I’ve Been Getting 3-for-1 Flights on Southwest.  Here’s My Strategy to Up My Family Travel Game & How You Can Do It, Too!

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I’ve Been Getting 3-for-1 Flights on Southwest.  Here’s My Strategy to Up My Family Travel Game & How You Can Do It, Too!

EmilyI’ve Been Getting 3-for-1 Flights on Southwest.  Here’s My Strategy to Up My Family Travel Game & How You Can Do It, Too!Million Mile Secrets Team

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My daughter is ~16 months old, and before long, she will be turning 2.  That means no more 3-for-1 flights!  Currently, I get 3-for-1 flights thanks to the Southwest Companion Pass (2-for-1 flights) plus my daughter still being a lap child.

But that perk will end in September when my daughter turns 2.  So I’m planning ahead and starting my credit card strategy now so that I can earn a lot more points for her flights.  My partner and I fly on Southwest Airlines the most because of the best airline deal ever, the Southwest Companion Pass!

I Can Take More Family Vacations Thanks to the Southwest Companion Pass!

What Is the Southwest Companion Pass?

Because of the Southwest Companion Pass, we can add a designated companion to any Southwest Airlines flight paid with cash or with points.  Usually the taxes and fees run around ~$11 to add the companion.   This is why I love Southwest Airlines so much—because it’s just so cheap to travel!

Getting the companion pass again for 2019 and 2020 will help get more travel with the same number of points!

My Credit Card Strategy to Get Cheap Flights on Southwest for My Daughter

Because we like to fly on Southwest, my strategy is to increase my supply of Chase Ultimate Rewards points and Southwest points.  I recently applied for the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card and I’ll be applying for another Chase Southwest credit card so that I can get the Southwest Companion Pass again for 2019 and 2020.  For the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card, I can earn up to 60,000 Southwest points after tiered spending requirements.

For the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card, I’ll earn another 60,000 Southwest points after spending $3,000 within the first 3 months.  Both credit cards combined will earn me up to 120,000 Southwest points!  I doubt I’ll be able to meet the full spending required on the Southwest Priority to get the full 60,000 bonus, so I’ll be looking into other ways to earn points for the Southwest Companion Pass.

Credit Card Makeover For Friends & Family Will Help Earn LOTS More Points!

In addition to applying for these credit cards, I’m encouraging my family to get credit card makeovers.  My mom has really good credit but only had store-issued credit cards to places like Home Depot and JC Penney’s.  So, she recently got approved for the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard®.

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This is going to come in handy with kids no one on the way. Thanks Em. You are a gem!

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Of course! Glad it was helpful. 🙂

Shopping at my favorite stores through the Ultimate Rewards Portal is building a lot of points this Christmas. JC Penney was 6X. I have the CSR.

Some may not think it’s insignificant, but it’s been great for me. These are items I would buy anyway, and the sales have been great this year.

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I agree! There are lots of additional points you can earn from regular spending through the Chase portal.

I’m totally with you on this! It doesn’t seem like much, but all those small purchases really add up.

I’m always amazed at how many points I earn on my Chase cards every year, even though I don’t consider myself a big spender.

Any idea when the Visa Premier 60,000 offer expires . My wife won`t be eligible till January

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I don’t, but they seem to come around every few months. Good luck!