Perfect Timing for the Companion Pass: All 3 Southwest Cards Offering 50,000 Points!

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Great news!  Via Deals We Like, you can now earn 50,000 Southwest points with the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card, Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business Credit Card, and Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card cards after meeting minimum spending requirements.

Signing-up for 2 of these cards is one of the easiest and quickest ways to earn the Southwest Companion Passmy favorite travel deal!  Because a friend or family member can fly with you for (almost) free for up to 2 years!

We don’t earn a commission from any of these offers.  But we’ll always tell you about the best deals, because we love our readers!

Southwest Companion Pass

You Can Get the 50,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus on the Southwest Cards Again and Earn (Almost!) Enough Points for the Southwest Companion Pass!

I’ll explain more about these cards and how they can help you earn the Southwest Companion Pass.

Chase Southwest 50,000 Point Offers

Link:   Chase Southwest Premier (Personal)

Link:   Chase Southwest Premier (Business)

Link:   Chase Southwest Plus (Personal)

You can earn 50,000 Southwest points with the Chase Southwest Premier (Personal), Chase Southwest Premier (Business), and Chase Southwest Plus (Personal) cards when you spend $2,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.

With all 3 cards, you’ll earn 2X Southwest points per $1 spent on Southwest, hotel partners, car rental partners, and points purchases.  And 1X Southwest point per $1 spent on everything else.

Here are the details and perks that come with each card:

Card FeaturesChase Southwest PremierChase Southwest Premier BusinessChase Southwest Plus
Sign-Up Bonus50,000 points60,000 points50,000 points
Minimum Spending$2,000 on purchases within the 1st 3 months of opening your account$3,000 on purchases within the 1st 3 months of opening your account$2,000 on purchases within the 1st 3 months of opening your account
Anniversary Bonus6,000 points6,000 points3,000 points
Foreign Transaction Fees003%
Annual Fee$99 NOT waived the 1st year$99 NOT waived the 1st year$69 NOT waived the 1st year

Because each card is considered a different card product, you’re eligible for the Chase Southwest Premier if you already have the Chase Southwest Plus, for example.

But Chase is unlikely to approve most folks for 2 personal cards at the same time.

And you can earn the bonus again from the SAME card if you no longer have it and you received the bonus more than 24 months ago.

Remember, Chase has tightened their application rules.  That is, if you’ve opened ~5 or more credit cards (from any bank) in the past 24 months (excluding certain business cards, like the The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN), it’s unlikely you’ll be approved for most Chase cards.

Great Timing:  Earn Almost Enough for the Southwest Companion Pass With 2 Card Bonuses!

Link:   8 Easy Steps to the Southwest Companion Pass

Link:   3 Mistakes That Won’t Get You the Southwest Companion Pass

Link:   Ways to Earn the Extra 6,000 Southwest Points for the Companion Pass

With the Southwest Companion Pass, a friend or loved one can fly with you for (nearly!) free for up to 2 years!  It’s the reason both Emily and I fly Southwest almost exclusively within the US.

To get the Companion Pass, you need to earn 110,000 Southwest points in a calendar year.  And the sign-up bonus you earn with the Chase Southwest cards counts.

Southwest Companion Pass

Emily Enjoying the Blue Waters In Key West. We Used the Southwest Companion Pass to Get There!

So, if you sign-up for 2 cards and earn 50,000 Southwest points each, you’ll have 104,000 Southwest points (100,000 points in sign-up bonuses + 4,000 points from minimum spending).  Which is just shy of the points you need for the Companion Pass!

I’ve written about tips on 6 easy ways to earn the extra 6,000 points.  And make sure you do NOT make these 3 mistakes!

Timing Is Important!

Just remember, the best way to earn the Companion Pass is to apply for these cards now because it’s late in the year, but make sure you complete the minimum spending in 2017.  So that the points post to your account in 2017 – which will get you the Companion Pass for close to 2 years!

The timing is important!  If all the points post to your account early in 2017, your Companion Pass will be valid until December 31, 2018.  That’s almost 2 years of Big Travel with Small Money!

Have more questions about the timing of the Southwest Companion Pass?  Check out these posts:

And don’t forget to read my post about how to use the Southwest cards’ 50,000 point bonus to these 11 international destinations!

Bottom Line

You can now earn 50,000 Southwest points from the Chase Southwest Premier, Chase Southwest Premier Business, and Chase Southwest Plus cards when you complete the minimum spending.

Signing-up for 2 of these cards is almost enough points to earn the Southwest Companion Pass.  With the Southwest Companion Pass, your favorite person can fly with you on paid and award tickets.  It’s one of the best deals in travel!

And because it’s December, you can time your minimum spending so that the sign-up bonuses post to your account in early 2017.  By earning the Companion Pass early in the year, you’ll get almost 2 years of nearly free travel, because the pass will be valid until December 21, 2018.

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24 responses to “Perfect Timing for the Companion Pass: All 3 Southwest Cards Offering 50,000 Points!

  1. I always read about people applying for personal + business version of the same card. But the information on when/how to do so is very much confusing!
    So here some questions I have…
    a) should we apply for both cards the same day (combine queries) and if so, does it matter which one to submit first
    b) if not on the same day, which one first, when the other?


    • You could do both on the same day, but Chase scrutinizes business applications a lot more than personal ones.

      • I am trying for the companion pass ASAP but am unsure when I should sign up for the second card. I got the reserve card Mid-October, then got the SW Plus card Mid-Nov both personal. I am waiting until mid January because of the 5/24 but have been told I will have trouble getting approved for the 3rd card from chase in a short period of time. I have never done a business card before but technically have one I could attempt, would this make a difference or should I wait to not risk getting denied on the second SW card I need? Is 3 cards in ~90 days and only being 1 day past 5/24 an issue?

  2. Can anybody (person A),use any method to pay for anyone (person B) that has a companion pass, and can they (person B) have anyone (person C) fly as their companion?

    • I have a companion pass, and here is my experience.

      Anybody can buy a ticket for me (or use points to get a ticket for me). It doesn’t matter who pays for the ticket (or who uses points), as long as I am the one taking the flight then I can bring along my companion. You have to name your companion, meaning that I can’t just take a different person every flight I take. In my case I have named my wife as my companion. You are allowed to change your companion up to 3 times a year. So I could change from my wife to my son if I wanted him to fly with me at some point. Then I could change back to my wife for flights for the rest of the year.

    • Yes, you can. I just booked a ticket for a friend’s husband (so she can go to MD Anderson). She is her husband’s companion. Once that ticket is booked, he has to go on and add the companion pass so she flies free.

  3. Can one send out chase refer a friend links for personal and business version of the southwest premier cards?

    If yes, how?

  4. What if you apply for bussiness card and are given phone number to call. Representative says he will be sending required paper work by mail in 1-2 weeks.

  5. I got on this deal 2 years ago and it was awesome! Got the Premier personal and Plus personal and was instantly approved for both. Unfortunately now I want to requalify in Jan but am way over the 5/24 ;_;

    • Princess Gervacio

      Hello! Quick question, did you apply to both credit cards at the same time or did you wait before applying for the second one? Thanks!

  6. Do we know how strict the 24 month since previous bonus rule is? I called Chase to inquire if they could tell me the last time i had received the bonus for a now closed Plus card account (I know when it is, but I wanted to see if they could) and they transferred me around to different departments, including IT/Security, and none of them could tell me that info. Just wondering if anybody has challenged that assumption. Don’t want to have to wait if i don’t need to.

  7. I received the plus and premier cards at the end of October. I have spent $1,700 on each card and I am not going to spend anymore until after January 1st. I haven’t made any payments on my balance yet. My closing date is December 24th on both. My question is, should I wait to pay off my balances until after January 1st so I get the points for what i’ve spent in 2017? Or will I get the points either way in 2016 for the $1,700 in spending I did in November? Not sure if it’s based on when you spent or when you actually pay your balance. I would like to get the points in 2017 if possible towards the 110K.

  8. If I apply for a business card, would you recommend applying for the Plus or the Premier on the same day? Also, does anyone know the Minimum Credit line and/or Minimum Credit Score to be approved for the cards? My scores are pretty good, and I have a legit tiny (Smaller than Small) business with EIN, but wanted to make sure that I’m not wasting a hard pull.

  9. My wife has the new Chase Sapphire Reserve card. I currently have only 4 inquires in the last 24 months on my credit report. We both have excellent credit scores, 790+ to 810. If she adds me as a authorized user on her card, will it affect my inquires. I think me being a user on her card would help me use the card at car rental and hotel stays when she will not be their to reach the $300 yearly travel credit. I am planning on signing up for a Chase SWA card in 2017 and a SWA Business card to try to get the Companion Pass for 2017/2018. Love this site and thanks for the help.

  10. Used your links today to get my husband the Personal and Plus cards! Both appproved! We’ve been waiting to get over the 5/24 limit! Companion pass, here we come!!

  11. @Wendall, yes if you are an authorized user that will count towards the 5/24.

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  13. Hi Darius, how does 5/24 apply? to card held or to number of application applied? Thanks

  14. Hi!
    I am new to the credit card points world, but I am trying to earn the Southwest Companion Pass and I’m looking for advice. I would like to get it for the 2018-2019 years (still in college right now so I can’t travel as much as I’d like to :/), so I am thinking I would apply for the two Southwest credit cards in November 2017. But, in the interim, I’d like to get a different credit card — I was thinking I would apply for the Chase Sapphire Preferred. A couple questions:

    1) Can I transfer points from the CSP card to my (future) Southwest account? If so, would I be able to use these points to get to the 110,000 point threshold for the Companion Pass?
    2) Do you have different advice on how to do this?

    As I said, I’m new to this, so even though I have read through many of the articles, I am really open to any and every piece of advice anyone might have.

    Thanks in advance 🙂