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.
Until tomorrow, November 14, 2014, Virgin America has a sale on First Class and Main Cabin Select tickets for 50% off the regular price.
And JetBlue has a deal on award flights, also ending tomorrow. You’ll get 20% of your points back when you book an award ticket (but not right away).
Save 50% on First Class and Main Cabin Select Tickets on Virgin America
There are some restrictions, which I’ll explain.
To really become an expert at searching for cheap airfares using ITA Matrix, you’ll need to learn about advanced routing codes.
These are codes you input into the “Enter Routing Codes” box on the main search screen, between departure city and destination. Advanced routing codes allow you to do very specific searches!
Entering Advanced Routing Codes Allows You to Be VERY Specific About Your Searches
I’ll show you some of the more common codes and how to use them. And where you can find more!
Are you ready to learn more advanced techniques to find cheap plane tickets with ITA Matrix?
We’ve talked about how to do basic airfare searches, and how to search by calendar, individual flights, and time bars.
But if you need more than a simple Point A to Point B itinerary, you’ll want to learn how to use Multi-City Search.
Need a Complicated Route? ITA Matrix Can Do That!
Let’s look at ways to make your ITA Matrix searches even better!
Now that you’ve learned how to do basic airfare searches with ITA Matrix, let’s look at some useful tools on the ITA Matrix site that can help you search for flights even more effectively!
For example, instead of searching for specific dates, you can search a calendar of low fares within a specific date range. And there’s a time bar tool which helps you visualize flight times and layover times.
You can also build your own round-trip tickets by searching for individual flights outbound and returning, instead of letting ITA Matrix do it for you.
Use ITA Matrix to Find the Cheapest and Best Flights for YOU!
Here are some ways to make your airfare searches even better!