Southwest Companion Pass In Depth Guide

Whenever airlines mention some sort of companion fare/ticket, typically they are offering a round trip flight for the price of ~$99 + taxes and fees. While that is honestly a pretty good deal on its own, what if we could do better? Instead of a one use item, what if it lasted as many times as we wanted it to? Cue the incredible Southwest Companion Pass.

What is Southwest Companion Pass?

The Southwest Companion Pass is a status wherein the person with the Southwest Companion Pass can chose a companion, and fly with them for practically free. The only thing that has to be paid is the original ticket, plus the companion has to pay the government instituted security fee of $5.60 for a one way ticket, $11.20 for a round trip ticket. 

How Can You Earn the Southwest Companion Pass

There  are two ways to earn the Southwest Companion Pass. The first involves taking 110 flights per year with Southwest. The second, and much more doable path is earning 110,000 (125,000 Points starting in 2020) Southwest Points within a calendar year.

The status is earned for the remainder of the calendar year, and the rest of the next year. This would mean ideally, if you earned the companion pass in January, you would have the status for almost 2 years. 

Best Way to Earn the Southwest Companion Pass

The best way to earn the Southwest Companion Pass is actually by earning the 110,000 points in a calendar year. This is because there are Southwest credit cards that will pretty much get us there. Because of newer Chase rules involving the inability to hold more than one personal Southwest card, you’ll have to signup for both a business and a personal card.

Because the business card wont count against your 5/24 status, I would recommend getting the business card first. There are two options, the Premier that gets you an 80,000 point sign up bonus, or the performance’s 60,000 point sign up bonus. After getting the sign up bonus on the business card, you’ll need to get another personal Southwest card. These cards currently have a 60,000 point sign up bonus. With either combination, you’ll be above the 110,000 threshold. 

If you time it right, you’ll have earned the 110,000 points as early in the year as possible, so that you’ll be able to enjoy the Companion Pass for the remainder of the year, PLUS the entire next year!

Other Frequently Asked Questions 

How else can you earn points in the program that count towards the Companion Pass? 

Southwest Flights, Spending on the credit cards, Anniversary points from the credit cards, referral points, shopping portal, and Southwest Dining.  There are a few partnerships that may or may not count, including: Energy Plus, Everything Evergy, Regis Virtual Office, Reliant Secure, and SuperShuttle & ExecuCar

How Long Do I Hold the Companion Pass Once I Earn It

If you can earn 110,000 Southwest points a year, then you’ll keep it! However, for those of you that can’t, you’ll earn it for the remainder of the year, plus the entire calendar year. This excludes any sort of promotions that may state otherwise.

Can you change the Companion? 

Answer: You can change the companion up to 3 times within a calendar year.

Can the Companion Fly Alone? 

Answer: No, the person with the status must be present for the flight. 

Are you interested in getting the Southwest Companion pass? If you’ve had it before, what is your experience with it? Let us know down in the comment section down below.

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