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When I heard about the Southwest Companion Pass I knew I wanted one. I needed one. I am a cosmopolitan and traveling is what I do. Or at least, it is what I used to do. Before I had kids. An airplane was like taking the bus. A trip to London, Paris, New York, Barcelona, Lisbon, Munich, Pisa, Florence, Milan or Rome. It was not foreign to me.
A lot changed when we had kids. Taking a quick flight wasn’t that easy anymore. And trips by plane got traded for roadtrips. Still fun, but different.
We moved from The Netherlands to The United States of America and started exploring the state we lived in. But still that idea of taking a flight out… Going places.
So you can understand why I NEED this Southwest Companion Pass. Even though you have still no idea what it is and what makes it special.
What is the Southwest Companion Pass?
The Southwest Companion Pass is the must have pass if you love flying together. Because you can bring one designated person with you FOR FREE on any Southwest flight that you purchase with cash or saved points. You can change your designated person up to three times per year.
Well, there is a catch, they do have to pay taxes and fees. Which is $5.60.- one way. And that’s it. Luggage is included. And there are no blackout dates and no restrictions. Yay!
And it gets even better. If you get the pass this year, it is valid for the rest of this year AND the whole of next year. Which means, the rest of 2019 and all of 2020.
I want that Companion Pass. I need that Companion Pass.
So, How can you get this pass?
There are two ways to get a Southwest Companion Pass.
1. If you are a frequent flyer you might be able to make 100 qualifying flights in a year.
2. For the rest of us there is another way to get this pass, by saving 110,000 Rapid Rewards points. You need a Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Card (referral link, this is currently the best deal I could find) to save your points. If you don’t have this card yet, you can benefit from the current deal they have going on. You get 40,000 Rapid Rewards points when you spend $1,000.- in the first month.
Offers will change and it’s always wise to check the offers out there. I do my best to keep it up-to-date and find the best sign-up deal available.
Preferably you apply for the card in November / December. You will have the card just in time for all your Holiday shopping! But make sure the total points are not posted on your statement before January of the new year. Otherwise they count towards the past year. The sooner you have all your points in the new year, the longer you can benefit from your Companion Pass.
You can apply for a business Southwest Credit Card as well. After spending $3,000.- in 3 months you’ve earned 60,000 points. Those 60,000 Rapid Rewards point will count towards your total. Which means, with those two cards combined you already have a total of 100,000 Rapid Reward Points.
Remember that Chase handles the 5/24 rule. Which means they don’t approve your credit card if you applied for more than 5 credit cards in the past 24 months.
Everything you spend on the card will help you save for that companion pass. Plus you can use the 110,000 Rapid Rewards points you saved, to buy tickets.
You can also apply directly at Chase for the Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Card. They have an offer right now that qualifies you for the Companion Pass and 30,000 Rapid Rewards Points if you spend $4,000.- in the first 3 months after opening. However, the Companion Pass is only valid for this year. This offer is valid if you sign up before Feb 11, 2019.
How to get the pass multiple years?
At the beginning of the post, I mentioned four years. This year I am saving points for the Companion Pass and in November / December 2020 my husband will go for it. That way we’ll get the most out of it! Plus the kids will be older too, which makes traveling even easier.
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I can’t wait to have all those point available and to benefit from the Southwest Companion Pass. In the meantime I’ll be fantasizing where we’ll be going.