When it comes to flying, there is no better deal in the entire airline industry than the Southwest Companion Pass. The companion pass from Southwest is more than just the ability to take one single trip with someone like just about any other airline offers. It’s a buy one get one free airline ticket for any flight you take with Southwest for up to two years!
The bad news we are seeing for 2020 is that it will be harder to obtain than in years past. In its current configuration, you will need a total of 110k points within a year, or take 110 different flights within the same time frame of one year. Come January 2020, we must obtain a total of 125,000 points before you’ll be eligible for the Southwest companion pass! Alternatively, if you prefer to take the flights, it would only be 100 flights per year.
On the bright side, there is another change coming to the Southwest program that is positive. Previously, unused Southwest points would expire in 24 months if unused. Now though, earned points will not expire. The best part is, we don’t have to wait until 2020 for that change!
While I’ve never held the Southwest companion pass, I think it’s undoubtedly the best possible deal in the airline industry for those that fly frequently with someone else. While this now requires more spending that we’ve had to do in the past, the best method for getting those points is still signing up for a Southwest business card, and then the personal card afterwards.
Be mindful of Chase’s 5/24 rule though! If you are eligible for both of these cards, then you’ll be most of the way to that 125k threshold. For the extra little bit of points you’ll need after hitting the sign up bonuses, keep in mind Southwest’s portal where you can earn extra points for things you may have bought normally.
What do you think about these changes coming in 2020 to the Southwest Companion Pass? Let us know down in the comment section below!