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You can get a 30% discount up to September 18, 2013 when you transfer Southwest points from one person to another. This is a targeted offer from Southwest, but you may have received a similar offer. A 30% discount still means that I pay $7 to transfer 1,000 Southwest points.
Transferring points are almost never worth it unless you are topping off your account for an award.
But it could be worth it if the points counted towards the Southwest Companion Pass. With a Southwest Companion pass, your companion gets unlimited travel – on both points or cash tickets – for up to 2 years!
So I was curious to see if transfering Southwest points counts towards the Companion Pass.
Southwest Companion Pass
The Southwest Companion Pass can save you thousands of dollars on airline tickets by letting your companion fly with you for free (you only pay taxes)!
You have to earn 110,000 Southwest points in a calendar year to earn a Companion Pass. The easiest way to earn Companion Pass points is to wait for the 50,000 point Southwest credit card offer to come back.
Southwest Point Transfers
Generally transferring points aren’t a good deal because the airlines usually charge a fee to transfer points or miles. You can book flights for anyone using your miles, so you can avoid transfer fees by just booking award tickets for others using the miles or points in your account.
I transferred 1,000 points to Emily as a test, but it did NOT count towards her Companion Pass point total.
You can get a 30% discount for transferring Southwest points, but those points don’t count towards the Southwest Companion Pass.