Million Mile Secrets reader, Camilla, commented:
Can you book a Southwest flight through the Chase travel portal using Chase Ultimate Rewards points, and then add a companion if you have the Companion Pass?
Folks with the Companion Pass can add a companion to any Southwest flight. It doesn’t matter if it’s booked directly through the airline or a travel portal!
This is good news for folks with the Companion Pass looking to get Big Travel on Southwest with the Chase Sapphire Reserve. Because points linked to your Sapphire Reserve account are worth 1.5 cents each when you book travel through Chase.
Or those using the Pay With Points perk with The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN.
I’ll show you how to add your companion to a Southwest flight when you book through a travel portal.
How To Add Companion to Southwest Flight
You can also redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards points for Southwest flights. But you’ll have to call Chase at 866-951-6592 to book Southwest flights this way.
Remember to pay with the right card. Depending on the card you use, your Chase Ultimate Rewards points are worth different amounts when you book travel through the Chase portal.
You’ll get the best deal using points linked to your Sapphire Reserve card. Because points are worth 1.5 cents each.
|Chase Ultimate Rewards Card||How Much Are Points Worth Toward Travel?|
|Chase Freedom||1 cent|
|Chase Freedom Unlimited||1 cent|
|Chase Sapphire (no longer available)||1 cent|
|Chase Sapphire Preferred||1.25 cents|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve||1.5 cents|
|Chase Ink Business Cash Credit Card||1 cent|
|Chase Ink Business Unlimited||1 cent|
|Chase Ink Bold (no longer available)||1.25 cents|
|Chase Ink Plus (no longer available)||1.25 cents|
|Chase Ink Business Preferred||1.25 cents|
When you book this way, you’re basically paying cash for the flight. This means you’ll earn Southwest loyalty points and credit toward A-List status!
Here are the steps to add your companion to a Southwest flight after you’ve booked through the Chase travel portal.
Step 1. Find Your Southwest Confirmation Number
After you call Chase to book your Southwest flight, you’ll get an email confirmation with your flight details.
You’ll see the Southwest flight confirmation number at the top of the email. Keep this information handy.
Step 2. Link the Confirmation to Your Loyalty Account
Next, you can link the confirmation to your Southwest account. Go to the Southwest website and enter your Southwest confirmation number from the Chase email and your name.
Then, you can enter your Southwest loyalty account number.
Now the flight will appear in your Southwest account.
Step 3. Add Your Companion
After the flight is linked to your loyalty number, you can visit your Southwest account page, and click “Add Companion.”
Finally, just pay the taxes and fees for your companion and you’re all set!
And if you pay with The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN and select Southwest as your airline, you can get back $200 per year for charges on Southwest. This means it’s possible for you and your companion to fly with zero out-of-pocket expense.
You can add a companion to any Southwest flight.
Redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards points for a Southwest flight by calling Chase at 866-951-6592. Then, go to the Southwest website and link the confirmation number you received via email to your loyalty account. After, you’ll see the flight in your Southwest account and can add a companion.
When you book through Chase, you’ll get the best deal using points linked to your Sapphire Reserve account. Because points are worth 1.5 cents each.
Thanks for the question, Camilla!