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Through February 11, 2019: This Is the Best Airline Credit Card Offer — Don’t Miss Your Chance at the Best Deal in Travel

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It’s still early January, but the best airline credit card offer of 2019 might already be here!

Until February 11, 2019, you can earn the Southwest Companion Pass AND 30,000 Southwest points by applying for just ONE of the below Chase Southwest personal credit cards and spending $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening:

For all 3 card offers, the Companion Pass is promotional and will be valid through December 31, 2019.  My wife already applied and was approved for the Chase Southwest Plus card.  We’re excited to take advantage of the Companion Pass for the 5th year in a row!

The Southwest Companion Pass is the best deal in travel.  Over the past 4 years, it’s saved my wife and me at least $10,000 in airfare expense.  Emily has the Companion Pass, too!  Her family of 3 has been enjoying the savings and travel experiences they get with this deal!  If you love to save money on airfare and Southwest Airlines serves your home airport, it’s hard to find a better deal than this!  Plus, Southwest will soon begin flights to Hawaii, so now is a phenomenal time to earn the Companion Pass!

Take Advantage of a Limited-Time Southwest Credit Card Offer to Earn the Best Deal in Travel! This Could Be the Best Airline Credit Card Offer of 2019!

With the Companion Pass, you can designate a friend, partner, or family member to join 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!  You just have to pay award flight taxes & fees, which usually total ~$6 each way when you fly within the US.

And earning the Southwest Companion Pass is usually a lot tougher.  You typically need to earn 110,000 qualifying Southwest points or fly 100 flight segments in a single calendar year.

But with the current deal, you just need to apply for one personal Southwest credit card (Chase Southwest Plus, Chase Southwest Premier, etc.) and meet the minimum spending requirements.

Ideally, you’ll want to meet the minimum spending requirements soon after getting the card to make the most of having the Companion Pass in 2019.  Because the Companion Pass won’t post to your account until you complete the spending and your billing statement period ends.  So if you apply today and meet the minimum spending requirements in the first billing period, you can enjoy the Companion Pass for ~10 or ~11 months.  Check out our guide post with tricks on how to meet minimum spending requirements.

My Wife Applied for the Chase Southwest Plus Card Offer First Thing This Morning!  We Can’t Wait to Have the Companion Pass Again for the 5th Year in a Row!

Here’s a snapshot of all 3 offers, which are valid until February 11, 2019.

1.   Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus

 

When you sign-up for the Chase Southwest Plus card, you’ll earn the Companion Pass and 30,000 Southwest points after spending $4,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

You’ll also get:

  • 2 Southwest points per $1 on Southwest purchases
  • 1 Southwest point per $1 on everything else
  • 3,000 Southwest points after your cardmember anniversary

This card has a $69 annual fee, which is NOT waived the first year.

With this card, you’ll pay 3% foreign transaction fees.  So it’s NOT a good card to use when traveling overseas!

2.   Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier

Apply Here:   Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card

 

When you sign-up for the Chase Southwest Premier card, you’ll earn the Companion Pass and 30,000 Southwest points after spending $4,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

You’ll also get:

  • 2 Southwest points per $1 on Southwest purchases
  • 1 Southwest point per $1 on everything else
  • 6,000 Southwest points after your cardmember anniversary

This card has a $99 annual fee, which is NOT waived the first year.  And this card has no foreign transaction fees.

3.   Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card

Apply Here:   Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card

 

When you sign-up for the Chase Southwest Priority card, you’ll earn the Companion Pass and 30,000 Southwest points after spending $4,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

You’ll also get:

  •  2 Southwest points per $1 on all Southwest purchases including flights, gift cards, and eligible hotel and car rental partner packages
  •  1 Southwest point per $1 on every other purchase
  •  7,500 Southwest points each year on your card anniversary
  • $75 in annual statement credits after making eligible Southwest purchases
  • 20% back on in-flight purchases like in-flight drinks, entertainment, and Wi-Fi
  • 4 upgraded boardings per cardmember year

This card has a $149 annual fee, which is NOT waived the first year.  And this card has no foreign transaction fees.

Note:   The Southwest credit cards are subject to the Chase 5/24 rule.  If you’ve opened 5+ credit cards from any bank (with the exception of certain business cards) in the past 24 months, you won’t be approved.  Another important note is that it’s no longer possible to have more than one personal Southwest card at the same time.

Enjoying Your Companion Pass

Once you have the Southwest Companion Pass, you can use it an unlimited number of times while it is active.  With this current deal, it will be valid until December 31, 2019.  The Companion Pass holder must purchase a ticket for themselves with either cash or points and then they can simply add their designated companion to their reservation to fly with them for just the cost of taxes and fees (~$6 on domestic flights).

Plus, you can still redeem your points earned from the Southwest credit cards toward free flights after earning the Companion Pass.  You’ll be able to stretch the welcome bonuses twice as far, because you and a companion will be able to travel for just the cost of 1 ticket (plus taxes and fees for the companion ticket).

Because Southwest is a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner, you can move your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Southwest if you need more Southwest points for an award flight.  However, transferring points from Chase Ultimate Rewards to Southwest will NOT contribute any progress towards earning the Companion Pass.

Until February 11, 2019, earn the Southwest Companion Pass (best deal in travel) and 30,000 Southwest points by applying for just ONE of the below Southwest credit cards and spending $4,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening:

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So I have a question. I applied and was approved back in January for the Priority card and immediately spent the necessary $4000. Ive paid my first statement and am just waiting for my Companion Pass and points to post.

It’s my understanding that this Companion Pass is good for the rest of 2019.

My question is this… I don’t have a problem getting 110K points this year before the end of December.

IF I do that, will I then get a companion pass for the rest of the year (basically a week) and then ALSO all of 2020?

And, is there a way to get those points to post in a manner to get the companion pass for 2020 and 2021?

Thanks.

Hi Trish – Yes, if you earn a total of 110,000 qualifying Southwest points in 2019, you’ll be eligible for a Companion Pass valid through December 31, 2020.

There’s no way to carry over the points you’ve earned to earn a Companion Pass *in* 2020 (ie to make it valid until the end of 2021). You have to earn the 110,000 total points within a calendar year.

I have the a SW card in my name and my husband has a card on my account. Can he apply for the companion pass card? Or will it not work with him already having a card on my account?

WARNING

SINCE YOU CAN ONLY GET BONUS EVERY 24 MONTHS, THIS OFFER MAY INTERFERE WITH ALMOST TWO YEAR COMPANION PASS NEXT YEAR

I urge you to advise MMS readers that the minimum spend is the total dollar amount showing on the “Purchase ” line of the credit card statements. It is not the credit card statements balance. I do not remember reading that kind of warning on any of your blogs. I learned the hard way.

Let me share with you how I failed getting 2 years of companion pass for a few dollars and hopefully pass it on to help others avoid such a mistake.

I applied and was approved for the Southwest Business credit card in late October 2018 and for the Southwest Plus credit card in December 2018. I was poised to meet minimum spend on both cards in 2019 to get a companion pass valid until the end of 2020. I stopped using my SouthWest Business Credit Card after my bank statement balance of $2,750.00 to make sure I would not meet the minimum spend of $3,000.00 before January 2019. To my dismay, I found out in late December 2018 I had already met the minimum spend.

Here is the explanation: I had made several returns which resulted in “Credits’ that were factored in my statement balance. However, those credits were not taken into account for the minimum spend. Altogether I had “Purchased” $3050.00 on my credit card and returned $300.00 worth of merchandise. The $3,050.00 listed on my statement on the “Purchase” line was the dollar amount that counted toward the minimum spend. This is how I reached the minimum spend in 2018 and lost 2 years of companion pass for a mere $50.00. I spent hours on the phone with SouthWest and Chase but no avail.

In theory, someone could buy $3,000.00 worth of merchandise( Chase Southwest Business CC), receive the 60 K bonus and return all the merchandise purchased over a period of time. Not a penny spent.

To add insult to injury, Chase is now offering a companion pass with only one Southwest card and I cannot take advantage of it

Daniele

Can i still get the Companion Pass for 2019-2020? If so, what two cards would get me there? And is one card and CC for 2019 only considered a better deal than 2 cards and the pass through 2020 a better deal and why?

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