Why Now Is a Great Time to Get the Southwest Companion Pass (2 for 1 Flights!)

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The Southwest Companion Pass is my #1 favorite deal in travel!  Because a friend or family member can fly with you for almost free on paid and award tickets for up to 2 years!

Now’s a perfect time to qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass because if you earn the Companion Pass in 2016, it’s valid for the rest of this year and all of 2017. 

And it’s easy to earn the Companion Pass now, because there are increased sign-up bonuses on all 3 Chase Southwest cards!

Why Now Is A Great Time To Get The Southwest Companion Pass 2 For 1 Flights

Share the LUV by Flying 2-for-1 With the Southwest Companion Pass!

I’ll remind you how to earn the Southwest Companion Pass.  And show you how to make the most of it!

What’s the Deal?

Link:   How to Fly (Almost) Free for 2 Years on Southwest!

Link:   8 Easy Steps to Big Travel With the Southwest Companion Pass

With the Southwest Companion Pass, your companion flies with you for almost free (just the cost of taxes and fees) on both paid and award tickets.

This has saved Emily and me thousands of dollars!  We’ve used the Southwest Companion Pass almost exclusively for domestic travel for the past several years.

Why Now Is A Great Time To Get The Southwest Companion Pass 2 For 1 Flights

Visiting Family Is the Best! And Even Sweeter With the Southwest Companion Pass!

To get the Southwest Companion Pass, you must earn 110,000 Southwest points in a calendar year.

Once you’ve earned the points and qualified for the pass, it’s valid until the end of the following year.

So if you earn the Companion Pass early in 2016, it’s valid through December 31, 2017.  That’s almost 2 years of nearly free travel!

The Easy Way to Qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass!

Link:   Chase Southwest Premier (Personal)

Link:   Chase Southwest Premier (Small Business)

Link:   Chase Southwest Plus (Personal)

It may seem like a lot, but it’s actually quite easy to earn the 110,000 Southwest points required in a calendar year to qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass.

That’s because the sign-up bonuses from the Chase Southwest Premier (personal and small business) and Chase Southwest Plus cards count toward the total 110,000 point requirement.

Why Now Is A Great Time To Get The Southwest Companion Pass 2 For 1 Flights

Use Your Southwest Points and Companion Pass to Escape to Balmy Florida

With either the Chase Southwest Premier (personal) or Chase Southwest Premier (small business) cards, you’ll earn 50,000 Southwest points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening your account.

And read this post to find out how to earn 40,000 Southwest points after opening a Chase Southwest Plus card and spending $1,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months.

We don’t earn a commission for these offers, but Emily and I will always tell you about the best deals!

Why Now Is A Great Time To Get The Southwest Companion Pass 2 For 1 Flights

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

So by signing-up for 2 of these cards and completing the minimum spending, you’ll be most of the way to earning the points required for the Southwest Companion Pass.  Here’s a post that explains the differences between the cards.

In the past, folks have had most success by signing-up for 1 personal and 1 small business card at (or around) the same time.  If you’re not immediately approved, it’s worth calling Chase to see if they need more information.

And there are lots of ways to earn the remaining points for the Companion Pass!  Just be sure to avoid these 3 common mistakes.

You’ve Earned the Southwest Companion Pass – Now What?

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

Link:   Southwest Starts Flying International – but It’s Not All Good News (Yet!)

Link:   These New Routes Make Your Southwest Companion Pass More Valuable

Even if you’re still working on qualifying for the Southwest Companion Pass, you can start planning how you’ll use it!

In fact, you can make an award (or paid) booking now, then activate and add your companion to the trip once you’ve qualified for the Companion Pass!

You can use the points you’ve already earned this year towards an award ticket.  They’ll still count towards the Companion Pass, even if you use them for flights!

Why Now Is A Great Time To Get The Southwest Companion Pass 2 For 1 Flights

Start Planning Now for Companion Pass Travel – You Can Add Your Friend or Family Member to a Reservation Later!

And Southwest is terrific because you won’t pay fees if you need to change or cancel your flights later.  Plus, everyone gets 2 free checked bags!

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

Southwest has been introducing lots of new routes, including to the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico.  And if you’re lucky enough to live near 1 of Southwest’s busiest airports, you’ll have even more ways to use your Southwest Companion Pass.

Check out my posts on hotels to book with points in Southwest’s new Mexican, Caribbean, and Central American destinations.

Why Now Is A Great Time To Get The Southwest Companion Pass 2 For 1 Flights

Enjoy the Great Outdoors With a Pal in Central America With the Southwest Companion Pass

You might end up traveling so much that you’ll need more Southwest points!

Remember, you can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points from cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Ink Plus, and Chase Ink Bold (no longer available) at a 1:1 ratio to Southwest.

And if you have 1 of these cards, you can combine the points you earn from the Chase Freedom and Chase Ink Cash and transfer them to Southwest, too.

But remember, Chase Ultimate Rewards points transferred to Southwest do NOT count towards earning the Southwest Companion Pass!

This is a terrific way to earn more Southwest points for award flights.  And your Chase Ultimate Rewards points are almost twice as valuable when you have the Southwest Companion Pass (because you’re flying almost 2-for-1).

Note:   Chase has tightened their rules for approving new applications for Chase Ultimate Rewards points earning cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred  (although there are exceptions).  If you’ve received ~5+ cards (from any bank) in the previous 24 months, you may not be approved.

So if you’re interested in cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Freedom, it’s best to apply for them first.  Especially if you’re new to our hobby and haven’t applied for a lot of cards yet!

Then, wait ~3 months and apply for the Chase Southwest cards.

Bottom Line

It’s a great time to earn the Southwest Companion Pass!

Because if you qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass early in the year, you’ll get almost 2 years of nearly-free travel for a friend or family member who flies with you.

And it’s easy to earn the Southwest Companion Pass now because all 3 Chase Southwest cards have an improved sign-up bonus.  Two cards can get you most of the points you’ll need to qualify for the Companion Pass.

Emily and I don’t earn a commission for these cards, but we’ll always share the best deals with you!

Remember, you must earn 110,000 Southwest points in a calendar year to earn the Companion Pass.  There are lots of easy ways to earn the remaining points!  Just be sure to avoid these 3 common mistakes.

Let me know if you’ve earned the Southwest Companion Pass and your favorite ways to use it!

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43 responses to “Why Now Is a Great Time to Get the Southwest Companion Pass (2 for 1 Flights!)

  1. Is that right that I could qualify for the bonus if I haven’t received the bonus in the last 24 months?

  2. Thanks for the post! If I get a bonus of lets say 3,000 Southwest points from Rocketmiles, would that count towards the companion pass? Thank you!

  3. Any good current spending resources? I’d love to be able to pay my mortgage with a credit card for a small fee.

  4. Thanks. I I’ve tofly sw have todo it a lot. When are you going international? Please keep me informed

  5. @All – Is it that hard to spend time doing research on the Southwest and Chase websites? Oh wait, I forgot this was the spoon-feed website…. Yes, you can get Chase bonus again after 24 months for that particular card. Premier and Plus are considered different. And bonus miles from Southwest partners do NOT count. Only regular points earned from partners count.

  6. And Bonuses from Southwest partners do NOT count EXCEPT for Chase SW card bonuses.

  7. Why not apply for all three?

  8. Qualified for our first companion pass this summer! Living close to Dallas we’ve put it to use – camping in Maine and Canada, North Carolina/Smoky Mountains and a trip to Cancun. Also used flights for stopping off points for Iceland/London and Hawaii. Additional trips planned in 2016. Can’t wait to keep it up by reapplying in 2017! It’s been our favorite deal!

  9. @Brent- No need to be sarcastic, and you are wrong. Points transferred from Southwest partner Marriott or Hyatt DOES count toward companion pass! Just not Chase reward points

  10. Any word on if it is getting harder to be approved for two Chase Southwest cards at the same time?

    I tried this recently and was approved for one and declined for the other. They recent applications and cited the application for the other card on the same day as reason for the decline on the other card.

    I know they did this with Ultimate Rewards cards recently, so was curious if anyone knows if Chase is starting to get stricter on approvals for other types of cards as well. Thanks!

  11. can one apply for both sw personal (Plus and Premier) cards?

    or as someone asked earlier, why not apply for all 3 and get the CP in a snap once spending is met?

    hope you’ll reply URGENTLY

  12. You can get the 50k bonus for the SW personal Plus with a phone referral. This is better than the links for the 40k bonus and will save you from having to earn an additional 10k points.

    I have some referrals for the 50k bonus Plus card if anyone is interested. Email me at spamaaron at gmail.

  13. Bob- you can apply for both personal cards. This is what most people do. The business cards are much harder to be approved.

    Signing up for 3 cards would be nice but unfortunately it is almost impossible to get approved for 3 Southwest cards in a short period of time.

  14. Hi there,
    I have referrals for the SW Premier card. Feel free to email me at JOLEEANN713 AT GMAIL or input your own email address on my referral page. https://www.chasereferafriend.com/ReferFriend.aspx?0daaee19eb6047a5a693a5a2f15d99f7

    Good luck!

  15. Hi there,
    I have referrals for the SW Premier card. Feel free to email me at JOLEEANN713 AT GMAIL or input your own email address on my referral page. https://www.chasereferafriend.com/ReferFriend.aspx?0daaee19eb6047a5a693a5a2f15d99f7

    Good luck on Companion Status!

  16. His there,
    My new southwest cards statement closed on January 3rd and the miles posted the following day. (106k total) my companion status still says 0/110,000 needed. I hope this is just an error that can be clarified over the phone but anyone have experience with this. I got the cards in december thinking my timing would be good.

  17. Will your current links to offers on sw plus personal and premier personal be honored by Chase for the higher 50000 points each . On the Southwest site I only see business premier for 50000? If I have my daughter apply I want to be sure it’s for the larger 50000 not 25000.

  18. On the issue of not having received the bonus in the past 24 months, does anyone know how precise they are with that? I received the bonus in January 24 months ago, early in the month. Technically I am over 24 months, but only by a week or so.

  19. Does anyone know how long the SW extra points deals generally run (I am thinking about a month from what I remember, but I never really kept track), and when this one started?

  20. My first statement just closed for my SW premier and SW premier business. I reached the spend threshold for both of them but was only given the business sign-up bonus. I called Chase and they said I should get the other bonus if nothing goes wrong. Any advice?

    Note: I received the SW premier bonus in 2013, so I’m over the 24 months

  21. Hoping to get a referral for the 50,000 point SW Plus card to ebmccalla at gmail.

    Thanks in advance, way to be awesome!

  22. I have email referrals for the SW 50k Premier credit card if anyone needs one! 2k spend in the 1st 3 months/$99 annual fee. You can email your 1st name to parkermama1612 at gmail. It can take up to a week to receive the email from Chase. Thanks so much! 🙂

  23. Hello, if you need a southwest premier or PLUS 50K referral, email me at andrea1988@gmail.com and I will send you the information! Thank you!

  24. I still have some email referrals for the SW 50k Premier credit card if anyone needs one! 2k spend in the 1st 3 months/$99 annual fee. You can email your 1st name to parkermama1612 at gmail. It can take up to a week to receive the email from Chase or I can forward you my link. Must apply by March 23, ’16. Thanks so much! 🙂

  25. I have the referrals for the PLUS and the PREMIER

    Both offers are 50k after 2k spend in 3 months; that is twice as good as the current public offers!!

    Send me an e-mail and I’ll send you the information

    Steve

    scubasteve922@gmail.com

  26. I would just like to add that one should be careful about the timing of the two applications. I made the mistake of applying for both on the same day. The Chase Lending Services rep explained that when you do that, Chase automatically declines the second application. It took over a month for them to finally send me notice that they were declining me on the second….it was always “in process” when I inquired. I’ll probably decline the approved card and apply again in December.

  27. If anyone needs a referral for the Southwest Premier for 50k points after $2,000 in spend please message me your email and I will submit to chase. I only need one referral to achieve the companion pass. Thanks in advance everyone.

  28. If anyone is looking for a referral for the Southwest Premier credit card to receive 50,000 bonus points e-mail me at chelseafitz03@gmail.com

  29. I also have referrals available for the 50k bonus for the premier card. Email me at chugg21 at yahoo if interested.

  30. I have referrals for the Southwest Premier Card with 50000 bonus.

    Please use the link below to apply:
    https://applynow.chase.com/FlexAppWeb/renderApp.do?PID=CFFD2&SPID=FHV5&CELL=600F&MSC=1507217773

    If you are not comfortable using the link please email at tadsml@aol.com and I will have Chase send you a link.
    Thank you!

  31. Just as an FYI to the readers….

    CHASE Freedom no longer has the ability to transfer points to Rapid Rewards. I’m 3000 points shy of a free flight so was going to transfer my Ultimate Reward Points, but when I called CHASE, the operator informed me that only the CHASE Sapphire had a compatible point system that would allow for a point transfer. Not sure if this is a recent development or not though.

  32. I have referrals for the Chase Premier card 50,000 bonus points. Please email me at greatyazer@gmail for all the info!

  33. I have 10 e-mail invites to share with others that would like 50,000 miles on a SW Premier credit card. Once approved, simply spend $2,000 on the card in three months and get 50,000 SW miles.

    Send me your first name and e-mail address and I can generate the referral. Currently, the most miles that you can obtain outside of a referral is 25,000. Send e-mail to darrellsgallegos at gmail dot com (darrellsgallegos@gmail.com)

    Thank you

  34. I have referrals available for both the premium and plus cards with a 50,000 bonus for each. Email me at devomasch@gmail.com if you want the referrals to help get you the companion pass.

    Thanks,
    Devin

  35. I have CODES for the PLUS and PREMIER cards for 50K points! Email me your first name and e-mail address and I can generate the referral. Email is: lindsey_farnish@yahoo.com, and the link will be sent from Southwest in 3 business days!

  36. I just received family and friend referral for the SW Premier/Plus for 50,000 points if anyone is interested. Please send your name and e-mail address to Paradisehopper @ sbcglobal.net. Once I enter your name and e-mail address, you will receive an e-mail from Chase with a link. Thank you and have a great day!

  37. Currently Chase is only offering the Southwest Premier credit card for 25,000 bonus points.

    Here is a referral link for 50,000 when you spend $2,000 within the first three months.

    https://applynow.chase.com/FlexAppWeb/renderApp.do?PID=CFFD2&SPID=FHV5&CELL=600F&MSC=1527567678

  38. Is it possible to sign up for the 2 personal cards and then have your spouse sign up for the business card or a personal card and link it to your southwest miles account so you could get 150,000 miles, but not get denied on the third card (since someone said it is almost impossible for one person to get approved for all 3)?

  39. buyaola@yahoo.com

    Thanks so much for the great article and it was your site that help me obtained my free companion pass!

    Hi everyone,
    I also received family and friends referral for the Chase SW Premier and Chase SW Plus cards. If you are interested, please send your first name and e-mail address to buyaola@yahoo.com. I’ll submit to Chase (they’ll send you all the information need to apply for card(s) that offers 50,000 points when you spend $2,000 within the first three months). email: buyaola at yahoo dot com

  40. I read somewhere and I cant find it anymore. Have you heard of people using companion pass on companion pass? For example, a family of 3 can travel for the price of 1? Thanks.

  41. I read in the comments that people have applied for both Premiere and Plus cards to earn the bonues points towards the Companion pass. I would like to do the same.

    Should I apply for both the same day, or one today and the next tomorrow? Or should I do a personal and a business? What is the recommended route.

    Thanks so much for this blog!

  42. Do points earned from referrals count toward the Companion Pass?