Readers have emailed and commented asking how to time their minimum spending on the Chase Southwest cards to earn the Southwest Companion Pass.
That’s because when you time it right, your Companion Pass is valid for nearly 2 years instead of one!
The Companion Pass is the best deal in domestic travel! Because your designated companion flies for nearly free with you on all your paid and award flights on Southwest.
Get the Timing Right to Fly 2-for-1 With the Southwest Companion Pass
The key to earning the required 110,000 points for the Companion Pass are the Southwest credit cards. And for a limited time, the sign-up bonuses on all 4 cards have been increased to 50,000 points.
Depending on how many Southwest points you’ve already earned in 2014, you’ll want to meet the minimum spending requirements on those cards at different times to make the most of this deal.
Oh boy! There are a lot of bonus offers right now. If you need a few extra points to top-off your hotel or airline frequent traveler accounts, there are some limited time offers you should know about!
Some of these promotions, like the US Airways 100% bonus, could be a very good deal for folks who would have otherwise paid for a Business Class ticket. In general, I wouldn’t buy points or miles unless you had a very specific need or needed to top-off your account for an award.
Others, like Southwest’s 40% bonus, are only worthwhile if you’re short on points for an award.
You’ll get a bonus or discount when you buy miles or points from:
Get a Bonus or Discount on Purchased Miles & Points for a Limited Time
Some of these offers are ending soon. Let’s see if they’re good deals!
Do you need some extra Hilton points to top-off an account for an award stay?
Until January 8, 2015, you can get a ~33% bonus when you transfer Citi ThankYou points to Hilton.
Normally, points transfer at a ratio of 1,000 ThankYou points to 1,500 Hilton points. But with this deal, you’ll get 2,000 Hilton points for every 1,000 Citi ThankYou points you transfer, or a 2:1 ratio.
Need More Hilton Points? You Could Transfer Citi ThankYou Points and Get a 100% Bonus
Is this a better deal than transferring ThankYou points to other travel partners? Let’s find out.
The new Chase Freedom bonus spending categories for the 1st quarter of 2015 are out!
From January 1, 2015, through March 31, 2015, you’ll get 5 Chase Ultimate Rewards points (5% cash back) per $1 you spend in special categories. The limit is $1,500 in combined purchases, so you can get a total of $75 back at:
- Grocery stores (excluding Walmart and Target)
- Movie Theaters
Chase Freedom: Increased Bonus, New Categories for 2015
If you don’t have the Freedom card yet, now is a great time because the sign-up bonus has been doubled to 20,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points ($200) for a limited time.
And because Chase has changed their rules, you can get the bonus again even if you’ve had the card in the past. I’ll explain!
Million Mile Secrets reader Samir commented:
Let me twist this a bit. So both my wife and I secure a Companion Pass. I add my wife and she adds our son. Is the family free?
Your companion flies for nearly free when you have a Southwest Companion Pass. But what if your COMPANION also has their own Companion Pass?
Can Samir’s wife use her Companion Pass to bring their son too? That would be crazy! Because the 3 of them would fly for the price of ~1 ticket!
The good news is that it IS possible! I’ll show you how.
A Family of 3 Can Fly on Southwest for the Price of ~1 When Both Parents Have the Companion Pass. And It Might Not Stop There!