By Nancy McLaughlin
Would you like to earn a Southwest Companion Pass but can’t or don’t want to sign up for a new Southwest credit card? Here’s a great story of how one Go to Travel Gal reader Denis B. earned his pass with no new card sign-ups.
Lyn has also earned her pass this way THREE times. Here’s how she does it.
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How Denis B. Earned the Southwest Companion Pass With No New Card Sign-ups
Go To Travel Gal reader Denis B., who travels extensively throughout the US and internationally, earns his pass with out applying for any new credit cards. In fact, he says he’s done is this way for the last FIVE years!
In addition to using his Southwest card to pay for travel and flights, he also uses it to pay for these recurring expenses so he can earn more Companion-Pass qualifying points:
- Car repairs
- Electric bills
- Telephone and internet
- Alarm system
- Insurance (that is a big one for Denis!)
- Storage locker
“I always ask if I can pay by credit card, even if they have said no previously, because more and more businesses are going that route,” Denis says.
In 2019, he used his Southwest credit card to book his kids and grandkids on an Azamara cruise so they could experience small luxury cruising as a family.
Denis charges all of the flights for he and his wife on his current Southwest credit card, which earns him 2 points per dollar. This usually gets him close to meeting the 110,000 (currently 125, 000 points) Southwest points required to earn the Southwest Companion Pass.
Then in addition to using those points to qualify for the pass, he can ALSO use those same Southwest points to book free flights for the rest of the year.
Denis generally earns his Southwest Companion Pass by October.
How Denis Uses His Companion Pass
He says they love to use their Companion Pass to see grandkids! “Having grandkids in Austin, Texas, and near Jacksonville, Florida, allows us to go often without spending a fortune on air,” Denis says. “We used to drive, but with the Companion Pass, it not only saves us money but gives us more time with family.”
He and his wife also travel internationally several times a year and like to use the pass to get to an international airport from their home airport.
“We generally fly to an international airport on Southwest and either spend a day or so there or just transfer to our international flight later in the day,” he explains. “Going east to Europe works out well, because most of the flights depart in the evening, giving us plenty of time.”
Want to read more stories of how readers earned their Southwest Companion Pass? Check out more Reader Stories.
How do you earn your Companion Pass? Email your story and a photo to Lyn at gototravelgal.com for a chance to be featured!
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