How to Activate Your Southwest Companion Pass

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I wrote about the Southwest Companion Pass in November and explained what a terrific deal it is!  You need to earn 110,000 Companion Pass qualifying points within 1 calendar year (January 1 to December 31st) year.  However, the 50,000 point bonus from the Southwest credit cards are currently counting towards the companion pass (though this could change at any time).

I already had points transferred from hotel programs in my Southwest account, so I was waiting for the points from the Southwest credit card to post.  They posted on January 21, 2013 and on January 22, 2013, I received an email from Southwest that I had earned the Companion Pass!

How to Activate Your Southwest Companion Pass

Note that you CAN add a companion to an existing booking once you’ve earned the Companion Pass.  So it doesn’t hurt to make points or cash bookings for Southwest flights during a fare sale and add your companion once you earn the Companion Pass.

Step 1 – Wait For Email or Check Account

You should receive an email that you’ve earned the Southwest Companion Pass a few days after you earn the 110,000 Companion Pass Qualifying points within 1 calendar year.

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Southwest Companion Pass Email
The subject line of the email said “Congratulations! You’ve just earned Companion Pass status.”  So you could search for this in your inbox.

Alternatively, you can also log into your Southwest account using this link, and see your Companion Pass status on the Southwest website.  Note that your Companion Pass is valid for the entire year in which you earned it AND up to the end of the following year!  So my companion pass is valid until December 31, 2014.

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So my Companion Pass is valid until December 31, 2014 for close to 2 years of almost free (Up to $5 security fee per 1-way flight) flying for Emily!

Step 2 – Designate Companion Online or Call Southwest

The easiest way to designate a companion is to log into your Southwest account using this link, and designate your Companion on the Southwest website.

Note that you can change your designated companion up to 3 times during the validity of your Companion Pass, so choose wisely!

Just fill out the online form to designate your companion.

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Designate Your Companion Online

Designate Your Companion Online

After submitting the form, you will see that the field “Your Companion Details” has been instantly updated with your companions information and you can add a companion to existing reservations.

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Companion Designated Immediately

Alternatively, you could call Southwest at 1-800-248-4377 to designate a companion, but I prefer doing it online.

Bottom Line

Activating your Southwest Companion Pass is really easy and shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to do online.  But you’re allowed only 3 changes to your Companion across the life of your Companion Pass, so choose your companion carefully!

In tomorrow’s post, we’ll see how to add your companion to an existing reservation.

PS:  I’m traveling so I won’t  be able to get to the comments quickly.

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