SRQ: I Already Have Two Southwest Cards, How Can I Get the Companion Pass?

by on March 24, 2013 · 22 comments

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TPG reader Dana writes:

“I got a southwest plus personal card in September of 2011and then the a southwest business plus card 10/12. I want to try for companion pass this year. This would be my first churn. I know I can only get the bonus by getting the Premier cards now, but don’t know the best plan of attack.”

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here.

Your plan of attack is simple: get the Personal and Business (scroll to bottom of the page) Premier cards as soon as possible because the sooner you get the Companion Pass, the more value you can get out of it. This post explains the of the Companion Pass in detail, but once you accrue 110,000 Companion Pass Qualifying points (of which the sign-up bonuses do count) the pass will be good for all of this year and next year. So the earlier you get it in the year, the more time you have to maximize its value.

For those unaware, the Southwest Companion Pass allows you to bring a companion along with you for free (just pay taxes) whenever you fly Southwest. You can fly on paid tickets or using points and the companion is always free, so if you get the 50,000 point bonuses on both personal and business cards it equates to roughly $1,900 in Wanna Get Away fares and with a companion that means at least $3,800 in total value- for two single credit card applications!

I don’t fly Southwest much, but if I did I would absolutely get it because it can save you thousands of dollars. In my opinion it is one of the best frequent flyer perks out there and now that the Southwest/Airtran merger is finally coming to a close, you’ll be able to use it on even more flights- even to international destinations (I am not aware of any at this time).

Bottom line- you can get approved for two Chase cards in one day and the Companion Pass status can be super-valuable so get in while the bonuses are 50,000 each- they’ll soon probably drop to 25,000 and the longer you wait to get the Companion Pass during the year, the less valuable it gets.

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  • Tejash Patel

    Shouldn’t this work with the ‘Plus” versions of this card (Personal and Biz?)

  • curious

    hey, can you transfer Ultimate Rewards to get the Golden Ticket?

  • Jason

    You can not.

  • Dan

    Can you receive bonuses for the 4 different cards? Thanks.

  • curious

    thanks :-(

  • Derek

    Hey TPG, I was looking into getting the companion pass as you describe below, but came across this fine print:

    Companion Pass status is based on taking 100 qualifying one-way flights or earning 110,000 Qualifying Points in a calendar year. A qualifying flight for Rapid Rewards Companion Pass status is a one-way revenue flight on Southwest Airlines from an origin city to a destination city, including any intermediate stops and/or connections on Southwest Airlines. Companion Pass Qualifying Points are earned from revenue flights, points issued on Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Credit Cards, and points earned from Rapid Rewards Partners. Purchased points and points earned from program enrollment, Tier bonuses, flight bonuses, and Partner bonuses do not count toward Companion Pass status.

    And this:

    Tier qualifying flights are revenue flights purchased and flown.
    Tier qualifying points are earned from revenue flights during the qualifying year or through select Rapid Rewards Credit Cards from Chase and are exclusive of bonuses or promotions.

    Sounds like the credit card bonuses might not count. Has this worked for you or anyone else recently?


  • bam28

    Derek: Earlier this month, I transferred 50,000 points from Marriot, received the bonus 50,000 from SW Business card (plus an additional $10,000 spend) and did earn the Companion Pass. So, as of a few weeks ago, the bonus CC miles still count torwards the pass.

  • jocljoma

    derek.. how did you get the 50,000 marriot points?

  • Empathyrus

    You can transfer ultimate rewards to Hyatt then to Southwest. I tried it 2 months ago and it counted towards the companion pass.

  • jacisme

    Yes. Not sure that you can churn them, but yes, you can get all 4 bonuses at least once for sure.

  • jacisme

    Yes. This poster already had both of those cards, so the suggestion here is that he or she now open the Premier versions (plus and biz) as well. Southwest has 4 cards total.

  • thepointsguy

    The credit card bonuses and transferred hotel points are currently working for people. Read the forums and comments here..even though Southwest phone reps and the T&C may seem otherwise, they do count towards Companion Pass

  • thepointsguy

    Yes. I haven’t personally, but that is the experience of my friends/family and comments I’ve read from TPG readers

  • thepointsguy

    Nope unfortunately- that would be A-MAZING if so

  • thepointsguy

    Sadly the ratio is poor from Hyatt to Southwest 5,000 Hyatt = 2,400 Southwest

  • Derek

    Makes sense. Ill give it a try early this week.

    Thanks again

  • Andrew

    I received both a personal and business card at the end of April. I met the minimum spending on each card and am waiting for the the statements to close. The personal one closed on March 15th and I have still not received the bonus 50,000 points. Is it typical that they may not post the points until the 2nd statement closes?

    Also, once the points post and I receive the companion pass, is it safe to cancel both credit cards? I use the Sapphire Preferred for booking flights on Southwest, since it receives 2 points for travel, which is the same as the Southwest cards (except the Ultimate Rewards are good many more places).


  • James

    Hi TPG,

    I read a lot of your posts regarding getting a personal AND business card to maximize bonuses. However, I am assuming that only people who have their own business can apply for a business card. Is this not true? I am a consultant for a large IT consulting firm, but would love to take advantage of business cards.

    Is there a way around this/can I apply for a business card and get approved without owning my own business?

    Avid reader of your blog – James

  • Bill

    This deal was still available yesterday, but seems to not be avainlabe today. Has it been taken down? Thanks, WHS

  • Kevin

    I have been curious about this too. Would like to take advantage of double bonus signups when possible

  • shonuffharlem

    If you already have the companion pass by using the personal and business card bonuses + spend, and want to spend using other cards now, can you cancel the two cards and retain the pass? If yes, is there a way to get another SW card after cancellation (like wait a year) and be eligible for bonus again?

  • shonuffharlem

    After Companion Pass is issued, shouldn’t you cancel the cards? If you do, can you re-apply for bonus after a certain time period (12 months)?

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