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If anyone is interested in flying with a companion for free then pm me and I will give you details about the Southwest Airlines companion pass offer which is available to get easily with Chase credit card bonuses.

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I decided to put all the information in this thread, I think it will be more beneficial for everyone. Parts of this post are borrowed from reddit user "sethuel1". If you have any other questions please feel free to PM me!

 

This thread is to inform everyone about the awesome Southwest Companion Pass (referred to as CP from here out). Some of these answers will be YMMV; however, I will try to only provide factual data in all of the answers below.

Here are the links to the two cards you will need in order to get the CP.

Earn 50,000 bonus points with the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Card.

Earn 50,000 bonus points with the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card.

Make sure you get 50,000 points! Read more below.

1.) What is the step by step guide on how to earn the Companion Pass?

First, read this entire post before proceeding. Then do the following:

  • Apply for the Chase Southwest Premier credit card (Make sure the offer is for 50,000 miles).
  • If pending, call recon - get approved. When approved...
  • Apply for the Chase Southwest Plus credit card (Make sure the offer is for 50,000 miles).
  • Wait a few days for the cards to appear on your Chase account.
  • Hit your minimum spends (currently $2k for each card) and get your bonuses.
  • Spend $6k additional on the cards/otherwise accrue an additional 6,000 SW miles
  • You must accrue all 110,000 points in a single calendar year. Keep in mind your CC bonus will post following the closing of your statement in which you meet the minimum spend.

2.) What is the Southwest Airline Companion Pass? Why all the commotion?

The SW Airline CP provides users with buy one, get one on all airline ticket purchases for the year you earn the pass and the following calendar year. This pass can be used on purchased tickets and award seats (virtually doubling your airline miles). You can only select 1 companion; however, you can change that person 3 times a calendar year.

3.) How do I earn the Companion Pass?

You have to earn 110,000 miles in a calendar year. From there, you will have the CP from the year you earned it and the entire following calendar year.

4.) How do I earn 110,000 miles? What's this have to do with this subreddit?

You can earn miles by flying Southwest a lot or credit card bonuses & points. Chase offers three Southwest credit cards. The Premier, the Plus, and the Premier Business. Each card will offer 50,000 miles at various times throughout the year. As long as all 110,000 points post to your Southwest account within a calendar year, you will earn the CP for that year and the following year. Points usually post after your Chase statement date, know that date, it is incredibly important.

5.) What is the most common way to get the Companion Pass?

The most common way to get the pass is to apply for the Chase Premier and the Chase Plus Southwest cards. Both cards do not fall under the new Chase 5/24 rule so you can apply for both cards at once. Chase only allows two apps a day though, so do not get any other Chase card before going for the CP.

6.) Why all the conversation now? This seems like an all year thing.

It is. The earlier in the year you earn it the longer it'll last, since it covers the rest of the year you earn it in and the entire following calendar year.

7.) I earned 56,000 earlier this year... so if I apply for the Plus card now will I get the pass?

You need to earn 110,000 points in a calendar year.

8.) What's the safest way to earn the pass?

Wait until December to apply for the cards. Then you will have a couple months to meet minimal spends and earn the pass. The only issue is the 50,000 mile deals may not be around for long. Nobody knows when deals are set to come and go.

9.) What type of points count, which type doesn't?

  • Points that do count:
    • Credit card bonuses
    • Credit card normal spending
    • Points from flying
    • Points from rental cars
    • Points transferred from hotel programs to your RR account
  • Points that do not count:
    • Points purchased
    • Points transferred from Chase UR
    • Points transferred from another person

10.) So, can I transfer from my Chase UR to Hyatt and then Hyatt to Southwest?

Yes! But you will be using up a lot of UR points. The biggest issue is that Hyatt is 2.5 points to 1 RR point. So you will burn through 25,000 UR points for only 10,000 RR points.

11.) Can I use the CP for International Flights?

You can! You can use the CP for any Southwest flight. You just have to pay the 9/11 security fee and other taxes.

12.) Will I lose my 110k points when I earn the CP?

No, you get to keep them and use them.

13.) Do I need to have 110k points in my account to earn the CP?

No, you just need to EARN 110k points in a calendar year. If you get 50k spend them, 50k spend them, and then earn 10k more - you'll still get your CP - You'll just have less miles to work from.

14.) Do I have to choose a companion or is it just buy one get one and I choose the person each flight?

You have to choose a companion. Only that person can fly with you using your CP. If you both have flights and you cancel yours, your companions flight is automatically cancelled. You are able to change your companion three times a year though by calling in!

15.) How do I use the CP after I have earned it?

You just book any flight you want to go on, points or cash. When you look at your reservation online, you'll see an area to "Add Companion". Click that, follow instructions.

16.) I got my CP card in the mail finally, do I need it?

Nope. Frame it.

17.) I wasn't auto approved. What do I tell recon now when I call?

The same thing you would tell any bank that you apply for two cards and one is denied. In this situation, my script would go something like this. "I like to keep my expenses separate and it's tough to do with authorized users with Chase. With both cards, I could keep everything in two accounts under one log in."

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Is this a serious post?

 

Oh 1 post...

Edited by Captivated

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It's not spam, just looks like it - apparently he's a reddit user and saw it there, shared it here. Y'all are a tough bunch.

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Reddit users are pretty tough when you mention CB on there. So much misinformation on credit repair! I try to point them here after explaining some things and usually get downvoted by everyone. :aggressive:

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We are a tough bunch. :lol:

 

Usually when someone posts something like that, they are fishing for referrals. The second post wasn't viewable either.

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Reddit users are pretty tough when you mention CB on there. So much misinformation on credit repair! I try to point them here after explaining some things and usually get downvoted by everyone. :aggressive:

 

Lots of CBers on reddit. :D Keep spreading the truth. Most people misunderstand - until they need it.

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We are a tough bunch. :lol:

 

Usually when someone posts something like that, they are fishing for referrals. The second post wasn't viewable either.

 

Right - it was the first post I approved this morning, and I got up late (as usual - the joys of retirement).

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We are a tough bunch. :lol:

 

Usually when someone posts something like that, they are fishing for referrals. The second post wasn't viewable either.

Right - it was the first post I approved this morning, and I got up late (as usual - the joys of retirement).

Someone has to do the early morning patrol :P

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We are a tough bunch. :lol:

 

Usually when someone posts something like that, they are fishing for referrals. The second post wasn't viewable either.

Right - it was the first post I approved this morning, and I got up late (as usual - the joys of retirement).

Someone has to do the early morning patrol :P

 

 

They usually do. Must have taken the morning off. :D

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We are a tough bunch. :lol:

 

Usually when someone posts something like that, they are fishing for referrals. The second post wasn't viewable either.

Right - it was the first post I approved this morning, and I got up late (as usual - the joys of retirement).

Someone has to do the early morning patrol :P

They usually do. Must have taken the morning off. :D

How convenient :lol:

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Yes the companion pass is an amazing deal! I can't think of a good reason why every credit card aficionado should not take advantage of this deal. I have read alot about it and can help those who have questions.

 

 

I can't seem to get the joke behind the picture of the cattle being taken to slaughter though?

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That was when they thought you were a spammer/scammer. Folks here are suspicious of people who say "PM me for info." At least, until they get to know you. When it's your first post you'll get hazed.

 

Welcome to CB! :D

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We have a 6 page thread on this card going over here: https://creditboards.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=565318

 

The cattle pic was because some of us are not fond of the SW boarding process or the airline in general. Many here are fans though, as you will see in that thread.

 

In general, this card is really well known on CB. Check out the thread and see what you can add to it.

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We have a 6 page thread on this card going over here: https://creditboards.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=565318

 

The cattle pic was because some of us are not fond of the SW boarding process or the airline in general. Many here are fans though, as you will see in that thread.

 

In general, this card is really well known on CB. Check out the thread and see what you can add to it.

the cattle pic looks better than Southwest

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Did anyone ever mention that "I love the Southwest jokes on board"

 

I really hate it when the steward starts rapping and all the old people start clapping their brains out

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Thanks for the welcome breeze.

 

mendelssohn-I checked out that thread I'll have to go over it in more detail.

 

cv91915-no points? are you going for the companion pass?

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Here's a snippet from my inbox yesterday:

 

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Did your points expire or something?

 

How did or could you of used every single last mile? Did the redemption just work out exactly!?

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