Folks in These 10 Cities Get an Especially Great Deal With the Southwest Companion Pass

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I’ve written lots about the Southwest Companion Pass!  It’s still my favorite deal for domestic travel, and it’s easy to earn now because all 3 Southwest cards currently have a 50,000 point sign-up bonus!

With the Southwest Companion Pass, your friend or family member flies with you for close to free on paid and award tickets.  It’s almost like flying 2-for-1!

If you live in certain cities served by Southwest, your Companion Pass is an even better deal!  That’s because these airports have many more departures and direct flights than others.

Folks In These 10 Cities Get An Especially Great Deal With The Southwest Companion Pass

Do You Live Near 1 of Southwest’s Busiest Airports? If So, Your Companion Pass Could Get You MORE Big Travel!

If you live in 1 of these cities, going for the Companion Pass is a no-brainer!  Let’s see where they are!

Southwest’s Top 10 Cities

Link:   Southwest Route Map

According to Wikipedia, Southwest flies to 95 destinations in the US, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America.

Folks In These 10 Cities Get An Especially Great Deal With The Southwest Companion Pass

They’re Growing! Southwest Flies to 95 Cities, With More Coming in the Near Future

Southwest’s busiest airports (by number of departures and non-stop cities served) are as follows:

CityDaily DeparturesNon-Stop DestinationsNumber of Gates
Chicago (Midway)2476535
Baltimore2186128
Las Vegas2155923
Dallas (Love Field)1805218
Denver1765622
Phoenix1764924
Houston (Hobby)1514219
Atlanta1253718
Orlando1224116
Los Angeles1182411

I’m not surprised Chicago is #1!  We always seem to route through there when we fly Southwest.  It’s a good excuse to stop for a quick visit (and some of my favorite foods!) 🙂

Folks In These 10 Cities Get An Especially Great Deal With The Southwest Companion Pass

Folks in Chicago Don’t Just Enjoy Amazing Pizza – They Also Get the Most Southwest Flights per Day!

Direct flights can often be cheaper (using cash or points) and are more convenient.  Having so many flights from these cities gives folks who live there lots of opportunities to make the most of their Companion Pass!

And some of these airports offer non-stop international flights to Southwest’s newest destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America.

Folks In These 10 Cities Get An Especially Great Deal With The Southwest Companion Pass

Perfect for a Quick Weekend Getaway! Use Your Southwest Companion Pass to Fly Non-Stop to the Bahamas and Other International Destinations From Certain Cities!

You can fly non-stop between these cities for a fast and convenient trip to the tropics!

DestinationFly Non-Stop From These Cities
Belize CityHouston (Hobby)
Cabo San LucasAustin, Denver, Houston (Hobby), Orange County / Santa Ana
CancunAustin, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago (Midway), Denver, Houston (Hobby), Milwaukee, San Antonio
Mexico CityHouston (Hobby), Orange County / Santa Ana, San Antonio
Montego BayBaltimore, Chicago (Midway), Houston (Hobby), Orlando, Milwaukee
NassauBaltimore
Puerto VallartaDenver, Houston (Hobby), Orange County / Santa Ana
Punta CanaAtlanta, Baltimore, Chicago (Midway), Milwaukee
San JuanBaltimore, Fort Lauderdale, Houston (Hobby), Orlando, Tampa

Lucky folks near these airports will have an easier time escaping the cold weather this winter!  And with the Southwest Companion Pass, they can bring a buddy along for nearly free!

A Good Time for the Companion Pass

Link:   Chase Southwest Premier (Personal)

Link:   Chase Southwest Premier (Small Business)

Link:   Chase Southwest Plus 

For a limited time, you’ll earn 50,000 Southwest points after completing minimum spending requirements on the Chase Southwest Premier (Personal), Chase Southwest Premier (Small Business), and Chase Southwest Plus cards.

Check out my post for the trick to finding the 50,000 point sign-up bonus on the Chase Southwest Plus card!

With the sign-up bonus from 2 cards, you’ll get almost enough points for the Southwest Companion Pass.  To qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass, you’ll need to earn 110,000 Southwest points in a calendar year.

But remember, you’ll also earn points from minimum spending on these cards.  And there are lots of ways to earn the remaining points required to qualify for the Companion Pass!

Folks In These 10 Cities Get An Especially Great Deal With The Southwest Companion Pass

Two Southwest Cards Get You Most of the Way to the Companion Pass!

Check out my step-by-step guide to getting Big Travel with the Southwest Companion Pass!

Bottom Line

The Southwest Companion Pass is a terrific deal for anyone living near an airport served by Southwest.  Your companion flies with you for almost free on paid and award tickets!

But folks who live in certain cities get an even sweeter deal if they have the Companion Pass, because they have access to many more daily departures and destinations served by non-stop flights.

And better still if you live near an airport with direct service to Southwest’s destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America.  What a perfect excuse for a quick and easy getaway to warmer weather this winter!

Do you live near 1 of these airports?  How often do you use your Companion Pass?

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11 responses to “Folks in These 10 Cities Get an Especially Great Deal With the Southwest Companion Pass

  1. Atlanta is our home airport, so I can testify on the convenience of SW at ATL.

    TIP: Since Southwest flights are refundable, I always keep an eye on fare fluctuatings after I make a booking, with an eye to rebooking if prices drop. We are flying to Cancun for Dia del la Muerta in late October and rebook redently our non-stop fllights for an unbelievable 8600 points RT (that works out to 4300 Southwest Points per RT ticket because of our companion pass). We are giddy with the joy of such a deal.

  2. Flying tomorrow from Tulsa to Fort Lauderdale, with my wife flying as my companion. Just qualified for the companion pass two weeks ago. I already had our flight booked, using points for both of us. Once I got the companion pass, SW credited me back for the points used for my wife’s ticket. Wonderful airline–wonderful deal!! Great post 🙂

  3. SW has been amazing for us with nearly 2 years having the CP. I live in northern Cincinnati, 1 hour from DAY, and two hours from CMH and IND. We’ve used each of those airports and did 7 RT non-stop flights to MCO and FLL during our CP years. It was amazing value for us, and other than MCO none of our airports were even on your list! Folks in Chicago probably get even better value out of it!

  4. Isn’t it difficult these days to get two SW CCs from Chase since they’ve tightened their approval structure? I can’t imagine they would approve two cards if you’ve gotten any new cards in the last year. Any advice on this conundrum?

  5. I live in Chicago, so my wife and I regularly take advantage of our companion pass. My family is baffled when we tell them we’re flying to Punta Cana or Cancun or Jamaica again. The companion pass has allowed us to take what many regard as “once-in-a-lifetime” trips every few months.

  6. I use the SW CP all the time with my gf. We’ve already saved hundreds this year in flights. I’m surprised that Dallas isn’t #1 with SW being based out of here. Still plenty of nonstops and destinations though for me!

  7. Great resource Daraius — and I’d missed all the very helpful posts from earlier this year on new Southwest routings, and which hotel chains are at which destinations. (so much more useful and visual that the miserable Southwest web site non-tools — take notes Southwest).

    A few things to add: IHG every fall and late spring offers half prices points reservations at many of their Caribbean & Mexican based properties…. going to Aruba myself next month. (for 12.5k per night. ) List changes each quarter, and slots limited.

    Would be great to see you do a post on the VERY significant taxes (after miles) on international flights — they’re especially bad/burdensome on flights to Bahamas and Jamaica. Why is that exactly? Likewise, any realistic ways to pay those fees with points?

    Note to Susan R above — the newer Chase brakes apply more to Chase’s own cards (such as Sapphire & Ink).

  8. @HeavenlyJane – Amazing deal! Congratulations and enjoy your trip to Cancun!

    @Chris – Thanks, and great reminder that you can get points credited back once you qualify for the Companion Pass. Have fun in Florida!

    @Nathan – Lucky you, living near so many airports! Glad to hear you got so much travel from your Companion Pass!

    @Susan R – The new Chase policies seem to apply to Chase Ultimate Rewards earning cards, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred. And it doesn’t appear to be a hard and fast rule:

    http://millionmilesecrets.com/2015/06/22/possible-exceptions-to-the-new-chase-approval-rules/

    @Mike U – Terrific! And just in time for winter!

    @Ryan – Glad you and your girlfriend are making the most of your Southwest Companion Pass! Enjoy!

    @Will – Thanks, and good reminder about IHG promotions. The higher fees are often due to departure taxes, airport taxes, and the like from those countries. You might consider paying the fees with a card that reimburses airfare expenses, like the Citi Prestige. Or use the Barclaycard Arrival Plus and redeem miles (for $100+ purchases). Thanks for the post idea and for helping out Susan R!

  9. @Will
    It looks like the newer Chase brakes apply to their other line of cards as well. Was just shut down for Southwest Premier card and I believe this is first denial I have ever received from chase. Rep cited excessive inquiries(6) on Transunion report and too many new credit cards in last year(4).
    It looks like my only chance at companion pass is to do it the good old fashion way thru actual spending. I still have my Southwest Plus card open and ready to use.

  10. It seems that links for both the Premier and Plus cards on this page go to the same Premier landing page. Am I the only one running into this?
    I just got the SPG Amex and am working towards hitting the 30k bonus. Hoping these SW 50k bonuses are still active in a month or so…

  11. Getting the bonus from two cards in the same year for the CP after a 2 year wait since your last card makes this very difficult to get the CP. Maybe you should include a paragraph about this in all the articles you mention the SW CP as your favorite. It’s not real clear what the Chase policy really is.