Can You Use 100,000 Points From the Southwest Cards for Travel If You Earn the Companion Pass?

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Million Mile Secrets reader Ria comments:

So to understand this better, I can apply for a Southwest Premier and a Southwest Plus, spend $4,000 total on both cards, then get back 100,000 points.  Then I can combine the cards, and add points from my current Southwest Rapid Rewards account.  And I’ll still get to use my 100,000 points for travel?

Ria is referring to using the sign-up bonus on the Chase Southwest cards to help earn the 110,000 points needed for the Southwest Companion Pass.

Can You Use 100,000 Points From The Southwest Cards For Travel If You Earn The Companion Pass

Can You Use the Chase Southwest Bonus Points for Travel If You Get the Companion Pass?

Those Points Are Yours for Travel!

Link:   Southwest Premier (Personal) Card

Link:   Southwest Premier (Business) Card

Link:   Southwest Plus (Personal) Card

Link:   Southwest Plus (Business) Card

Chase just re-introduced the Southwest 50,000 point sign-up offers.  So if you get 2 cards, you’ll earn 100,000 Southwest points.  Ria should be sure to enter the SAME Southwest frequent flyer number on both card applications, so the bonus points go to the same account.

This saves her the hassle of having to combine separate Southwest accounts.

These deals come and go every few months.  But when you count the bonus from 2 cards and the minimum spending requirements, you’ll have 104,000 points towards the Southwest Companion Pass!

You need 110,000 points total for the Companion Pass.  But there are lots of easy ways to earn the extra points!

What Happens When You Earn Enough Points for the Companion Pass?

After completing the minimum spending on 2 Southwest cards, Ria will have at least 104,000 Southwest points.  So you’ll need another 6,000 points to earn enough for the Companion Pass (but there are many ways to do that!).

Once you earn 110,000 Southwest points, you’ll get the Companion Pass, which lets you fly a companion for free on paid and award tickets.

But those points are STILL in your account and you can use them any time, for award flights anywhere Southwest flies.

Can You Use 100,000 Points From The Southwest Cards For Travel If You Earn The Companion Pass

Companion Passes Earned in 2014 Are Good Until the End of 2015!

The points you earn towards the Companion Pass don’t disappear.  They’ll be in your account to use for award flights.  And you do NOT need to wait until you get the Companion Pass to use the points!

Southwest calculates points towards the Companion Pass based on a calendar year.  So as long as you earn 110,000 points within a calendar year, you’ll get the pass.

But you can use the Southwest points as you earn them (and before crossing the 110,000 points needed for a Companion Pass).

Can You Use 100,000 Points From The Southwest Cards For Travel If You Earn The Companion Pass

You Can Use the Credit Card Sign-Up Points for Award Tickets, Even Before You Earn the Companion Pass

So Ria shouldn’t worry.  The points earned from the Southwest card sign-up bonuses can be used before qualifying for the Companion Pass.  That’s a lot of Big Travel with Small Money!

And remember, you don’t have to combine the points manually if you enter the same Southwest frequent flyer number into the card application form.

Bottom Line

You can use 100,000 Southwest points from 2 credit cards towards the Companion Pass.

But that doesn’t mean you lose the points.  You can still use them for travel on Southwest, even before you earn the Companion Pass!

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13 responses to “Can You Use 100,000 Points From the Southwest Cards for Travel If You Earn the Companion Pass?

  1. Hi Daraius, Is it easier to get approved for the personal plus and premier than the business versions? My husband went for the plus personal and plus business in November of 2013 in hopes to complete the spending in January 2014. Well, his the business card was denied. We do have a legit S-corp with revenue. However the recon. CSR kept saying he already have three chase cards, all personal accounts (UA explore, Sapphire and the SWA plus that was approve that day). Not sure why the CSR did that when the card we want a business account. So I’m wondering if my husband should try the business plus again or should he go for the premier personal. It just seems there’s a lot of restriction with Chase when it comes to business accounts.

  2. Can you combine the 50,000 sign up with Sapphire Pref points transferred to Southwest to reach the 110,000 points?

    • @Sandy – Personal cards are usually easier to get approved for. But you could call and ask again.

      @ Jeff – Transfered points from the Sapphire Preferred do NOT count towards the Companion Pass.

      @ McKelle – Ideally applying in November or December and waiting for the points to post at the start of the new year is best.

  3. Hi – thanks for all the awesome tips!

    Question – is it best to apply for this card at the beginning of the year (~Jan) so that you effectively get all of that year and all of the next year (2 years instead of 1)?

    Also, is it best to apply at the end of the year (~Nov/Dec), and the points actually get deposited into your account in the new year to create the scenario above?


  4. D-

    I already got my 100k sign up bonuses for both personal cards and they have already posted in my account. If I cancel the cards will the books be taken out? Or will they remain in my RR profile?

  5. Thanks for the tip. Although I hadn’t thought about it, it is nice to know that you can use the points as you accrue them, you just have to make sure you accrue 110,000 points within the calendar year. I am still debating on going for this now or waiting a few months. Do the 50,000 point offers usually come back in the fall?


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  7. Captain Hooks

    Anybody notice that the terms and conditions for the US Air card says that if you dont use the card every 6 months they can cancel your account and take your points?

  8. Captain Hooks

    Oops wrong thread!!

  9. I keep reading that is you sign up for both the personal premier and plus that you will only get one sign up bonus. Is this the case or not? Can anyone clarify this.

  10. I called today about the SW Plus and they said that since I already have a SW Premier, I would not receive 50k bonus for SW Plus because I’m “not a new customer.” Your post suggests you can get both 50k bonuses for the 2 cards. Perhaps SW or Chase has changed the policy? Can anyone confirm one way or the other from a more recent attempt?

  11. Catan: Are you using a referral offer to the 50k Plus card?

    I’m wondering if the reason they said you’re not eligible for bonus is bc with this particular referral offer, the terms clearly state the bonus is only for new customers; not for existing customers.

    Whereas with the public offers, people may be able to get the bonus with 2 personal cards.

    Bc I’ve seen multiple people saying they got bonuses w/ 2 Personal cards