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4 Years With the Southwest Companion Pass Saved Me $10,000 in Airfare. Now Is YOUR Chance to Earn the Best Deal in Travel!

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4 Years With the Southwest Companion Pass Saved Me $10,000 in Airfare. Now Is YOUR Chance to Earn the Best Deal in Travel!

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If you live in a city served by Southwest and love to save on airfare, now is the time to apply for one of the limited-time Southwest credit card offers.

Through 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.  Personally, I know of 5 friends who have already jumped on this amazing deal!  And my wife applied and was approved on the first day the offer launched!

For all 3 card offers, the Companion Pass is promotional and will be valid through December 31, 2019.

My wife and I have used the Companion Pass to get 2-for-1 flights to 20+ destinations, including Denver, Las Vegas, Los Cabos, Seattle, and many others!  Southwest also flies to the Caribbean.  And soon they’ll be departing to Hawaii!  This deal is fantastic for couples and families.  Or if you just have a friend you love to travel with.

My Wife Applied for the Limited-Time Chase Southwest Plus Card Offer so We Can Enjoy 2-for-1 Flights Once Southwest Begins Service to Hawaii!

You don’t have to fly every weekend to make the most of the Companion Pass.  Even if you only have 1 or 2 trips planned for 2019, the savings you can enjoy with the Companion Pass can still make it worth applying for one of the limited-time offers.

Remember, you can utilize the Companion Pass whether you book a flight with points OR cash – your companion flies for just the cost of taxes and fees as long as Southwest is selling seats on that flight.

Let’s say you book a $300 round-trip Southwest flight within the US for yourself.  With the Companion Pass, you can just add your designated companion for the cost of taxes & fees, which on a domestic round-trip flight is usually just ~$11.  So you’re effectively getting 2 seats on a $300 flight for just $311, which equates to just $156 per person.  Of course, the savings can be even more depending on the cost of your flight.

Another reason I love this deal is because my wife and I have a lot of Chase Ultimate Rewards point earning credit cards, including the Chase Sapphire Reserve® and Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card.  This means we can transfer points to my wife’s Southwest frequent flyer account.  Then, use those points to book a Southwest award flight and just add me her as companion.  So we don’t plan on paying cash for any Southwest flights in 2019!

Limited-Time Southwest Companion Pass Credit Card Offers

As a reminder, here are the current limited-time Southwest credit card offers, which expire February 11, 2019.  Personally, I don’t recommend waiting because the sooner you get the card and meet the minimum spending requirements, the sooner you’ll have the Companion Pass!

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.

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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I also had the pass for 4 years,it just expired 12/31/2018 however the spend seems high. If I cancel the card can I reapply? My husband won’t be traveling much this year so better If I have it.

I applied for and received the personal card in December 2016. I earned and received the bonus from that card on 2/12/17. Can I apply for this card now, knowing I won’t receive the bonus until after 2/12/19, thus I would not have received a bonus within the last 24 month? or, do they consider the application date?

Hi I have a SW CC, it has been more than 24 months. Can I cancel the card and re-apply to get the bonus again?

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Hi Danny – yes, you should be able to. Keep in mind, it’s not a guarantee that they’ll approve you if you apply again. Let us know how it goes!

How long after earning the companion pass does the pass expire? We mainly travel to hawaii using British Airways avios points. This could be a better way to do it once they open up flights to Hawaii.

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With the current limited-time offers, the Companion Pass is promotional and will be valid through December 31, 2019.

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