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Note: this offer is now confirmed to end March 10, 2021

Southwest Companion Pass with One Credit Card Bonus

The elevated “big spend” offers on the personal Southwest credit cards ended yesterday, and a new offer has come out that applies to all three cards.

If you are in a cash crunch, you should avoid travel rewards credit cards until you are caught up. Here are our favorite credit cards for Intro 0% APR offers and for balance transfer offers

The applicable cards are:

The new bonus offer is:

  • Get the Southwest Companion Pass through February 2022 + 30,000 points when you spend $5,000 within 3 months.
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Southwest Priority Credit Card

Comparing to Southwest Credit Card Previous Offers

If you spend a lot, the old offer was probably better. You got 80,000 Rapid Rewards points with $10,000 in spend within 9 months.

With the 2021 Companion Pass requiring just 100,000 earned qualifying Rapid Rewards points, that one card bonus got you 90% of the way there – and that Companion Pass would have been good until December of 2020.

But if you don’t spend $10,000 within 9 months, and plan to travel quite a bit in 2021 and the beginning of 2022, you can get a ton of value from this offer, which confers (if you meet the minimum spend this month) ~12 months of Companion Pass.

For sure, for a big spender, the extra 10 months of Companion Pass you’d have gotten with the previous offer was better.

But let’s say you don’t qualify for a Business credit card and don’t spend a ton. Since the current Chase rules only let you get one personal card at a time (although you can get one or even both Southwest business credit cards).

In this scenario you may simply never even qualify for Companion Pass. In that case, 12 months can provide a ton of savings you’d never otherwise get.

You can explore each card and benefits and learn how to apply at the following links:

Each bump in annual fee gets you a bit more in the form of Rapid Rewards points at renewal and credits, but if you are purely gunning for Companion Pass, the $69 annual fee Southwest Rewards Plus Credit Card will do just fine.

You can also see a more detailed guide to all the ways you can accomplish a Companion Pass.

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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.

I got "in the game" in 2003 and since then I've collected literally millions and millions of frequent flyer miles and hotel points. I've flown around the world in first class seats that would cost $29,000 using frequent flyer miles and a few bucks in tax. And I've stayed in some of the finest hotels - all for free! A few years ago I realized many of my friends actually thought I was paying for these!! So I started sharing my tips. It's long been a passion, but when I hosted a session on Miles and Points at this year's South by Southwest festival, my love of the game intensified and this blog was born.

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