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Reader Stories: How Bob C. Earned His Southwest Companion Pass

To earn the Southwest Companion Pass (download my free ebook for step-by-step directions), which allows one person to fly free with you for up to two years, you’ll need to accumulate 110,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points.

It’s easiest to rack up most of the points by applying for two of three Southwest Chase Rapid Rewards cards when they offer a 50,000-60,000 point bonus after spending $2000-$3000 per card. You’ll also earn 1 point per dollar spent using the card, so you’ll have another 4000 points after meeting the two minimum spend requirements. That may leave you with some additional points to earn to get to 110,000 points and Companion Pass status.

Go to Travel Gal blog reader Bob C. of Georgia racked up his final 6000 points by doing the below:

  • Purchasing flowers at 1-800-flowers for Mother’s Day – 1,750 points
  • Subscribing to Laithwaites wine club and earning 2000 points with first delivery
  • Texture online magazine subscription – 700 points
  • Subscribing to the Wall Street Journal for 12 weeks for $12 – 700 points
  • Car rental – 600 points (Note: there are current car rental offers out there for 1200-2400 points when you start at Southwest)

All of these were earned by starting at the Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal! Keep an eye on my blog, as I keep you updated on the latest and greatest offers for earning Rapid Rewards points to keep you flying free.

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6 thoughts on “Reader Stories: How Bob C. Earned His Southwest Companion Pass”

  1. The cheapest way is to buy choice rewards and transfer them to southwest, thats what I did. $198 choice points when transferred to southwest will give 5600 points!

    • Hi Sam, right now you can buy Southwest points directly and get a 50% bonus if you buy at least 5000, so you can buy 5000 points and get an extra 2500 for $137.50 -even cheaper. BUT these points do not count toward Companion Pass status. You have to “earn” those. Same goes for points collected with Chase Ultimate Rewards. For those unfamiliar with Choice Points, they are earned at Choice Hotels and the website says that the option to transfer to airline partners, including Southwest is “coming soon.” It will take 6000 Choice Reward points to earn 1800 Rapid Rewards points. I cannot find where it says specifically these points don’t count toward the Companion Pass, but usually they do not if transferred in from another program.

      Here is the link to buy points on Southwest:

  2. I love the companion pass. Each year I transfer Marriott Rewards points over to Southwest to help achieve my companion pass. Works great. Transfer is almost done immediately when I call Marriott.

  3. Do the bonus points from 1800 flowers and others count toward companion pass? I have read conflicting reports online. Thanks for the great information.

    • Bonus points generally DO NOT count toward the Companion Pass only points earned regularly through Rapid Rewards Shopping, but they do count toward free travel of course 🙂


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