Southwest Is Experimenting With a New Companion Pass Perk [Targeted]
Southwest is experimenting with its beloved Companion Pass. The carrier is sending out emails to some Companion Pass holders that for a limited time, their designated companion can board with them.
TPG reader Chris O. sent us the email he received regarding this limited-time test. Between October 18 and November 8, 2017, companions will be able to stand with the Companion Pass holder at their boarding position. The CP holder must present their valid Companion Pass along with boarding pass to the gate agent, and the companion's name must match what's listed on the Companion card. At this time, the test is only available on flights departing from Denver (DEN) or Dallas Love Field (DAL).
It's not clear if Southwest is targeting Companion Pass holders based on their home base. It could be possible that only DEN- and DAL-based flyers are being targeted at this point. However, it's also possible to think that if the test goes well, this could be expanded to all Companion Pass holders.
If this sticks around, it could be a huge addition for the Pass. It definitely makes a lot of sense that if you have a traveling companion, you're going to want to sit next to them. However, with Southwest's current boarding process, it's possible for a CP holder and their companion to be split up. If they don't check in at the same time, it's possible that adjacent seats won't be available after boarding at different times.
As a reminder, the Southwest Companion Pass is widely regarded as one of the most valuable frequent flyer perks out there. With it, you can designate someone to fly (almost) for free on any Southwest flight. You just have to pay the taxes and fees on the ticket. Plus, you could get it for two whole years if you qualify for it at the right time, as it’s valid for the remainder of the year in which you get it plus the entire following calendar year. Check out this post for more information on how you can earn the Companion Pass for almost two full years.