I *just* kicked off what I call “Southwest Companion Pass Season” last week. The timing I go by is about half way through October, giving you plenty of time to spend your way close to the minimum spend requirements of two cards (two business or one personal and one business) – but without cutting it so close you might accidentally hit one of the minimum spends a few days early.
The Companion Pass Strategy aims to get you the Southwest Companion Pass (where you can have a companion fly for just taxes and fees on as many flights as you can take) for as close to two full years as possible.
With these new offers, you’ll get 75,000 Southwest (Companion Pass qualifying) points when you spend $3,000 within 3 months from account opening. This replaces the old offer for 50,000 points when you spend $1,000 within 3 months.
The primary way it changes the strategy is:
- If you cannot get business credit cards (even though most people are eligible!), this gets you more than halfway there.
- If you want to get the Southwest Business Premier instead of the Southwest Business Performance card (lower annual fee but only 60,000 points with the bonus on Premier vs. 80,000 on the Performance), the higher personal card bonus will balance that out – so both work equally well.
If you already know the deal with these cards, you can find all of the offers here (the links support MilesTalk): Learn how to apply for Southwest Airlines Credit Cards.
You can also read my full guide on how to get the Southwest Companion Pass for Two Years.
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You can find credit cards that best match your spending habits and bonus categories at Your Best Credit Cards.
New to all of this? My “introduction to miles and points” book, MilesTalk: Live Your Wildest Travel Dreams Using Miles and Points is available on Amazon and at major booksellers.