Membership if you sign back up right? Sorry I didn’t plan to make this so long. I love this blog by the way!

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  88. @Aidan – Yes, it should count towards the minimum spending requirement.

    @Linda – You can call the Chase reconsideration line to check if you’re approved. Chase doesn’t usually send out approval emails. BTW, the links in the Hot Deals tab still work for the Southwest 50K offer.

    @Jacki – You have to earn 110K Companion Pass Qualifying points in 1 calendar year. So if 50K posts in 2013 you have to earn the remaining points in 2013. The points usually post a few days after your statement in which you complete the minimum spending closes.

    @Michael
    - You’re right that Chase does not backdate the card to when you first got a Chase card. You could cancel the personal card now and get the business card now so that 50K points post in 2013. And then get a different version for the personal card sometime in 2013 for the remaining points.

  89. Points will post to your rewards account before the end of your statement, at least points on general purchases. I made the mistake of spending over 10,000 on the cards already, and they posted. If the bonus points post in January, I’ll have to spend another 10K to get the companion pass. If the bonus points post in December, I guess I’ll get the companion pass for 2013 instead. I’m hoping for the first possibility.

    My advice to everyone. . . don’t spend “anything” on the cards until January. The purchases you make before then could post to your account in December, before they count for the 2014 companion pass, and thus you’ll have to “re-spend and re-earn” those points again in January.

  90. My statement closing date was Dec 16. By that date I had spent $898 dollars on my Premiere card. I logged in to chase today, Dec 17 and my statement was ready – showing 898 miles. I also logged in to my RRewards acct and saw the points posted as of today.

    So my next closing date would be jan 16. Am I okay to assume I can do spending towards the 2000 needed and it wont post until jan 17 like it did this time? What are your experiences?

    Thanks!

  91. @angel – That is usually the case, but to be totally safe, you could wait to cross $2K in spending until January 2013.

  92. On the SW site it says, “Companion Pass status is based on taking 100 qualifying one-way flights or earning 110,000 Qualifying Points in a calendar year. ”
    Key word or confusion for me is the word “earning”. I’ll play the devil’s advocate,

    Let’s say I use the credit card in Dec 2012 and spend $400. The points for this “post” say in early 2013. Could SW argue that the points earned from that $400 in spending would not qualify towards the companion pass in 2013 because you “earned” those points in 2012 (earning date = purchase date)

    I was approved for both the SW premier personal and business card. I just received the personal card last week (and confirmed the 50k promotion applies). If my concerns are valid I should just wait until 2013 to start spending but I’d rather not. I need to meet the spend requirement of $2,000 per card and don’t want to wait around till 2013 if I can help it. I can spend a bit in the last 12 days of Dec and have already spent some since I received the card a week ago.

    So bottom line, is the year I spend to earn the points irrevelant if the points are posted in the following year. Thanks for the help.

  93. @KC – The points count when they post to your account – not when you spend, but as always, do what you’re comfortable with!

  94. Great website, great post!

    Somehow the whole companion pass thing went right over my head, and I didn’t plan for this.

    My business credit card gave me 50,000 points earlier this year. I’ve earned about 1,000 other points.

    I signed up for a personal card late in the year, but my statement won’t close until early January. I can easily meet the spending limit well before the end of the year, but I’m guessing that I won’t be credited until 2013. Does that sound right? Or should I pull out all stops to try to make this happen?

  95. Hi. My statement closes on January 4th, 2013. You have said multiple times that just to be safe, do not cross the minimum spend until after the end of the year; however, I have also read your advice on spending 8-10 days prior of your statement closing so that the points may have time to process and post. I want to get the companion pass when my statement closes in January and not have to wait until February. Any advice on what I should do? Cross the minimum spend now, or wait?

  96. Hello!

    I practiced credit card churning on my own until I discovered it was a “thing” and found your website. Unfortunately I just received 25,000 point today from SW. I want to get the companion pass between 2013-2014 so I will get the two 50,000 point cards. I called and asked if they could award me the 25,000 in January and they said no.

    Do you think that if I book a flight and then cancel it, the refunded points will count towards my companion pass? Any ideas on how I can transfer my 25,000 points awarded in 2012 to 2013?

  97. Hi Darius, if you can help with my recent comment, that would be great.

    “Hi. My statement closes on January 4th, 2013. You have said multiple times that just to be safe, do not cross the minimum spend until after the end of the year; however, I have also read your advice on spending 8-10 days prior of your statement closing so that the points may have time to process and post. I want to get the companion pass when my statement closes in January and not have to wait until February. Any advice on what I should do? Cross the minimum spend now, or wait?”

  98. its the 24th of december, is worth it for me to sign up now for both cards, pros and cons please, thanks

  99. hi
    My statement closed today, I already had sw personal card, got business card in 1st week of dec, done around 3k spending.when will the points show up in my sw account ?

  100. @Jay - You’re right that the points will count towards the Companion Pass in 2013, so you could try to earn the remaining 60K points by the end of 2013.

    @Lil – I suspect you will be fine if you complete the minimum spending now.

    @Bryan – Welcome! You can’t transfer the points earned in 2012 towards the companion pass in 2013, but you can start over in 2013 for the Companion pass.

    @mike – The points you earn will count towards the Companion Pass in 2013, so you could get close to 2 years of free travel with a companion.

    @prawinready – The points should post to your account a few days after the statement in which you complete the minimum spending requirements closes.

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