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Free companion flights for a year on Southwest- Just get 2 credit cards

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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 did this now, you could have 18+ months of it.

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 the Chase Southwest card and the Chase Southwest Business card. Each card requires $2,000 in spend within 3 months. 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 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!

Signup for the Southwest Personal credit card here.

Signup for the Southwest Business credit card here.