Should You Go For the Limited-Time Southwest Companion Pass Offer?


The Southwest Companion Pass has been one of my very favorite things in the world of points and miles for a while now. The pass lets you fly someone free (minus taxes and fees) with you every time that you fly while you have the pass. Typically, to earn the pass you have to accumulate 135K points in one calendar year and then you have the pass for the rest of the year you earned it and all of the next. This is traditionally done by opening up a Southwest personal and business card. But, right now there is a promo going on where you can earn the pass by just opening up one personal Southwest card. Let’s go over the details and see if you should go for the limited-time Companion Pass offer with one card or earn it the traditional way with two cards.


Limited-Time Southwest Companion Pass Offer

The current offer on the Southwest personal cards is 30,000 points + the Companion Pass till 2/28/2025. To earn the points and the pass you need to spend $4,000 on the card within three months. There are three different Southwest personal cards and each one has the same offer. This offer expires on March 11, 2024.




Traditional Way to Companion Pass

Technically the traditional way to Companion Pass is probably taking a bunch of Southwest flights or spending tons of money on your Southwest card but that’s not the traditional way in the points and miles world 🙂

The traditional way to get the Companion Pass is to open both a personal and business card and earn 135,000 points through the welcome bonuses. The standard bonus on the personal cards is 50,000 points after spending $1,000 in 3 months. The standard bonus on the Southwest Performance Business card is 80,000 points after you spend $5,000 in 3 months. Once you complete the minimum spend on both cards you would have 130,000 points from the welcome bonuses plus 6,000 points from spending on the card for a total of 136,000 points.

After you earn the Companion Pass the traditional way you’ll have it for the rest of the year you earned it and all of the next. This means if you earned all 135,000 points at the beginning of the year you would have the pass for close to 2 years!

southwest flight with kids

One of our many flights utilizing the Southwest Companion Pass


Which Is the Better Way to Get the Companion Pass?

Both the traditional way to get the Companion Pass and the limited-time promo are great! It very much depends from person to person which way you should try to get the Companion Pass.

I prefer the traditional way to Companion Pass. You get a lot more points to work with, 136,000 vs 35,000. And you could potentially have the pass for a lot longer. You also only would need to spend $2,000 more in minimum spending this way to get a lot more points. If you have a business or any little side gig then I would recommend you go this route.

If you don’t have a business or a little side income or don’t want to open two credit cards then the promotional Companion Pass is a great option!


Bottom Line

The limited-time Companion Pass offer on the Southwest personal cards is a great option for those who don’t have a business, a little side gig, or don’t want to open two credit cards. Otherwise, you will earn a lot more points without spending much more money by going for the Southwest Companion Pass the traditional way- by opening one business and one personal card.

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  1. Haley Hill says:

    This is so helpful thank you! Am I understanding right that you get the companion pass with the personal card as soon as you reach the minimum spend? Then if I open the business card later this year and hit 130,000 by January or February 2024, I’d get another companion pass for the rest of 2024 and 2025. Is that right?!

    • Pam says:

      You would get the companion pass with the special offer this year. You would not be able to use the miles you get from this card to combine with the business card you’d get later. If you wanted the companion pass for after February of next year, you’d have to put a whole 135,000 on that business card (or two business cards which would be easier) the traditional way. Or you could have a spouse do it for 2024 and 2025 the traditional way. I hope that makes sense.

  2. Pam Klaebisch says:

    Great info! I am just confused. I have a business card and personal. How do you combine the two? Thanks!

    • Pam says:

      You should have one Rapid Reward number that is linked to them both so the points will automatically be combined.

  3. Lisa says:

    I was on track for the 3 card method for myself and my husband. The last card we needed was the personal card for him, but then I realized it’s offering the companion pass now. Can he open a 2nd business card to make it work? I was hoping not to wait until 3/12/23 to apply for that card after the current offer expires.

  4. AJ says:

    Thank you for this information! If I were to get this card for this year and next year, go for the companion pass again would I be eligible to open two business cards at the end of this year, but meet the minimum in January so that I can qualify for the companion pass all of 25 and all 26? Just wondering if I open this personal card, if it will make me ineligible for the other cards. I’m thinking if I could have this for one year and then qualify again for two years with the business cards

  5. Tina Shearer says:

    If you don’t want to take advantage of this current offer and instead open the business card and personal card for more points etc do you have to wait until this current promotion is over?

  6. Amanda T says:

    I already have a SW Chase card, but I have the lowest level personal card. Could I upgrade and take advantage of this offer? I am also at my 5/24. 🤷‍♀️

  7. Mia says:

    Are you certain that the same past promotions on personal cards would be offered after the limited time companion pass offer expires? Has Southwest repeated this current promotion in the past? Many thanks for your response.

    • Pam says:

      We don’t know what the next promotion will be for sure after this promotion. I sure wish they would let us know or we had that crystal ball. It will probably just go to their standard offer.

  8. Kait says:

    I don’t see the personal card that offers 50,000 points. I only see the personal cards that offer 30,000. If I have a business card and want the personal one to get 136,000 points, which personal card should I get?

    • Pam says:

      The 30K offer will be gone mid-March and will go back to 50K likely. The current offer does not work well with the SW Companion Offer for the traditional method.

  9. Maria says:

    Hi there, I have the Southwest personal cc with 75k Sub hit in January 2024. Will get SW business card to get CP, but not sure if I should get performance ($199AF) or premier($99AF)…. Is it worth the extra $99. Thank you!

    • Pam says:

      Do you want the extra miles? Do you value anniversary points or Business Select four passes? Really, it all depends on what You value.

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