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The highly coveted Southwest Companion Pass can now be earned as part of a new limited-time offer on select personal Southwest credit cards.
Chase and Southwest announced a new offer allowing new Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card, Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card, and Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card holders to earn a free companions pass, plus 30,000 points after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first three months of account opening through Feb. 11, 2019.
Loyal Southwest travelers who don’t already have an eligible Southwest card may be tempted to apply in hopes of earning this unique offer. However, if you don’t have an airline preference, consider other airline cards.
We’ll break down what exactly is a Companion Pass, how you can earn the bonus and any exclusions.
What is the Southwest Companion Pass?
A popular benefit provided to Southwest cardholders and members of their frequent flyer program is the Companion Pass. You can typically earn this benefit in one of two ways: fly 100 qualifying one-way flights or earn 110,000 qualifying points in a calendar year.
After you’ve earned the pass, you can bring one companion for free (not including taxes and fees) every time you purchase or redeem points for a Southwest flight. The Companion Pass is valid for the remainder of the year in which you earned it and the following full calendar year. And, there are no blackout dates or seat restrictions. While only one person can be listed as a companion, you can change the designated person up to three times each calendar year.
How to earn the Southwest Companion Pass bonus
When you open an eligible Southwest personal credit card now through February 11, you can qualify to earn the bonus. The Companion Pass is valid through December 31, 2019.
There are a few exclusions that apply:
- Current personal Southwest cardholders cannot qualify for the bonus
- If you’ve received a new cardmember bonus for a personal Southwest card in the past 24 months
- Business cards and employee credit cards don’t qualify
Which Southwest cards earn the bonus?
If Southwest is your favorite airline and you’d love to save on a companion’s airfare, this limited-time offer can be a great deal. Plus, Southwest cards offer airline-centric perks, such as a statement credit for in-flight purchases, and the ability to earn elite status faster, depending on the card you choose to apply for. Keep in mind that February 11 is the last day to qualify for the bonus, and you’ll only have the remainder of 2019 to use it.