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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card
Many frequent travelers know that the Southwest Companion Pass is one of the most lucrative benefits out there. It allows the Companion Pass holder to add a friend or family member to any reservation that was paid for with either cash or points — just pay taxes and fees. There are a few ways to go about getting it, and now Southwest is targeting some Rapid Rewards members with a very cool opportunity to expedite the process.
With this promotion, Southwest is allowing select Rapid Rewards members to earn the Companion Pass until December 31, 2017, after they complete five round-trip flights (or 10 one-way flights) to or from California, or five round-tip flights (or 10 one-way flights) to or from Denver. The flights must all be revenue tickets, and they must be completed between now and October 31. The Rapid Rewards member must register for the promotion and travel to or from Ontario (ONT), John Wayne (SNA), Burbank Bob Hope (BUR), Long Beach (LGB), Los Angeles (LAX), Oakland (OAK), San Francisco (SFO), Sacramento (SMF), San Jose (SJC) or San Diego (SAN) for the California promotion, and to or from Denver (DEN) for the Denver promotion.
Unfortunately, this offer is targeted, and only those who received either of the promotion emails from Southwest are eligible to take advantage. The TPG reader who sent in the news tip for California is based in Orange County, and his main airport is John Wayne (SNA), and the reader who sent in the news tip for Denver is based in the city. However, other California-based Rapid Rewards members we reached out to weren’t targeted for this offer, so it’s not clear exactly what the guidelines are for both promotions. At this point, it’s also not clear if this promotion exists for other cities or states outside of California and Denver.
If you were targeted for either of these offers, it’s a great opportunity to jump at one of the most lucrative rewards in the travel industry — especially considering Southwest’s low fares. Keep in mind there are other ways to earn the Companion Pass, including signing up for the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card and its business version. Both cards come with a sign-up bonus of 50,000 points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months, putting you just shy of the 110,000 Rapid Rewards points required for the Companion Pass. Each card comes with a $99 annual fee.
Thanks to TPG readers Adam and Charles J., who shared these news tips. We’ll be sending out a $200 Visa gift card as a token of our appreciation.
With the Southwest Plus credit card you'll earn 3,000 points each year after your cardmember anniversary. Southwest also offers one of the most lucrative airline perks - the Companion Pass. Once you earn 110,000 points in a calendar year, you can add a companion to your flight for the cost of the taxes and fees for the remainder of the first year plus, the entire following calendar year.
- Earn up to 60,000 points. Earn 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open. Plus, earn 20,000 points after you spend $12,000 on purchases in the first 12 months your account is open.
- 3,000 bonus points after your Cardmember anniversary.
- 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest® purchases and Rapid Rewards® hotel and car rental partner purchases.
- 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.
- All points earned with either card count towards Companion Pass.
- No blackout dates or seat restrictions.
- Redeem your points for flights, hotel stays, gift cards, access to events, and more.
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