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Step-by-Step Guide: How to Use the Southwest Companion Pass

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Step-by-Step Guide: How to Use the Southwest Companion Pass

Jasmin BaronStep-by-Step Guide: How to Use the Southwest Companion PassMillion Mile Secrets Team

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INSIDER SECRET: You can change your Southwest companion up to three times in a calendar year after you make your initial selection (but you’ll have to call Southwest to make changes after your first companion is added online).

Like many of you, I recently completed the minimum spending requirements for one of the personal Southwest credit cards to earn 30,000 Southwest points and a promotional Southwest Companion Pass.  So now it’s time to set up a companion to tag along with me on paid and award flights for just the cost of taxes and fees (~$6 on one-way domestic flights).

While these particular offers are no longer available, it’s still possible to earn the Southwest Companion Pass the old-fashioned way.  You can qualify by earning 110,000 Southwest points in a calendar year with the help of the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card plus one of the personal Southwest cards:

I’ll show you step by step how to use the Southwest Companion Pass online.

Anxious to bring a friend or family member on paid and award flights for just the cost of taxes and fees? You’ll want to read how to use the Southwest Companion Pass! (Photo by Jasmin Baron/Million Mile Secrets)

How to Use the Southwest Companion Pass

Read everything to know about the Southwest Companion Pass

Here’s how to qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass with the Chase Southwest Credit Cards

Whether you’ve earned your Southwest Companion Pass from the promotional Southwest card offers (expired) earlier this year, or have done so in the traditional way, it’s easy to set up your Southwest Companion Pass online.

Step 1.   Sign Into Your Southwest Account

Navigate to Southwest.com and sign into your account by clicking “Log in in the upper-right hand corner.

Enter your account number or username and password, then click the yellow “Log in” button.

Step 2.   Navigate to “My Account”

Select “My Account” in the upper right-hand corner.  Then, in the “Snapshot” menu, find the section where it says “You have earned Companion Pass“.

Click on “Enter Companion info“.

Step 3.   Fill in Companion Details

Here is where you’ll enter your companion’s full name, gender, date of birth, address, phone number, and email.  Be sure their details match their government-issued identification exactly.

Then, click “Submit“.

Step 4.   Double Check Your Companion

Once you’ve submitted their details, you should see your companion’s name in the “Snapshot” section of your account.  In this case, I added my daughter Clara as companion, but you don’t have to add a family member – it can be a friend, partner, or anyone.

At this point, you’ll be able to easily add your companion to any of your paid or award flights while your pass is still valid (even Hawaii!).  You’ll have to make your own booking first, then find your trip in your account and add your companion afterwards.

What If You Want to Change Your Southwest Companion?

The handy thing about the Southwest Companion Pass is you’re not locked-in to a single companion for the duration of your pass.  After you’ve made your initial selection, you can change your Southwest companion up to 3 times per calendar year while your pass is valid.

However, you’re not able to change your companion online.  You’ll have to call Southwest at 800-435-9792 to make a switch.

Bottom Line

It’s easy to use your Southwest Companion Pass online in just a few steps:

  • Sign into your account at Southwest.com
  • Navigate to “My Account” and select “Enter Companion info
  • Add your companion’s details (name, date of birth, etc) and be sure to verify information is correct before submitting
  • Confirm your companion appears in your account

With the Southwest Companion Pass (the best deal in travel!) a friend or family member can fly with you for nearly free (just pay taxes and fees) on paid and award tickets an unlimited number of times while your pass is valid.  And you can change your companion up to three times in a calendar year after you make your initial selection (but you’ll have to call Southwest to make changes after your first companion is added online).

For more details on the easiest way to earn the Southwest Companion Pass, check out our post on how to qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass with the Chase Southwest credit cards.

Did you recently earn the Southwest Companion Pass?  Let us know about your travel plans in the comments!

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Editorial Note: We're the Million Mile Secrets team. And we're proud of our content, opinions and analysis, and of our reader's comments. These haven’t been reviewed, approved or endorsed by any of the airlines, hotels, or credit card issuers which we often write about. And that’s just how we like it! :)

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