Ideas for Earning the Coveted Southwest Companion Pass Before the End of the Year

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Ideas for Earning the Coveted Southwest Companion Pass Before the End of the Year

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I consider the Southwest Companion Pass to be the BEST deal in travel.  So it’s no wonder lots of our readers are interested in it!

But the timing of how and when you earn the Companion Pass can be tricky.  And Million Mile Secret Agent Veronica asked us for help:

It’s now December 2017.  I have ~107,000 Southwest points and need to get to 110,000 by the end of month to earn the Southwest Companion Pass.  I have 6 Southwest flights coming up, but it will still leave me ~4,000 Southwest miles short this year!  HELP!
Ideas For Earning The Coveted Southwest Companion Pass Before The End Of The Year
With the Southwest Companion Pass, a Friend or Loved One Can Travel With You for Nearly Free for up to 2 Years!

Great question, Veronica.  I bet there are other folks in a similar situation!

Earning the Southwest Companion Pass

Link:   How to Fly (Almost) Free For Two Years on Southwest!

To get the Southwest Companion Pass, you need to earn 110,000 qualifying Southwest points in 1 calendar year.  That means January 1 through December 31!

Companion Pass qualifying points are earned from:

Partners refers to earning points through Southwest’s dining or shopping program, or from booking qualifying rental cars or hotels.

For example, with Southwest’s current promotion, you can earn up to 2,400 Southwest points for renting a car through Budget or Hertz.  So Veronica could consider renting a car to earn the points she needs!

Being that the Companion Pass will likely save Veronica MUCH more than the cost of a car rental, paying to rent a car could be worth it!  Or, she could do a good ol’ fashioned mileage run. 😉

Ideas For Earning The Coveted Southwest Companion Pass Before The End Of The Year
Book a Qualifying Car Rental With Hertz and Earn Southwest Points Towards the Companion Pass

Other Ideas for Earning Southwest Points That Count Towards the Companion Pass

Another option, if you have a Southwest credit card, is to consider using it for things like:

  • Charity donations
  • Prepaying bills (cell phone, internet, cable, etc.)
  • Paying your mortgage or rent through a service like Plastiq
  • Buying gifts to give in the future

Just remember, you’ll need to make sure your statement closes before the end of the year.  That way, any purchases you make with your Southwest card will count towards this year’s points earning total.  It’s easy to change your statement closing date online or by calling Chase.  

And don’t forget, points transfers from 1 Southwest account to another do NOT count towards earning the Companion Pass.  And neither do Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfers.  So be sure to avoid these common mistakes that will NOT get you the Companion Pass!

Plus, I would NOT recommend relying on points you earn from a hotel stay or shopping portal purchase, because those can take 6 to 8 weeks to post.

Strategize for Next Year

Try not to cut the timing so close!  It’s best to earn the 110,000 Southwest points you need for the Companion Pass by October, so you don’t have to scramble over the holidays.  Because it can be a huge distraction.  Plus, the sooner you earn it, the more time you have to fly nearly free with your companion! 🙂

Bottom Line

There are only a couple more weeks left to earn the 110,000 Southwest points you need to earn in a calendar year for the Companion Pass.

If you’re just shy of the points you need, consider renting a car through a Southwest partner or doing a mileage run.  Or, make purchases with a Southwest card to top-off your account.  Because having the Companion Pass will save you LOTS of money!

And next time you’re out to earn the Companion Pass, make sure not to cut it too close to the wire. 😉

Good luck, Veronica!  We’d love to hear how you ended up earning the extra Southwest points you needed.

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Word of warning-Chase goes by what you charge on SW cards, not what you spend. I barely went over the $2000, but had hundreds in returns that all posted prior to the closing date this month, and they gave me the bonus points anyways. I called and they stated that the returns don’t matter, only the purchases. So now one bonus posted this year and the other will post in January. So basically you can charge $2000 and make a lot of returns and still get the bonus. They actually said that to me. Doesn’t sound fair especially when the returns were posted before the closing date.

Thanks for the tips!

Fine print for budget car rental:
Any points earned over 600 per rental will be considered bonus; bonus points do not count toward A-List, A-List Preferred, or Companion Pass qualification.

She could break up the car rental into multiple reservations to earn 600 points per reservation. Please correct me if I am wrong.

I got 2 new southwest cc one with 60k bonus after spending $3000, closing statement is 27 Dec and one personal 40k bonus after spending $1000 closing statement is Dec 21 . So I already have 104000 points so can I do the balance 4000 now in December as some people say to make sure you must do it next month so that you get the companion pass for 2018 & 2019 or if i reach and get 110 K points in a Dec itself then I will get companion pass for 2017 & 2018 .
Pls explain and clarify what to do .
Thanks & Happy Holidays !

Hello, You need to get it this month because on Jan 1st companion pass eligible points willreset to zero.

Thanks Shelly but if I get the 110,000 this year itself say by next week then will my companion pass be for 2 year 2017 and 2018 only and not 2018 & 2019 which I want .

Right, if you want it for 2018/2019 you will need to earn the 110k points in 2018. I am assuming you already have 104k in your rapid rewards account. Did they post yet to rr? If not then definitely try for 2018.

My opinion is call and ask them to change your statement close date to the 1st of January on both credit cards.

How do I post the miles to RR as it automatically goes after the statement period ends no and my question is still , I have already 104K coming to my RR account sobthe balanve 6k do I charge in Dec 2017 or in Jan 2018 to get companion pass for2018& 2019