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New to flying free on Southwest?

Make sure you have downloaded Go to Travel Gal's free guide "The Step-by-Step Guide to Earning Your Southwest Companion Pass and Flying Free Around the U.S." Then check out these key posts to help you get started, along with a complete, up-to-date listing of blogs on the topic below:

Here are the credit cards you need to earn the Southwest Companion Pass and fly FREE around the U.S. To apply for the credit cards included on the blog and to help support Go to Travel Gal at no cost to you, please visit TRAVEL CREDIT CARDS on the menu bar above. This allows me to earn a commission so that I may focus more of my efforts on the blog and in bringing you more great information and tips on how to travel nearly free.
(Note: you only need 2 out of the 3 Southwest cards for the pass)
  • Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier
  • Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Business Premier
  • Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred (a great card to have in your wallet after the Southwest cards)
Most Read General Southwest Posts
How to Use the Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal
Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal: Everything You need to Know via @GotoTravelGal

The Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal is a free, easy and fun way to earn Southwest points to get you more free flights! Download my free guide BELOW to find out how easy it is to fly free on Southwest. Learn the process that allowed my family of 4┬áto fly to 6┬ádestinations over one year… Continue reading

A Reader’s Experience With Same-Day Chase Card Applications
Southwest Airlines

It’s so very helpful to hear what has and hasn’t worked for others when it comes to the hobby of using miles and points to travel free. Here’s some great insight from reader Jon D., who recently aimed for a 2018 Southwest Companion Pass, which will let one person fly free with him for up… Continue reading

Reader Story: How Linda B. Earned Her Southwest Companion Pass
Linda B - Go to Travel Gal

Congratulations to Linda B. of Bristol, Rhode Island, who earned her Southwest Companion Pass, which means one person can fly FREE with her until the end of 2018, on October 18! She signed up for two Southwest credit cards about two months apart when all three were offering a 60,000-point bonus upon approval and meeting… Continue reading

5 Ways to Make Collecting and Redeeming Southwest Points Easier

Here at Go-to Travel Gal, I’m all about finding the SIMPLEST ways to save money on travel. I always look for the techniques that have the MOST impact or the 20% of tasks that generate 80% of the rewards we’re looking for (see one of my favorite books, “The ONE Thing” by Gary Keller for… Continue reading

Will Your Companion Soon Be Able to Board WITH You on Southwest?
Southwest Companion Pass Boarding Test

Thanks to some insight from readers Jim S. and Ben E. and confirmation from Southwest, we’ve learned that the airline is currently testing a new procedure in several markets, including Dallas and Denver, where the person you add as your companion for the Southwest Companion Pass can board WITH you. Jim got wind of this… Continue reading


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