So the 60,000-point personal offers on the Southwest credit cards are now gone, but there’s a NEW interesting offer that I think is a HECKUVA opportunity to get your Southwest Companion Pass — either if you don’t have one or if you have a spouse or loved one who could also benefit from earning one.
The Southwest Companion Pass Deal
Here’s the deal, which is just available for a short time!
End Date: February 11, 2019
Sign up for any of the Southwest Rapid Rewards Visa personal credit cards, spend $4,000 in the first 3 months and get:
- 30,000 points AND
- A Southwest Companion Pass good through the end of 2019 (not 2020, which is normally the case when you earn a Companion Pass)
Choose from Priority ($149 annual fee); the BEST card if you fly Southwest frequently), Premier or Plus. I lay out the benefits/drawbacks of all three of these cards here and here is my FULL REVIEW on the Southwest Priority Visa card.
How to Apply
Please start your application at my TRAVEL CREDIT CARDS link in the main menu above (shown in the image below). If you don’t see the card you want, click Show More to see more cards. This allows me to earn a commission at NO COST TO YOU (the deal is still the same!) to help support the blog. Thank you so, so much!
You may also use the below link, though the above Travel Credit Cards link requires one less step and is a more direct route to the offer :). Unfortunately, I am not permitted to list it directly in the post per the bank’s requirements.
Who Should Take Advantage?
Who is a candidate for this deal?
Anyone and everyone who would like to earn a Southwest Companion Pass and who has not earned a bonus on ANY personal Southwest card in the last 24 months.
Also, you can only hold ONE personal Southwest card, so if you want to apply for this deal and currently hold a Southwest personal card, you’ll need to close it first.
Double Up Companion Passes
I personally think this would be a FAB opportunity — IF you qualify — for a family to hold TWO Southwest Companion Passes.
Maybe Mom already has one, but Dad doesn’t. If BOTH parents hold the pass, then TWO kids can fly free. Or a couple could each earn one and bring two friends along. So amazing!
The Companion Pass is already the BEST deal in travel, but this DOUBLES THE VALUE of the best deal in travel!!
Before you take advantage of this deal, consider a few downsides.
1. IF you apply for this deal, you will NOT be able to earn bonus points for signing up for ANY personal Southwest card for 24 months from the time you earn these bonus points.
Again, this is a good opportunity for a second person in your party to grab one. That way the OTHER party can still apply for their next Southwest card sooner (24 months from whenever they last earned their bonus points).
2. This application WILL count toward the Chase 5/24 rule, which says that Chase will not approve you for any new cards if you have OPENED (even if they are closed now) 5 or more new credit cards in the last 24 months (note: Most business cards, including those from Chase, do NOT count as part of the 5).
3. The Pass is only good through 2019. The pass is normally good from the time you earn it through the END of the following year (which would be 2020), so this is a shorter time frame, but I say better to have it than not have it!!
Meeting the Minimum Spend
The minimum spend is a bit on the higher side at $4,000, but I’ve got plenty of tips for how you can meet it.
Be sure to use a service like Plastiq (which does charge a small fee; this is an affiliate link) for any bills (aside from mortgages) that you cannot ordinarily pay with a credit card (think rent, health insurance, car payments).
And remember expenses like:
- Sports fees
- College tuition
- Gift giving
- Charitable giving
- Paying for an item and having your employer or friend reimburse you
- Medical bills
- I’ve even had readers use their cards to buy cars!!
Read my post on 11 Ways to Meet a Minimum Spend.
What do you think? Will you do take advantage of this offer?