How to Add a Companion to Southwest Flights Booked Through a Travel Portal

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Million Mile Secrets reader, Camilla, commented:

Can you book a Southwest flight through the Chase travel portal using Chase Ultimate Rewards points, and then add a companion if you have the Companion Pass?

Folks with the Companion Pass can add a companion to any Southwest flight.  It doesn’t matter if it’s booked directly through the airline or a travel portal!

This is good news for folks with the Companion Pass looking to get Big Travel on Southwest with the Chase Sapphire Reserve.  Because points linked to your Sapphire Reserve account are worth 1.5 cents each when you book travel through Chase.

Or those using the Pay With Points perk with the The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN.

Add Companion To Southwest Flight

You Can Add Your Companion to Any Southwest Flight!

I’ll show you how to add your companion to a Southwest flight when you book through a travel portal.

How To Add Companion to Southwest Flight

Link:   4 Secret Airlines You Can Book With Chase Ultimate Rewards Points 

Link:   Not All Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Are Equal!

I’ve written a step-by-step guide to using AMEX Membership Rewards points to book Southwest flights and add a companion.

You can also redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards points for Southwest flights.  But you’ll have to call Chase at 866-951-6592 to book Southwest flights this way.

Remember to pay with the right card.  Depending on the card you use, your Chase Ultimate Rewards points are worth different amounts when you book travel through the Chase portal.

You’ll get the best deal using points linked to your Sapphire Reserve card.  Because points are worth 1.5 cents each.

Chase Ultimate Rewards CardHow Much Are Points Worth Toward Travel?
Chase Freedom1 cent
Chase Freedom Unlimited1 cent
Chase Sapphire (no longer available)1 cent
Chase Sapphire Preferred1.25 cents
Chase Sapphire Reserve1.5 cents
Chase Ink Cash1 cent
Chase Ink Bold (no longer available)1.25 cents
Chase Ink Plus (no longer available)1.25 cents
Chase Ink Business Preferred1.25 cents

When you book this way, you’re basically paying cash for the flight.  This means you’ll earn Southwest loyalty points and credit toward A-List status!

Here are the steps to add your companion to a Southwest flight after you’ve booked through the Chase travel portal.

Step 1.   Find Your Southwest Confirmation Number

After you call Chase to book your Southwest flight, you’ll get an email confirmation with your flight details.

You’ll see the Southwest flight confirmation number at the top of the email.  Keep this information handy.

Add Companion To Southwest Flight

Find Your Southwest Confirmation Number in the Email From Chase

Step 2.   Link the Confirmation to Your Loyalty Account

Next, you can link the confirmation to your Southwest account.  Go to the Southwest website and enter your Southwest confirmation number from the Chase email and your name.

Add Companion To Southwest Flight

Enter Your Southwest Confirmation Number and Name

Then, you can enter your Southwest loyalty account number.

Add Companion To Southwest Flight

Add Your Southwest Loyalty Number

Now the flight will appear in your Southwest account.

Step 3.   Add Your Companion

After the flight is linked to your loyalty number, you can visit your Southwest account page, and click “Add Companion.

Add Companion To Southwest Flight

Finally, just pay the taxes and fees for your companion and you’re all set!

Remember paying taxes and fees for your companion with the Chase Sapphire Reserve will trigger the card’s annual $300 travel credit.

And if you pay with The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN and select Southwest as your airline, you can get back $200 per year for charges on Southwest.  This means it’s possible for you and your companion to fly with zero out-of-pocket expense.

Bottom Line

You can add a companion to any Southwest flight.

Redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards points for a Southwest flight by calling Chase at 866-951-6592.  Then, go to the Southwest website and link the confirmation number you received via email to your loyalty account.  After, you’ll see the flight in your Southwest account and can add a companion.

When you book through Chase, you’ll get the best deal using points linked to your Sapphire Reserve account.  Because points are worth 1.5 cents each.

Thanks for the question, Camilla!

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4 responses to “How to Add a Companion to Southwest Flights Booked Through a Travel Portal

  1. I love all of these articles with the useful information. But I wish that there was some way to be able to print out the article without having to try to copy and paste into a word program and then print out or try to print screen and cut out all the extras. I like having the articles on paper so that I can put in my folders and they are handy when I need them and not have to search the website for the correct article.

  2. When I booked a WN flight using Citi TYP, the agent asked for my middle name. It turned out my first and middle names were smushed together (technical term) in my WN reservation. As a result, I had trouble adding my Rapid Rewards number, using ticketless travel funds to pay for future reservations, etc., online. I assume the same would probably happen with Chase, Flexperks, and other portals.

    Bottom line: Tell the portal res agent you don’t have a middle name. 🙂