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Million Mile Secrets reader Captain Hooks commented:
If my buddy books a flight for me with his Southwest points, can I then add him as my companion? He only has enough for a 1-way and won’t be getting any more Southwest points in the near future, and I would like to use his Southwest points on 1 leg of the trip versus mine.
Captain Hooks wants to know if he can book his flight using a friend’s points and then add his Companion to his Southwest Companion Pass.
Yes, he can! Not only can he add a companion when he books his Southwest flight using his Southwest points or cash, but he can ALSO add a companion when someone else has booked a Southwest flight for him with cash or points!
Southwest Credit Cards
Link: Southwest Premier (personal) card
All 4 versions of the Southwest card are currently offering 50,000 Southwest points after meeting the minimum spending. And the 50,000 Southwest point sign-up bonus counts towards the Southwest Companion Pass!
50,000 Southwest points are worth ~$710 in Southwest flights or $500 in gift cards. There are no blackout dates when you redeem points on Southwest, so you can book as many seats as Southwest is selling!
Southwest Companion Pass
Link: Southwest Companion Pass
And 2 Southwest credit cards and 10,000 extra Southwest points can get you $3,124 in travel on Southwest and a Southwest Companion pass so that your companion can fly free (pay just the $2.50 security fee) for up to 2 years!
Captain Hooks likely earned his Southwest Companion Pass this way. And he still has his 110,000 Southwest points because he didn’t have to redeem them to get his Southwest Companion Pass.
The Southwest Companion Pass is my favorite airline perk and Emily and I have used the Southwest Companion Pass to visit family and go to Las Vegas and Key West. We LUV our Southwest Companion Pass!
See this post on whether to get the Southwest card now or later in the year. But make sure you don’t make these 3 mistakes that will cost you the Southwest Companion Pass!
If you apply for the cards now, you could get the Companion Pass for the rest of 2014 and all of 2015!
Use Southwest Points or Cash to Book a Flight
Captain Hooks can book a flight using Southwest points AND use his Southwest Companion Pass!
But – what is less well know is that Captain Hooks’ friend can use his (friend’s) points to book Captain Hooks’ flight. And Captain Hooks can then add his companion to that flight!
But be sure that your friend enters your Southwest Rapid Rewards number when making the booking so the flight shows up in Captain Hooks’ account. Then Captain Hooks logs into his Southwest account and he can add his friend as a companion to the flight!
Captain Hooks can use his Southwest Companion Pass (to add his Companion) if his friend uses his points to book Captain Hooks a flight!