With five cards 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 below…
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 41,000+ Southwest Points
You can currently earn a total of 41,000 points on this card.
It includes 40,000 points after a $1,000 minimum spend in 3 months and at least 1 point per $1 earned when you meet the minimum spend, giving you another at least 1,000 points.
This makes it as valuable — in terms of earning points (NOT in benefits) — as Southwest’s two other personal cards, which also have the same 40,000-point offers (after $1,000 minimum spend in 3 months).
- Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Visa card (Personal: Earn 40,000 points after $1,000 minimum spend in 3 months + 3 points per $1 on dining for the first year)
- Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier card (Personal: Earn 40,000 points after $1,000 minimum spend in 3 months + 3 points per $1 on dining for the first year)
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 125,000 points is to apply for one of the below personal cards:
- Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Visa card
- Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier card
- Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority card
If you earn the bonuses and complete your minimum spend on each card, earning 1 point per dollar, you’ll have 40,000 + 1,000 = 41,000 points.
How to Earn Any 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
- Check out our weekly curated list of the best deals inside our premium monthly membership, Go to Travel Gal ALL ACCESS.
- A great option is to subscribe to a magazine or two through Magazines.com and earn 20 points per dollar
- Clothes shopping? Start it HERE at stores like Old Navy, Under Armour, Macy’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods and more and earn multiple points for every dollar you spend.
- Book a hotel on SouthwestHotels.com
- You can earn up to 10,000 points per night (we are seeing some great options at Las Vegas hotels)!
- You don’t get your points until AFTER the stay is complete
- You can even book the cheapest hotel you can find that earns the most points and not even stay there (that’s what we’ve done in the past). Some readers report you actually don’t even have to check in, though we have not personally tried that.
- 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).
Also, be sure to check out my post for 101 Ways to Earn Southwest Points for even MORE ideas!
Those are the 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!