8 Easy Steps to ~$3,674 of Big Travel With the Southwest Companion Pass

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Emily and I have saved a lot of money visiting friends and family across the US with our Southwest Companion Pass.

Southwest 50,000 Point Offer Ends Monday

When I Fly Southwest, Emily Flies With Me for Free (~$10 tax & fees)

In this post, we’ll see how to earn lots of Big Travel for you and your favorite person with the Southwest Companion Pass!

Link:   Southwest Credit Cards

Link:   All You Need to Know About the Companion Pass

What Is the Southwest Companion Pass?

The Companion Pass allows a companion to travel with you for free for up to 2 years.

Regardless of how you pay for your Southwest flight, whether with cash or Southwest points, your companion flies with you for free (~$10 in taxes and fees)!

How Do I Earn the Companion Pass?

To get the Companion Pass you have to earn 110,000 points in 1 calendar year.  Once the 110,000 points are credited to your account, the Companion Pass is good until the end of the following calendar year.

For example, if you get the Companion Pass on March 20, 2014 (1 month from today) your pass is good until December 31, 2015.  So this is a good time to consider getting the Southwest Companion Pass.

There are 4 versions of Southwest credit cards.  Opening 1 Personal and 1 Business Southwest card is a quick way to earn close to the 110,000 points and a ton of (almost) free travel!


2 Southwest Credit Cards Will Get You ~91% of the Way to the Companion Pass

Why Is the Companion Pass Valuable?

Southwest points are worth ~1.67 cents per mile.  To get the Companion Pass you have to earn 110,000 Companion Pass points, which are worth ~$1,837 (110,000 Southwest points x 1.67 cents).

But with the Companion Pass your favorite person gets to fly with you for free (you just pay the $2.50 security fee).  This means your 110,000 Southwest points are actually worth double or ~$3,674 ($1,837 x 2)!

50,000 Point Southwest Premiere & Companion Pass

Double the Value of Your Southwest Points With the Companion Pass!

Here Is How You Do It…

Before we get started, be sure to look at these 3 common mistakes which folks make.  When you are new to miles & points it’s easy to make mistakes!

Step 1 – Become a Southwest Rapid Rewards Member

The first step to earning Southwest points is to open a Southwest account.  You will get un to 750 points when you sign-up for a Southwest account and receive emails.


Complete This Form and You Are on Your Way to the Southwest Companion Pass

Write down your new Southwest membership number into a spreadsheet because you will need it for the next steps.

Step 2 – Apply for 1 Southwest Personal Card

There is a Plus and Premier version of the Southwest Rapid Rewards card.  The cards currently have a 50,000 point bonus, but that will eventually end.  That said, the 50,000 point offer comes and goes every 3 to 4 months, so don’t worry if you miss it.

a)    Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card

  • 50,000 points for spending $2,000 within 3 months
  • 6,000 anniversary points
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • $99 annual fee is not waived

b)   Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card

  • 50,000 points for spending $2,000 within 3 months.
  • 3,000 anniversary points.
  • 3% foreign transaction fees.
  • $69 annual fee is not waived.

When you get to the application page make sure you enter your Southwest account number from Step 1. This will ensure that the points from the credit card goes to your account!

Step 3 – Apply for 1 Southwest Business Card

Many folks don’t bother applying for business cards because they don’t think they will be approved.  But read my post on 3 Ways You May Qualify for a Business Card before you give up on getting the Companion Pass!

Completing a business card application can be a bit confusing.  So take a look at my post on How to Fill Out a Business Credit Card Application.

There is also a Plus and Premier version of the Southwest business card.  They have the same benefits and annual fees as the personal Southwest personal cards.

a)   Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card

  • 50,000 points for spending $2,000 within 3 months
  • 6,000 anniversary points
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • $99 annual fee is not waived

b)  Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Business Credit Card

  • 50,000 points for spending $2,000 within 3 months
  • 3,000 anniversary points
  • 3% foreign transaction fees
  • $69 annual fee is not waived

Remember to enter your Southwest account number in the credit card application!  Use the SAME number which you used in the personal card application to ensure that all the points post to your account.

Step 4 – Complete the Spending on Both Cards

To receive the 50,000 points sign-up bonus for the Southwest cards, you have to spend $2,000 on each card within 3 months.

Once you complete the required spending on BOTH cards you will get 104,000 points in your account.  That’s because you earn 50,000 points (as the sign-up bonus) + 2,000 points from spending $2,000.

Note that the annual fee does NOT count towards the $2,000 spending required!

Step 5 – Accumulate 6,000 Additional Points

You will earn 104,000 Southwest points for meeting the minimum spending on your 2 new Southwest cards.  However, you will still need an additional 6,000 Companion Pass points to reach the 110,000 points needed for the Companion Pass.

See my list of 10 ways to get points for the Companion Pass.


110,000 Southwest Points Are Worth Up to ~$3,674 (If Your Companion Flies With You On Every Flight)!

Step 6 – Check Your Companion Pass Progress

You can check your progress by logging into your Southwest account via this link.

Southwest Companion Pass Status 1

Emily and I Have Earned The Companion Pass Twice and It’s Saved Us a Lot of Money!

You do NOT have to do anything to activate your Companion Pass, this happens automatically.  Within a few days of 110,000 Southwest Companion Pass points posting to your Southwest account, you are officially a Companion Pass holder!

Step 7 – Name Your Companion

a)  Log-in to your Southwest account and choose your companion.  See this post for more details!

Name Your Companion by Completing this Form!

Emily Is My Companion, Who Will Be Yours?


b)  Call Southwest at 1-800-248-4377 to register your companion.

Note:   You can change your companion up to 3 times per calendar year (6 times total, if you hold the pass for 2 years).  Choose wisely!

Step 8 – Start Traveling!

You now have 110,000 points to use and a companion who can travel with you for free.  That is a lot of free flights!  You can fly to all Southwest and Airtran destinations within the US, Puerto Rico, and starting July 1, 2014 to the Caribbean.

We use Southwest almost exclusively when traveling inside the US.  Recently, we used Southwest for a Mini-Trip to Key West.

Hyatt Regency Key West

Enjoying Key West Thanks to the Southwest Companion Pass!

Note that Southwest points will be worth ~15% less starting March 31, 2014.  Book as many trips as you can before then to get the most out of your Companion Pass!

There are no change fees on Southwest.  So if you cancel a flight booked on points, the points will go back into your Southwest account.

You also get 2 free bags on Southwest and more non-stop options within the US compared to other airlines.

Bottom Line

Emily and I love the Southwest Companion Pass because it makes it so easy to travel within the US!

The Southwest 50,000 points offer will eventually end (though they should be back in 3 to 4 months), so follow these 8 steps to get your own Southwest Companion Pass!

Where will you go with your new Companion Pass?

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108 responses to “8 Easy Steps to ~$3,674 of Big Travel With the Southwest Companion Pass

  1. Posts like this will kill the programs they promote. This post should be taken down.

  2. The CP is good for how long ? If I apply for both cards today, meet the 110k within 3 months and earn the CP, when will it expire ?

  3. I woinder — is there a deadline for setting up your first Companion once you get the Pass? I’m thinking to wait until the last minute to set my wife up. We already have 2 Rewards tickets for April; I would use my Rez and set her as the Companion; and the cancel her existing rez. However, I may make a separate trip (with a different Companion) before then, so it might be best to wait til those travel plans fully gel. I understand that as long as there is a seat available on a flight, you can set up a companion — so would her holding onto her current rez mean there was a seat available once she gave up that seat, that could be used for the companion?

  4. Hello Darius,
    Thanks to you I was able to earn my Companion Pass and have it for almost 2 years! It was the BEST reward ever. Now I am wondering — if I have the Premier Card already how can I earn the Companion Pass a second time? … Do I cancel the card? If so, how long do I wait to re-apply? Thank you, Molly.

  5. So, the $50,000 offer is still good. Can I give my family member a referral code I received in the mail? (I used your links for my card originally).

  6. @danr it would expire end of 2015!

  7. Hello Darius,
    I applied for and received both the Premium and Plus personal cards. Am I out of luck because one of the cards is not a business card? Can you only earn the bonus on one personal card?
    Thanks, Justin

  8. Under the Terms and Condition it states:
    “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.”

    The part where it says “with the exception of the rapid Rewards Credit Cards from Chase”, so does that mean your 50k bonus points will not be counted towards your 110k goal for companion pass?

  9. “Hello Darius,
    Thanks to you I was able to earn my Companion Pass and have it for almost 2 years! It was the BEST reward ever. Now I am wondering — if I have the Premier Card already how can I earn the Companion Pass a second time? … Do I cancel the card? If so, how long do I wait to re-apply? Thank you, Molly.”

    Ditto to that question. I am in the same boat. Have not had the SW cards for over a year and my glorious companion pass expires this year! HELP! Will I qualify for another if I cancelled the cards a year ago?

    • @DanR NYC – If you earn the Companion Pass in 2014, it will be valid until the end of 2015.

      @scott – That is usually true, but if the flight is oversold, your wife could cancel her ticket, but Southwest may decide not to sell that seat!

      @molly @ed – Congrats! You could have your companion apply for the cards again. There are 4 Southwest cards and some folks get the bonus on each version (though some folks do not).

      @Barb – The links in the post also have the 50,000 point offer. If the referral code doesn’t fill out the application with your personal information, it should work for others.

      @Justin – Some readers get the bonus on both personal versions and some do not. Please keep us posted on what happens!

      @Penntastic – It means that the sign-up bonus from the cards counts towards the Companion Pass.

  10. Great info. Question: I got the Southwest Airlines Premier credit card last June, and so far I’ve made it to 84k. If I can make an additional 26k+ by June 2014, would I qualify for a companion pass? Just checking to see if it would be worth it for me.

  11. Hey Darius,
    I applied for the SW Personal Premier, and was approved for $29K credit line. I also applied for the Chase SP, Barclays US Airways, and Citi AA Exec card. I think because of the high credit limit, and multiple applications, I’m just going to meet the additional 60K miles needed on the SW card with spending, instead of applying for the business version. I also transferred Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt, and then from Hyatt to Rapid Rewards, but that was over 3 weeks ago, and they still haven’t posted to my Rapid Rewards account. Should I be concerned? I know it says 6-8 weeks, but most people, yourself included, have reported the transfer posting much quicker. Thanks, love your blog!

  12. I’m sorry, but this is driving me crazy. It seems the bulk of your posts now are “Trip Report Part 90” or about the Companion pass. For those of you asking questions on here, all you have to do is look at his previous posts. All of this information has been covered SO MANY times. I love Southwest, and have the companion pass myself, but it seems you have beaten this to death. I would have thought you would have written more about the recent United devaluation. While you’re extremely open with your disclosure statements, you seem to press these cards a little too hard. Gary does the same thing with the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Ink cards. I just get very discouraged from coming to this blog because of the extreme amount of information repeats. I get it, you have new viewers who may not have seen the content, but all it takes is a simple click in your archives to find anything they would need to know.

  13. Hay Daraius.. I applied two days back but forgot to enter my membership # on both apps 🙁 Got approved on both. How do I rectify this now?

  14. Daraius, thanks for the great post on how to get CP status. I have a question, I have Chase SW RR Personal Plus and when I applied for business version I got rejected. Then I tried to apply for SW RR Personal Premier and was approved. So now I have both of personal cards (no business version at all) that good for CP status towards the end of 2015.
    My question is, when my CP status ended on the end of 2015, what can I do to earn another CP status? Can this cards be churned? I plan to cancel both of the cards before the 2nd annual fee hit, which will be the end of this year.

  15. @ Sean Daraius has been doing posts like this for two years now. The CP program is still going strong. Plus multiple other bloggers have done the same thing lately, so even if D took this post down, it wouldn’t make any difference. Do you really think Chase and Southwest are so clueless they don’t know what some of us are doing? Even with both ccs, it takes $10K in minimum spend to qualify for the CP, and I’m sure Chase is happy to have that happen.

  16. Dariaus,

    The other night when I go home I had been notified by Southwest that I had achieved my Companion Pass! I am so excited to use it and want to thank you for helping me get it with your invaluable blog! Also, to all your readers, I signed up for 2 personal cards and received the 50k from both.

  17. 2014 is year 2 of my current companion pass – and I LOVE it! What can I be doing to try to hang on to this lovely benefit beyond this year? Any good strategies or tips?

  18. @Troy. Thank you !

  19. @Daraius Thank you !!

  20. hi Darius, I signed up thanks to your advice, I was aproved for both the business and personal but i forgot to put in my southwest number what can i do about it now? do i need to call chase or southwest? thanks

  21. I understand it’s hard to come up with something to write about every single day but multiple stories about SW and the companion pass seem to be the old reliable backup. How many times has this got to be written about? Probably mentioned at least once a week here with full spoon fed details. Not just here though, most blogs have now been hammering this nice perk for months now with nothing much else to write about. Of course this will be gone soon because of lazy writing. No skin off the bloggers nose though, on to the next deal to kill.

  22. I am trying to get the Companion Pass this year. I applied for both the Personal and Business Southwest cards in January and was declined for the Personal, but got the Business. The reasoning was “too much existing credit” and “too many recent cards.” I applied for the Chase Marriott, Citi Hilton (no-fee version), and American Express Hilton (no-fee version) back in July of 2013. The Citi was not accepted until August.

    I applied for no other cards since then except the two Southwest cards. My AAoA right now is about 3.5 years, credit score in the high 700s.

    Any suggestions on how long I should wait to apply for the Personal card again? Obviously it would be during the 50,000 point bonus period. We’ve got some travel coming up in August and I would like to try and have the Companion Pass by then, but I’m also worried if I apply too soon it will just get declined again and have another wasted hard inquiry.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

    • @Mike U – That sounds like a good plan. In my experience, the Hyatt transfers have taken ~15 days, but I’d wait a bit longer for them to post.

      @Steve @jack – The Southwest card pays the lowest commission out of all the cards. I could do a lot better by writing about other cards instead! New readers don’t know why they should search the archives, so a reminder about the best airline deal is not out of place. That said, what type of content would you like to read about?

      @HsInAz @rose – You can call Chase once you get the cards and ask to update the number to your membership number. Note that you will have been assigned a new Southwest number for each card because you didn’t enter your membership number in the application.

      @David – You can have your companion apply for the cards or try to get the business cards.

      @Tobias – Congrats! And thanks for the update. When did you sign-up for the 2 personal cards? Was it in 2014 or 2013?

      @Tammy – I’ll have a post on this later, but you could either get the other versions of the card, or have your companion get the cards.

      @ Jeremy – I’d wait about 2 to 3 months.

  23. I personally enjoy your trip reports like your recent trip to Italy. The details are great. Keep that up. I’m not fond of the interviews though, the newbies really don’t offer much. As far as SW is concerned, I think once you’ve informed us of a deal,perk, benefit, etc., you should move on to find something new. There’s been a rash of SW with CP stories on multiple blogs recently that is bound get SW to make changes.

  24. Officially got my Companion Pass today, and in celebration I booked a flight to use it. Everything was instant, and so far so good. Daraius, you’re the man. I could not/would not have gotten it without all your information and constant updates. Keep up the good work.

  25. I signed up for both cards around the beginning of November 2013, and received my first 50k on the plus card January 3rd! I was super nervous it was going to post in 2013. I was inItially told they were going to review my app for the premier when I applied a couple days later and then two weeks or so later I received the premier in the mail. My companion pass holder and I are on our way to San Juan in May!

  26. I have multiple Chase cards. Getting approved has not been a problem, but my total credit line with Chase seems to be. At least once, they approved me for another card but lowered my limit on an existing card. Another time, I was told to call in. When I called they told me that there was an issue with my total credit with Chase and I chose a card to reduce my limit on.

    It’s not a huge issue, but it’s one I haven’t heard about. Has anyone else faced this? Is there any workaround, except closing cards? I have a business and some cards are business cards, but I don’t think that matters. It seems that me and the business are the same entity for the purpose of deciding on a credit limit.

  27. I applied for both personal cards in October and received both bonus amounts when I completed the spends. Hope that helps

    • @jack – Southwest has acknowledged on their website that the credit card bonus counts towards the Companion Pass. I’m sure they analyzed the impact before making the changes.

      @Paul @Tobias – Congrats!

      @Jon – Banks usually limit the total amount of credit extended to you, so this is normal.

      @Steven – Thanks for the update!

  28. Darius said:
    @scott – That is usually true, but if the flight is oversold, your wife could cancel her ticket, but Southwest may decide not to sell that seat!

    The other consideration is (might be?) that you need time to receive the actual CP in the mail, as I understand SWA can demand to see it on flight day. Is that correct?

  29. I love this deal.. We got our companion pass last year and while I wish we used it more, we’ve gotten plenty for great flights from it. Thanks for all the info. One question. If I signed up for the 2 Plus cards last time, am I eligible to sign up for the 2 Premier at the end of the year when my CP is over?

    • @scott – In 2+ years, we’ve never been asked once for the Companion Pass.

      @Charlie – Some readers have been able to get the bonus on different versions of the cards. But you could have your partner apply for the card instead.

  30. Instead of applying for the second card, the business option, can someone just apply for a different personal card? Thank you

  31. Just called up after I got my cards to update my RR# on the cards and both biz and personal already had my number on the apps. One of the reps said that they might be matching name and address with their database to find existing RR# 🙂 Cool!

  32. Wonderful website! I currently have a SW personal card and wanted to see what strategy you would recommend to get this pass. Would you recommend me getting the 50k bonus for the business one, cancel the personal one – then waiting for x period of months to try for companion pass later? Or should I just cancel the personal one now, wait for x period of months to try for companion pass later? Main point being – I don’t want to pass up 50k points on the business card but would gladly do so if it meant easier approval for BOTH cards later and then qualifying for the companion pass…

  33. Hi, I was wondering if you can get the credit cards in one name, but assign the points to someone else? My husband is the earner, but we would like the companion pass primarily for when I fly solo with our daughter.

    Can he earn the points, but have them assigned to my SW Rapid Rewards Account?


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  35. Is there anyway to transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to my SW Rapid Rewards Account and have them count for my companion pass? I have an offer for American Express for 50,000 points for a new AmEx Premier Rewards Card.

    Chase has denied my request for a second SW Rapid Rewards card because I already have too many Chase cards.

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  37. Love your blog and am an avid southwest flyer – but never accumulated enough to get the elusive companion pass. Was super excited about this deal and was able to get a personal card. I actually have a business and had been looking for a business card as well. Unfortunately, I was denied the business card because I had just opened the personal card (too many requests). May be worth mentioning to your readers to space the applications out and that it’s tough to get both cards during the same promotion period. I’ll definitely try for the business card the next time they run the promotion.

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  40. I miss my Companion pass. My wife and I flew to multiple destinations last year at prices we could afford. The two of us flew LGA/ATL/FLL and back for a grand total of 8000 points roundtrip (for the both of us). You can’t beat that!

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  57. Hey, so I’m sure you have probably answered this question, but I need 52,081 points to reach for the cp. I had signed up for only one cc, because it don’t like to sign up for too many cards. If by miracle I can reach that many points should I wait till the end of December ? Like my last closing statement I make it to enough points, will I get a cp pass for 2015-2016? Or will I get a pass just for 2015?

  58. Just got my companion pass and wanted to say thank you! Btw for those wondering, I was able to get the points from both personal cards!

  59. ….and correct me if i am wrong…but if your get the required miles in your last statement of 2014 that would be the worse time to do so….as the companion pass would only be usable for 1 year then (until end of 2015).
    The best solution for someone who has not already started on this would be to set yourself up to hit it hard on Jan or Feb of 2015, that way you can get the companion pass at the beginning of the year and it will be valid till the end of 2016…therefore giving you almost 2 full years worth.

    then to make it better at the very beginning of 2017 have your significant other hit it and get a companion pass and put YOU on it…so the next two years you have the companion pass….

    that way you can rotate back and forth and always have a companion pass without hitting up Southwest for to many cards in your own name…only 2 every 4 years basically.

    Of course things could change and probably will…lol

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  61. I had someone tell me they were saving and earning Southwest points with a SW Visa card hoping to use them to go US to Europe. Is there any way to use SW points from a SW Visa card toward a trip to Europe? I had never heard of that being a option.

    If SW points are not an option what is the best option for airline points to save for award travel US to Europe ( United or American or the Flying Blue award specials) ?

  62. is the companion pass only covering your partner if it’s domestic travel? i would like to use it for international travel if that works? i don’t have the pass yet, so asking here. thanks,

    • @Larry – Using SW points to go to Europe is a bad idea because you’ll get less than 1 cent per point. I’d consider United miles for flights from the US to Europe.

      @matthewk – It works for all flights on Southwest, including their flights to Mexico etc.

  63. THANK YOU!

    I just got notification that I’ve qualified for a companion pass. I applied for 2 different personal cards and got the 50k bonus on each. Now I’ve got the bug to take a bunch of really inexpensive trips next year.

    I would never have known about this without your website. Thank you!

  64. Vinnie Heffernan

    Hi, thanks for your blog! I was thinking of signing up for one personal and one business SW credit card this month (November). Then spend some of the required $2000 on each card, but not the full amount. In January 2015, spend the remainder – would this mean the SW companion card (once the full 110k points were earned) would be valid until end 2016? By signing up this year, would I pay an annual fee in 2014 and 2015 on each card? Thanks for your advice.

  65. @Vinnie

    If you get the SWA Cards this month 11/15/2014 then you want to actually hold on to the cards and not use them until 1/1/15. This means all your $2000 spending should occur 1/1/15-2/15/15 and not anytime earlier than that. Why? b/c you need 110,000 points in the NEW calendar year to get the CP. You need every dollar you charge to count toward the 110K points. If you charge $1999.00 in December, none of those points will be applied to getting you to the 110K points needed for a CP. You could still charge $1999.00 in December and although they dont count toward your 110K CP goal, the 1999 points would still be valid redeemable points that stay in your account to use throughout the rest of the year. As for annual fee, you pay it in this example in Nov 2014 and then Nov 2015 if you should choose to keep the cards that long.

  66. @Mark,

    Thanks for the advice, that’s clarified things for me. I will wait until Jan 2015 and apply for both cards then (appreciate that I could apply now and hold onto them also). Looking forward to getting this pass 🙂

    Thanks again.

  67. Hi there,
    I have a question.
    I just got approved for both cards and plan on meeting my spending bonus of $2000 in January.
    My question is – If I do some points things in mid december (the 1800 flowers points and some other shopping on the southwest portal…..) will those points post for 2015 and help to reach my 110,000 points? Or does accumulating them in December do me no good in reaching my 110,000 points?


  68. Does anyone out there know if one person can get the companion pass twice? (All the posts seem to say is to have your companion apply for the cards and pass next time)

  69. OK…SW told me twice over the phone that I can change companions 3 times each calendar year. In my case, I had an original companion, then a friend, now another friend. If I go A then B then C and back to A. before the end of the year, I assume that is 3 changes.

    Question: Will I have the ability for 3 more changes next year as my Companion Pass expires on 12/31/15? SW Rules say 3 times during validity period and email response said same thing. However, each time I call, I am told 3 times each calendar year. I’m confused about this.

  70. Hi Daraius,
    Just wanted to thank you for your help in getting my companion pass.
    And, to confirm that Choice Hotels did transfer the points over in about 8 days (instead of 6-8 weeks as stated on their website). Due to this transfer and my new Chase SW business card signing bonus, I just got enough points (before the end of this calendar year) for the companion pass. I know this is not the best timing, but my first application for the business card was denied early this year (when my personal card was approved). Anyway, I still have the whole 2015 to use the companion pass and I am starting to make plans for a couple of trips.
    Thanks again for your wonderful blog. BTW, do you have a favorite Caribbean destination?

  71. I added my wife to my Premier card as an authorized user. Our cards showed up today but hers doesn’t have my RR number (or any number after RR for that matter). Will her purchases count towards my companion pass points?

  72. would the balance transfer points count towards the companion pass points? I know it won’t count of the $2000 spending.

  73. What happened to this deal?

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  76. Just got my companion pass in the mail. Woot woot! Can’t wait to start using it. I see Puerto Rico & Costa Rica in my future.
    So this method still works. Thanks Darius

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  78. I just open the Southwest Rapid Rewards and she said they will give me 500 points after one month of oppening the account…Hope its true.! I will get the Southwest Companion Pass in 2 years because right now Im using Chase Sapphire and Freedom and Hilton Honnors Visa 75,0000 points and I dont want to add more credit cards until I create a new strategy. How can I get more points to Europe using Sapphire and Freedom credit cards for my 2 kids?

  79. You can get 50,000 points for both versions of the Personal card, Plus and Premier. Get one of each of the Personal cards instead of the Business card, and you’ll get the companion pass. This is easier! The Personal cards are online instant approval, while the Business card is a more complicated phone call and is harder to get. Why bother with the Business card when you can get the companion pass with both personal cards, like we just did?

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  81. Does anyone know if my wife signs up for a card and gets the bonus points to her RR#. Can I sign up for the personal card with HER RR# and also get the bonus point posted to her account through my credit card? That would put us at the 100k very easily with less chance of not getting approved.

  82. My personal card just came with a closing date of I believe of the 14th. I applied for a Business card. They said, no because I just opened a personal premiere card. Now what, will I still be able to get companion pass if I have to wait another 30 days to possible get approved? Please help, as this seems to be of a timely matter.

  83. @nick – I do NOT recommend doing this. Your account could get shut down.

    @Lisa – You might try calling Chase and speaking with a different customer service agent. If you earn the sign-up bonus on your personal card in January 2016, then you have the entire year to earn the other 50,000 Southwest points. See my post on how to time the Companion Pass:


    Good Luck!

  84. This offer is currently no longer available? I can not earn a compannion pass using this steps?

  85. My wife has had her Chase Southwest card for more than 24 months. Can she still sign up for a new personal card to get the points and try an get the Companion Pass.

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  87. Hi…

    Any suggestions on how to get this if you already have the card and didn’t know about the companion pass? Does it matter how you get the points, like if I purchase points when they do a promo or something like that?

  88. Once you earn the 110,000 points, and the companion pass. Do you have to keep both of your Southwest credit card active? Or can you cancel them? Either one or both of them?
    Do you need to have a Southwest credit card to use a companion pass? Do you need to have a Southwest credit card to use your miles?