Million Mile Secrets reader Josh commented:
If I were to apply for both personal Southwest cards and my 1st statements, for example, closed on December 10, 2014, should I begin spending right after the December statement closes?
The next statement with all of my spending would close January 10, 2015, and my points would be deposited into my Southwest account in 2015.
Thus, my 110,000 points would be deposited in 2015, and my Companion Pass would be valid for 2015 and 2016. Does this make sense and is it a good strategy?
Josh Should Finish His Minimum Spending on His Southwest Cards in 2015 So He Can Earn a Companion Pass to Fly to Places Like New Orleans
By waiting until 2015 to complete his minimum spending on his Southwest cards, Josh will earn a Companion Pass valid for 2 years of free flights.
But you usually have to complete the minimum spending within 3 months from when you were approved for the card.
You can earn 3,000 Southwest bonus points when you make your 1st booking with Rocketmiles! Book by December 31, 2014, for stays through April 30, 2015.
Southwest points are worth ~1.43 cents each so your 1st booking will earn you ~$43 towards your next flight (3,000 Southwest bonus points X 1.43 cents per Southwest point).
Along With the Thousands of Points You Earn for Booking Hotels on Rocketmiles, You’ll Also Earn 3,000 Southwest Bonus Points on Your 1st Booking
I’ll show you how to get the extra points!
Via Million Mile Secrets reader Vic, you can get a free Regus Preferred membership if you have a Southwest account. Regus operates 2,000 business lounges in cities around the world. All lounges have free Wi-Fi, coffee, and tea.
There Are Regus Business Lounges Worldwide, Including the 600 Third Avenue Business Center in New York
But you have to go through this Southwest promotional link to get access to the business lounges. Continue reading
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!
You can now book paid and award tickets on Southwest through June 5, 2015 (instead of April 6, 2015). So if you’re planning a Spring trip, you can book those flights now!
Southwest now flies to international destinations like Mexico, Aruba, Jamaica, and the Bahamas.
You Can Fly Southwest Internationally to Places Like Cancun