Southwest Airlines Companion Pass Blog Series


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While getting a slew of points is great for signing up for a card, one of the major benefits of the Southwest Airlines credit card is that the the bonus points earned from the credit card sign up bonus along with the points from meeting the minimum spend requirement count towards the companion pass. You need 110,000 points in a calendar year to earn this companion pass so getting two cards will get you very close!

So here are all the prior posts explaining the nitty gritty details you need to know about the Companion Pass:

  1. What is a Southwest Airlines Companion Pass?
  2. How to Earn a Southwest Airlines Companion Pass
  3. Getting Two Southwest Credit Cards to Count Towards the Companion Pass
  4. Earning Partner Points to Count Towards the Companion Pass
  5. Transferring Chase Ultimate Reward Points to Southwest for Companion Pass Status
  6. Getting the Southwest Airlines Companion Pass for 2014 and 2015 Calendar Year
  7. Using the Southwest Airlines Companion Pass on Southwest and AirTran flights
  8. Changing your Companion with the Southwest Airlines Companion Pass
  9. Top 20 Questions for the Southwest Airlines Companion Pass

I’ve had the companion pass for many years (I think it has been 7 years and still going strong) so feel free to ask any questions you have! Two years ago I renewed my companion pass status by applying for one personal and one business version of the card. I personally have saved thousands of dollars by having this pass. I’ve had my mom, sister, husband, and friends all fly for free while traveling with me!

There are a total of four Southwest Airlines credit cards. The sign up bonus for all four count towards the companion pass. There are two personal and two business versions of the cards. The Plus version is a $69 annual fee and at each anniversary of card membership you’ll earn 3,00 points. The Premier version has a $99 annual fee and at each anniversary of card membership you’ll earn 6,000 points.

Credit card to help earn the companion pass:  As mentioned previously, there are three different Southwest cards – ALL of them have the same bonus offer after meeting the minimum spend requirements, but different annual fees and annual bonuses. You can view all three cards and the differences in this prior blog postYou can learn more about all Airline credit card offers here.

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Carey
Carey
8 years ago

How have you maintained possession of a CP for seven years? Churning SWA credit cards and always taking advantage of signup bonus?

dealswelike
dealswelike
8 years ago
Reply to  Carey

@Carey – For the first few years I actually got it the old fashion way. There were many bonuses for staying at hotels and I actually transferred some Amex points. Then Southwest changed from RR 1.0 to 2.0 and that actually extended my companion pass for an extra year I believe. The past two years was due to the credit card sign up.

Jerry
8 years ago

So if my December statement closes on the 2nd of Dec

All charges between the 2nd of Dec to Jan 2nd will post on the January statement an be eligible for 2014 / 2015 CP ???

dealswelike
dealswelike
8 years ago
Reply to  Jerry

@jerry – correct. Just make sure you are 100% sure when your statement closes. I personally recommend waiting till jan 1 to meet the minimum spend just to ensure nothing gets messed up

roadwarriorette
8 years ago

I got the CP early this year based on your advice, and it’s been great. Highly recommend it to anyone who flies domestic!

Rick
8 years ago

I have qualified for the CP and signed my wife up already. But will there actually be a pass she will receive?

dealswelike
dealswelike
8 years ago
Reply to  Rick

@Rick – You will receive an actual pass in the mail, but you do not actually need it.

thelugage
7 years ago

me too, I got the CP just like roadwarriorette and can’t even imagine life without it lol. How have I survived all these years..?

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