How to Use Your Southwest Companion Pass for Air Tran Flights

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How to Use Your Southwest Companion Pass for Air Tran Flights

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Southwest Companion Pass

I wrote about the Southwest Companion Pass in November and explained what a terrific deal it is because you can book flights on Southwest using points or cash and then add your companion for close to free (up to $5 security fee per 1-way)!

You need to earn 110,000 Companion Pass qualifying points within 1 calendar year (January 1 to December 31st).  However, the 50,000 point bonus from the Chase Southwest credit cards are currently counting towards the companion pass (though this could change at any time).

Using your companion pass

I wrote earlier on how to make a Southwest Companion Pass Booking. But now Southwest has completed linking their reservation networks with the Air Tran reservation networks.  So you CAN book Air Tran flights from the Southwest website using either cash or Southwest points for travel after April 14, 2013.

Air Tran Route Map
Air Tran Route Map

The even better news is that you can use your Southwest Companion pass for flights on Air Tran, including those to San Juan, Puerto Rico.  You also get 2 free checked bags on the Air Tran flights provided you booked them those Air Tran flights on the Southwest website.

Air Tran International Destinations

The bad news is that you can’t book Air Tran flights, on the Southwest website, to 8 international cities as yet.

  • Mexico: Cancun, Mexico City, Cabo
  • Dominican Republic: Punta Cana
  • Jamaica: Montego Bay
  • Others: Aruba, Bermuda, Nassau

And since you can’t book them on the Southwest website (but have to book them on the Air Tran website), you can’t use your Southwest Companion Pass for those flights.

This FlyerTalk thread speculates that you may be able to book international flights on the Southwest website in 2014.

How to Book Air Tran Flights on Southwest & Add a Companion

Step 1 – Search

Go to Southwest.com and search for a flight.  Air Tran flights will automatically show up in the search results.

 Step 2- Select Flight

Select the flights which you want.

Select Flight
Select Flight

Complete the booking online using either cash or points.

Complete Booking
Complete Booking

Step 3 – Add Companion

While you can book a flight with an Air Tran segment in it, the flight information will NOT appear under the “Upcoming Trip” section on the Southwest website.

Won't Appear
Doesn’t Appear Under Upcoming Trips

Instead, log into your Southwest account using this link to view your existing reservations.

Or you can scroll down (on the Southwest website) and click the “Book Now” button next to the Companion Pass section towards the bottom on the right hand side of the page (once you are logged into your Southwest account).

Click on Book Now To Add Companion
Click on Book Now To Add Companion

Select the trip for which you’d like to add a companion, confirm your companion’s details and complete the purchase!

Add a Companion
Click “Add a Companion”

Step 4 – Seat Assignments

Air Tran has assigned seating (unlike Southwest), and you will get your seat assignment only after checking in for your Air Tran flight.

Bottom Line

It is nice to be able to book Air Tran flights using Southwest points directly on the Southwest website and to use your Southwest Companion Pass for these Air Tran flights.

And in 2014, we hopefully should be able to fly to Mexico and the Caribbean using our Companion Passes!

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I thought I would add something to this from experience. You mentioned the 8 international cities that can’t be booked on the SW site. I also found out that AirTran red eye flights don’t show up on SW website either. I called SW to address this because I wanted to change a flight to a red eye that I found on the AirTran site and they informed me that it was not possible. They said since SW does not offer “overnight” flights that those have not been integrated yet.

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@TC – Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks. I wish I would’ve thought of that earlier before the flight sold out :-). I called today and the Southwest rep said it’s b/c of the real business class on Air Tran. I’m now hoping someone cancels a seat or else I’m driving through the night on Friday. Not sure if my wife will drive with me or fly on her own.

Hey D. Have you run into this issue with the companion pass on Air Tran. Currently for a flight I am taking there are no anytime seats available on one of the Air Tran flights and I cannot book a companion. I tried online and then called Southwest and they stated that I can’t book since there is only business select remaining on the Air Tran flight. They claim this is due to the fact that there is an actual business seating area on Air Tran.

Thanks,

Jon

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@JonCski – Unfortunately, that is true because Air Tran has a separate business class section.

I booked a one way ticket on an airtran flight through the southwest site. It never gave me the option to add a companion. I went to add one the same way I always do and that trip never showed up. I thought maybe it took a couple hours to update, but after 2 hours I canceled the trip since I dont want the flight if I cant book a companion.

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@Andy – You can add a companion if you booked through the Southwest site. Sometimes you just have to call. What happens when you follow step 3 and scroll down to add a companion.

Darius – thanks for a great site and it’s great as I am a frequent traveller out of MCI. Just recently booked some travel on SWA and Air Tran with companion pass for late summer. No problems adding the companion but has anyone on here actually used the companion pass on Air Tran yet? The reason I ask is the T&C found on the Southwest site saying companion pass is only valid on Southwest operated flights:

“At this time, there are no changes to your Customer Experience on either Southwest or AirTran. Companion Pass travel remains applicable only on Southwest Airlines operated flights.”

http://www.southwest.com/html/generated/help/faqs/airtran_acq_rr_members_faq.html

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@AJW – That isn’t true since you can add a companion to a flight booked on Southwest.com, but which is operated by Air Tran. Once you add a companion, you will get a confirmation and e-ticket number which is all you need!

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