3 Mistakes That Won’t Get You a Southwest Companion Pass

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3 Mistakes That Won’t Get You a Southwest Companion Pass

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Update:   After March 31, 2017, transferring hotel points to Southwest no longer counts towards the Companion Pass.  But here’s how to earn Companion Pass points when booking paid nights at hotels.

All 4 versions of the Southwest credit card have come back and folks are asking lots of questions about the Southwest Companion Pass!

That’s because 2 Southwest 50,000 point cards and a few extra points will get you a Southwest Companion Pass valid until the end of 2015.  Emily and I got our 2nd Companion Pass about a year ago and we love it!  It has saved us a lot of money on domestic flights.

3 Mistakes That Won’t Get You A Southwest Companion Pass
Don’t Make These 3 Mistakes When Getting Your Southwest Companion Pass!

And the 110,000 Southwest points which you earn are worth ~$1,837 (110,000 Southwest Points X 1.67 cents per point) if you book your flight before March 31, 2014.  But you’re actually getting twice that in flights or $3,674 ($1,837 X 2) if you add a companion to all your bookings!

If you book your flights after March 31, 2014, the 110,000 Southwest points are worth ~$1,562.  But you’re actually getting twice that in flights or $3,124 ($1,562 X 2) if you add a companion to all your bookings!

1.   Transferring Southwest Points From 1 Account to Another does NOT Count

Million Mile Secrets reader Melissa asks:

Daraius – if I transferred 50,000 points to my husband’s Southwest Rapid Rewards account, would those count toward the Companion Pass?

This is a very common first question, but I wouldn’t suggest transferring points from 1 partner’s Southwest account to another partner’s Southwest account for 2 reasons.

First, you have to pay a fee to transfer points.  So you’ll pay $500 to transfer 50,000 Southwest points from one Southwest account to another Southwest account.

3 Mistakes That Won’t Get You A Southwest Companion Pass
Don’t Pay $500 to Transfer 50,000 Southwest Points!

Second, and more importantly, the transferred points do NOT count towards the Companion Pass even if you bought points.  So save your money and don’t transfer Southwest points from 1 Southwest account to another Southwest account.

2.   Don’t Transfer Ultimate Rewards Points Directly to Southwest

Million Mile Secrets reader CG asks:

Do you know if miles transferred to Southwest via Chase Sapphire Preferred count towards the Companion Pass? Thanks.

You earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points with a Chase credit card which earns Ultimate Rewards points like the Chase Sapphire PreferredInk Bold, or Ink Plus or by shopping at the Ultimate Rewards portal.

You can transfer Ultimate Rewards points to many airlines and hotels such as Southwest, Hyatt, etc. in a 1:1 ratio.

3 Mistakes That Won’t Get You A Southwest Companion Pass
Chase Ultimate Rewards Transfers 1:1 to Southwest, but it Does NOT Count Towards the Companion Pass!

Unfortunately, you can’t transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points directly to Southwest at a 1:1 ratio and have them count towards the Southwest Companion Pass.  That would be too easy!

But you can transfer Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt or Marriott hotels and from there to Southwest and get them to count towards the Southwest Companion Pass!  There is no fee for transferring Hyatt or Marriott points to Southwest.

Note:   You can no longer transfer hotel points to Southwest for the Companion Pass.

3 Mistakes That Won’t Get You A Southwest Companion Pass
You Can Transfer Ultimate Rewards Points To Hyatt & Then To Southwest This Does NOT Work Anymore 🙁

But note that you will lose ~half your points in the transfer.  See this post on more details on transferring Hyatt and Marriott points to Southwest.

3.   Don’t Apply for 1 Card in Your Name & 1 Card in Your Partner’s Name

James emails to ask:

Can we –  wife and I – apply for 1 Southwest card each with the 50,000 point bonus and earn 110,000 points between the two of us?

No.  You have to earn the full 110,000 Southwest Companion Pass points in ONE account within 1 calendar year (January to December).

You can’t earn the 110,000 points across 2 accounts.  And you can’t transfer points from 1 Southwest account to another Southwest account (see #1).

Bottom Line

The Southwest Companion Pass is the best deal in domestic travel!

So don’t let these 3 rookie mistakes stop you from getting a Southwest Companion Pass.

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I was just on a very lengthy phone call with Chase and was told that you could not get the bonus miles from both the personal sign up and business sign up bonus. I got the personal card with plans of the business card for the companion pass but with not allowing me the signup bonus for the business card that really puts a damper on things. Any advise on this? Thanks

Today is Dec. 1 and I have 107, 178 points and need to get to 110,000 by the end of month for companion.
I have: 6 trips coming up for the month but it will still leave me 6000 short. HELP!

Can I transfer Chase Saphire reserve points to Southwest and have the qualify toward companion pass?

It seems like the application of points are controlled as you get near 110,000. I got a SW Chase card in early December 2016 and only purchased about $1100.00 of charges in 2016 but they posted the points in in 2016. I was expecting to get the points in 2017. The statement dropped on December 24. and in came the points. I called both Chase and SW and each blamed the other.

So transferred the balance I needed (6000 points) from my Hyatt account. and was told they get posted almost immediately. The points were taken from Hyatt account but not posted to my SW account. It is almost the end of the year and if not posted I will not get my companion pass.

I called each company and they blamed each other. SW said that a supervisor would call within 2 days but I never received a call. I confirmed the account numbers and they were correct.

I currently have a Southwest Rapid Rewards Visa card. Is there a benefit to upgrade to the Premier card and would I be eligible for the 50,000 points since I already have the Southwest Visa?

Wondering if anyone has had better luck applying for a card on a certain day or time. Also does it matter if you apply on the weekend?

I can refer you on the PLUS AND Premier. Email me at blalock009 hotmail so i can refer you!

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