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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit CardSouthwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card

On the heels of a possible Southwest Rapid Rewards devaluation coming April 17, Southwest Airlines just launched a targeted offer for Atlanta residents who want to easily earn a Southwest Companion Pass. Now through May 17, if you fly three round-trips from Atlanta, you’ll earn a companion pass through December 31, 2015.

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Offer Details: 

Heartlanta, we want to do something really special for you: let you fly with a friend free of carrier charges for the entire rest of the year.

Just register for this promotion and then buy and fly three round-trips from Atlanta before May 17, and the Companion Pass will be all yours (and your friend’s) for the taking.

Taking advantage of this promotion is easy:

  • Register between February 13, 2015 and May 17, 2015.
  • Book and complete three round-trip flights originating from and returning to Atlanta between February 13, 2015 and May 17, 2015.
  • Earn a Companion Pass through December 31, 2015.

That’s it, fly three and a friend flies free of carrier charges the rest of the year.

Another Way To Earn a Companion Pass

If you’re not eligible for this promotion, you can still easily earn a Southwest Companion Pass with the sign-up bonuses from the Southwest co-branded credit cards, which count toward the 110,000 points needed for a Companion Pass.

Chase is currently offering increased sign-up bonuses of 50,000 Rapid Rewards points for the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card and Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card. To get the full bonus on any of these cards, you must spend $2,000 within 3 months of account opening.

If you were to apply for two of these cards now, and then earn the Companion Pass with help from the 100,000 points earned through the sign-up bonuses, your Companion Pass would be valid until the end of 2016!

The Southwest Companion Pass is extremely valuable.
The Southwest Companion Pass is an extremely valuable perk.

My Thoughts

According to the terms and conditions of this offer, only Rapid Rewards Members with a valid Atlanta area address in their Rapid Rewards accounts are eligible for this promotion. If you’re a new member, you must enroll in Rapid Rewards at Southwest.com/Atlanta to be eligible for the promotion and have a valid Atlanta area address.

With the AirTran/Southwest merger complete, Southwest wants to make sure that former AirTran flyers don’t head over to Delta, so they’re doing all they can to win over the Atlanta market. This is a great deal, so if you’re eligible, you should definitely register!

Check out these posts for more information on the Southwest Companion Pass:

Southwest Companion Pass: 16 Things Every Flyer Should Know
Top 11 Ways To Top Up Your Account For The Southwest Companion Pass
Southwest Points vs. Southwest Credits: When Transferring Makes Sense and How to Check Availability
Can I Get Two Southwest Cards In One Day To Qualify For A Companion Pass

The Platinum Card® from American Express

The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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