How To Earn the Southwest Companion Pass with Just 2 Credit Cards! – UPDATE

This post was originally published in January 2017 but it has been updated as of 9/20/17. 

The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the best deals in travel.   This pass allows you to basically buy one get one free on Southwest flights for up to 2 years!  I got mine in January of this year and have already gotten over $2,400 of value out of it!  To get the Companion Pass you need to earn 110,000 qualifying points in a calendar year.  Unless you travel on Southwest and extraordinary amount, this pass is hard to come by on flights alone.  But, thankfully, you can get it another way – through their credit cards.  As of now, the points bonus you earn on their 3 co-branded credit card DO COUNT towards the Companion Pass.  I’ll show you how to earn the Southwest Companion Pass with just 2 credit cards!  But, act fast because these credit card offers expire on October 4, 2017!

How To Earn The Southwest Companion Pass With Just 2 Credit Cards

 

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card  How To Earn The Southwest Companion Pass With Just 2 Credit Cards

  • 60,000 point bonus after $2,000 spend in your first 3 months (offer expires October 4, 2017)
  • $69 annual fee
  • 2x points on Southwest and Rapid Rewards Hotel and Car Rental Partner purchases
  • 1x points on all other purchases
  • 3,000 bonus points after your card member anniversary

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card  How To Earn The Southwest Companion Pass With Just 2 Credit Cards

  • 60,000 point bonus after $2,000 spend in your first 3 months (offer expires October 4, 2017)
  • $99 annual fee
  • 2x points on Southwest and Rapid Rewards Hotel and Car Rental Partner purchases
  • 1x points on all other purchases
  • 6,000 bonus points after your card member anniversary

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premiere Business Credit CardHow To Earn The Southwest Companion Pass With Just 2 Credit Cards

  • 60,000 point bonus after $3,000 spend in your first 3 months
  • $99 annual fee
  • 2x points on Southwest and Rapid Rewards Hotel and Car Rental Partner purchases
  • 1x points on all other purchases
  • 6,000 bonus points after your card member anniversary
  • No foreign transaction fees

Each of these cards is available to you if you do not have the card and have not received a new card member bonus for the card in the past 24 months.  If you have opened 5 or more credit cards (from any bank) in the last 24 months, you are unlikely to be approved for any Southwest cards.

How To Earn The Southwest Companion Pass With Just 2 Credit Cards
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How To Earn The Southwest Companion Pass

You can apply for both the personal and business credit cards or both personal cards so long as you have not had either card and have not received a new card member bonus for either card in the past 24 months.  Once you have gotten both cards and met the minimum spend, you will have 120,000 Rapid Rewards points.  This is enough to earn you the Companion Pass.

 

The Timing Can Be Tricky – Keep These Tips In Mind

  • The 110,000 points needed for the companion pass need to be earned and posted in the same calendar year.  You will need to complete the minimum spend before your December statement closes!
  • When you earn both bonuses in 2017 your Companion Pass will be valid through December 31, 2018.
  • If you are an experienced travel hacker, you might have done the math and realized there is a way to get both bonuses to post in January 2018 which would make your Companion Pass good through December 31, 2019.  If you are going to try this – more power to you!  I hope it works out.  If you do want to try to maximize this opportunity to get the Companion Pass for 2 years, I thought this episode of the Abroaders podcast did a nice job of explaining all of the details, so I will leave the nitty gritty to them!

 

The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the best deals in travel.  It allows you to designate a guest to fly with you for free (except for taxes) on paid and award flights for up to 2 years!  Once you earn the pass you will  have it for the remainder of that year and the entire next year.  If you earn the Companion Pass now with this credit card strategy it will be valid until December 31, 2018 (or December 31, 2019 if you earn the points in January)

Be sure to let me know if you have success earning the Companion Pass and Happy Travels!

 

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2 thoughts on “How To Earn the Southwest Companion Pass with Just 2 Credit Cards! – UPDATE

    1. You have to apply by Oct 4 and do the minimum spend within 3 months of the date you apply (in this scenario you would want to get the spend done asap). To get the Companion pass, you would need to hit the minimum spend on 2 cards before your statement closes in mid December. The bonus points need to post in the same calendar year to trigger the companion pass.

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