The Southwest Companion Pass just got even EASIER to earn! This pass, which lets one person fly free with you for up to two years, was already VERY EASY to earn, but now you can literally have it in hand in just 2 simple steps. AMAZING!

Right now, all THREE Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Visa credit cards are at their highest bonuses ever, allowing you to earn 60,000 points on EACH card after meeting the required minimum spend within three months.

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So by applying for ONE Southwest business credit card and ONE personal Southwest credit card — or even TWO personal cards (you CAN be approved for two personal cards) — and then meeting the minimum spend, you will have earned 120,000 Southwest points. It takes 110,000 qualifying Southwest points to earn the Southwest Companion Pass. That’s it. DONE!

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For a step-by-step look at how to earn the pass, download my free ebook “The Step-by-Step Guide to Earning the Southwest Companion Pass.”

A Note About Timing

I have confirmed with Chase that the 60,000-point offers for BOTH personal cards END October 4.

If you want to earn the Southwest Companion Pass, which is good from the time you earn it until the END of the FOLLOWING year, so that it will remain in effect through 2019, you will need to wait and earn ALL qualifying points AFTER Jan. 1, 2018.

You must earn all 110,000 points for the pass in ONE CALENDAR YEAR, so any points you earn this year will qualify you to earn a pass THIS YEAR, which would be good through the end of 2018.

If you wait and start earning qualifying points in 2018, your pass will be good from the time you earn it in 2018 all the way through the end of 2019.

So….. if you apply for the cards this year, you have three months to complete the minimum spend from the time of the card’s approval, NOT when you receive it in the mail. If you want a pass good through 2019, you’d have to wait and apply for the card after Oct. 1 but before Oct. 4 when the offers go away — and make sure you do not complete the minimum spend until Jan. 1.

I’d vote if you want a pass — and you want to do it quickly in two steps — to go ahead and do it now while the offers are available. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. We never know what they might change or do away with in 2018. Twice in a row, I have earned my Companion Pass at the very end of the year, making it good through the following year. But I’d rather have it good for a year, then not have it ;-).

How to Earn the Southwest Companion Pass in TWO Simple Steps

Step 1: Apply for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Business Premier Card

60,000 Southwest Points After $3000 Minimum Spend in 3 Months, $99 annual fee charged on first statement

You may qualify for a business card if you own a business OR if you earn ANY money outside of your regular employer – think anything for which you may get a 1099 or for which you file a Schedule C on your tax return. This can be selling crafts, consulting, freelance writing, repairs, driving Uber or Lyft, babysitting, mowing lawns, contract work, selling items on Amazon or eBay, rental income, etc.

Then all you have to do is meet the minimum $3000 spend on the card in 3 months. Read my post on how to meet the minimum spend on a Southwest credit card.

Step 2:  One month later, apply for Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier or Plus card

60,000 Southwest Points After $2000 Minimum Spend in 3 Months; Premier has a $99 annual fee with 6000 one-year anniversary bonus points and Plus has a $69 annual fee with 3000 one-year anniversary bonus points

You can separate the two applications by at least 30 days; otherwise, they may decline you, citing too many applications with them. Some readers have had success applying for TWO cards in ONE day, because apparently Chase does not see you made a second application until the close of business. I have not tried this, so do so at your own risk.

Thanks again for starting your credit card applications at the TRAVEL CREDIT CARDS link in the main menu above.

Here’s what to do if you get declined: Call the Chase reconsideration line. Don’t worry if this happens to you. It’s happened to us twice and we were eventually approved both times. Keep your end game in mind: the Companion Pass!

Once you’ve been approved, meet the minimum $2000 spend on either the Premier or Plus card within three months.

That’s it! How easy is that to earn 120,000 points to fly free around the U.S., knowing you don’t have to redeem any points for ONE PERSON who will fly with you FREE (aside from the $5.60 security fees per way)?!


What Next?

Southwest will email you that you have reached Companion Pass status! Then all you have to do is pick who your Companion will be. Read this post which explains how to choose your companion.

Keep in mind that not only do you have the Pass, but you now have 120,000 Southwest points to spend booking FREE FLIGHTS! Book your flights during fare sales to use as few points as possible and continue to monitor the Go to Travel Gal blog for opportunities to earn even more Southwest points for free flights.

By combining the Southwest Companion Pass with earning tons of Southwest points, my family of four has been able to fly almost entirely free around the U.S. since fall of 2015.

Are There Any Costs Associated with this Process?

Yes, but they are minimal when spread across two years or multiple flights. They include:

  • $5.60 per person per way mandatory government security fee
  • $99 annual fee on the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier credit card (personal)
  • $99 annual fee on the Southwest Rapid Rewards Business Premier credit card
  • $69 annual fee on the Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus credit card (personal)

That’s it! A heckuva deal!

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