You Do NOT Have to Use Your Own Southwest Points to add a Companion!

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Million Mile Secrets reader Captain Hooks commented:

If my buddy books a flight for me with his Southwest points, can I then add him as my companion? He only has enough for a 1-way and won’t be getting any more Southwest points in the near future, and I would like to use his Southwest points on 1 leg of the trip versus mine.

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Captain Hooks Can Use a Friend’s Southwest Points to Book a Southwest  Flight for him & Than add his Companion

Captain Hooks wants to know if he can book his flight using a friend’s points and then add his Companion to his Southwest Companion Pass.

Yes, he can!  Not only can he add a companion when he books his Southwest flight using his Southwest points or cash, but he can ALSO add a companion when someone else has booked a Southwest flight for him with cash or points!

Southwest Credit Cards

Link:   Southwest Premier (personal) card

All 4 versions of the Southwest card are currently offering 50,000 Southwest points after meeting the minimum spending.  And the 50,000 Southwest point sign-up bonus counts towards the Southwest Companion Pass!

50,000 Southwest points are worth ~$710 in Southwest flights or $500 in gift cards.  There are no blackout dates when you redeem points on Southwest, so you can book as many seats as Southwest is selling!

Southwest Companion Pass

Link:   Southwest Companion Pass

And 2 Southwest credit cards and 10,000 extra Southwest points can get you $3,124 in travel on Southwest and a Southwest Companion pass so that your companion can fly free (pay just the $2.50 security fee) for up to 2 years!

Captain Hooks likely earned his Southwest Companion Pass this way.  And he still has his 110,000 Southwest points because he didn’t have to redeem them to get his Southwest Companion Pass.

The Southwest Companion Pass is my favorite airline perk and Emily and I have used the Southwest Companion Pass to visit family and go to Las Vegas and Key West.  We LUV our Southwest Companion Pass!

Things To Do Key West

Captain Hooks Can Use His Southwest Companion Pass to Visit Fort Jefferson in Key West

See this post on whether to get the Southwest card now or later in the year.  But make sure you don’t make these 3 mistakes that will cost you the Southwest Companion Pass!

If you apply for the cards now, you could get the Companion Pass for the rest of 2014 and all of 2015!

Captain Hooks has to activate his Southwest Companion Pass before he adds his companion.

Use Southwest Points or Cash to Book a Flight

Captain Hooks can book a flight using Southwest points AND use his Southwest Companion Pass!

But – what is less well know is that Captain Hooks’ friend can use his (friend’s) points to book Captain Hooks’ flight.  And Captain Hooks can then add his companion to that flight!

But be sure that your friend enters your Southwest Rapid Rewards number when making the booking so the flight shows up in Captain Hooks’ account.  Then Captain Hooks logs into his Southwest account and he can add his friend as a companion to the flight!

Bottom Line

Captain Hooks can use his Southwest Companion Pass (to add his Companion) if his friend uses his points to book Captain Hooks a flight!

The Southwest Premier (personal) and other Southwest cards are all currently offering 50,000 Southwest points after meeting the minimum spending.

The 50,000 Southwest point sign-up bonus counts towards earning the Southwest Companion Pass!

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5 Responses to You Do NOT Have to Use Your Own Southwest Points to add a Companion!

  1. WN no longer flies to Key West — effective yesterday!

  2. I’m not clear on how to do this. I have a Companion Pass, and Mrs. Miles is my designated companion. We have just about depleted all my Rapid Rewards points, but she still has quite a few. So it’s possible to use her points to pay for my ticket, then she can fly free as my companion?

    At what point would we enter my RR number?

  3. @Miles – Once Mrs Miles logs in to her RR account and reserves a ticket in your name with her points, that reservation will show up in your RR account where you can add a companion.

  4. So if a friend books a ticket unsing their points and I cancel the the flight do the miles then go into my account or do they go back into their account? Just wondering is this can be used as a no cost transfer method?

  5. @Captian Hooks – Into your friend’s account.

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