Southwest Sign-Up Bonuses Still Count Towards the Companion Pass
Noob contributer, Ethan, chimes in about the Southwest Airlines Companion Pass. Enjoy!
The Companion Pass is Working!
There have been mentions for about a week on FlyerTalk that the 50k bonuses on the Southwest Airlines cards were in fact still counting toward the Companion Pass. There were some concerns that this lucrative opportunity might go away, and I wanted to hold off to be sure, but my first statement closed and take a look!
I’m more than halfway to the Companion Pass! The 2 bonuses, points to meet spending, and my flights on Southwest this month will have me to the threshold by the end of January! That’s almost TWO FULL YEARS of Companion Pass awesomeness!
Ok… What are you talking about?
Southwest’s top “tier” is a Companion Pass, which allows you to take a designated person along with you on Southwest flights COMPLETELY FREE! You have to pay the $5 security fee, but that’s small potatoes compared with a free flight! It even works with points, which means when you get the credit card bonuses you can fly for free, and bring a companion with you!
You need 110,000 “qualifying” points. But, as you can see from my progress, credit card bonuses count! Both the personal and business Southwest Plus cards are offering 50,000 bonus points when you spend $2,000 in 3 months (the Premier cards are only 25k). The spending also counts for points, so after completing minimum spend you have 104,000 points! Then you can earn the additional 6,000 points through other qualifying activity, which can be spending on your credit card, earning points through Rapid Rewards shopping or buying flowers, or just flying Southwest (like me)!
edit: 50k Offers Are No Longer Active
The Timing Is Perfect.
Geoff posted about getting his Companion Pass back in November. The better time to do it, though, is right now, because like elite status the Companion Pass is valid the year in which you earn it and another entire year. So while the Noob Master will have his CP through the end of 2013, mine will be
good through the end of 2014. It seems the student has outdone the master this time. I sense a lot of weekend trips in my future. (Ok, done with the Star Wars references, I promise).
This is a really great offer to cut your travel expenses in half if you travel with someone, and earn a lot of Southwest points in the process for free travel!
— Noob Master