Southwest Companion Pass: What You Need To Know For 2021

This time of year you’d normally be smelling pumpkin spice wafting through the air, but that may be a bit difficult to smell through your mask.

Although you may not be smelling pumpkin spice as well this year, it can only signal one thing: Southwest Companion Pass season.

Getting the Southwest Companion Pass is all about the timing.

Southwest Launches Promotional Companion Pass Offer

The infamous 2020 is soon coming to an end (and, if you ask me, its about time!). Although we still aren’t clear what travel is going to look like for 2021 and beyond, now is the time to at least start thinking about what you would like your travel goals to look like.

If you’re like many travelers, you may not be focused on much international travel.

Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread

The bonuses on all of the personal Southwest cards are tiered and the same:

40,000 Rapid Rewards for spending $1,000 within three months of opening the account
An additional 20,000 Rapid Rewards for spending a total of $12,000 within 12 months of opening the account

So if you spent $12,000 within the first year on your new personal Southwest credit card, you'd end up with at least 72,000 Rapid Rewards (40k bonus, 20k bonus, and 12k points for the spend it takes to unlock those bonuses).

The new Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Performance

Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread

Southwest is currently offering 60,000 point sign up bonuses on its three personal credit cards as well as its business credit card.

Get one personal card and the business card for a boatload of points and a Southwest Companion Pass good until the end of 2020.

You can leverage the offers for ~$3,750 in free flights in 2019 and 2020.
Briefly
You can get both a personal and business card at once, and after meeting their minimum spending requirements, you will have at least 125k Rapid Rewards post to your account (which is more than enough to earn

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.

Southwest to Hawaii News: Buy & Fly by Late Fall 2018

Southwest held a meeting in Honolulu yesterday that revealed approximate dates Southwest flights will go on sale and commence service. We also learned that Southwest will keep its awesome two free checked bags/free flight change policies for flights between Hawaii and the mainland.

Executive Vice President; Chief Revenue Officer Andy Watterson told the Beat of Hawaii that the announcement of flights will come by October at the latest, and service would "begin possibly just weeks thereafter".

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.

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.

World’s Easiest Southwest Companion Pass

Southwest is offering a Companion Pass for the rest of 2015 to Atlanta residents who register for the promotion and fly three roundtrips that originate in Atlanta by May 17, and you can get in on it too.

If you have a regular companion and want to fly within the continental United States, Caribbean, and Mexico, the Southwest Companion Pass is the best deal in travel. The Southwest Companion Pass allows you to designate a companion who flies for government taxes ($5.60 domestically) every time you fly Southwest--whether your ticket is a paid ticket or award ticket.