Southwest Companion Pass Tricks

Southwest Companion Pass Trick: Complete Guide

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Southwest Companion Pass Basics

One of my favorite travel deals is the Southwest Companion pass. Learn about the Southwest Companion Pass trick here. This guide aims to tell you everything you need to know to earn two-for-one travel for your family!

Let’s start with the basics: if a person earns 125,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points in a calendar year, besides all those points you just got, you will also earn a Southwest Companion Pass.

Once you earn the Companion Pass: for the rest of that calendar year and the next calendar year, you can name a person who will then fly with you anytime you fly and only pay about $5 in fees each way. (International Flights will have higher taxes).

You can also change your companion 3 times per year.

Since earning our first companion pass in 2015, we have exclusively traveled on Southwest for domestic flights. For much of that time, my husband and I EACH held a companion pass…which means both of our kids were flying domestically for $5 each! The Southwest Companion Pass trick may feel like it is too good to be true, but I can assure you it isn’t.

There are a few tricks to earning it and maximizing your Companion Pass, as well as some restrictions. I’m going to try to lay them all out here, so you can enjoy half-priced travel, too.

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    Southwest Companion Pass Trick #1: Timing

    Southwest Companion Pass Trick

    Timing is important when it comes to the companion pass.

    When you earn your 125,000 points, you get the companion pass for the REST of that calendar year plus the NEXT calendar year.

    If you earn the companion pass in January 2022, you will have it until December 2023– the rest of 2022 and the whole next year (2023) — 23 months.

    If you earn the companion pass in December 2021, you will only have it until December 31, 2022–12 months.

    For maximum value, you want to try to earn it as early in the year as possible. Keep reading to find out the strategies I use to earn it as early in the year as possible.

    Southwest Companion Pass Trick #2: Earn a Companion Pass by opening new credit cards

    Southwest Companion Pass Tricks

    The most straightforward way to earn a companion pass way is by opening 1-2 Southwest credit cards from Chase, which is the exclusive issuer of Southwest cards. Each dollar spent on a Southwest credit card earns you at least 1 Southwest Rapid Rewards point in addition to the sign up bonus you will earn on a new card.

    Sign up bonuses vary, and often during the year, you will be able to earn the Companion Pass just by earning 2 sign up bonuses. Other times, the sign up bonuses will get you most of the way there and then you will need to top off your earning with a few more points.

    Sign up bonuses start at 40,000 points after spending $1000 in 3 months, but often go up to 60,000+ points after spending $2,000 to $3,000 a few times a year. Some bonuses will have different tiers — like earn 50,000 points after you spend $3,000 in 3 months, and earn 50,000 more after you spend $12,000 total in 12 months. Occasionally Southwest offers a limited time Companion Pass as part of the sign up offer on a credit card. The offer on the Southwest Performance Business card is pretty standard at 80,000 points (after spending $5,000 in 3 months). Annual fees range from $69 to $199 depending on the perks of the cards.

    To be eligible for the credit card bonuses you need to have good or excellent credit. You also need to qualify under Chase’s unofficial “5/24 rule” which means you need to have opened fewer than 5 credit cards (from any issuer) in the past 24 months. Head back to my getting started with credit cards page if you’re just starting out with opening credit cards for free travel.

    There are 3 Southwest branded personal cards to choose from and 2 Southwest branded business cards. You are only allowed to earn a bonus on 1 personal Southwest card per 24 months, so if you want to earn the Companion Pass solely through credit card bonuses, it is easiest with a combination of 1 business Southwest card and one personal Southwest card.

    Here are all your card options. If you’re interested in applying for one of these cards, I really appreciate if you use my referral link as it helps support my site and doesn’t cost you anything!

    Personal Cards

    Through July 11, 2022, all Southwest personal cards are offering 75,000 points after spending $5,000 in 3 months.

    I think the Priority Card offers the best value by far, even though it has the highest annual fee. The annual fee effectively drops to $74 after the $75 annual statement credit. The statement credit is extremely easy to redeem, I just buy $75 of Southwest Giftcards on their website each year and the credit comes off on my statement automatically. You could also use it for taxes and fees or in-flight food and beverages.

    The Priority card also offers 4 upgraded boardings (instead of the 2 early bird check ins) and more points on your card anniversary.

    Keep in mind that you are only eligible for a new personal card if you haven’t received a bonus on a personal card in the past 24 months. Essentially 24 months after you receive your bonus you are eligible to apply for another card and get another bonus (as long as you have cancelled your previous card).

    Southwest Plus Card – 75,000 point bonus through 7/11/22
    • $69 annual fee
    • 2 Early Bird Check-ins per year
    • 3000 points per year on your card member anniversary
    • 2x earning on Southwest flights, local transit, internet, cable, phone services, and select streaming
    Southwest Premier Card – 75,000 point bonus through 7/11/22
    • $99 annual fee
    • 2 Early Bird Check-ins per year
    • 6000 points per year on your card member anniversary
    • 3x earning on Southwest flights; 2x on local transit, internet, cable, phone services, and select streaming
    • 1,500 Tier Qualifying Points for every $10,000 spent
    Southwest Priority Card75,000 point bonus through 7/11/22
    • $149 annual fee
    • $75 annual statement credit for Southwest purchases
    • 4 upgraded boardings per year
    • 7500 points per year on your card member anniversary
    • 3x earning on Southwest flights; 2x on local transit, internet, cable, phone services, and select streaming
    • 1,500 Tier Qualifying Points for every $10,000 spent
    • Check your Companion Pass strategy before applying

    Business Cards

    Southwest business cards tend to have very consistent offers and we don’t see the same variation as we do on the personal cards.

    Southwest Companion Pass Trick
    Southwest Premier Business Card – 60,000 point bonus
    • $99 annual fee
    • 2 Early Bird Check Ins per year
    • Free in-flight wifi
    • 1,500 Tier Qualifying Points for every $10,000 spent
    • 3x earning on Southwest flights; 2x on local transit
    • 6000 points per year on your card member anniversary
    Southwest Companion Pass Trick
    Southwest Rapid Rewards Performance Business Credit Card – 80,000 point bonus
    • $199 annual fee
    • TSA Precheck/Global Entry statement credit
    • 4 upgraded boardings per year
    • Free in-flight wifi
    • 1,500 Tier Qualifying Points for every $10,000 spent
    • 4x earning on Southwest flights; 2x on local transit, internet, cable, phone services, and select streaming
    • 9000 points per year on your card member anniversary

    Southwest Companion Pass Trick #3: Time your Credit Card Applications

    As discussed above, the best time to earn the companion pass is in January. So how do you accomplish that with credit cards? Part of the Southwest Companion pass trick is to get your timing right. 

    You need to time your card applications carefully. Business card applications from Chase can take a few weeks to process, so I recommend starting the application process as early as October. You can try applying for both a business card and a personal card on the same day and it might get approved. Or you can apply for 1 first, wait 30 days and apply for the other.

    Now the next step is critical — timing when you will receive your bonus points. 

    After you complete your minimum spending requirements, Chase typically gives you your bonus points on the day that month’s statement closes.

    Let’s say you apply for the card in early October and complete your $2000 spending pretty easily in November. When your statement closes on December 15 (for example), you will earn your 50,000 bonus points. But wait! That’s NOT what you want to do. You are trying to get those bonus points to post in January at the earliest.

    You absolutely don’t want to complete your minimum spending before January 1.

    Got it? Don’t complete your minimum spending before January 1!

    Ttechnically should be able to complete it as soon as your December statement closes. The date will vary for each person. You can call to confirm your statement closing date and often you can change the date you want it to close.

    If you want to do some end of year charitable giving on your card (one of our favorite ways to complete minimum spending requirements) you could do that on December 31 and you should be fine, most transactions don’t post on your credit card for a few days anyway.

    But if you want to be absolutely sure, just wait till January 1 to spend big. You could apply for your cards as early as October 3. You need to complete your spending within 3 months so watch your dates very carefully. You can also wait until December or January to apply for the cards if you don’t have any travel planned early in the year. Historically, usually in the late fall and winter, Chase raises the sign up bonuses on all the Southwest credit cards, so personally, I like to wait until I see an offer of 60,000 points before I jump on it. 

    Sample card combos to earn the Companion Pass

    Southwest Companion Pass Tricks

    These calculations were calculated with the 75,000 point bonus on the personal cards that was available on May 27, 2022.  

    Personal Cards Only:

    Southwest Plus Card

    Total Annual Fees paid: $69
    Total points earned after minimum spending: 80,000 points (75,000 points bonus + 5,000 from spending in 1x categories)
    Total spending needed to earn bonus points: $5,000
    Additional points needed for companion pass in 2022: 40,000 points.

    Southwest Priority Card

    Total Annual Fees paid: $149
    Total points earned after minimum spending: 80,000 points (75,000 points bonus + 5,000 from spending in 1x categories)
    Total spending needed to earn bonus points: $5,000
    Additional points needed for companion pass in 2022: 40,000 points.

    Additional premium benefits: 4 upgraded boardings per year + $75 back on Southwest purchases, which includes taxes and fees from booking flights

    One Personal + One Business Card:

    Southwest Plus Card  + Southwest Premier Business Card

    Total Annual Fees paid: $168
    Total points earned after minimum spending: 143,000 (135,000 from bonuses; 8,000 from spending)
    Total spending needed to earn bonus points: $8,000
    Additional points needed for companion pass: None! You’ve earned it
    Additional premium benefits: 4 Early Bird Check Ins per year

    Southwest Priority Card  + Southwest Premier Business Card

    Total Annual Fees paid: $248
    Total points earned after minimum spending: 143,000 (135,000 from bonuses; 8,000 from spending)
    Total spending needed to earn bonus points:
    $8,000
    Additional points needed for companion pass:
    None! You’ve earned it
    Additional premium benefits: 4 upgraded boardings per year + $75 back on Southwest purchases, which includes taxes and fees from booking flights, 2 Early Bird Check Ins per year

    Southwest Priority Card  + Southwest Performance Business card

    Total Annual Fees paid: $348
    Total points earned after minimum spending: 165,000 (155,000 from bonuses, 10,000 from spending)
    Total spending needed to earn bonus points: $10,000
    Additional points needed for companion pass: None! You’ve earned it
    Additional premium benefits: 8 upgraded boardings per year + TSA Precheck/Global Entry credit + free wifi + $75 back on Southwest purchases, which includes taxes and fees from booking flights

    Business Cards Only:

    Southwest Premier Business card  + Southwest Performance Business card

    Total Annual Fees paid: $298
    Total points earned after minimum spending: 148,000
    Total spending needed to earn bonus points: $8,000
    Additional points needed for companion pass: None! You’ve earned it!
    Additional premium benefits: 4 upgraded boardings per year + TSA Precheck/Global Entry credit + free wifi, 2 Early Bird Check Ins per year

    Southwest Performance Business card

    Total Annual Fees paid: $199
    Total points earned after minimum spending: 85,000
    Total spending needed to earn bonus points: $5,000
    Additional points needed for companion pass: 40,000 points. Keep reading to find out how you can earn those last 40,000 points
    Additional premium benefits: 4 upgraded boardings per year + TSA Precheck/Global Entry credit + free wifi

    Southwest Companion Pass Trick #4: Other ways to earn Rapid Rewards Points

    Southwest Companion Pass Tricks

    New credit card sign up bonuses are the fastest way to give yourself a huge points boost on your quest to earn 125,000 points. But it isn’t the only way! Here are a few more options. These are also the best options for card offers that get you most of the way there but maybe not all the way to 125,000 points.

    Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal
    • Earn points by clicking through the links from a wide variety of online shopping options
    • Note: bonuses sometimes allow you to earn as much as 3500 bonus points after spending certain amounts — but technically these bonus points won’t count towards the Companion Pass. Just the base points on your portal purchases. In practice, though, sometimes these bonus points do count towards your companion pass.
    Book Hotels Through Southwest Hotels
    • Earn points per dollar you spend on Southwesthotels.com – and bonus points of up to 10,000 per night!
    • Southwest partners with Booking.com for this and guarantees the best rates
    Refer a friend (or spouse) to the Southwest Credit card you already have
    • Referral bonuses are usually 10,000 points per referral. If you have any Southwest credit card, you can generate a personalized link that will allow you to refer a friend to any of of the Southwest cards.
    • Always make sure the offer you are referring friends to matches the current highest offer. Sometimes Chase will release a lower offer through the referral page. 
    • Through 6/30/2022, Chase is offering a promo where you earn 20,000 points for each referral (max of 100,000).
    • If you refer a friend to a Southwest credit card in December after your December statement is closed, this referral will post to your account in January and will count for your next year’s companion pass earning. This is a great way to get a boost on your earning.
    Rapid Rewards Dining Program
    • Register any credit or debit card to earn points when you dine at participating restaurants.
    • Technically only the base points you earn count towards the companion pass, not any bonus promotions — but in practice the bonus promotions seem to count as well.
    Earn points for flights you take and pay cash for on Southwest
    • Depending on which card you have, you will earn 2x-4x points on any Southwest flight you’ve purchased, in additional to the points you get for your actual flight.
    Earn bonus points though Southwest partners (base points only, not bonus points)
    • Hotel stays booked through Rocketmiles can earn up to 10,000 Rapid Rewards points per night
    • Car rentals booked through the Southwest partner site can earn points per booking
    • Check the Southwest site for all the current deals!
    Quarterly bonus points from Chase
    • Every quarter, Chase targets some cardholders for bonus spend opportunities. Sometimes it is as simple as earn 5x on all spend. Or it might be spend $1,000 and earn 3000 points.
    • Check your cards here: https://www.chase.com/mybonus to see if they qualify every quarter!

    Which points don’t count towards earning a Companion Pass?

    It is important to note that not all Rapid Rewards points you earn will count towards the 125,000 you need to earn a companion pass. Here are the points that technically DON’T count:

    • Points transferred from Chase Ultimate Rewards accounts (like the Chase Sapphire or Ink products)
    • Points converted from hotel or car loyalty programs
    • Purchased points
    • Points from e-Rewards?, Valued Opinions, and Diners Club?
    • Tier bonus points
    • Flight bonus points
    • Partner bonus points (with the exception of the Rapid Rewards Credit Cards from Chase).

    In practice, some people find that partner bonus points DO actually count towards the Companion Pass, so your results may vary.

    Check out the full terms here

    Southwest Companion Pass Trick #5: How to complete your minimum spend if you have low monthly expenses

    One of the key parts of using credit cards to earn miles and points is not spending more money to reach these bonuses, but just to leverage your everyday spending. We have monthly expenses that are around $1,000 a month so we often need to use other strategies to help us reach minimum spends. This is also helpful with bonuses that require a larger amount of spending (like $10,000+) if we want to complete it more quickly.

    1. Move all your spending to your new card. We use Google Pay to set up both of us to use the new card for stores that accept contactless payment. 
    2. Buy store gift cards. You can?t do this perpetually, but if you are a few hundred dollars short on a minimum spend, it can help to buy a gift card to a store where you know you will use it. I sometimes buy as much as $1,000 in Costco gift cards, knowing I will spend it eventually. This only works if you have the cash flow to essentially pre-pay your biggest expenses.
    3. Buy Visa gift cards when your grocery store or Staples has a promo (otherwise the activation fees might not be really worth it). I then register these gift cards with a PIN number online and use them for bills that I can only pay with a debit card, like my health insurance (many online processors will consider them a debit card — always test with a smaller amount first!)
    4. Pay your car or home insurance (or time a new card sign-up to when you have an insurance bill coming). Many companies will even allow you to pre-pay.
    5. Pay your property taxes. This varies depending on location. In our county, I am charged a small fee to do this but I often find it worth it anyway if I’m working on a new card bonus.
    6. Fund micro loans through Kiva. You will get paid back eventually and do good in the process!\ 
    7. Save up your charitable giving and use your credit cards to give. 
    8. Use Plastiq to pay bills where credit isn’t usually accepted. Again, there is a fee but sometimes the fee is worth it for us?like if we pay a $50 fee but then get $700 of travel! If you want to pay your mortgage, you can only use a Mastercard, so this doesn’t work for the Southwest cards.
    9. Open a new bank account and fund it with a credit cardDoctor of Credit has a great resource on this. I recently opened a money market account with Great Southern Bank and was able to fund $4900 with a Chase credit card. It coded as a “Financial Purchase” and I received points for the purchase. I will keep the account open for 30 days and then close it.
    10. Prepay monthly expenses like Netflix, gym memberships or tuition. 
    11. Pay a car down payment. When we bought a car we were allowed to put $2500 of the down payment on a credit card. Varies by dealer. 
    12. Load your Amazon account with Amazon gift cards.
    13. Add a trusted family member or friend as an authorized user and let them reimburse you for their purchases.
    14. Pick up the tab if out to dinner with friends and have them pay you back via Venmo or another electronic cash app. 
    15. Get reimbursed for business expenses. Clear this with your company first. 
    16. Pay your rent with a service like RadPad or Place. Usually about a three percent fee.
    17. Pay your federal income or state income taxes (fees of 1.67%+ will apply. 
    18. Pay tuition. 

    How will I know I’ve earned the Companion Pass?

    When you log into your Southwest Account, you can see your progress right on the dashboard.

    Southwest Companion Pass Trick

    When you have earned the Companion Pass, you will receive an email from Southwest congratulating you on earning it.

    Southwest Companion Pass Trick

    You will also be able to see this updated on your dashboard when you log in to your account.

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    How to use Southwest Companion Pass: Designating your Companion

    The email you receive from Southwest will invite you to designate your companion. When you log into your account, you should also be prompted to designate a person.

    Keep in mind, you can change your companion 3 times in a calendar year, so you do have some flexibility. But after the 3rd change, your companion will be locked onto that person.

    After designating your companion, you will also receive a physical card in the mail that says “Companion Pass” with your companion’s name. We have always just stuck this in a drawer and never looked at it again. We’ve never needed it.

    How to Book with Southwest Companion Pass

    Southwest Companion Pass Tricks

    If you already have a flight booked, you can now add your companion to it. You can always do this over the phone if you want to. Or generally it can be done online. Log into your account and find your booking. You should see a link to “Add Companion” to your reservation. The reservation screen is very similar to booking a regular ticket.

    You always have to book your flight and then add your companion separately. You can use your Rapid Rewards points to book more than one ticket. So if you are a family of 4 with one companion pass, you can book 3 tickets together from one Rapid Rewards account and then add the companion. You and your companion will also always have separate reservation numbers so it is an extra step on check-in. You will need to check in separately.

    We love that Southwest doesn’t charge change fees and will just deposit your miles back into your account as long as you cancel at least 10 minutes before your flight leaves! This benefit is not quite as good if you are booking with cash because cash funds are just reusable for 12 months from ticket purchase date and must be used by the person who had the flight booking. Points remain 100% flexible.

    Occasionally we have run into problems with adding a companion to our reservation. Sometimes with International itineraries you need to call in to add a companion. You will also pay additional taxes when flying internationally. Sometimes because we have 2 companion passes, we need to call in to add the 2nd companion because the screens error out and tell us  we already have added a companion to the reservation. Sometimes if we want to change a reservation and have already added our companion to the reservation, we need to call in to do so. Southwest customer service is always helpful and friendly so really, don’t be afraid to call and ask for help!

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    What other questions do you have about the Companion Pass? Do you need help with the Southwest Companion Pass Trick? I’d love to help you get some two-for-one tickets!

    36 thoughts on “Southwest Companion Pass Trick: Complete Guide”

    1. I recently booked a round trip Pittsburgh to Reno. connecting through Las Vegas with my wife as companion. On the return trip, is it possible for my wife to complete the trip back to Pittsburgh, and for me to stay in Las Vegas for a few days and use my ticket to return to Pittsburgh ??

      1. Unfortunately, not as a companion. She would have to book a separate ticket home if she wants to come back early. You can cancel her as a companion on your reservation and rebook her return separately. If it gets complicated, just call Southwest, they have great customer service!

    2. My husband currently has a Southwest companion pass that expires 12/31/21. We usually take turns having the companion pass as we only need 1 companion for our trips. There is a promotion right now to get the companion pass until 2/28/22. I haven’t applied for a companion pass under my name since 2014. Should I use this offer or wait for January of 2022 and see what offers are available or plan on trying to acquire the 125000 points?

      1. I’d probably recommend waiting if you have a pass that expires 12/31/21. With the current promotion, you would essentially only be extending the pass by 2 months. If you have a lot of travel you’re hoping to do in January and February of 2022, it could be worth it. But otherwise, you will get more value by waiting until late 2021 to apply for the cards so that you can earn it. If you earn your 125,000 points in early 2022, you will then have the Companion Pass for the rest of 2022 and all of 2023.

    3. If I have never had a companion pass before is the current offer the best one to start with? 30,000 points plus companion pass until 2/2022

      1. If you think you would use the Companion pass at least 2 times before it expires, I think it is a good offer! Especially if you are invested in trying out the Companion pass. If you decide you like it, your spouse or significant other could try to earn it in 2022 so you could get another one.

    4. Any way to extend the Companion Pass by a few days? I’m planning a trip from 12/26-1/2, and I would love to use it in both directions. Thanks!

    5. Veronica Peshoff

      Is it possible to earn a companion pass through one personal credit card application? Please provide example to accomplish it. Thank you.

      1. It is possible but how hard or easy it is varies greatly based on the current credit card offers. Early in 2021, there was an offer where you could earn 90k points after spending $10,000 on a SW card. That one card could actually earn you the companion pass because in 2021, you only had to earn 100k points. But when the offers are 40k, it would be very hard to earn with just one personal card.

    6. Elizabeth Freuck

      I have had my Southwest Credit Card for over a year. My online statements don’t say anything about a 20,000 point credit in 2021 and it says I need a total of 125,000 points to earn the companion pass. How can I make sure I received the 20,000 point credit?

      1. You will only see it on the companion pass tracker. It is a bit confusing, they didn’t actually give you points. They just gave everyone 25k points extra on the companion pass tracker, which means, essentially, you only have to earn 100k in 2021 to earn your companion pass.

    7. I have a personal and business credit card. Does it make any point to keep the cards and pay the annual fees if I am not going to qualify for companion this year? (Without the bonus points, I’ll never make it.) I was unlucky enough to qualify during a pandemic and had to cancel trips. 🙁

      1. I think it makes sense for some people and not others. If you are a person that uses Early Bird Check In or the upgraded boardings, the benefits can easily off-set the annual fee. Especially because you also get points on your cardmember anniversary. But you could also cancel the cards and get them again when it has been 24 months since your bonus posted. Bummer about not getting much use from your pass.

    8. My wife and I have a trip booked in December 2021, and then another one with our kids in March 2022. All of these flights were booked with points. I just hit the companion pass in November and I was wondering if I can somehow drop my wife off of the reservations and add her as the companion. All of the flights still have seats left but not at the prices they were when I first booked, therefore It would not benefit me to cancel the whole thing and rebook. Thoughts?

      1. Yes, you can definitely do this. First you will want to name your wife as your companion. Then I’d suggest just calling into Southwest and letting the Customer Service reps doing this for your. They should be able to remove her from the reservation and then rebook her as your companion. Enjoy your Companion Pass!

    9. My husband has a SW rapid rewards credit card. I am an extra authorized user on his account, and have a card in my name that is connected to his account. We last got the bonus over 24 months ago (back in March of 2019). If he cancels his card, can I apply for one in my name and we get the 100,000 bonus points following the requirements?

      1. Yes! You don’t even have to cancel his card. He should try to refer you so he gets extra points but most referral links have dropped down to a lower offer of 40k. You may be able to apply for the 100k offer and later attach his referral as I recently saw someone able to do this.

        1. Thank you so much! I appreciate your reply, and will follow your tricks above to wait until Jan to start earning!

    10. I applied for both cards today. approved for the personal, but the business just said something like thanks for applying. you can close this window now. No approval/denial/pending… Is this normal now? Never seen that before.

    11. I have a personal SW Rapid rewards card and have earned 100,544 points so far in 2021. I just received a SW Business card and will earn 60,000 points after spending $3000 in the first 3 months, starting Oct.7. I have about $300 left to spend. My business card statement ends on Dec. 25. If I spend the remaining $300 in the last few days of the year are points credited to 2021 or 2022? Wondering if there’s a way to maximize the Companion Pass for 2 years. Thank you

      1. If you complete the spending before your statement closes, the 60,000 points will post to 2021 and you will have earned the Companion Pass for 2021 and 2022. If you wait to finish your spending until Jan 1, your 60,000 points will post in 2022. You would still need to earn 65,000 more points in 2022 in order to earn the Companion Pass. You could open 1 more business card or if it has been 24 months since you got the personal bonus, you could cancel and reapply.

    12. I have 122000 points and need 3000 more points for the companion pass. My SW credit card shows that I have another 4000 points pending; however the statement closes on January 3rd and the companion points resets on January 1st. Will I be eligible for the pass or need to start over again?

      1. Unfortunately those wont post till Jan 3 then and your Companion pass counter will reset. I just made a comment below on ways you could possibly earn those 3000 points before the 31st.

    13. Hi Katie, love your page. I am at 122, 379 miles and almost over the edge. My account statement already posted for this month, and Had I known it was going to be so close, i would have pushed a little harder! Anyway, do you have any ideas about how I can pick up some additional last minute points to keep my companion pass. I did refer my husband for a card about 6 weeks ago, but I suppose those points won’t post until he completes his 3 months and gets his points on his card, correct? I called the credit card number and asked to move my closing date on it, but they say it takes 2-3 billing cycles to become effective. Would love any thoughts you have.

      1. Normally the referral bonus posts the statement after the friend is approved, but not always. You are so close! A few things you could try:
        1. The only way I think youd for sure get those points is if you booked a cash fare and flew it in SW liketomorrow. When you book a ticket it tells you what you will earn. I think if you book a $250 round trip it would get you those points.

        2. You could try doing some shopping through the Rapid Rewards portal. I saw some things like Norton had 20x earning. These often post within 5 business days but no guarantee.

        3. You could book a hotel with Southwest Hotels that has a bonus. In Chicago I saw some with bonuses of 3k or more, for instance. You would actually have to check in to your stay. Again, not 100% sure they would post in time.

        Good luck and let me know if it works out ?

    14. Currently, the personal cards all come with Companion Pass bonus thru Feb 2023. If I open one of those personal cards + 1 Business card (to get the companion pass thru Dec 2023), I know I should do the Business Card first. Then when I open the Personal card though, won’t the companion pass that comes with that “override” the companion pass that’s good thru Dec 2023? Or will I then have enough points that the “bonus” pass from the personal card (thru 2/23) be then “upgraded” to the companion pass thru 12/23? That sounds confusing….I want to be sure I won’t end up with the pass thru Feb 2023.

      1. Those offers are separate. So anyone who earns 125,000 points in a calendar year will earn a Companion Pass for the rest of the year and also the next calendar year. So if you earn 125,000 points, you will get the Companion Pass for the full time — regardless of what personal offer you do (like if it includes the promo Companion Pass). There is also a personal offer for 50k after $2k spend that is officially the “in-flight” offer but should work – https://swa.mychasecreditcards.com/a1/southwest/50kdualinflightEmail

        1. Oh, that is a great option! Thank you-if that’s still available 32 days after approval from the business card, that’s the one I’m going to do.

    15. My husband got both a personal card and a business card and we are about to hit the Companion Pass threshold. When it comes time for the annual card fee again, does it make any sense to keep both the cards? If we drop one, does it matter which one?

      1. I just got a approved for the southwest plus card with 30,000 bonus point and companion pass if I spend 5000.00 In 3 months. If I spend the 5000.00 within a couple weeks of getting card when will i get my points and companion pass ?

    16. What is the best way to KEEP re-earning the companion pass? I’ve earned one through the end of 2023 with the personal Priority card….is there a way to see how much spend I have to keep putting on the card to make sure I earn it AGAIN afterward? I’ve heard of people cancelling and re-applying for the card to get another sign on bonus….not sure if that is a good strategy. How do you do it? I don’t have anyone else who can apply for the card in the family so I’m the solo “cardholder”

      1. It is pretty hard to earn through spend alone unless you have a small business that spends a lot. In 2023, you will see the Companion Pass tracker start over. The easiest way to re-earn is to cancel the cards and apply again when it has been 24 months since you earned the bonus.

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