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Many thanks to Million Mile Secrets reader Matthew for sharing the news that Southwest has updated the terms and conditions to officially recognize that the 50,000 point sign-up bonus from each of the 4 versions of the Southwest credit card counts towards the Southwest Companion Pass!
WHAT IS THE SOUTHWEST COMPANION PASS
Link: Southwest Credit Cards
Link: Southwest Companion Pass
Why? Because it lets a companion fly with you for free whenever you fly on Southwest. And it doesn’t matter if you pay for your flight with points or cash – your companion flies free (~$10 in taxes and fees) either way!
You have to earn 110,000 Companion Pass qualifying points within 1 calendar year (January 1 to December 31st) to get the Companion Pass.
The 50,000 point bonus from the Southwest credit cards count towards the companion pass, which makes it very easy to earn the Southwest Companion Pass!
All 4 versions of the Southwest credit cards currently offer 50,000 Southwest points after spending $2,000 within 3 months. This offer ends on Monday, November 18, 2013.
Note that the Plus versions (at the bottom of the page) have a lower annual fee ($69) compared to $99 for the Premier version of the card.
You can redeem 50,000 Southwest points for ~ $710 to $850 in Southwest flights or for ~$500 in gift cards.
The terms used to say:
Purchased points and points earned from program enrollment, Tier bonuses, flight bonuses, and partner bonuses do not count toward Companion Pass status.
Lots of readers would write in and ask if the 50,000 point sign-up bonus would count towards the Southwest companion pass.
I’ve earned the Southwest Companion Pass twice and many readers have earned a Southwest Companion Pass from the 50,000 point Southwest credit card. But if you’re new to miles and points, I can understand why you’d want to double check.
Well the revised terms and conditions for the Southwest Companion VERY EXPLICITLY mention that the sign-on bonus from the Southwest credit cards does count towards the 110,000 points need for the Southwest Companion Pass!
Purchased points and points earned from program enrollment, Tier bonuses, flight bonuses, and Partner bonuses (with the exception of the Rapid Rewards Credit Cards from Chase) do not count toward Companion Pass status.
So there’s no need to get concerned that the 50,000 point sign-on bonus will not count towards the Southwest Companion Pass.
The Southwest Companion Pass is the best deal for travel within the US. Now’s the best time to apply for any of the Southwest credit cards because all 4 versions offer a 50,000 point sign-up bonus which currently counts towards the Companion Pass.
And if you earn the companion pass in 2014 (see this post on how to time it right!), it is valid until the end of 2015.