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A friend of mine asked me how much I’ve saved on flights on Southwest for the year, so that got me doing some math. For 2018 so far, I’ve booked ~13 flights for myself and my partner. If I take the national average of a domestic round trip flight of ~$509, that’s ~$6,617 in airfare! I have ~4 more flights booked for this year, which will add ~$2,036 for an estimated 2018 total airfare savings of ~$8,653 (~$6,617 +~$2,036 = ~$8,653). When I look at 2017, it was a similar savings! Whaattt??!!
The secret to saving so much is by having a lot of Chase Ultimate Rewards points that I then transferred to Southwest, AND from having the Southwest Companion Pass. The Southwest Companion Pass lets you add a companion for nearly free (usually around ~$11.20 in fees) to any paid OR award ticket. An award ticket is a flight paid for with points. This essentially made all of my flights 50% off.
Use Chase Ultimate Rewards and the Southwest Companion Pass to Save Thousands on Southwest Flights for 2019!
Step 2. Plan on getting the Southwest Companion Pass if you have a regular travel partner for early 2019. Be sure to check out our guide for everything you need to know about the Southwest Companion Pass and why it’s the BEST deal in travel!
Step 3. Transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Southwest when you see a flight you want to book. Once you transfer your points to Southwest, you cannot transfer them back to Chase! Add your companion if you have one.
Step 4. Start booking your trips!
How much have you saved on Southwest flights during the years? Share with us in the comments below!