About a year ago, Southwest put some extremely customer-friendly extensions in place. One of the more favorable extension was for those that had a Southwest Companion Pass expiring Dec. 31, 2020. With the pandemic in place, it was clear that most travelers were not going to get any value out of the pass for a full 9.5 months.
At that time, they extended the pass 6-months to expire this summer. Well, fortunately, Southwest just extended their original extension and the pass will now expire Dec. 31, 2021, giving you another full year with the pass.
Who will see the extension?
Only those that had a Southwest Companion Pass originally expiring on Dec. 30, 2020 will see the extension — through Dec. 31, 2021.
Those that currently earned the pass last year (even if it was earned pre-pandemic) are still sitting with the same Dec. 31, 2021 expiration date. As of now, there is no extension in place for those members. With that being said, I am 90% confident those Southwest Companion Pass holders will eventually see an extension, but it might not be announced until later this year.
Additionally, if you do not have the Companion Pass and you are looking to earn it, Southwest will give you a boost. Combine this with one of the Southwest credit cards and you will be on your way to earning the pass in no time.
I am glad to see Southwest extending the Southwest Companion Pass dates for some, but truthfully I’d like to see them extend those that are set to expire Dec. 21, 2021 as well. I am personally impacted by this since I earned my pass the first week of January 2020 and have hardly used the pas, but I am pretty confident an extension will take place at some point.