The Southwest Companion Pass allows you to purchase a ticket and fly free with a companion for up to two years. Here’s how to get the Southwest Companion Pass.
I’d excited to say that I was able to get the Southwest Companion Pass companion pass through Southwest Airlines recently- and I am so excited! We love to fly through Houston Hobby airport on our way to San Jose, Costa Rica, and this pass makes our life, well, less expensive! Here’s the skinny on the Southwest Companion Pass.
A year ago I wasn’t financially able to make qualifying for the Southwest Companion Pass work- because my business wasn’t bringing any income and I didn’t want to apply for a credit card without income. Plus, it’s advantageous to qualify for the pass near the beginning of the year. The Southwest Companion Pass is valid for two calendar years, not two years after qualification. Last year we did get our flights to Costa Rica paid for through qualifying purchases made on the Chase Sapphire rewards card.
So how did I do it? I’ll tell you! And- keep reading for a fun announcement on an exciting new(ish) route from Southwest Airlines… one that makes the Southwest Companion Pass a LOT more valuable!
What is the Southwest Companion Pass?
The short answer is that the Southwest Companion Pass allows the holder of the pass to fly with a companion for free for two calendar years. So for example- when booking our tickets to Costa Rica, I would be able to name my husband as my companion- and he does not pay for his fare. There are lots of rules and regulations about this (the most important one to me is that the named “companion” can only be changed three times per calendar year.) You can read more about the terms here.
How Do I get the Southwest Companion Pass?
Frequent fliers can qualify for the pass by flying 100 qualifying segments in a calendar year. That is not reality for our family- we love to travel- but we don’t do it quite that much! The way that I qualified for the pass is to open up two different Southwest Airlines credit cards in my name and then make qualifying purchases on them near the beginning of this calendar year.
I popped over to the Southwest Credit Card applications and applied. I applied for two cards in my name the first card I applied for was the Southwest Business Card and then I applied for a personal card. I was approved immediately through Chase, and my cards arrived in about a week.
Next was to grab qualifying purchases on the card. We have been planning to head to Costa Rica early this year, and my blogging business can pay for the (entire) trip. (EEEK! That’s a huge deal for me so I’m over here celebrating for a minute…)
Ok, I’m back. So first I purchased the tickets to Costa Rica on the business card, and that was enough to qualify us on the first card. Then we just put all of our monthly expenses on the second card and that qualified us for that card. Done. I chose the Southwest Premier card even though it’s about $30 more per year on the fees than the Southwest Plus Credit Card. I thought it worth it because the potential for earning points was higher.
Ideally, we wouldn’t have needed the Costa Rica airline tickets to make the qualifying purchase for my business account- and in the future I would start this process in late November so that the purchases would be ready for the Jan 1 billing cycle, but I wasn’t quite that organized. I also toyed with buying a new camera (affiliate) and holding off on the trip to Costa Rica- but ultimately we are ready to get out of town for a while.
And that’s it! So easy and I can’t wait to fly with a free companion for the next 21 months. Oh yeah, and about that announcement from Southwest. They are now going to fly to Hawaii! Details on flight info will be ready in just a few days so check back here for more info! Don’t be surprised if Casa Pura Vida heads to Hawaii in 2018 or 2019!
And that’s it! Please do let me know if you have any questions in the comments below- and get flying!
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