Southwest’s bad news for Companion Pass, how to visit Disney World on a budget and more
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Each Saturday, we round up the top miles, points and travel news that you might have missed on TPG this week. Here’s what you need to know.
The bad news: You’ll now need to earn 125,000 Rapid Rewards points in a calendar year to earn the Companion Pass.
The good news: Your Rapid Rewards no longer expire.
Southwest isn’t the only airline that delivered bad news for loyalists this week. After United’s unexpected elite status requirements were released last week, we got even more disappointing news from United. Lots of experts — including TPG’s own Summer Hull — are of the mind that the end is near for airline loyalty programs as we know them.
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