It couldn’t get any easier to earn the Southwest Companion Pass than it is right now! This pass, which lets one person fly free with you for up to two years, was already SIMPLE to earn, but now you can literally have it in hand in just TWO steps. AMAZING!
Right now, both Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Visa personal credit cards are offering a 50,000-point bonus once you are approved and meet the minimum spend, while the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Visa Premier business card has a 60,000-point bonus upon approval and meeting the minimum spend.
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 110,000 Southwest points. That’s exactly what you need — 110,000 qualifying Southwest points — to earn the Southwest Companion Pass. That’s it. DONE!
Note: To apply for the credit cards included in this post, please click on TRAVEL CREDIT CARDS on the main menu above. This allows me to earn a commission — at no cost to you — to help me pay the blogging bills so that I can continue to bring you great information free. I sincerely appreciate you taking this step!
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.”
NOW Is the Best Time of Year to Earn the Southwest Companion Pass!
An ideal scenario is to earn the Southwest Companion Pass as early in the year as possible. This is because is is VALID from the time you earn it until the END of the following year (that would be Dec. 31, 2019).
If you earn it NOW, it will be good for almost TWO full years, so go for it!!
Here is a post that offers a timetable for earning the Southwest Companion Pass.
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 $3,000 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 $3,000 spend on the card in 3 months. Read my post on how to meet the minimum spend on a Southwest credit card.
Step 2: At least 30 days later, apply for Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier or Plus card
50,000 Southwest Points After $2,000 Minimum Spend in 3 Months; Premier has a $99 annual fee with 6,000 one-year anniversary bonus points and Plus has a $69 annual fee with 3,000 one-year anniversary bonus points. Anniversary points DO qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass.
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 are 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 $2,000 spend on either the Premier or Plus card within three months.
The points will credit to your account AFTER the closing date of the time period in which you meet the minimum spend.
That’s it! How easy is that to earn 110,000 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)?!
Southwest should email you that you have reached Companion Pass status! You can also go to Southwest.com and click on My Account, which will show you your current status. Then all you have to do is pick who your Companion will be. Download my free ebook to find out how to select your Companion and add them to your flight.
Keep in mind that not only do you have the Pass, but you now have 110,000 Southwest points to spend booking FREE FLIGHTS! You can use these points AS SOON AS YOU EARN THEM to book free flights; they will still qualify for the Companion Pass.
Book your flights during fare sales (stay tuned to my Southwest sales page for the latest sale and to my Southwest Deals page for the cheapest current flights from 25+ cities) to use as few points as possible.
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. It’s incredible! Here’s how the Companion Pass has changed my life.
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!
Who’s going for the Southwest Companion Pass by taking advantage of these offers? Shout it out! What questions do you have?
- How I Earned the Southwest Companion Pass & Started Flying FREE
- 4 Easy Ways to Earn Rapid Rewards Points
- Top 10 Southwest Companion Pass FAQs
- The Latest Posts on How to Earn Rapid Rewards Points
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