I’m giving a talk at the Chicago Seminars next weekend about getting the Southwest Companion Pass. Perfect timing because the deal just resurfaced to potentially get the Companion Pass for all of 2015 and 2016.
Southwest is currently offering 50k bonus point sign ups on its personal and business credit cards after spending $2,000 in three months. You can leverage the offers for $3,142 in free flights.
You can get both the personal and business cards at once, and after meeting their minimum spending requirements, you will have 104,000 Rapid Rewards post to your account.
Southwest has a fixed-value program in which you can get any Wanna Get Away? fare for 70 points for every dollar of the base fare. That means 104,000 points are worth $1,485 in free flights.
Earn another 6,000 Rapid Rewards with the cards or a few other ways–getting to 110k points total–and you will earn the best deal in all of travel hacking: a Southwest Companion Pass.
If you have the Southwest Companion pass, you can designate a companion who flies for $5.60 per direction on every Southwest flight you fly. That’s every Southwest flight–including paid tickets, regular awards, and special loophole awards–for all of 2015 and 2016 if you play this correctly.
The free travel from the 110k Rapid Rewards and Companion Pass are worth at least $3,142 even after Southwest’s recent devaluation.
- What is a Southwest Companion Pass?
- How can you get one from two credit cards?
- How can you time this to make your companion pass last over 23 months?
This is the nineteenth post in a monthlong series that started here. Each post will take about two minutes to read and may include an action item that takes the reader another two minutes to complete. I am writing this for an audience of people who know nothing about frequent flyer miles, and my goal is that by the end, you know enough to fly for free anywhere you want to go.
I’ve covered how to earn miles and the redemption options for miles. Now I’m giving the basics on several major airline programs where you can quickly collect miles for amazing trips. Today: the Southwest Rapid Rewards, JetBlue TrueBlue, and Virgin America Elevate programs. I’m taking all three together because they are similar programs.
Why Collect Southwest, JetBlue, and Virgin America Points?
All three types of airline points can save you big on your next domestic trip or near international trip.
All three types of points can access every flight on their respective airlines with no blackouts.
- What airlines can you fly with Rapid Rewards, TrueBlue points, and Elevate points?
- What are the special features of each program?
- How can you book Rapid Rewards, TrueBlue, and Elevate awards?
Until July 31, 2014, you get a 40% bonus when purchasing Southwest Rapid Rewards points.
You can buy points here and the bonus is automatically coded into the purchase.
With the 40% bonus, the all in price is 1.96 cents per point, and you can buy in increments of 1,400 points.
- Is buying Southwest Rapid Rewards for 1.96 cents each a good deal?
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I got an email from Southwest over the weekend with the subject “Get 2 Roundtrip Flights along with a $50 statement credit for EarlyBird Check-In” that advertised the best Southwest credit card offer I’ve ever seen.
The offer is for 50,000 Rapid Rewards (worth over $700 in free Southwest flights) after spending $2,000 in the first three months after opening the account. In addition, the card comes with $50 in statement credits to offset EarlyBird Check-In on four Southwest flights.
- Is this a good deal?
- Is this a public offer?
- What is EarlyBird Check-In?
Three weeks ago I got an email from AirTran A+ Rewards with the subject “Get 750 Rapid Rewards Bonus Points.”
The email explains that Rapid Rewards and A+ Rewards, Southwest’s and AirTran’s loyalty programs will merge on November 2, 2014. (Southwest acquired AirTran in May 2011.)
If you verify your A+ and Rapid Rewards accounts to make that combination easier on the airline, you can get a quick 750 Rapid Rewards, worth about $11 in free flights. This took me about 20 seconds, so I thought it was a good return on investment.
- How can you get the 750 points?
- What amazing arbitrage opportunity will end November 2, 2014?