With three cards now available in the Southwest credit card portfolio, how does this affect your ability to earn the Southwest Companion Pass, which lets one person fly free with you for up to two years, if that is your plan for this year or next?
It doesn’t, really.
It simply gives you an additional choice between the two existing personal Southwest cards. Or at least that’s how I’d recommend you see it.
See my full review on the Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Card:
The Southwest Priority Card and the Southwest Companion Pass
Here’s an overview about how you can use the Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority card to help earn the awesome Southwest Companion Pass.
Earn 60,000 Bonus Points
You can currently earn 60,000 points on this card after a $2,000 minimum spend in three months. EASY!
This makes it as valuable — in terms of earning points (NOT in benefits) — as Southwest’s two other personal cards:
You ultimately have to decide WHICH of those cards you’d like to get, considering:
- Annual fee
- Anniversary points
- Southwest credit
- Other key benefits
I vote for the newer Rapid Rewards Priority card if you fly Southwest with any frequency, as I think the BENEFITS are GREAT! And I personally am willing to pay the higher $149 annual fee for the benefits, as they would be more than offset for my family.
Your Companion Pass Strategy
With the personal Southwest credit card bonuses as they are currently, the easiest path to the Southwest Companion Pass, for which you need to collect 110,000 points is:
- 60,000 points for signing up for Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business ($3,000 minimum spend in 3 months)
- 60,000 points for signing up for Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority, Premier or Plus ($1,000 minimum spend in 3 months)
If you earn the bonuses and complete your minimum spend on each card, earning 1 point per dollar, you’ll have 60,000 + 3,000 + 60,000 + 2,000 = 125,000 points.
If you decide NOT to apply for the business card, you will have an additional 47,000 qualifying points to collect.
BUT keep in mind, lots of people can qualify for the business card if they have ANY side income at all. That includes: babysitting, etsy, craft fairs, consulting, freelancing, dog walking, owning a rental home or vacation home, etc.
A Note About Applying for Business Cards
My recommendation if you are a sole proprietor (ie it’s just you and you have created any other type of company like an S Corp ot LLC) is to apply for an Employee Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS for free.
This gives you the paperwork the bank may require (don’t panic if they decline you at first; they may just want to see some paperwork after you call the Chase Reconsideration Line).
How to Earn Your Remaining Companion Pass Points
OK, so if you still need to earn more points to qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass, here are my top recommended ways to get your other Southwest points:
- Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal
- Book a hotel on SouthwestHotels.com
- You can earn up to 10,000 point per night! That would be one and done!
- You don’t get your points until AFTER the stay is complete
- You can even book the cheapest hotel you can find in your hometown that earns the most points and not even stay there (that’s what we did). You actually don’t even have to check in!
- Spending on your existing cards (earn 1 point per $1 on most expenditures)
- Refer others to sign up for your Southwest card through a referral link (Visit this site to see if you have a referral link and then share with friends, as well as via email and social media).
Those are the two EASIEST ways to quickly earn points, though there are also plenty of other options.
Will the Rapid Rewards Priority card be part of your Southwest Companion Pass strategy? Let me — and others — know in the comments!
Thanks again for using the links in this post or the TRAVEL CREDIT CARDS link in the main menu for your card applications and reviews!