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As I’ve mentioned many times in the past, the Southwest Companion Pass is my all time favorite perk in the entire travel industry. It allows another person to fly with you for FREE (plus minimal taxes) an UNLIMITED number of times during the life of the pass. Once you earn the pass, it is available until December 31st of the following calendar year. So if you were to earn the pass January 15, 2018, for example, the pass will not expire until December 31, 2019! That will give you over 23 months of free travel!
Since I write about this companion pass quite often, I receive a ton of questions regarding the number of points required to earn the pass. To earn the pass, you need 110,000 qualifying points in a calendar year. Points earned do NOT carry over year to year and do expire December 31st of that calendar year. One thing to note is that qualifying points towards the pass is different then the points you have in your account. If you currently have 50,000 points in your account that you earned in 2015, those points are NOT qualifying Companion Pass points for 2017. While you still have them in your account to redeem for free travel, they will not count towards the 110,000 points required.
Steps to check on your qualifying points
Checking the number of qualifying points in your account is quite easy. Sign into your Southwest account, go to My Account, and Snapshot — or here is the direct link.
You’ll then see the number of points you’ve earned towards A-List Status and the Companion Pass. The blue semi circle shows how far along you are with earning the Companion Pass. From the screen shot above, you’ll see that I currently have 101,338 points earned in this calendar year!
If you want to see your activity, go to Recent Activity –> Activity Details. This will give you an entire list of your activity – including points earned, points redeemed, and points refunded. If you want to see all points earned that count towards the pass (qualifying points), in the “Points Type” drop down menu, select “Companion Pass Qualifying Points.” Qualifying points include points earned from flying, credit card spend, shopping portal. Bonuses from those activities, however, do not count.
So if you are not sure how many points you currently have in your account, definitely take a look.