The Southwest Companion Pass lets one person fly free with you (with a $5.60 per way government fee) after accumulating 110,000 Southwest points. You can download my free guide below for step-by-step directions on how to easily earn this pass in just a few months.

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Here are 6 reasons to start earning your Southwest Companion Pass TODAY:

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6 Reasons to Start Earning the Southwest Companion Pass NOW via @GotoTravelGal - Did you know you can fly FREE all year? 

1.  Southwest Credit Cards Bonuses

The Southwest Chase Rapid Rewards Visa credit cards have offers that allow you to nearly earn the pass after signing up for just two of them. The Southwest Chase Rapid Rewards Business Premier card has a 60,000-point bonus offer after spending $3,000 on the card, and the Southwest Chase Rapid Rewards Personal Premier and Personal Plus cards both have 40,000-point bonuses after spending $2,000.

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2.  The Earlier You 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 earning it early in the year is ideal, because it will be valid for almost TWO FULL YEARS. But even if you can’t earn it early in the year, earning it as early as possible in the year is still best. If you earn it in 2018, it is good until the END OF 2019!

3.  Get Your Credit in Order

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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 — and you should start doing that ASAP. You’ll need average to good credit to be approved for the Southwest credit cards. Here are my tips to quickly raise your credit score.

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 before you apply for the cards.

4.  Start Meeting the Minimum Spend

The sooner you meet the minimum spend on the Southwest credit cards, the better, because that means you can earn your pass more quickly and start using it. So get those cards and knock out the minimum spend responsibly with these creative ideas.

5.  Begin Researching Good Fares to Planned Destinations

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Fly to Denver and check out the Rocky Mountains this Christmas!

Now is the time to start your research. You’ll want to regularly check Southwest and see what fares cost in points to locations you want to which you want to travel. Be sure to check my regularly updated post of the best Southwest fares around the country.

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 Southwest points to purchase flights, helping them last as long as possible.

Remember, though, you can always book a flight on Southwest and cancel with no penalty. For Wanna Get Away fares, when paying in points, your points will automatically be reimbursed when you cancel. When paying in cash, you will receive a “credit” with Southwest good for one year.

6.  Book Fall and Holiday Trips With Points

As soon as you earn bonus points after meeting the minimum spend on your Southwest credit cards, you can use those points to book free flights. These points will STILL qualify you to earn the Southwest Companion Pass even if you go ahead and use them to book flights. (I get asked this question a lot! Here are more Southwest Companion Pass FAQs.) The earlier you can book fall and holiday flights, the cheaper they are likely to be!

Are you going to start the process of earning your Southwest Companion Pass? Tell us in the comments!

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