Southwest 50,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus *Officially* Counts Towards Southwest Companion Pass!

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Many thanks to Million Mile Secrets reader Matthew for sharing the news that Southwest has updated the terms and conditions to officially recognize that the 50,000 point sign-up bonus from each of the 4 versions of the Southwest credit card counts towards the Southwest Companion Pass!

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It’s Official!  The 50,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus Counts Towards the Southwest Companion Pass!

WHAT IS THE SOUTHWEST COMPANION PASS

Link:   Southwest Credit Cards

Link:   Southwest Companion Pass

The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the best ways to save money on airline tickets for travel within the US.  This is my favorite travel perk and is the number 1 offer on my Hot Deals list!

Why?  Because it lets a companion fly with you for free whenever you fly on Southwest.  And it doesn’t matter if you pay for your flight with points or cash – your companion flies free (~$10 in taxes and fees) either way!

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

The 50,000 point bonus from the Southwest credit cards count towards the companion pass, which makes it very easy to earn the Southwest Companion Pass!

All 4 versions of the Southwest credit cards currently offer 50,000 Southwest points after spending $2,000 within 3 months.   This offer ends on Monday, November 18, 2013.

Note that the Plus versions (at the bottom of the page) have a lower annual fee ($69) compared to $99 for the Premier version of the card.

You can redeem 50,000 Southwest points for ~ $710 to $850 in Southwest flights or for ~$500 in gift cards.

The terms used to say:

Purchased points and points earned from program enrollment, Tier bonuses, flight bonuses, and partner bonuses do not count toward Companion Pass status.

Lots of readers would write in and ask if the 50,000 point sign-up bonus would count towards the Southwest companion pass.

I’ve earned the Southwest Companion Pass twice and many readers have earned a Southwest Companion Pass from the 50,000 point Southwest credit card.  But if you’re new to miles and points, I can understand why you’d want to double check.

Well the revised terms and conditions for the Southwest Companion VERY EXPLICITLY mention that the sign-on bonus from the Southwest credit cards does count towards the 110,000 points need for the Southwest Companion Pass!

Purchased points and 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.

So there’s no need to get concerned that the 50,000 point sign-on bonus will not count towards the Southwest Companion Pass.

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 currently counts towards the Companion Pass.

And if you earn the companion pass in 2014 (see this post on how to time it right!), it is valid until the end of 2015.

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137 responses to “Southwest 50,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus *Officially* Counts Towards Southwest Companion Pass!

  1. The current offer states that after you spend $2000, you will receive 50,000 points. Do balance transfers from another credit card count towards the $2k? I have a balance on my capital one card of $2400…I would like to transfer that balance over to the Rapid Rewards Premier card, but only if it will result in the 50,000 bonus points.

    • @Jeff – if you earn the pass this year, it is valid until the end of 2015 (which is still a great deal!)

      @anita – They do in my experience.

      @Len bates – They don’t count and you shouldn’t do balance transfers if you have a miles and points card because they usually charge high rates of interest.

  2. might be a stupid question, if i use the 50000 points on a ticket before i collect the 110,000 points will i still get companion pass? Or to get the pass you need to have a balance of 110K points?

  3. Can you explain better. You get 50000 points after you spend $2000 in first 3 months. How much more you have to spend after that to accumulated points for companion pass?

  4. 10:30pm 11/7/2015
    I just got off the phone with Southwest Chase Card Rep and they said the 50,000 sign on bonus DO NOT COUNT towards tier levels such as Companion pass. I’m still waiting for them to post but I have spent 22k in the last month and they told me when I applied it would count….. Do you know if this is true or a way to apply them? I also have another Chase Bold Ink card that has 223k of points on it, is there a way to transfer those points to reach companion pass? I’m currently at 53k points coming up on end of year so I’m short on trip due to a baby this year and I really want to keep my family with me while traveling for work.
    Thank you in advance,
    AC

  5. Where is the new stuff for us who just got on the band wagon? Last post is 7 month old.