Can You Transfer Southwest Points For The Companion Pass?

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You can get a 30% discount up to September 18, 2013 when you transfer Southwest points from one person to another.  This is a targeted offer from Southwest, but you may have received a similar offer.  A 30% discount still means that I pay $7 to transfer 1,000 Southwest points.

Transferring points are almost never worth it unless you are topping off your account for an award.

But it could be worth it if the points counted towards the Southwest Companion Pass.  With a Southwest Companion pass, your companion gets unlimited travel – on both points or cash tickets – for up to 2 years!

So I was curious to see if transfering Southwest points counts towards the Companion Pass.

Transfer Southwest Points Companion Pass

Do Southwest Point Transfer Count Towards The Companion Pass?

Southwest Companion Pass

The Southwest Companion Pass can save you thousands of dollars on airline tickets by letting your companion fly with you for free (you only pay taxes)!

You have to earn 110,000 Southwest points in a calendar year to earn a Companion Pass.  The easiest way to earn Companion Pass points is to wait for the 50,000 point Southwest credit card offer to come back.

Southwest Point Transfers

Generally transferring points aren’t a good deal because the airlines usually charge a fee to transfer points or miles.  You can book flights for anyone using your miles, so you can avoid transfer fees by just booking award tickets for others using the miles or points in your account.

I transferred 1,000 points to Emily as a test, but it did NOT count towards her Companion Pass point total.

Bottom Line

You can get a 30% discount for transferring Southwest points, but those points don’t count towards the Southwest Companion Pass.

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20 responses to “Can You Transfer Southwest Points For The Companion Pass?

  1. I’m glad you talk about the southwest companion pass so much. It’s great! I’m actually a little surprised the transfers don’t count. I’m glad you tested it out.

  2. Yes, this question has been high priority with me also. I’m up to around 107,000 points for this year (two cards.) I believe Hyatt transfers will work, but I don’t have any Hyatt. So we’re just doing it the old fashioned way….spending money. We have a two week trip to Great Britain next month so that should polish off our account.

  3. What about buying points? if I buy points, does that count towards the Companion Pass?

  4. Darius thanks for the info. Do you have any information on using SW Travel Funds/credits? I have about $100 in funds but I do not have any travel plans before the expire. Any help navigating transfers or such would be helpful. Thanks!

  5. The 30% discount on point transfers through September 18 is a targeted offer. However, if you have been selected, you do not need to go through the email portal to receive the offer. You can simply log in as usual to your account.

  6. Yey! Excited to have won! Can’t wait to shop on Amazon 🙂 Thanks so much.

  7. Has Southwest changed their policies? My RR account says I have 65k points (50k from the personal CC) however it also says that only has 1,452 qualifying points. It looks like the 50k bonus points no count as Qualifying pints. It clearly says I’m only %16 towards the A-List preferred.

    But its also weird that I have 15k points over the 50k bonus but only 1.5k qualifying points. I use the card all the time and that 15K was earned by spending on the card. Those points should qualify, right?

    Thanks for your help

  8. @brandon The 50k points from the SW card will NOT count toward the A list or A list preferred. Only the companion pass.

  9. Hello Darius,
    I have 106,500 SW points earned by 2 credit cards and spending on them. I need to get 3,500 more points to qualify for the Companion pass. Which Hotel points can I transfer to SW to make the 110,000 SW points. I have HH points, Marriott points and SPG points. Which can I use to transfer to get my 3500 points. Thanks for your help.

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  11. Hi. I have 47,000 points in my Chase Sapphire account, which I can transfer to Southwest. I just got a Southwest card, and am timing my 50,000 bonus points for January. Two questions… first, if I transfer the 47k points in January will they count toward the Companion Pass? Also, did I do this correctly with the SW card? I acquired the card in Nov 2013, but will time the Bonus for Jan 2014. Hoping to be 90% toward a companion pass next month? Thank!

  12. On my Chase Southwest card, it states that balance transfers will earn me 1 pt per dollar. Will these count towards the companion pass? Thank you for all the help btw! 🙂

    • @Quentin – Transfers directly from the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal to Southwest will NOT count towards the Companion Pass. If the bonus posts in 2014, it will count towards the Companion Pass in 2014.

      @Talisman – No personal experience, but I believe it will count!

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  14. I have 200000 spg points can I transfer them to rapid rewards point to add to my sw point toward companion pass