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.
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.
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!
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!
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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