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The Southwest Companion Pass lets one person fly free with you (with a $5.60 per way government fee; that would be $11.20 total) after accumulating 110,000 of Southwest Rapid Rewards points. You can read my free guide for step-by-step direction on how to easily earn this pass in just a few months.
Here are 6 reasons to start earning your Southwest Companion Pass TODAY:
- The earlier your earn it, the longer you can use it – The Companion Pass is good from the time it is earned until the end of the FOLLOWING year. So if you earn it now or in the next few months, it is good until 2018. Yes, 2018, not 2017! That’s almost two years of FREE travel!
- Southwest credit cards have GREAT bonus offers – Right now, the Southwest Business Premier card has a 60,000-point bonus offer after spending $3000 on the card and the Southwest Personal Premier has a 50,000-point bonus after spending $2000. It has NEVER been easier to get the Southwest Companion Pass. You literally ONLY have to apply for these two cards, meet the minimum spend and the pass is yours…
- Start accumulating points – If you choose to only apply for one of the above cards or want to apply instead for the Southwest Personal Plus card (with a lower annual fee), which currently has a 40,000-point bonus offer, you will need to earn additional Rapid Rewards points to reach the 110,000 needed to qualify for the Companion Pass. The sooner you begin accumulating those additional points, the better. You can earn them through Rapid Rewards Shopping (see No. 5), Rapid Rewards Dining, subscribing to various publications and more. Follow Go to Travel Gal posts on the latest way to earn Rapid Rewards. It’s also a good idea to continue to earn Rapid Rewards Points that you can use to book your flights with your Companion. For our family of four, my husband is my companion and I use points to book flights for the rest of us.
- Begin researching good fares to planned destinations – Now is the time to start your research ahead of earning the Companion Pass. You’ll want to regularly check Southwest and see what fares cost to locations you want to travel to. I always look at the Low Fare Calendar to get an idea of the lowest cost in a given month. Then I can wait until prices drop to that level before I spend my Rapid Rewards Points to purchase flights, helping them stretch as far as possible.
- Start shopping online from the Rapid Rewards Portal – Did you know you can earn points just by starting your shopping from the Southwest Rapid Rewards portal? Why wouldn’t you want to earn points for something you are going to buy anyway? Often, some stores have special promotions, earning you up to 5 or 10 times more points for each dollar spent. Follow Go to Travel Gal to learn about the latest and greatest offers.
- Get your credit in order – Don’t have ideal credit? One of the easiest things to improve your credit score is to get your balances down to about 1/3 of the credit limit. You’ll need average to good credit to be approved for the Southwest credit cards. And, remember, this is NOT a hobby for someone who can’t pay their credit card balances. You should only use these cards for EVERYDAY expenses you have money in the bank to pay down immediately. So start paying down those balances to 1/3.
Are you going to start the process of earning your Southwest Companion Pass? Let me know!