Great news that I know many of you have been waiting to hear from Southwest regarding the extension of the Southwest Companion Pass!
Southwest Extends Companion Pass Through June 2021
Southwest announced they will extend the Southwest Companion Pass through June 30, 2021 for those who have a Pass set to expire on December 31, 2020.
If you earned a Companion Pass THIS year, then it won’t expire until December 31, 2021 anyway, so this will not affect you.
The Southwest Companion Pass requires you to earn 125,000 qualifying points and is valid from the time you earn all the points until the END of the FOLLOWING year. It allows you to bring 1 person with you free (aside from the $5.60 government security fees) on ALL Southwest flights you take for the life of the pass.
Stay updated up to the minute on all things Southwest through this crisis and beyond by subscribing to the Go to Travel Gal email newsletter below… Our readers are the first to know about sales, deals, the release of flights, how to earn the Southwest Companion Pass and more!
Want to stay up to date on all things Southwest? Subscribe for up-to-the-minute news.
I’m guessing many of you were hoping that they would extend the pass through the end of 2021, so that’s a bit disappointing.
But I personally feel like the Southwest Companion Pass is an amazing gift that no other airlines offer, or come even close to offering, so I’m grateful to have it at all.
In fact, I usually earn my pass at the end of a year, so it’s only good for a year anyway.
The way I teach earning the Southwest Companion Pass allows you to re-earn it as often as you need and again, I typically earn one every single year and that’s without applying for any new credit cards.
Southwest has also extended A-List and A-List Preferred status. Here are the full details.
Everyone Gets 25,000 Rapid Rewards Points Toward a Companion Pass “Free”
Additionally, Southwest announced that they would be giving everyone a “boost” of 25,000 Southwest points that qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass.
These cannot be used to book flights unfortunately, but will only qualify for the Companion Pass.
I did have one reader yesterday who told me he’d been granted Companion Pass status, but knew he didn’t yet have all the points required. I guess this is what put him over the top!
Lastly, you are eligible for these additional points and for the extended pass if you opened a Rapid Rewards account on or before April 1, 2020.
You don’t need to take any further action to receive these benefits and they are supposed to be completed in the “coming weeks” according to this page.
How to Earn the Southwest Companion Pass
So if you don’t hold a Companion Pass, but think you’d like to (why wouldn’t you?! :)), this will give you a head start on earning one.
The Southwest Companion Pass requires you to earn 125,000 qualifying points in one calendar year, so you’d need to earn the other 100,000 points by Dec. 31, 2020. That would give you a pass good through the end of 2021.
If you’d like to learn EXACTLY how to earn the Southwest Companion Pass, I offer a digital course, “Southwest Companion Pass for Beginners” that walks you step by step through how to earn the Pass.
I just updated the course fully this week, and heads up, I’m about to INCREASE the price significantly as I move it to a better course platform (which you’ll also have access to even if you purchase now). I believe this course is extremely valuable to give families the gift of traveling FREE forever :), and pays for itself the first time you use the Companion Pass.
The Southwest Companion Pass itself is worth at least $6,000 if you use it to fly 6 times a year as my family of 4 does, and consider the value of the 125,000 points you’ll earn along the way that you can ALSO use to book free flights (value of $1,850 alone).
Sign up NOW if you want to take advantage of the current price, which will be a SIGNIFICANT savings.
The new pricing will launch sometime in the next week or two.
If you have questions about the course, let me know!
7 Ways to Earn Miles From Home
Enter your email to get a free PDF that shows you 7 easy things you can do to collect miles from HOME for FUTURE travel! You'll also be added to Go to Travel Gal's weekly email newsletter list.