Full guide to The Southwest Companion Pass

Signing up for credit cards through partner links earns us a commission. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. Here’s our full Advertising Policy.

Update: One or more card offers in this post are no longer available. Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers.

Many of us at MMS consider the Southwest Companion Pass to be the best deal in travel. Why? Because it lets a friend or family member travel with you for free whenever you travel on Southwest. It doesn’t matter if your flight is booked with points or paid for with cash – your companion flies free (just pay taxes and fees which are usually ~$6 one-way on domestic flights).

And with the Chase Southwest cards sign-up bonuses, it makes it that much easier to earn the 125,000 Southwest points needed to get the Companion Pass. You can earn the points you need to qualify for a Companion Pass in a hurry with cards Southwest credit cards like:

All three cards currently come with 65,000 points after spending $2,000 in purchases within the first three months of account opening.

You can also open a Southwest small business credit card:

The rules for earning and using the Southwest Companion Pass can be confusing. So we have answers to the most commonly asked questions regarding the Companion Pass.

 

Take a friend along for nearly free on paid and award tickets with the Southwest Companion Pass. (Photo by Maridav/Shutterstock.)

About the Southwest Companion Pass

The Southwest Companion Pass can be incredibly valuable because Southwest flies to a lot of U.S. cities, including popular vacations spots like Orlando, New Orleans, San Diego and Puerto Rico. The airline also offers international destinations like Aruba, Belize, Mexico and Grand Cayman.

Some folks frown upon Southwest for being a low-cost airline, but what’s not to like about them? The boarding process is among the most efficient, you can check two bags for free, they have a lot more nonstop flights than other airlines and they offer the Companion Pass.

MMS readers frequently comment and email about earning and using the Southwest Companion Pass. We answer some of them below.

Southwest Companion Pass FAQ

What is the Southwest Companion Pass?

The Southwest Companion Pass is the best airline perk because it lets a friend or family member travel with you for free on Southwest. It doesn’t matter if your flight is booked with points or paid for with cash – your companion flies for just the cost of taxes and fees as long as Southwest is selling seats on that flight.

What is the Southwest Companion Pass worth?

Southwest points value is generally worth ~1.5 cents each (there is no Southwest award chart). You could reach double that value when you use Southwest points for award flights and bring a companion along.

Can my Southwest companion travel for free if I book my ticket using points?

Yes, your companion can still travel free. You only have to pay a very small amount (~$6 one-way) for taxes. Some international destinations add additional taxes and fees. There is no limit to the number of times your companion can fly with you.

How can I get a Southwest Companion Pass?

You need to fly 100 one-way flights (within a calendar year) on Southwest to qualify for the Companion Pass.

You need to earn 125,000 qualifying Southwest points within a calendar year for the Companion Pass, which you can do with the help of any Southwest personal credit card. All come with 65,000 Southwest points after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first three months:

You could easily earn the Companion Pass by also opening the:

You could also open both of the above small business cards at different times for an even easier time qualifying.

The Southwest Performance Business card offers a big up to 100,000 point bonus. (Photo by Wyatt Smith)

How long do I have to earn the 125,000 Southwest points?

You have to earn the 125,000 Southwest points within one calendar year (January to December). Your Companion Pass is valid from the date you earn 125,000 Companion Pass qualifying points up to the end of the next calendar year.

For example, if you earn the companion pass on December 14, 2020, it is valid up to the end of 2021. But if you earn the Companion Pass on February 1, 2020, it is valid up to the end of 2021. So earning the Companion Pass early in the year can get you close to two years of free flying on Southwest.

Can two people earn points for one Companion Pass?

No. The points each person earns must go to their individual Southwest loyalty accounts. You cannot combine them to have them qualify for a Companion Pass.

Can I still redeem 125,000 Southwest points for flights once I earn the Companion Pass?

Yes! You won’t lose your Southwest points when you earn the Companion Pass. You can still use the 125,000 Southwest points to book flights, and your companion flies for almost free if you have the Companion Pass.

Can my companion use points from their own account to book my flight and then fly for free?

Yes. As long as you have a Southwest ticket in your name (either via cash, using your points, or using points from someone else’s account), you can add your companion to the flight.

Can my partner and I each earn the Companion Pass and fly the kids for free?

Yes, you and your partner can each earn the Companion Pass and add your kids, parents or friends as companions. However, one person cannot earn more than one Companion Pass.

If I use my Southwest points will I still earn the Companion Pass?

Yes. The Southwest Companion Pass is based on how many points you earn within a calendar year, not how many are in your account.

Suppose you earn 65,000 Southwest points this week and use 25,000 points to book a round-trip flight to New York City. Then you earn another 60,000 Southwest points a couple of months later. You’ll still earn the Southwest Companion Pass.

If I cancel my cards, will I lose the Companion Pass?

Canceling your Chase Southwest credit cards will not have an impact on your Southwest Companion Pass.

Can I use the Southwest Companion Pass on a previously booked flight?

If you haven’t earned the Southwest Companion Pass yet, you can still book your flight now to lock in a lower price and add your companion later.

How many times can I change my companion?

You can change your designated companion up to three times per calendar year, after you initially designate a companion. That means you can have up to four different companions the first calendar year, then three in the second year – or seven total across the life of the pass. So choose wisely.

You can switch back to an earlier companion, but it would count as a change and eat into the seven changes permitted.

How do I activate my Southwest Companion Pass?

Step 1. Sign in to 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 a 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 to Hawaii). You’ll have to make your own booking first, then find your trip in your account and add your companion afterward.

How can I use my Southwest Companion Pass?

Here are the details about how to add a companion to your Southwest flight.

How can I add a companion if I booked through a travel portal?

After you call Chase to book your Southwest flight, you’ll get an email confirmation with your flight details. You’ll see the Southwest flight confirmation number at the top of the email. Keep this information handy.

Add Companion To Southwest Flight

Next, you can link the confirmation to your Southwest account. Go to the Southwest website and enter your Southwest confirmation number from the Chase email and your name.

Add Companion To Southwest Flight

Then, you can enter your Southwest loyalty account number.

Add Companion To Southwest Flight

The flight will now appear in your Southwest account. After the flight is linked to your loyalty number, you can visit your Southwest account page, and click “Add Companion.

Add Companion To Southwest Flight

Finally, just pay the taxes and fees for your companion and you’re all set.

Positive Changes to the Southwest Companion Pass in the wake of COVID-19

Easier to earn

Southwest is making their elite status and the Southwest Companion Pass easier to earn this year. They’re doing that by providing all Southwest Rapid Rewards members the following:

  • 15,000 qualifying points/10 flight credits toward A-List and A-List Preferred status
  • 25,000 qualifying points/25 flight credits toward the Companion Pass

Again, you’ll need 125,000 qualifying points to earn the Companion Pass. With this complimentary 25,000 point jump, you’ll only need 100,000 points to qualify. You could achieve this by opening one personal and one small business Southwest card and meeting their minimum spending requirements!

Easier to use

If you’ve got a Southwest Companion Pass set to expire on December 31, 2020, you can now use it through June 30, 2021 — six months longer than normal. That should be enough to recoup the time stolen from you by the novel coronavirus.

Southwest credit cards

Do the Chase Southwest credit card sign-up bonuses count toward the Companion Pass?

The credit card sign-up bonuses currently count toward Companion Pass status. Southwest points earned from spending on the Southwest cards also count.

Is the annual fee waived for the first year?

Currently, none of the Chase Southwest cards have waived annual fees. However, when you renew your card each year, you’ll get:

That can help offset the annual fees. Here’s a quick look at the differences among the cards:

CardSouthwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit CardSouthwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business Credit CardSouthwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit CardSouthwest Rapid Rewards Priority Credit CardSouthwest Rapid Rewards Performance Business Credit Card
Sign-Up Bonus PointsEarn 65,000 points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.60,000 Southwest points after spending $3,000 within the first 3 monthsEarn 65,000 points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.Earn 65,000 points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.Earn up to 100,000 bonus points; earn 70,000 points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first three months of account opening. Plus, an additional 30,000 points after you spend $25,000 on purchases in the first six months.
Spending• 2X Southwest points with Southwest and Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partner purchases
• 1X Southwest points on all other purchases
• 2X Southwest points with Southwest and Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partner purchases
• 1X Southwest points on all other purchases
• 2X Southwest points with Southwest and Rapid Rewards hotel and car rental partner purchases
• 1X Southwest points on all other purchases
• 2X points per $1 spent on Southwest purchases and Rapid Rewards car and hotel purchases
• 1X points per $1 on all other purchases
• 3X points per $1 spent on Southwest purchases and Rapid Rewards car and hotel purchases
• 2X points per $1 on social media and search engine advertising, Internet, cable and phone services
• 1X points per $1 on all other purchases
Anniversary Points6,0006,0003,0007,5009,000
Foreign Transaction FeesNoneNone3%NoneNone
ReviewChase Southwest Premier reviewChase Southwest Premier Business reviewChase Southwest Plus reviewChase Southwest Priority reviewChase Southwest Performance Business review

Can you get the bonus for the business and personal versions?

Yes, you can get the bonus for one personal (either the Chase Southwest Plus, Chase Southwest Premier, or Chase Southwest Priority) and one business Southwest card (the Chase Southwest Premier small business or Chase Southwest Performance Business card).

You can also get the bonus from both the Chase Southwest Premier small business and Chase Southwest Performance Business card.

Do I qualify for a small business card?

Lots of folks qualify for small-business cards without even realizing it. For example, if you freelance, tutor students or even sell items on eBay, you could be eligible for a small-business card. Having a business credit card also makes it much easier to keep business expenses separate from personal expenses. In fact, you can apply as a sole proprietor by using your Social Security number on the application and enter your name as the business name.

If you think your business will grow in the future, it’s easy to generate an EIN (Employer Identification Number) on the IRS website at any time. Plus, certain business credit cards will not appear on your personal credit report. This means that the average age of your credit history should not decrease because the business credit line doesn’t sit on your personal credit report. Here’s more about how to fill out a Chase business-card application.

Should I apply for one personal and one business card at the same time or one after the other?

If you apply for two Chase cards at the same time, your second application almost always will be declined online. But if you call the Chase reconsideration line, you can usually negotiate an approval for the card. They’ll probably just want more information from you, like documentation of a business or why you need both cards.

We’d recommend applying for the personal card first and then the business version, because it’s easier to explain why you’d need the personal version of the card and then the business version — for example, if you want to keep your personal and business expenses separate.

However, if applying for a personal card first would increase your Chase 5/24 count to five cards in the past 24 months, apply for the business version first. Then apply for the personal version later, and you’ll still be eligible because most small-business cards (including Chase) don’t add to your 5/24 count.

What questions does the business reconsideration department ask?

The questions have become more detailed over the years. Expect to be asked when you started your business, how long it has been established, what your business does, your revenue, sales, and profits from the last two or three years.

What are your future projections for revenue, sales and profits? Sometimes, Chase will also ask for proof of your business, like a copy of a business card, invoices, etc.

Can you get the bonus from all Chase Southwest cards?

You can, but it will take years.

That’s because you can’t have more than one personal Southwest credit card at once. If you have one, you’ll have to cancel it before you open another. Additionally, you’re not eligible for the bonus on Chase Southwest personal cards if you’re earned the bonus on any Chase Southwest personal card in the past 24 months.

So you’ll have to apply for one personal and one small-business Southwest card to get the Companion Pass.

Can two people apply for the cards separately but input in the same Southwest Rapid Reward account number?

You should always put in your own Rapid Rewards number in the application. If you don’t yet have one, it’s easy and free to set up a Southwest account.

How do I know which version of the Chase Southwest cards I already have?

The most recent versions of the cards have the version name written right on the front, except the newest version of the Plus. For example, old Chase Southwest Plus cards have “Plus” written in the upper right-hand corner. And the Chase Southwest Premier small-business card says “Business Premier.”

If you had an older version of one of the cards and aren’t sure which version it was, you could:

a. Call the number on the back of the card to ask.

b. Check your annual fee. The Premier cards have a $99 fee and the Plus card has a $69 fee. You can check your statements online and the first or second statement will have the annual fee.

Timing the Southwest Companion Pass

The earlier in the year you earn your Companion Pass, the better. Generally speaking, you should apply for the cards you want in the last quarter of the year and complete the minimum spending after your December or January statement closes.

According to the official rules on Southwest’s website, the pass is valid for the remainder of the calendar year in which you earn it and for the entire following year. By meeting the requirements early in the year, you could get nearly two years of Companion Pass status. For example, if you hit the spending threshold in January of 2020, you get to keep the pass through December 2021. And if you meet the spending in December 2020, the pass is still only valid until December 2021.

Important note: You receive the Companion Pass when you earn the necessary points, not when you spend the money. In other words, if you earn 120,000 points by December 2020 and then spend $5,000 after your December statement closes, the points you earn from the $5,000 spending will post to your account in January 2021 and will not count toward the 125,000 points you need for 2019.

Other ways to earn Southwest Companion Pass qualifying points

How do I check to see how many Southwest Companion Pass qualifying points I have?

You can check how many points you have toward the Companion Pass by signing into your Southwest account.

Can I transfer points from Chase Ultimate Rewards toward the Southwest Companion Pass requirement?

If you have either the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, or Ink Business Preferred Credit Card, you can transfer points from Chase Ultimate Rewards to Southwest in a 1:1 ratio. But those points do not count toward the Companion Pass. Even though the points don’t count toward the Companion Pass, the points you transfer become twice as valuable once you have the Companion Pass, because you can bring a friend along for free.

Remember, you cannot transfer hotel points to Southwest to earn the Companion Pass, either.

Can I transfer points from Amex Membership Rewards toward the Southwest Companion Pass requirement?

No, there’s no way to transfer American Express Membership Rewards points (the loyalty program of certain American Express credit cards) to Southwest to earn the Companion Pass.

Can I buy points to qualify for the Companion Pass?

Nope.

How can I earn extra points for the Southwest Companion Pass?

You already know that the best way to earn the Companion Pass is by earning a couple of Southwest credit card welcome bonuses. But there are plenty of other ways to earn qualifying points too.

Credit card referrals: We really appreciate it when you use our links to apply for credit cards because it pays our bills so we can write more and more tips and in-depth how-to guides on how to get the most out of your travel credit card. But … once you have a Southwest personal credit card, Chase will ask you to refer your friends and family to sign up for the card you have. And whenever someone signs up through your link, you’ll earn 10,000 points up to a maximum of 50,000 points per year. To find out if you are eligible and to get your link, visit the Refer-A-Friend link on the Chase website.

Rapid Rewards Dining: Rapid Rewards Dining is an easy way to earn Southwest points by simply registering any cards you would use to pay for a meal at a restaurant. When you dine at participating restaurants, you’ll automatically earn 3 Southwest points per dollar without having to do anything else.

Plus, if you’re new to Rapid Rewards Dining, you can earn 1,000 bonus Southwest points (these “bonus” points don’t qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass but can be used for free travel).

Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal: Start any and all shopping at the Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal, where you can earn up to 20 Southwest points per dollar for no added expense. Keep in mind, anything marked “bonus points” won’t qualify for the Companion Pass.

An easy way to remember is to add Southwest’s new Chrome web browser button that automatically pops up when you shop at a partner site.

Southwest hotel booking site: You can earn a huge number of Southwest points – up to 10,000 points per night – by booking select hotels at southwesthotels.com.

I have the points — how do I use the Companion Pass?

Check your Companion Pass progress

You can check your progress by logging into your Southwest account.

You don’t have to do anything to activate your Companion Pass — this happens automatically. Within a few days of 125,000 Southwest Companion Pass points posting to your Southwest account, you are officially a Companion Pass holder.

Name your companion

Log in to your Southwest account and choose your companion.

Southwest Companion Pass Marriott Points

Or just call Southwest at 800-248-4377 to register your companion.

A few tips you should know about the Southwest Companion Pass

You should carry it with you

When you earn your Southwest Companion Pass, they actually mail you a physical “pass,” which is the size of a credit card and easily fits in your wallet. The pass has the name of your current companion. If you switch companions, they send you a new card.

According to the Southwest Companion Pass rules and regulations, you may be asked to present the card at the ticket counter. Southwest says:

“The Member and the Companion must check in together and, if asked, present the Companion Pass card at the Southwest Airlines Ticket Counter, Skycap podium or Departure Gate in order for the Companion to travel.”

None of us on the MMS team have ever been asked to show our Companion Pass, but it’d be a huge bummer to be denied because you don’t have it.

Your companion will need to check in separately

A downside to having a companion (though, is there really a downside if they can fly free aside from taxes and fees?) is that they are not booked under your confirmation number (they’ll receive their own). This creates a little extra work in that they will have to check in separately.

Also, if you need to cancel a reservation, you will have to cancel theirs separately and re-book under your new reservation. Your companion will have their own boarding order, different from yours and based on when they check in.

When paying with cash or points, you can book everyone else under the same confirmation number if you’re paying with points from one person’s account. For example, I usually book all of my family’s flights with points from my Southwest Rapid Rewards account.

You can’t book a flight with a new companion until you’ve completed all flights with your current companion

Although you can register seven different companions throughout the life of your Companion Pass, Southwest throws a wrench into the equation. You can’t book a flight with a new companion until you’ve completed all flights with your current companion.

But, there’s a way around it.

You can add a companion to your ticket at any time, so long as there is a seat. So go ahead and book your own ticket for any future flights with a new companion and then add them after any flights with your past companion are complete. If for some reason there aren’t any more seats for that flight, you can simply change to a new flight for no change fee and add your companion.

4 creative ways to use the Companion Pass

A year at Disneyland

If you’re a Disney nut (and many MMS readers are), using the Southwest Companion Pass for multiple trips to Disney over a short period of time sounds pretty awesome.

One traveler posted in the Southwest online community, sharing how they paired their Companion Pass with a Disney Annual Pass for “a year of Disney.” They shared how they surprisingly earned the pass and decided to use it to fulfill a dream of buying an Annual Pass to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, even though they lived in New Mexico. They added their mom as their Companion and flew to Disneyland one or two weekends each month throughout the year.

Trading a house for a trip

You can use the Companion Pass as many times as you want before its expiration. If you don’t think you have the funds to travel often, consider renting your house on Airbnb. I have a friend that plans his vacations around the dates he manages to book his apartment through Airbnb. When someone comes to stay a weekend at his place, he takes a weekend vacation of his own. His vacations are almost always practically free because of the money he makes from Airbnb.

See family more often

The Companion Pass can dramatically shrink the US for distanced families that long to see each other regularly. With the Companion Pass, you won’t break the bank to attend holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, or any other excuse you can find to be with loved ones.

Consider: If you’ve earned the Companion Pass, you’ve got 125,000 Southwest points. According to our estimation of Southwest points value, that’s $1,875 in free Southwest flights. Add the Companion Pass to the mix and that’s $3,750 in free flights. Southwest is already a low-cost carrier with fantastic sales, so you could potentially receive a couple years of monthly flights to your family.

Follow sports, concerts, etc.

Perhaps you’ve got a kid in college sports or you’re just a huge sports fan. The Companion Pass can allow you and your friend or family member to follow your favorite teams from city to city, as often as you’re able.

Or, if you and a friend like attending concerts or following bands, the Companion Pass can assist you in the same way.

The Southwest Companion Pass is helpful for overseas travel — even though Southwest doesn’t fly overseas

No matter where you want to fly, the Companion Pass will make your trip significantly cheaper. I mean hundreds (and potentially thousands) of dollars cheaper. But because Southwest doesn’t fly across the Atlantic or Pacific, some people don’t think it fits their travel style.

I disagree. Here’s math to argue my point.

The cheapest international flights are usually from big U.S. hubs like New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, etc. Super-affordable sales pop up all the time from these cities. If you’re looking for a ticket to an international destination, it’s wise to look at flights from the nearest hub instead of your home airport. Then you can book a cheap flight to that airport.

For example, if I want to buy a ticket to Cape Town from my home airport, I should expect to pay $1,350 per person for a round-trip in coach.

But other hub airports are guaranteed to have cheaper flights to Cape Town. Here’s a look at Boston.

Tickets to Cape Town are a full $500 cheaper per person when flying from Boston instead of my rinky-dink home airport (or any other nearby airports). The problem is, I don’t live anywhere near Boston. That’s where the Southwest Companion Pass comes in.

Flights to Boston cost ~20,000 points per person round-trip (essentially $250). If my wife and I want to go to Cape Town, we can fly to Boston with the Southwest Companion Pass and pay a total of ~20,000 points.

The cost of flying to Boston from Cincinnati for one person.

By paying 20,000 Southwest points for two round-trip flights to Boston, we’d pay literally $750 less than if we had just flown from my home airport ($1,000 cheaper transatlantic flight – $250 in flights to reach Boston).

This strategy is mostly helpful for anyone booking paid flights to international destinations — it’s one of the best ways to use Southwest points in my opinion. If you follow flight deals, you know how often $300 or $400 round-trip tickets to Europe pop up from random U.S. hubs. With the Southwest Companion Pass, you and your travel partner can start jumping on those deals without negating your savings on positioning flights.

This can also be helpful to folks who want to book international award flights. You can book super-cheap award flights across the ocean from select airports. For example, it costs just 17,000 Iberia Avios points one-way in coach (off-peak) to fly to Madrid from Chicago, Boston or New York. You’ll pay significantly more from other airports.

As always, do the math to see what makes the most sense.

Bottom line

We consider the Southwest Companion Pass to be the best miles-and-points deal for travel. And if timed correctly, your Southwest companion can fly with you for free for almost two years.

You can find answers to the most frequently asked Companion Pass questions here, including:

  • The easiest way to earn the Companion Pass
  • How to activate your Companion Pass
  • How many times you can change your companion?
  • How to qualify for the Chase Southwest small-business card
  • … and more

Have a Southwest Companion Pass question that’s not answered here? Let me know in the comments. And subscribe to our newsletter for more fantastic travel saving techniques.

Joseph Hostetler is a full-time writer for Million Mile Secrets, covering miles and points tips and tricks, as well as helpful travel-related news and deals.

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! :)

Join the Discussion!

Subscribe
Notify of
62 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Kelly
23 days ago

If the $2,000 must be spent in the first 3 months from account opening, would you suggest to apply just after October 1st or more around the middle of October?

Kristen
2 months ago

I’ve looked everywhere…maybe you can help. I’m a single mom with 3 kids. Is it possible to somehow have two companion passes(as a two parent family could)? One in my name and maybe one in the kids? I do have two small businesses to get additional points. Any ideas how to make this work with only one “adult ?” All kids are teens (16, 16, 14).

Jim
2 months ago

I may have missed it above but I have a question.

Once I hit 125k points and qualify for the 2021 companion pass (as I already have) do the points I earn the rest of this year go towards earning the pass for 2022?

Mo
3 months ago

If I purchase southwest points, does that count towards the companion pass? And how do I earn 125000 by January if you can only earn points within the calendar year? Thanks!

Kristen
3 months ago

I am on target to earn the SWA Companion Pass this year. I am confused about how I can earn the pass in January to ensure that I receive the benefit of the Companion Pass for almost 2 years. I understand that all 125,000 points must be earned in 2020. However, I read that I want to complete the last bit of my spending in January. These two suggestions seem contradictory. Do I want to reach 125,000 points in December or January?

Sheri
4 months ago

I understand SW is extending all current companion passes until June 2021. However, what if we are pacing to earn the companion pass again this year by mid to end December 2020 – we lose 6 months of an earned companion pass next year because they are extending this years pass into next year. I would understand if the qualifying points are cut in half to 62,500 for current companion pass holders but it’s not. Even with the bonus points, it is only lowered to 100,000. Has this situation been discussed or addressed? Thank you in advance for your assistance. I’m sure I’m not the only current companion pass holder experiencing this situation.

Tammy Mauk
6 months ago

I got my hubby a companion pass that is suppose to end this year in Dec. Because of Corona will it be extended?

jeff
6 months ago

Here is the real burning question now. If you earned the pass, like I did, in January, 2020, will SW extend the pass given the Corona situation? Most of us cannot fly, SW has cancelled many flights and it might be most of 2020 before we get back to normal again. In other words, a waste of an entire year of the companion pass. Seems to me that SW should extend the passes one earned. Any word on that?

Marie
7 months ago

Hi, can hubby and I pool points together to get the CP? If not, then Is the 125k miles untouchable while waiting for the CP? Meaning I have to hold on to all miles until complete before I can use it for regular trips or can I use them and will still count towards the total for CP? Thanks in advance

Roger Dutschke
7 months ago

Is the Southwest companion pass only good for one use it is it possible to use it multiple times while it’s valid. Thx. Roger D

tomd
7 months ago

A possibly semantics question: On Rapid Rewards Shopping, is “Extra Points” the same as “Bonus Points”? Example: looking on the main page under 4 points/$1, SanDisk says “Earn 0.5” with the .05 crossed out, then “4 points/$1”. Clicking on SanDisk brings up a page that says “Extra Points” and “Was 0.5 point/$1. Now earn 4 points/$1”. Does that mean only 0.5 points will count towards Companion Pass?

ryan
8 months ago

I have a question here. Currently all 3 SW personal credit card offer 40,000 points after spending $1,000 within the first 3 months from account opening. Plus, an additional 35,000 points will be earned after spending $5,000 within the first 6 months from account opening. By doing so will you earn just 40,000 points or 75,000 points toward companion pass?

Thank you,

Ryan

Jack B
8 months ago

Chase recently increased their signup bonus for all Southwest personal credit cards, and you can earn up to 75k points. Email me at duckfarminc (at) gmail (dot) com if you need one. Thanks!

Laurie
9 months ago

I don’t see any mention of using the companion pass while booking a Southwest Vacation package . . . I’m trying to figure out how to book a package (hotel, flight & airport transfer) for myself and my daughter AND use the companion pass (which will save about $600). Not sure if I can book myself the package, then companion book her fight and try to add her to the hotel booking?? Looking for any experience anyone has! Thanks.

Al
9 months ago

12-15-2019
A couple of “points” to be aware of: (pun intended -lol)

While on a Southwest Flight this past week and while logged into my Southwest Account via wifi during my flight, I noticed the personal Southwest Credit Card was being offered with a 50K point “inflight bonus” (instead of just a 40K bonus).

Secondly, since we are nearing the end of the year, don’t get confused between “Spending points” earned on a credit card statement date (such as January of 2020) versus “bonus points” earned once a spending requirement is reached (such as during December 2019) because bonus points are awarded on the date the spending requirement is deemed to have been met (as opposed to a CC statement date.)

For example, if you were to reach your spending requirement (i.e., $1K Personal card or $5K Business card) on December 24, 2019 while expecting your bonus points to be awarded on your next January 2020 credit card statement, you may be sadly disappointed to find out the bonus points were actually awarded on December 24, 2019 and thus will not be counted towards the 125K points needed during the 2020 calendar year for a companion pass!

Jack B
Reply to  Al
8 months ago

Chase recently increased their signup bonus for all Southwest personal credit cards, and you can earn up to 75k points with a referral link to earn the companion pass even more quickly. Email me at duckfarminc (at) gmail (dot) com if you need one. Thanks!

Miguel
10 months ago

I am getting close to earning a CP. Can I time it so that I earn the pass at the end of December and am rewarded the pass Jan 2020 and it will be valid through 2021? My points from my SWA CC post on the 5th or 6th of each month (from the points I earn in the previous month. If Decembers points do not post until Jan 5, then will those points count for 2020 and I would miss out on my 109K points earned in 2019 (for a CP). What is the best strategy?

Terri Tomanka
11 months ago

When are the points for sw companion pass posted to your Acct ? And how after a month

LA
1 year ago

I got a SW premier but never got the bonus. Can I apply for a different SW personal card? Or do I have to close the first one first?

Michelle Barabino
1 year ago

Can one person earn more than 1 companion pass in a lifetime, or is it only once?

Andrew Wan
Reply to  Michelle Barabino
1 year ago

There is no such restriction, and I’ve seen a few stories in online forums of people having had the pass for many consecutive years!

Aron
1 year ago

I saw the note about still being able to redeem your points after you earn the companion pass but what about redeeming points before you earn your companion pass? To earn the pass do you have to have saved 110,000 points or just have earned them over a year?

Jason Stauffer
Reply to  Aron
1 year ago

Aron, you just need to earn 110,000 points in year, but you don’t need to have 110,000 points in your account to earn the Companion Pass.

Barbara P
1 year ago

There used to be a way to convert Marriott/Bonvoy points for qualifying for a Southwest companion pass AND a Marriott “seven night stay” at their hotels. The amount of points needed depended on the hotel “level” you wanted. Guess this deal is no longer being offered?

Andrew Wan
Reply to  Barbara P
1 year ago

Hi Barbara,

Yeah, I believe it was March/April of 2017 when the change was made and Marriott point transfers no longer counted toward the Southwest Companion Pass.

Audrey Feitor
1 year ago

Can I use my earned points for flights before I hit 110,000? Or do they have to add up to that before I can use them? Thanks!

Sonisa Horn
1 year ago

Good way of telling, and pleasant article to obtain information concerning my presentation subject, which i am going to convey in institution of higher education

regards: Sonia horn

EssOh
1 year ago

can i combine southwest premier credit card and plus credit card bonuses for companion pass? or does that not apply because they’re both personal cards?

Robin
1 year ago

I’m not understanding this comment on companion pass:

“You have to earn the 110,000 Southwest points within ONE calendar year (January to December).

For example, if you earn the companion pass on November 14, 2019, it is valid up to the end of 2020. And if you earned the Companion Pass on January 1, 2019, it is still valid up to the end of 2020. So earning the Companion Pass early in the year can get you close to 2 years of free flying on Southwest.”

How is one to earn a companion pass (aka get 110,000) on January 1st?? Earning all points in one day??? I don’t understand since you said you have to earn them all in one calendar year and it resets every January 1. Thank you for your time to explain what I am missing here.

David
1 year ago

Best ways to use/get points for a son to come home from college?

Right now, have a working college child in Dallas area and would like to find way(s) for us to earn points for him come home in Houston. Working and school got him too tired to drive 4.5 hrs home.

We have SW RR points but use them for family vacation once/3-5 yrs if we can. And this doesn’t work here since it’s just one person flying.

SW is preferred because they have multiple flights Dallas-Houston out of Hobby Airport. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

PS. Chase Ultimate Rewards quick check shows 19,000 pts required on Delta one-way Dallas-Houston and takes 8-10 hrs. Is this correct?

Mark
1 year ago

I have earned points towards the companion pass very fast, with all the promotions applicable at the time I signed up. I’m not understanding why it’s best to complete spending in between Dec and January statements.

Yoon
1 year ago

Just got approved for SW Rapid Rewards priority card. It will probably arrive in the mail after Feb. 11, 2019. I won’t be able to activate it until after the promotion deadline. Will I still be eligible for promotion of I spend the minimum requirement within 3 months of activation?

Jasmin
Reply to  Yoon
1 year ago

Hi Yoon – It doesn’t matter when you activate it, you’ll be eligible for the bonus – but the clock starts on the day you were approved for the card (ie you have 3 months from the day you were approved to meet the minimum spending).

SS
1 year ago

I know that a person can only have 1 personal card.
Does being an authorized user on someone else’s card count towards this personal card?

If so, I’ll cancel the AU card; any idea how long to wait after canceling the AU card before applying for my own personal card?

Thanks

Nancy Walker
1 year ago

When I refer people to the companion pass does Chase let me use the 10,000 referral points towards my next companion pass ?

Allan Schwartz
1 year ago

If you transfer balances from
another card does it count towards the $4000?

Erin
1 year ago

If I already have a SW personal card and I cancel it to open a new one and take advantage of the current companion pass promotion, do I have to wait any amount of time before applying for the new card?

Amy B
1 year ago

If we already have SW credit cards (we have one for the family account and one for my husband’s business), can we cancel one or both of those accounts and reapply for the SW credit card to get the 60K and 50K enrollment points? Will SW allow us to do that right away or is their a waiting period?

Brian Kotsur
1 year ago

How often can I qualify for the companion pass? For example, if I qualify for the bonuses on the cards (business and personal) by March of 2019 and I have the companion pass through December of 2020, when can I apply for the Companion pass again? Is it every 2 years if I cancel the cards and re-apply as long as it’s been 24 months since I received the bonuses from both cards?

Harold
1 year ago

I have a friend who was turned down for personal SW card after getting Business card. Was told that card points would no longer be counting for Companian Pass. Any truth to this? I am waiting until end of year to complete required spending on my two cards to get pass.

Mike C
1 year ago

Please advise if refer a friend exists and if so, how to use it.

KarenG
1 year ago

Two years ago my husband applied for two personal cards (Plus and Premier) and received the bonus points for both. Our companion pass expires the end of this year. I now want to apply for two personal cards. This article says you can only have one person card. Has something changed? We don’t have a business. They are offering 60k again so I am ready to get my new cards.

Lindsey
1 year ago

Is there a referral program.. Refer a friend that will give you points?

duffman
1 year ago

ok please assist i have the sw plus & sw premier cards from getting the companion pass in 2014 got the bonus’s more than 4 years ago. I would like to pursue the SW companion pass again i probably need to close those cards & reopen one personal & one business, how long from closing cards till reapplying? this would be 2 of 5 in 24 months thanks

Ceci
1 year ago

If I transfer my southwest points to my husband’s rapid reward, can this points counts towards the companion pass?

G
1 year ago

Hello, This information is so helpful. I have a southwest premier card now… when I sign up for the small business account, do I put the same rapid rewards number in as I already have??? And in this case, do all of my points get put onto the one rapid rewards number? This way I would not have to transfer the points.. correct?

Barry
1 year ago

I’m wondering if the Marriott transfer for hotel+air miles package counts towards the companion pass?

ali
1 year ago

Can you sign up for 2 business cards and get the companion pass with 2 ein’s?

brian
2 years ago

Companion pass expires at the end of calendar year. can I book a trip that starts before and ends after and use the pass? Like 12/26 to 1/3? (pass expires 12/31)

Bill C
2 years ago

Just checked SW site for details on getting the companion pass – fine print says ”

“points earned from Rapid Rewards program enrollment, tier bonus points, flight bonus points, and Partner bonus points (excluding bonus points earned on the Rapid Rewards Credit Cards from Chase) do not qualify as Companion Pass qualifying points.”

This would exclude card sign up points and so applying for the cards for enrollment points would not count toward companion points. This is contradictory to what you’re saying. Please comment.