Free companion flights for a year (or two!) on Southwest- Just get 2 credit cards
NOTE: Until October 1st, 2017 (or maybe the 3rd or 4th – info is conflicting), the bonuses on each of these cards is 60,000! That means that you don’t need to do anything but meet the signup bonuses on both cards. But you will want to make sure that your signup bonuses DO NOT POST until after Jan 1, 2018 so that you get the Companion Pass for two full years! For advice on that, ask me in the private MilesTalk Facebook group.
This is a topic a lot of people have asked me to cover. I don’t personally fly Southwest. I have, and I get why some people love it, but it’s not my thing.
But for those of you that love Southwest, there is NO REASON for you to not have a Companion Pass where you designate a companion that flies free with you (only paying taxes) for the year. You can easily save THOUSANDS in a year with this. Once earned, you’ll have the status for the rest of the year and the next calendar year as well, so if you do it at the start of a calendar year, you can get two full years!
Southwest is also about to launch flights from the US to Hawaii…. so this pass just got a bit more valuable.
The way you get this status level is 100 flights or 110,000 Rapid Rewards points earned in a calendar year.
Yes, that’s a lot. BUT, what if you could just sign up for 2 credit cards, spend $2k on each (within 3 months), and then accumulate a mere 6,000 more Rapids Rewards points from flying or spend?
That’s a lot more doable, isn’t it?
And it’s actually that simple. At present, there are 50,000 point sign up offers for both of the personal Chase Southwest cards (Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card and Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card) and the Chase Southwest Business card. Each card requires $2,000 in spend within 3 months ($3k for the business card). You could do them at the same time, or staggered if you can’t complete the spend simultaneously in 3 months – although we never know how long each offer may stick around and may change (decrease or increase) at any time. Together, with the 50k bonuses, you are earning 104,000 points total after you have spent the $2k per card for the bonus.
So now if you get two cards, you need 6,000 more points to qualify. That could be $1,000 (or less) on Southwest flights or a combination of that and things like car rentals, Rewards Network dining, flowers, etc (just make sure you use the associated links (i.e Southwest shopping portal) to earn your Rapids Rewards points!).
That Rewards Network dining portal by the way, is giving 1,000 bonus points for your first $25 dine… so now you’re up to 105,000 points – just like that!
As a reminder, I keep current credit card offers on the travel rewards credit card page (and earn a commission if you apply through those links, which I greatly appreciate). There is a section for Travel/Airline Cards.