Stop! Don’t Make This Mistake With the Southwest Companion Pass!

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Stop! Don’t Make This Mistake With the Southwest Companion Pass!

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Million Mile Secrets reader CarterV commented:

I’m a little confused and need some clarification about the Southwest Companion Pass.  If I apply for the cards now and don’t meet my 110,000 Southwest points until January 2016, is my pass still valid for 2016 and 2017?

I know I will get my 104,000 points in 2015.  If I spend an additional $6,000 in January 2016, will I get my Companion Pass?

NO!  CarterV is about to make a big mistake which will cost him his Southwest Companion Pass!

To qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass, you must earn 110,000 Southwest points in a calendar year.

With the Companion Pass, a friend or family member flies with you for almost free on paid and award tickets for up to 2 years.

Stop Don't Make This Mistake With The Southwest Companion Pass
Ouch! Don’t Make This Mistake and Lose Your Southwest Companion Pass!

I’ll explain what CarterV needs to do so he doesn’t miss out on the Southwest Companion Pass!

It’s All About Timing!

Link:   Chase Southwest Premier (Personal) Card

Link:   Chase Southwest Premier (Business) Card

Link:   The Secret to Getting the Chase Southwest Plus 50,000 Point Offer

Link:   Reader Question – How Not to Mess-Up the Minimum Spending for the Southwest Companion Pass

Link:   Confused About Timing Your Spending for the Southwest Companion Pass?

It’s a good time to think about qualifying for the Southwest Companion Pass.  That’s because all 3 Chase Southwest cards currently have a 50,000 Southwest point sign-up bonus after you complete the minimum spending.

By getting 2 of these cards, you’ll earn 104,000 Southwest points (100,000 points from the sign-up bonus and 4,000 points from completing the minimum spending).

That only leaves you 6,000 Southwest points shy of the 110,000 points needed in a calendar year to earn the Southwest Companion Pass.  And you do NOT have to spend $6,000 to earn the remaining points!

IMPORTANT!  You must earn all 110,000 Southwest points in a calendar year to qualify for the Companion Pass!

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Pick a Year! You’ll Only Qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass If You Earn ALL the Required Points in a Calendar Year

If CarterV earns 104,000 points in 2015 and 6,000 points in 2016, he will NOT earn the Southwest Companion Pass!

And it’s when you EARN the points, NOT when you spend the money!

So CarterV has 2 options:

1.   Earn the Companion Pass in 2015

If CarterV wants to earn the Companion Pass in 2015, he’ll have to complete the minimum spending on 2 cards before his December 2015 statement closes.  And any extra points he wants to earn from spending on the Southwest cards.

That’s because the sign-up bonus will post to his Southwest account shortly after the statement in which he completes his minimum spending closes.

Stop Don't Make This Mistake With The Southwest Companion Pass
Don’t Meet Minimum Spending Until After Your December 2015 Statement Closes to Earn the Sign-Up Bonus in 2016

That said, if his statement closing date is near the end of the month, he may want to call Chase and have it moved earlier in the month, to ensure the sign-up bonus posts to his Southwest account in December.

And he’ll have to make sure he earns the remaining 6,000 points required before the end of the year.  Don’t wait until the last minute!  There can be a delay in points posting to your Southwest account.  The points must post in 2015 to earn the Companion Pass.

If CarterV earns his Companion Pass in 2015, it will be valid until December 31, 2016.

2.   Earn the Companion Pass in 2016

If CarterV waits until after his December 2015 statement closes to meet minimum spending requirements on 2 Southwest cards, the points should post to his Southwest account early in 2016.

This could take some planning!  If he signs-up for 2 Southwest cards today (September 20, 2015), he’ll have 3 months (until December 20, 2015) to complete the minimum spending requirement.

His best bet is to call Chase and have his statement closing date moved to the beginning of December.  Then quickly meet the $2,000 minimum spending requirement on each card after his December 2015 statement closes, BUT before December 20, 2015.

Stop Don't Make This Mistake With The Southwest Companion Pass
With Some Planning, You Can Meet Minimum Spending In December and Have Your Southwest Sign-Up Bonus Post to Your Account in January

This way, the sign-up bonus and points from meeting minimum spending will post to his Southwest account after his January 2016 statement closes.

And he can take his time about earning the 6,000 remaining points for the Southwest Companion Pass in early 2016.

If CarterV earns the Companion Pass in 2016, it will be valid until December 31, 2017.

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Earn Your Companion Pass Early in 2016, and It’s Valid for Almost 2 Years of Nearly Free Travel!

Getting 2 years of nearly free travel for your companion is a fantastic deal!  So it’s worth the extra effort to be sure the Southwest points post to your account in early 2016.

That said, if CarterV really wants the Companion Pass before the end of this year, he’ll have to move quickly!  And the pass will only be valid through the end of 2016.

Remember not to make these other common mistakes that could cost you your Southwest Companion Pass!

Bottom Line

You will NOT qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass unless you earn 110,000 Southwest points in a calendar year.

So you can NOT earn the sign-up bonus (and points from minimum spending) in late 2015, then make up the rest of the points required in early 2016.

That said, now is a terrific time to go for the Southwest Companion Pass!  All 3 Southwest cards currently have a 50,000 Southwest point sign-up bonus.

And if you time it right, you could earn the Companion Pass in early 2016.  And travel 2-for-1 until December 31, 2017!

Thanks for the question, CarterV!

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Do you need a business tax ID to get the Chase SW business premiere card? How are people applying for this if they are not business owners? In my case, I am a business owner but I am trying to get the cards in my wife’s name because I had companion pass status last year (it recently expired). Any help would be greatly appreciated!

I was wondering. If I needed to use some of the miles to book a flight but I know that I will meet the requirements for the companion pass next month, will I loose those redeemed point going towards the companion pass and have to make them up again or do they just calculate everything you earn in that year whether you use it or not???

Annika Sommerville

@david, do you still have a referral code? I would LOVE to sign up for the 50k! My email is annikasommerville@yahoo.com

Thanks!

What if I earn all my points in Feb or March of 2016? will my companion pass be valid for the rest of this year plus the next year?

Thanks for all helpful information and posts! I followed these recommendations and just received my companion pass status earlier this week. I applied for both a personal and business credit card on October 15th. I was approved immediately for the first card, and for the second card after I confirmed I had a business. Both had 50 K bonus point offers. One card had a closing date of 11/4 and the second was 11/10. I used both cards, but made sure my balance was under $2,000 total for the November and December statements. After 12/10, I started using both cards heavily. When the 1/4 statement cut, I had earned 57 k points. When the 1/10 statement cut, I had earned 54 k points. The points actually posted by 1/7 and 1/11. My rapid rewards account showed companion pass complete status on 1/12! Me and my companion had tickets for a flight on 1/14 and they credited back the cost of my companion’s ticket when I called. Thanks again for the great information. I plan to put my points and companion pass to great use over the next 24 months. I’m alreany thinking ahead to getting my companion ready to start the same process in October 2017…

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