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The Southwest credit cards are my favorite cards for domestic travel and are a great way for many folks to have Big Travel with Small Money within the US!
2 Cards Will Almost Get You a Companion Pass
Link: Southwest Credit Card
All 4 versions of the Southwest credit cards (scroll to the bottom of the link to see other offers) currently offer 50,000 Southwest points after spending $2,000 within 3 months. You can redeem 50,000 Southwest points for ~$710 to $850 in Southwest flights or for ~$500 in gift cards.
Emily and I travel almost exclusively on Southwest within the US. I earned a Companion Pass valid through the end of 2014 which lets Emily fly with me for free ($2.50 security fee per segment) on both paid and award tickets!
We earned the Companion Pass – for the 2nd time – in January 2013 and it is valid until the end of 2014. Our last trip was a quick visit to Key West in Florida.
You have to earn 110,000 points (within 1 calendar year from January 1 to December 31) to qualify for the Companion Pass. And currently the 50,000 point sign-up bonus is counting towards the Companion Pass.
Here’s how you can get the extra 6,000 points for your Companion Pass.
Only 1 Day Left
The Southwest 50,000 points offer officially ends – according to the application – on October 30, 2013 i.e. Wednesday (though sometimes a few links do live on, so check the Southwest website if you can’t find it on the blog!)
The Southwest 50,000 points offers comes and goes every 3 to 4 months (sometimes FlyerTalk has links sooner), so it should be available again.
But now’s the best time to get the cards if you’re looking to get the Southwest Companion Pass as early as possible i.e. in January 2014, so that you have almost 2 years of the Companion Pass up to December 31, 2105.
That said, I don’t know for sure if the 50,000 point offer will still be available on ALL 4 cards (personal and business Plus & Premier versions).
If you’ve already got 1 Southwest card in 2013 and need another Southwest card to get the Companion Pass in 2013 (which will be valid until the end of 2014), you should apply for the card now.
That’s because if you apply for the card now, and complete the minimum spending as soon as possible, you should have the 50,000 points post to your Southwest account in 2013.
Remember that your Companion Pass points resets to Z-E-R-O points on January 1, 2014, so you have to start from the beginning! Here’s an easy way to see how many Companion Pass points you have in your account.
If you don’t have any Companion Pass points, you’re better off having the points post to your account in January 2014, so that you can get the Companion Pass up to 2015.
The Southwest 50,000 point offers ends tomorrow. This is my favorite miles and points deal for travel within the US because Southwest makes it much easier to redeem points for flights than other airlines.
And because we have the Companion Pass means that I only redeem points or pay for ONE ticket instead of two!
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