Southwest Companion Pass®: What You Need To Know For 2023

Spooky season has passed, and Companion Pass season is heating up!

Getting the Southwest Companion Pass is all about the timing. You don’t want to be too early or too late in order to get the best value you can.

Let’s take a deep dive and cover everything you need to know about earning the Southwest Companion Pass for 2023.

What is the Southwest Companion Pass

The Southwest Companion Pass is a buy-one-get-one-free(ish) ticket on Southwest Airlines for you and your named companion.

Everything You Need to Know About Chase’s New Southwest Card: 65k Bonus Ends Wednesday

The tiered 65k Rapid Rewards sig-up bonus on the Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Card is scheduled to end this Wednesday, August 22. What it will drop to I'm not sure, but if you want the ability to earn 80,000 Rapid Rewards for spending $15,000--65k bonus, at least another 15k for non-bonused spend to unlock the bonus--then apply by Tuesday, August 21. 

Chase released a new Southwest co-branded credit card called the Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Card.

New Sign Up Bonus Rules for Personal Southwest Cards

Chase has come out with new sign up bonus eligibility rules that make earning a  Southwest Companion Pass more complicated.

As of April 5, if you already have a personal Southwest credit card open (the Personal Plus or the Premier Plus), you are no longer eligible for the other personal Southwest credit card.

Californians: Score a Companion Pass with One New Card & One Purchase

If you live in California, fly Southwest, and aren't locked out by Chase's 5/24 rule, then please take advantage of this insane offer.

California residents can open any one Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card and make one purchase with it before November 30, 2017, and they will qualify for a Companion Pass for all of 2018.

Friday is Last Day To Transfer Hotel Points for Southwest Companion Pass

You have two more days (including today) to transfer hotel points to Southwest for the purposes of earning a Southwest Companion Pass. Friday, March 31 is the cutoff. After Friday, any points transferred to Southwest will not count as "qualifying" towards the Companion Pass. That includes Marriott Travel Packages.

The Southwest Companion Pass, if you're unaware, is one of the best deals in travel. If you have the Southwest Companion pass, you can designate a companion who flies for just the taxes on every Southwest flight you fly.

How One Man & His Wife Got $4k in Flights from a Southwest Companion Pass & You Can Too

My law school buddy, Ray, asked to write a piece about his experience getting $4,000 worth of flights for $257 with the Southwest Companion Pass. Of course, I said yes because I have never been able to personally review the best deal in travel hacking. I've added a section at the bottom about how you can get the Southwest Companion Pass today and copy what Ray and his wife have done.

How to Designate Seven Companions During the Life of Your Southwest Companion Pass

If you live at an airport served by Southwest, the Southwest Companion Pass is one of the best deals in travel. Every time you fly Southwest--whether on a cash or award ticket--your designated companion flies for free plus taxes: $5.60 one way in the United States and a little more internationally.

Here's how to open two credit cards and get the Southwest Companion Pass for almost all of 2016 and 2017.

The Southwest Companion Pass previously allowed three changes to your designation of the companion. Now you get three changes per calendar year.