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Perfect Timing for the Companion Pass: All 3 Southwest Cards Offering 50,000 Points!

Perfect Timing for the Companion Pass:  All 3 Southwest Cards Offering 50,000 Points!

Million Mile SecretsPerfect Timing for the Companion Pass:  All 3 Southwest Cards Offering 50,000 Points!Million Mile Secrets Team

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Great news!  Via Deals We Like, you can now earn 50,000 Southwest points with the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card, Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business Credit Card, and Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card cards after meeting minimum spending requirements.

Signing-up for 2 of these cards is one of the easiest and quickest ways to earn the Southwest Companion Passmy favorite travel deal!  Because a friend or family member can fly with you for (almost) free for up to 2 years!

We don’t earn a commission from any of these offers.  But we’ll always tell you about the best deals, because we love our readers!

Southwest Companion Pass
You Can Get the 50,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus on the Southwest Cards Again and Earn (Almost!) Enough Points for the Southwest Companion Pass!

I’ll explain more about these cards and how they can help you earn the Southwest Companion Pass.

Chase Southwest 50,000 Point Offers

Link:   Chase Southwest Premier (Personal)

Link:   Chase Southwest Premier (Business)

Link:   Chase Southwest Plus (Personal)

You can earn 50,000 Southwest points with the Chase Southwest Premier (Personal), Chase Southwest Premier (Business), and Chase Southwest Plus (Personal) cards when you spend $2,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.

With all 3 cards, you’ll earn 2X Southwest points per $1 spent on Southwest, hotel partners, car rental partners, and points purchases.  And 1X Southwest point per $1 spent on everything else.

Here are the details and perks that come with each card:

Card FeaturesChase Southwest PremierChase Southwest Premier BusinessChase Southwest Plus
Sign-Up Bonus50,000 points60,000 points50,000 points
Minimum Spending$2,000 on purchases within the 1st 3 months of opening your account$3,000 on purchases within the 1st 3 months of opening your account$2,000 on purchases within the 1st 3 months of opening your account
Anniversary Bonus6,000 points6,000 points3,000 points
Foreign Transaction Fees003%
Annual Fee$99 NOT waived the 1st year$99 NOT waived the 1st year$69 NOT waived the 1st year

Because each card is considered a different card product, you’re eligible for the Chase Southwest Premier if you already have the Chase Southwest Plus, for example.

But Chase is unlikely to approve most folks for 2 personal cards at the same time.

And you can earn the bonus again from the SAME card if you no longer have it and you received the bonus more than 24 months ago.

Remember, Chase has tightened their application rules.  That is, if you’ve opened ~5 or more credit cards (from any bank) in the past 24 months (excluding certain business cards, like The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN), it’s unlikely you’ll be approved for most Chase cards.

Great Timing:  Earn Almost Enough for the Southwest Companion Pass With 2 Card Bonuses!

Link:   8 Easy Steps to the Southwest Companion Pass

Link:   3 Mistakes That Won’t Get You the Southwest Companion Pass

Link:   Ways to Earn the Extra 6,000 Southwest Points for the Companion Pass

With the Southwest Companion Pass, a friend or loved one can fly with you for (nearly!) free for up to 2 years!  It’s the reason both Emily and I fly Southwest almost exclusively within the US.

To get the Companion Pass, you need to earn 110,000 Southwest points in a calendar year.  And the sign-up bonus you earn with the Chase Southwest cards counts.

Southwest Companion Pass
Emily Enjoying the Blue Waters In Key West. We Used the Southwest Companion Pass to Get There!

So, if you sign-up for 2 cards and earn 50,000 Southwest points each, you’ll have 104,000 Southwest points (100,000 points in sign-up bonuses + 4,000 points from minimum spending).  Which is just shy of the points you need for the Companion Pass!

I’ve written about tips on 6 easy ways to earn the extra 6,000 points.  And make sure you do NOT make these 3 mistakes!

Timing Is Important!

Just remember, the best way to earn the Companion Pass is to apply for these cards now because it’s late in the year, but make sure you complete the minimum spending in 2017.  So that the points post to your account in 2017 – which will get you the Companion Pass for close to 2 years!

The timing is important!  If all the points post to your account early in 2017, your Companion Pass will be valid until December 31, 2018.  That’s almost 2 years of Big Travel with Small Money!

Have more questions about the timing of the Southwest Companion Pass?  Check out these posts:

And don’t forget to read my post about how to use the Southwest cards’ 50,000 point bonus to these 11 international destinations!

Bottom Line

You can now earn 50,000 Southwest points from the Chase Southwest Premier, Chase Southwest Premier Business, and Chase Southwest Plus cards when you complete the minimum spending.

Signing-up for 2 of these cards is almost enough points to earn the Southwest Companion Pass.  With the Southwest Companion Pass, your favorite person can fly with you on paid and award tickets.  It’s one of the best deals in travel!

And because it’s December, you can time your minimum spending so that the sign-up bonuses post to your account in early 2017.  By earning the Companion Pass early in the year, you’ll get almost 2 years of nearly free travel, because the pass will be valid until December 21, 2018.

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  • No foreign transaction fees
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Hi!

I am new to the credit card points world, but I am trying to earn the Southwest Companion Pass and I’m looking for advice. I would like to get it for the 2018-2019 years (still in college right now so I can’t travel as much as I’d like to :/), so I am thinking I would apply for the two Southwest credit cards in November 2017. But, in the interim, I’d like to get a different credit card — I was thinking I would apply for the Chase Sapphire Preferred. A couple questions:

1) Can I transfer points from the CSP card to my (future) Southwest account? If so, would I be able to use these points to get to the 110,000 point threshold for the Companion Pass?

2) Do you have different advice on how to do this?

As I said, I’m new to this, so even though I have read through many of the articles, I am really open to any and every piece of advice anyone might have.

Thanks in advance 🙂

Hi Darius, how does 5/24 apply? to card held or to number of application applied? Thanks

@Wendall, yes if you are an authorized user that will count towards the 5/24.

Used your links today to get my husband the Personal and Plus cards! Both appproved! We’ve been waiting to get over the 5/24 limit! Companion pass, here we come!!

I have referals for the plus card with 50000 points if you spend $2000 in the first 3 months. Email me at billingskayla@gmail.com if you are interested.

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