Imagine the Savings You’ll Enjoy by Having the Southwest Companion Pass Year After Year

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Imagine the Savings You’ll Enjoy by Having the Southwest Companion Pass Year After Year

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Emily and I think the Southwest Companion Pass is the best deal in travel.  Because a friend or family member can travel with you for (almost) free on paid and award tickets for up to 2 years.  And you can earn it more than once, so the airfare savings can really add up!

Southwest Companion Pass With Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses
Team Member Keith and His Wife Have Had the Companion Pass for 3 Consecutive Years. They’ve Saved Thousands of Dollars on Airfare Because of This Amazing Deal!

We got a question about the Companion Pass from Million Mile Secrets reader Sandy, who commented:

I’ve had the Southwest Companion Pass for 1.5 years.  I’m trying to earn it for a 3rd year.  So far, I’ve earned half of the required 110,000 Southwest points.  Can I sign-up for another personal Southwest credit card to earn the sign-up bonus and get the Companion Pass again?

As long as you earn 110,000 qualifying Southwest points in a calendar year, you’ll earn the Companion Pass.  It will be valid through the end of the following calendar year.

And the sign-up bonus points you earn with a Chase Southwest card counts toward the Companion Pass requirement.

Sign-Up Bonuses Are the Easiest Way to Earn Companion Pass Points!

Link:   Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card

Link:   Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card

Link:   Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card

You can currently earn 60,000 Southwest points after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening either the Chase Southwest Plus or Chase Southwest Premier card.  But these offers are ending very soon, on October 4, 2017.

And with the Chase Southwest Premier Small Business Card, you’ll earn 60,000 Southwest points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening.  You can read my post with more details on the current offers.

Taking advantage of 2 of these card offers gets you more than enough points to earn the Companion Pass.

Southwest Companion Pass With Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses
Use Your Companion Pass and Take a Friend or Loved One to Fun Destinations Like Seattle

Just remember, if you’ve opened 5+ cards from any bank (NOT counting Chase business cards and these other business cards) in the past 24 months, it’s unlikely you’ll be approved for these Southwest cards.

I typically recommend folks earn the Companion Pass as early in the year as possible.  Because the it’s valid through December 31 of the following year in which it’s earned.  So earning the pass early in the year means you can take advantage of the BEST deal in travel for nearly 2 full years!

Instead of earning a sign-up bonus now (late in the year), Sandy’s companion could apply for the Southwest cards toward the end of this year or early in 2018.  This way they’ll have even more time to use this amazing perk!

Note:   If you’ve previously had a Chase Southwest card, you’re eligible to earn the bonus again so long as you don’t have the card currently open and it’s been more than 24 months since you last earned the bonus (NOT opened the card).

Earn Companion Pass Points Booking Hotel Stays, Shopping, and Many Other Ways!

Link:   10 Unusual Ways to Earn Southwest Points

Link:   Earn Companion Pass Points Through

Link:   Earn Southwest Companion Pass Points With These Products

Lyn from wrote helpful posts (linked above) with ways to earn Southwest points beyond earning credit card sign-up bonuses.  These methods can help folks looking to earn the Companion Pass who already have some Southwest points from booking paid flights or from credit card spending.

For example, you can do your online shopping through the Southwest Rapid Rewards shopping portal where you’ll earn points on purchases you were already planning to make.

Or, book hotel reservations through and earn up to 10,000 Southwest points per night at certain hotels!

Southwest Companion Pass With Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses
You Can Earn Thousands of Eligible Companion Pass Points When Booking Through the Site

Just be sure to avoid these 3 mistakes that keep you from earning the Companion Pass!

Bottom Line

The easiest way to accumulate eligible points toward the Southwest Companion Pass is by earning the sign-up bonuses on the Chase Southwest credit cards.

You can currently earn 60,000 Southwest points on all 3 versions of the Chase Southwest cards.  But the increased sign-up bonuses on the Chase Southwest Plus and Chase Southwest Premier cards are ending on October 4, 2017.

Emily and I think the Companion Pass is the best deal in travel!  Because a friend or family member can travel with you for (almost) free on paid and award tickets for up to 2 years!

Remember, you must earn 110,000 Southwest points in a calendar year to get the Companion Pass.  If you’re looking to earn extra points beyond credit card points, consider making online purchases through the Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal.  Or book hotel reservations through

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I had my doubts about how easy this would be to use, but no more! My husband and I are traveling all the time now. I’m really knocking those bucket list trips off! I’ve saved thousands already and have it until 12/31/18. If you are retired, this is a no brainer.

question, whats the startegy to re qualify for this? i have the plus and premier “got them on oct 2015 with the bonus posting on jan 2016 for the companion 2016 and 2017” as of sept 28, 2017 we will be under the 5/24 we will be 3/24. can i cancel the card today and apply for it on January and still get the bonus?

my plan is to apply now for the business and in Jan or Feb 2018 apply for either premier or plus to get the remaining points.

thanks for your help.!!

If I send my friend a referral link, do you know why it says that the offer is for 40,000 points instead of 60,000 points? And do referral points count toward a companion pass?

Million Mile Secrets

Referral offers don’t always match the sign-up bonus that’s available publicly. But any points you earn from a referral will count toward the Companion Pass.

Dear MMS “team,” 😉 You don’t quite address the key question that no doubt is on everyone’s minds here — just when can we get this card so that the 60K bonus(es) hit for beginning of 2018 (and thus be eligible for companion pass for 2018 and 2019).

Other bloggers are rather sloppingly said just get it after Oct. 1st and before the 3rd…. and finish spending before 3 months later (without being specific)

That type of writing and assumption presumes a HUGE risk. (as I’ve had very bad experiences with Chase on the British Airways card — in Chase not being clear up front just when the spend-by-date will be. For that miserable card, it’s 364 days after they approve you for the card — which they don’t tell you anywhere in writing just when that date was….)

But how exactly does it work for the Chase SWA “3 month” cards…. Is it “3 months” after the day of application, date of approval, or date of card activation? And how is 3 months defined? 90 days? (if just 90, remember Oct. and Dec. have 31 days each)

As for the spending in surmising, are we correct in surmising that the key here is to cross the 2k spending threshold so that it counts / registers in 2018. (I’ve seen others suggest that a crossing of the threshold somewhere in December 2017 would be ok — provided it doesn’t record until a statement closing in January 2018….. That would be great if true — and would reduce the hazards of doing spending on January 1-3 — but then that spending not posting or being registered on your account until AFTER the Jan. statement closes — and after the “3 months” were up — whenever THAT is)

Ah, questions, questions — and devils in the details. Daraius, given your good contacts with your Chase handlers, it would be great if you could write a follow-up post address just such questions in detail. Do that — and I’ll be among those gratefully using your affiliate links too. 🙂

Million Mile Secrets

Great questions and thanks for commenting!

You have 90 days from your card approval date to meet the minimum spending requirement and earn the sign-up bonus.

The trick is to complete the minimum spending on the billing statement that closes after January 1, 2018. It will depend on your billing cycle, but it’s possible to make purchases in December 2017, which post to your account in 2018.

Here are previous posts you might find helpful:

I spoke with a Chase representative and he told me that it takes 6-8 weeks after meeting the required $2000 spending for the points to get posted to the Southwest account. I am counting on this as I want the points to count towards the Companion Pass in 2018 not 2017.

This reply answered so many of my questions! Thank you!

Wish I could edit my post…. 🙁 Sorry for the grammar slips from poor proofing, yet hope questions are still evident. (I trust grammarly even less than Equifax)