Reader Question: How Not to Mess-Up the Minimum Spending for the Southwest Companion Pass?

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Million Mile Secrets reader Steve emails with a question:

Hi Daraius,

Just wanted to make sure I apply for the Southwest cards correctly for my wife this fall.  I read that the 50,000 sign ups are ready but I forgot, we want to complete the $2,000 minimum spends in January right?

If we meet the limits before then, it won’t count towards our companion pass right?

What is the Southwest Companion Pass

The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the best ways to save money on airline tickets for travel within the US.

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 (~$10 in taxes and fees)!

Southwest Companion Pass Timing

Our Companion Pass!

You have to earn 110,000 Companion Pass qualifying points within 1 calendar year (January 1 to December 31st) year.

However, the 50,000 point bonus from the Southwest credit cards are currently counting towards the companion pass (though this could change at any time).

And all 4 versions of the Southwest credit cards currently offer 50,000 Southwest points after spending $2,000 within 3 months – up to October 30, 2013.  You can redeem 50,000 Southwest points for ~ $710 to $850 in Southwest flights or for ~$500 in gift cards.

2 Southwest credit cards and 10,000 extra points can get you ~$2,840 to $3,400 in Southwest travel and a Southwest Companion pass so that your companion can fly free (pay just the $2.50 security fee) for up to two years!

This is The Best Time to Apply

About a month ago, I wrote that the best time to apply for the Southwest cards would be in the middle of October.  Which is now!


Because if you time it right and get all the 110,000 Southwest points to post to your Southwest account in 2014 (and NOT in 2013), you will earn the Southwest Companion Pass until the end of 2015.

That’s close to 2 years of almost free flying for your companion on both paid and award tickets! I earned my second Companion Pass on January 22, 2013 and it is valid up to December 31, 2014!

 Don’t Mess Up The Minimum Spending!

Now’s the best time to apply for the Southwest credit cards.

But you’ve got to be careful to ensure that the 50,000 bonus points from each Southwest credit card posts to your account in 2104 and NOT 2013, if you’re trying to earn the Southwest Companion Pass in 2014.

Let’s say you apply for the Southwest card today i.e. on October 20, 2013 and get instantly approved online.  You have to complete the $2,000 minimum spending requirement within 3 months to get the 50,000 point sign-up bonus.

With Chase cards (in my experience), the sign-up bonus usually posts to your account a few days after the statement in which you complete the minimum spending closes or is available for you to see online.

Southwest Companion Pass Timing

You Can See When Your Chase Statement Will Close on

This assumes that you completed the minimum spending 5 to 10 days in before the statement closing date.  If you completed the minimum spending, say, 1 day before your statement closes, the points won’t post until a few days after the next statement closes.

You should NOT complete the $2,000 minimum spending immediately, because then the points will post to your account in November 2013 and you’ll have only up to December 31, 2013 to earn the remaining points.

Of course, you should complete the minimum spending as soon as possible, if you already have Southwest companion pass points in 2013 and want to earn the pass in 2013.

Time it Right!

There are two ways to time the minimum spending so that bonus posts to your account in 2014.  Which means that your Companion Pass is valid until the end of 2015.

A.   Complete Minimum Spending After December Statement Closes

You should complete the minimum spending i.e. exceed $2,000 in charges on your credit card any time AFTER your December 2013 statement closes.

This way, the sign-up bonus will post to your account in January 2014.  For example, let’s say that your December statement closes on December 20, 2013.

If you complete or cross $2,000 in charges after December 20, 2013, you’ve completed the requirements for the 50,000 point sign-up bonus.  And the bonus will post to your account after the NEXT statement which will be a few days after January 20, 2014.

So you now have the whole of 2014 to earn the remaining points for the Companion Pass!

This is how I timed my minimum spending last year, and the points posted to my account on January 21, 2013.

B.   Complete Minimum Spending After January 1, 2014

Some readers have asked me what would happen if Chase posts the sign-up bonus immediately after completing the minimum spending requirements.

I’ve never had a Chase sign-up bonus post immediately after completing the minimum spending requirements (and before my statement closed) like American Express sometimes does with a few of their cards.

But Chase could suddenly change how they post the sign-up bonus (though I don’t expect a change).

So if you want to be absolutely sure that bonus will post in 2014, you can complete the minimum spending after January 1, 2014 but before January 20, 2014.  This way the sign-up bonus has to post to your account in 2014.

The drawback of this approach is that you have only ~20 days to complete the minimum spending, which can be difficult for some folks.

And the bonus points may actually post in February 2014 if you complete the minimum spending very close to the statement closing date in January.

Bottom Line

The Southwest Companion Pass is the best deal for travel within the US.

Now’s the best time to apply for any of the Southwest credit cards because all 4 versions offer a 50,000 point sign-up bonus which counts towards the Companion Pass.  And if you earn the companion pass in 2014, it is valid until the end of 2015.

If you have no Companion Pass points and are trying to earn all 110,000 points in 2014, make sure that you complete the minimum spending AFTER your December 2013 statement closes so that the points post to your account in 2014!

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209 responses to “Reader Question: How Not to Mess-Up the Minimum Spending for the Southwest Companion Pass?

  1. Oops, I did it. Messed it up… I counted residue points from 2012 (or those from UR point transfers) which did not qualify for CP total… Card statement has already been cut and RR rep told me I’m a bit under 1,100 points short for CP and the ONLY way to fulfill quickly is take a trip (“in Business Select,” she says) by 12/31… Thinking about doing a cheap mileage run to a “meaningless city” in coach next week to fill up, but are there some other quicker and easier ways like transferring points (hotels, SPG, shopping with super bonus points, car rentals, etc…) to make it within 10 days? I certainly don’t want to explain mileage run to family!!!

  2. Hi Darius,

    I got my 2 Southwest cards on November, I keep one card and gave the other to my wife. The current spending on my card is about $1700, and I don’t plan on using it anymore until January 2014. My wife accidentally went over $2000 on the card I gave her few days ago, the statement date on that card is 12/27. I just called Chase and had them change the statement date to the 2nd of the month for both cards, which pushes the statement on that card from 12/27/13 to 01/02/14. Do you know if my bonus points will be good for companion pass in 2014/2015 or did we messed up? Thanks in advance.


  3. cmoz – here are some tips for earning the needed 1100 points quickly.

    -Google “Southwest Avis bonus”. You can earn 1200 miles for a 3 day rental (or 600 miles each for 2 separate 1 day rentals). In my experience, Avis rentals post about 2 days after the rental completes. (Dollar may take longer; don’t know about other car rental companies.)

    -Transfer 6000 Choice Privileges points into 1800 RR points. I’ve researched this on the Web; the transfer takes about 8 days. (You can also transfer SPG or Hyatt points; not sure how long this takes.)

    -You don’t need to book a Business Select fare. Wanna Get Away flights usually post within 24 hours. (In your situation, I would book a WGA itinerary on Dec. 29 or 30 that earns about 1200 points – that’ll cost you about $220. Then also do car rental(s) or hotel transfer(s). If they post in time, cancel the WGA itinerary and use the ticketless travel funds to fly later. If not, fly the WGA flights.)

    -Kyle – I would allow about 2 weeks, though it might happen faster.

  4. I missed reading about qualifying points. I have 113k reward point bout only 108500 qualifying points. My next statement is 8th Jan so card points wont help. is there anyways I can get the remaining 1500 points before 31 Dec 2013…

  5. I missed reading about qualifying points. I have 113k reward point bout only 108500 qualifying points. My next statement is 8th Jan so card points wont help. is there anyways I can get the remaining 1500 points before 31 Dec 2013…

  6. Peeyush – you’re in the same situation as cmoz. Please see my post above. Good luck!!

  7. I have 2 Chase Southwest cards and I am trying to get the companion pass. Do you know if the $2000 spending limit is per card? If I make a $1000 purchase on each of the cards, will that automatically get me 50,000 miles? Or is it $2000 per card?

  8. just discovered that my 50K points for my brand new card posted on 12/26 🙁 customer service said there’s nothing they can do. the worst part, is that if I had called prior to the ending of the billing cycle, I could have asked them to push out the closing date on the cycle. Sigh. Is it worth it to keep this card, and attempt to spend 110,000 towards a companion pass? There is no way we could possibly gain that many points, which is why I was relying on the bonus points.
    OR, is it better if I cancel that card, and try to start over again. Perhaps apply for a different card

  9. My 50K points posted to my account on 12/28 even though I completed the minimum spend after my December statement closed and Chase says there is nothing they can do to take back the points and repost in the new year. Not too happy right now 🙁

    • @Harry – It is $2,000 per card.

      @serenity – You could use the points for flights on Southwest and have your partner try to get both cards in 2014. If your partner gets the companion pass in 2014, you can use your points to book a flight for your partner and have your partner add you as a companion!

  10. Hello D,
    One of the 2 SW visas my husband just got approved for posted the bonus miles in 2013 and the other will post in 2014 :(. My question is if my husband transfers 60,000 of his RR points to my rapid rewards account and I get a credit card 50k bonus in 2014 will that make me eligible for a companion pass?
    Thank you for the great info!

  11. Sorry, not trying to sound to shady. I think there are some other people in my place who would like the companion pass, because they work hard at their jobs, but just don’t make enough money to travel with their family without this option.

    I need to find a way to get the last 6000 points and I don’t have any hotel/partner points.
    I don’t have any $6000 purchases to make.

    A. Can I make $6000 worth of purchases (at a generous retailer) on one of the cards, wait for the statement to close, and return it and still receive the 6000 points or will SW/Chase take them back before SW issues the CP?

    B. Any other options?

    Help is truly appreciated.


  12. Bob Roberts – here are some ideas:

    -Transfer points from Choice Privileges to Southwest. You can transfer 6000 Choice points to receive 1800 RR points; transfer takes about 10 days. (You can purchase Choice points for a little over one cent each, I believe.)

    -Book rental cars using Southwest bonus promotions (earn up to 2400 points per rental).

    -Transfer points from Hyatt to Southwest. (I believe you get 500 Southwest points for every 1000 Hyatt points.)

  13. UAPhil,

    Thank you for the reply. I’m sorry, but I need to ask a few follow-ups.

    1. Can you transfer more than 6000 choice points or does SW cap it at that?

    2.If they do allow more than 6000, does that mean for $198 you can transfer 18,000 Choice points=5400 RR points. Only 600 shy of the $6000 I need.

    Thanks for your help.

  14. I was told by SW that the choice points converted to RR points do NOT count towards the companion pass as they are considered ‘partner bonus points’ which are excluded. Any insight?

  15. Bob Roberts – you can transfer as many Choice points as you like, in multiples of 6000.

    Alex N. – others on the blog have reported transferring Choice points and having them count towards CP. Not sure whether the policy has changed in 2014. (SW has a long history of telling callers that credit card bonuses don’t count toward CP, when in practice they do.)

    I had an “interesting” experience with my Choice points transfer. Others on the blog have reported they take about 10 days to transfer. I transferred 6000 points on December 27 (since some of them were set to expire on December 31). They posted on January 5, but with an “activity date” of Dec. 27, so they did not count towards 2014 CP.

  16. I just had my 52,000 pts post to my rapid rewards account and none of them counted towards A-List status, requiring 35,000. Does it take a while for that to update? The points posted on the 6th of January and I have 0 qualifying points.

  17. Thanks again for all the time you spend to help educate people on how to travel big for small money! I signed up for 3 cards, expecting 150k companion pass eligible points to post this month. I wanted to bring to your attention the following from the SWA CC small print :

    ” Note: the bonus may be earned on one first-time personal and one first-time business Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Credit Card new account.”

    So far, my business 50k has posted, my personal plus should post in one week, and my premiere in three weeks. I did have a personal premeire in years past. Wish me luck and thanks again!!!

  18. Alex N., Bob Roberts – a post in another MMS blog thread confirmed that, if you transfer Choice points to Southwest in 2014, they do count towards CP.

  19. UAPhil, do you have a link for that thread? I can’t seem to find it.

    Thanks you & MMS for the help.

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  21. Just applied for my personal credit card. How long after should I wait to apply for my business card? If I wait 10 days, would I have to call that number?

  22. Hubby got premiere personal 7/2011; cancelled card 8/2013.
    Just got approved for premiere personal again– waiting to get card.

    What is likelihood of getting 50,000 pts again.

    Should he apply for plus personal (first time) to get additional 50,000 towards CP? He does want to apply for biz cards as doesn’t have biz.


  23. Blew threw spend after Jan 1st, clocking in at 110,2xx…. just made it. Those days where Chase has already transferred out but SW has not received… waiting anxiously :-p

  24. I earned companion pass last year and my wife can fly for free. What ifsShe earns companion pass and adds our son to the companion pass. So lets say we have two companion pass. Can we double up on companion pass?
    What I mean is as following:
    1. I book my ticket using points/money
    2. My wife will fly free by using companion pass
    3. When reservation posts in her account can she add our son as her companion?

    So can three of us can fly for a price of one?

  25. How long do I need to wait after statement close to see the points? Mine closed yesterday,and I spent and paid it off 10 days before close…but still nothing to indicate any points yet….am I just being impatient? (I thought I knew enough about SWA to not have to ask anything else….sigh)

  26. Hi, I met the same ”net purchase” problem. But I called them when I have this problem, the chase customer service agent said that it goes by net purchase. And there is no specific notification about this on this in the terms. And I believed her, But It is wrong. I got the point at 2013 for one card, and 2014 for the other card. After I got the point at 2013, I called the chase customer service, asking if it goes by net purchase or not, I still got the answer that It goes by net purchase!!! I am so sad. I have been calling chase customer service complaining the situation, they said they apologies for the wrong information, but they can do nothing about it but giving me 25 credit in my credit card. I said that I don’t want the 25 credit, the customer service agent is supposed to the professional. What Should I do to get the point transferred to 2014 from 2013 and towards companion pass. I believe what they do is against customers’ right.
    Looking forward for help.


  27. @Million Mile Secrets- I will let you know if few months

    • @JM – It usually posts within a few days of the statement closing as long as you complete the minimum spending 8 to 10 days before.

      @Hanjunya – Sorry to hear this, but I don’t believe there is anything which you can do to get the points posted in 2014.

  28. Just wanted to say confirm that I was able to get the 50k bonus for both the personal and business cards, just posted this week. Now just about 7000 miles to go for the companion pass!

    Also, after reviewing the terms and conditions, it looks like they now state that bonuses from multiple cards SHOULD count toward the companion pass. It now states that points from Partner bonuses do not count toward the pass, but specifically states the RR credit card is an exception.

    From the SW website:

    Companion Pass Qualifying Points are earned from revenue flights booked through Southwest Airlines, points issued on Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Credit Cards, and points earned from Rapid Rewards Partners. Points purchased for personal use or as a gift, transferred points, points earned from program enrollment, Tier bonuses, flight bonuses, and Partner bonuses (with the exception of the Rapid Rewards Credit Cards from Chase) do not count toward Companion Pass status.

    Thanks again for the helpful post!

  29. I just applied for both a premier personal and business plus cards. I was instantly approved for the premier personal card, but denied for the business plus card. I called reconsideration multiple times, and I got the same response each time – that I had too many applications in recent history and that I am at the credit limit Chase is willing to extend to me. I offered to move credit around or close account to no avail. The CSR told me that they needed to see more credit history before they can offer me any more credit.

    So that throws a wrench in my plans to get a companion pass. My girlfriend is about to do a round of applications herself. Could she put my RR number on her application, have the points post to my account, and I still get a companion pass? I know Chase frowns upon people transferring UR points, but I haven’t heard about SWA points…

  30. I applied for the personal SW cc and got approved. I am now looking for the Sw business card link for 50k. I am only seeing the business card link for 25k.. Did I miss the boat? Working toward companion pass!

  31. Do you need to own a business to apply for the business card?

  32. I got my 50K from sign up bonus, what the easiest way to get the other 61K point?

    Please help me

  33. My wife has a companion pass that will expire in 2014. Can she get another one in 2015? Would it be better for me to get the companion pass in 2015?

  34. If I shop through the southwest airlines portal do those points count toward the companion pass?

  35. Hello! I have been reading up on your articles and I’m particularly interested in Southwest sign up bonus. But obviously I’m now reading this article that Oct 2013 was the best time to sign up. Now we are already half way into the Feb… Would you recommend waiting until this Oct to sign up hoping that all 4 cards will have 50,000 sign up bonus? What is the challenge I would face if I were to sign up on cards now since I missed the perfect timing. 🙁 Any advise would be appreciated! Thank you

  36. Just wanted to let people know:
    I was 570 points short for a companion pass after my statements closed this month. I had a trip booked for 2 people for a week later, that I was hoping will become a trip for one, with a free companion oasis. I didn’t know what to do to get those remaining points in 6 days (They said that transferring Hyatt points will take several weeks to post and my next statement was to post in March).
    Surprisingly, a day earlier, I did my taxes using Turbotax on the SW portal and – Walla!!! – those points posted 8 hours before we were to take our trip.
    A quick call to SW customer service; miles were returned and a free Companion Pass was issued.

    Lesson: when needing to top off your CP balance quickly, use the SW Shopping Portal – points post in just a couple of days 🙂


  37. I just got my companion pass for 2014-2015. Woohoo! Question… $3k of what I spent was for a vacation rental that I now need to cancel. When I cancel this purchase and the $3k is refunded back on my card, what happens? Will anything happen to my CP? Or will just 3k of rapid rewards points be deducted from my account?

  38. Patrick Saffarian

    I got both cards while the 50k bonus was still available, the Premier in January and the Plus in February (I did not apply for both cards at the same time). I noticed on the new program rules (not sure whether it said this on the prior rules in January/february, and if so, whether Chase/SW followed those rules in practice) say that the bonus offer is not available to existing southwest airlines card holders. If I applied for a card in January and the second card in February, will I still get the 50k bonus for both cards? Has anybody received 50k for both cards when they applied at different times?

  39. Hi Daraius,

    I hit the 110K miles about 5 days back and called in the Customer service to get the status activated. The lady went ahead and enabled my companion status to “ACTIVE” . However the status shows that the companion status is valid only till 12/31/2014 ( as per the website)

    I was under the impression that the status once earned will be valid till end of 2015. Did I miss anything ?

    • @User2014 – It should be value until the end of 2015. There are reports of it being entered incorrectly when they manually activate the companion pass status, which is why it is better to wait until it is active online. You could call to get it fixed!

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  41. @user2014, Daraius,
    I tripped the 110k mark and am waiting for posting to see if they issue companion pass. I wanted to use it for a Memorial Day week flight since the prices are in the higher tier range. I went ahead and booked the flight for both of us knowing I could cancel and re book with companion pass if issued. I did talk with a S W Air Customer Service person and he said they calculate companion pass qualifications in October. Is this something new? Still hoping to get to use it sooner. Either way it’s a great deal but so much sweeter if I can use now. I am tempted to call to see if they will activate but I will wait another couple of weeks.
    Thanks, john jam

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  43. Rebecca Bredehoeft

    Just used your tips to apply for Chase sapphire preferred (had a plain old Sapphire). Transferred points from Sapphire to Sapphire preferred then to Southwest (all of which were almost instantaneous) and booked flights the same day. It worked perfectly. I have 200,000+ Ultimate reward points left and wondering if I should have just transferred 110,000 to get the companion pass? If I want to book 3 tickets with SW points, could I transfer 110,000, get the companion pass, then use say 50,000 of the 110,000 I transferred to buy the other two tickets? Is this a better option? If so, can I go back in and “fix” it?

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  45. I recently applied for both the personal version of the plus and premier cards, and did receive the the 50k bonus on both, The 110k qualifying points posted to my acct on the 22nd of July, still no email from southwest and the website shows the companion pass is still inactive, even though i have credit for the qualifying points. Do you recommend waiting or do you think I should call southwest as it has been 3 days since i have had 110k points.
    Thanks in advance.

  46. My husband and I were recently at the airport and we both applied for black southwest card which offers 50,000 pts. My husband got his but we have not activated it yet. Can we wait til mid October to activate it so we can get longer use of companion pass as I have read? Will it start on activation date or applied for date for 2000$ spending? This is so confusing to get it right. I would appreciate your help. Also I have a card but applied for upgrade. For some reason I haven’t heard. Maybe it’s better and I will reapply in October . Something got screwed up there. They were so confusing at airport booth. Also I have read you can transfer ultimate reward points to Marriott then transfer to southwest. Will that work?

  47. Hi,
    It’s now end of Sept 2014. What is the best path forward to get a companion pass?

    Wait until around November 2014 to open two cards? Finalize the $2,000 spending on each by Jan 2014 in order to get a companion pass until end of 2015?

    Can I hook up both cards to one RR account? Is that how I am able to get 110,000 points on one account? I’m looking to open a business card and one in my husband’s name. I recently closed my SW card in the last few months. I wonder how soon they would let me open another in my name. I noticed there is now a $99 yearly fee with the 50,000 point cards. Have you seen one without a yearly fee?


  48. We are traveling in February 2015 with 9 people and I want to make it as economical as possible of course. So if I apply for the two credit cards in mid oct, spend a little bit now for the 5-10 day spending rule, then wait to spend my $2000 in January (and get 10,000 more points) I should get a companion pass then, right? Do I “spend” my points on the companion pass, or are the points still available to use for 4 additional flights? So it would seem I would get five flights at that point? My husband has 13,000 points in his account right now. I will also need to purchase 4 additional tickets which would earn me points, which I could do now when the prices are cheaper, and would go towards reward points – but NOT toward a companion pass, and I’d have to be careful NOT to spend all $2000 on the card now. But then, I do also have to get 10,000 more points in January to qualify, so I’d need to figure out how to do that, right?

    I guess an alternative would be to hurry and purchase my $2000 on both cards now (including the 4 tickets) and then get the companion pass before 2014 is done but then I wouldn’t have it for the extra year. Just trying to figure this all out, thanks for any tips you could give me – what do you suggest?

    • @Tanya G @Molly – I’d wait until November or December to get the cards so that the points post to your account in 2015. Make sure you don’t cross the spending until Jan of 2015 to be absolutely sure that the points will post to your account in 2015.

  49. Thanks for your info on this card.

    I was clicking through tonight and noticed that it said:
    “I understand that any new cardmember bonus offers for this product are not available to either current or previous cardmembers of this product who received a new cardmember bonus for this product in the last 24 months.”

    Sounds like filing for a second card and receiving an additional 50k points is no longer possible.

  50. I just signed up for two rewards card wife and I – (we have two kids)
    How can I make sure the miles bonus doesn’t post until 2015?

    I was approved for the cards on 10/4 and 10/7
    I can spend the minimum on both in one day for each if needed.

    side question do balance transfers count toward points?

  51. Do you know if purchasing gift cards (like for a grocery store) will count for purchase requirements to get to the $2000 limit? I already got my 50000 from one card and need to spend $2000 in about 5 days (!!) (I just got approved for the 2nd card but didn’t realize the points reset in Dec) to make the cut off for this year or I will miss out on making it by the posting date and basically just have 100000 southwest miles over 2 years and no companion points.

    • @Kurt – Don’t complete the $2K spending until Jan 1 to make 100% sure! Balance transfer don’t count and you shouldn’t do them!

      @K B – Yes, it will count.df But complete the spending at least 5 to 10 days before the statement closing date to ensure that they post on time. Good luck!

  52. Thanks for the advice – looks like I’ll have to
    Bang out 2k on both cards ( wife and mine- 2 kids) on 1-1-15.

  53. Hi, I got Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus credit card (through Chase) in July, 2014 and then after spending 2000 in three months, I got 52000 RR miles credits in my SW a/c. Unfortunately I was not aware of SW companion pass. Later, being a member of your blog I came to know about SW companion pass and SW premium credit card. So, now I am planning to apply for SW rapid rewards premium credit card to accumulate another 52000 miles in my SW a/c. And the remaining miles (i.e., 6000 miles) I am planning to transfer from my Chase UR miles to Hyatt points and then from Hyatt points to SW. FYI, my last SW statement period for FY2014 is December 12 (which covers Nov. 13 to Decm. 12) spending. Could you please advice me when I should spend the minimum spending amount (i.e., $2000) for my 2nd SW premium credit card so that I could be eligible for a companion pass 2015 and 2016 year. Thanks a lot! I would also appreciate if you can comment on my planning of transferring chase UR points to Hyatt to SW to reach the 110,000 miles threshold. Is there any other way I could do this? Thanks a lot!!

  54. Hi guys,

    the good news is that I earned 70,000 points towards the companion pass, THE BAD NEWS is I need 40,000 points by the end of this month.

    How do I do that?

    Buying points will cost me 600 dollars roughly.

    PLease help

  55. My new cards close near mid Nov. 2014
    I can finish the 4k spending after the certain mid Nov closing and have the 100k+ in calendar year 2015, with probable safety? Yes?

  56. My new cards next close near mid Dec. 2014
    I can finish the 4k spending after the given mid Dec. closing and have the 100k+ in calendar year 2015, with probable safety? Yes?

  57. Oops, edit the above to close mid Dec rather Nov.

    • @antonio – Buying points doesn’t count. You can order flowers through 1-800 flowers (and have them delivered ASAP) or transfer hotel points to Southwest.

      @richard – Should work if you spend after the December 4 close.

  58. I called Chase – my statement for Dec closes on 1/2/15. They suggest to be safe and get the 50k I needed to complete the spend by ~12/26/14. Seems like I am dancing a thin line here.
    Don’t think I can waiting until 1/1 to be 100% sure to get the 50k in.

    What I may do is triple check what day the card account was opened – count out 88 days and finish the spend them

  59. I have enough ultimate rewards to transfer to Hyatt and then to southwest. but if i transfer the points now in December, the pass would be available only till dic 2015. how I can earn the pass in jan 2015 instead of dec 2014?
    please advise

  60. I’m sort of confused. I earned the points in December, but they said since my statement closing date for December was 1/2/15 then those points do not count to 2014. Has anyone else ran into the same issues?

  61. Sandra Holloway

    How often can I apply for SWA rapid reward cards and still get the bonus miles? In other words, I am about to close an active SWA credit card, account. How long do I need to wait to reopen a new card (of the same type) before I will receive the large point bonus again? Something like 18 months???

  62. Oops! _ I did it too but I suspect Southwest does purposely speed up posting at the end of the year for this purpose. After I read an article on Consumerist about this very thing, I was trying to be cautious not to finish that spend before end of the year. However, I accidentally purchase a Christmas gift with that card and it put me over the limit. The points bonus posted almost immediately! However, my husband who got his Chase card two weeks after me, and completed his bonus spend in early Jan. 2017, did not get his spend bonus posted until 7 weeks after his spend! I find it hard to believe that Southwest did not purposely speed mine up when his took that long. So, after using up these points, I will cancel both these cards. I would have probably used the SW cards for everyday purchases a lot but now they have lost my business; not that they probably care.