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Back in January of this year, Southwest announced that they were starting service to Aruba, Montego Bay, and Nassau. This announcement had me beyond excited as I am a big Southwest fan. I have a lot of their points due to the Southwest Airlines credit card and transferring points from Wyndham Rewards (which is no longer a good option). I also hold the Southwest Airlines companion pass, so my husband flies with me for free an UNLIMITED number of times.
Within minutes of seeing this announcement I knew I’d be taking advantage at some point this year. I have never been to Aruba and it has been a winter destination I’ve wanted to check out for quite some time now (I am also excited to use my points for a free stay at the Radisson – more on that in another post). So I am now scheduled to go to Aruba over Christmas. I booked flights the day the schedule came out (you can currently book through January 4, 2015) and was able to get pretty reasonable flights being such a peak time. If I had waited even a day I would have been paying at least 50% higher. Of course I am booked on booked and the extra taxes/fees was only $72.50. I was also able to add my husband on as my companion, so he is flying almost for FREE – no points required just the taxes/fees of $72.50. Pretty good in my opinion!
Since the initial announcement of those three destinations, Southwest has in fact added a few more routes:
- Aruba, Montego Bay, and Nassau begins on July 1, 2014
- Cancun and Cabo San Lucas begins on August 10, 2014
- Mexico City and Punta Cana begins on November 2, 2014
This now means you can use your Southwest Airlines companion ticket on these routes. While the companion ticket is already extremely valuable, this makes it even more worthwhile in my opinion! You can read more about the Southwest Airlines companion pass here.
I checked out the Southwest route map and currently there are none stop flights from the three destinations to the following:
- Aruba flies direct to Orlando, Atlanta, and Baltimore
- Montego Bay flies direct to Orlando, Atlanta, Baltimore, and Chicago
- Nassau flies direct to Baltimore and Atlanta
Credit card to help earn the companion pass: Southwest Credit Card to help earn the companion pass: You can apply for the Southwest card here. As mentioned previously, there are four different Southwest cards – ALL of them have the same bonus offer after meeting the minimum spend requirements, but different annual fees and annual bonuses. You can view all four cards and the differences in this prior blog post. Here are the multiple ways to earn the Southwest Airlines Companion Pass.
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