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Million Mile Secrets reader, Randy, commented:
Emily and I think the Southwest Companion Pass is the best deal in travel! So I understand why Randy wants to know which points count toward earning this amazing travel perk.
All of the points you earn from shopping through the Southwest portal can be used to book award flights on the airline. But not all points count toward the 110,000-point requirement to earn the Companion Pass.
I’ll let you know when online shopping portal purchases earn you eligible Companion Pass points. And explain how to track your progress toward earning the Companion Pass!
Only Standard Points Count Toward Earning the Companion Pass
As a general rule, any points noted as “bonus” points WILL NOT count toward the Companion Pass. But all other points WILL qualify for the Companion Pass.
…earn a one-time bonus of up to 2,000 bonus points on qualifying purchases, in addition to the standard points earned from shopping online through Rapid Rewards Shopping.
In this case, the one-time bonus points would NOT count toward earning the Companion Pass. But the standard points would.
Quickly Track Your Progress Toward the Companion Pass
It’s easy to see how many points you are away from earning the Companion Pass.
Log-in to your Southwest account. Then, click “My Account” on the top right. You’ll see a dashboard with your points balance and Companion Pass tracker.
So if you do any online shopping through the Southwest portal, you can visit this page to see the eligible Companion Pass points you earned.
Keep in mind, it can take 6 to 8 weeks for Southwest to post the points you earn from the shopping portal to your account. But they’ll typically arrive much sooner.
Quickly Earn Eligible Companion Pass Points With the Southwest Credit Cards
Right now, if you apply for 1 Southwest personal card and 1 Southwest business card, you’ll earn 124,000 Southwest points (including points from minimum spending). That’s more than enough to qualify for the Companion Pass! Here’s more about timing your spending on these cards to earn the Companion Pass in 2017 or 2018.
Keep in mind, these cards are impacted by Chase’s stricter approval rules. And remember to avoid these 3 common mistakes when you’re working towards the Companion Pass.
When you make online purchases through the Southwest shopping portal, you can earn standard AND bonus Southwest points. You can use both types of points to book Southwest award flights. But only standard points count toward earning the Companion Pass!
Track your progress toward the Companion Pass by signing-in to your Southwest account. And if you’re looking for an easy way to earn eligible Companion Pass points, consider these cards:
- Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card
- Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card
- Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card
Thanks for the question, Randy!