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I’ve written about the Southwest Companion Pass quite a bit since I started this blog. It is by far my favorite benefit out of all the loyalty programs. I think it is AMAZING. I also do not mind flying Southwest. You can read all about the Southwest Companion Pass here.
People are constantly asking me, “What flights are eligible for the companion pass?” And the quick short answer is “ALL FLIGHTS!”. There really is no limitation on the companion pass. Your companion can fly use the companion pass to fly for free in all of these scenarios:
- If you pay for your ticket with a credit card
- If you pay for your ticket with a Southwest gift card
- If you pay for your ticket with a Southwest LUV voucher
- If you use points from your account for a free ticket
- If you use points from someone else’s account for a free ticket
- If you use points from your companions account for a free ticket
- If you use a standard award ticket from your account
- If you use a standard award ticket from someone else’s account
- If you use a standard award ticket from your companions account!
The ONLY thing that is not allowed (and I believe this should be a known assumption), is that you cannot add a companion to your reservation if you are already flying as a companion. So, if you are a companion pass holder and are flying as the companion for another companion pass holder, you cannot book a third person to fly as your companion.
If you use points or a standard award ticket, that means that both you and your companion are flying for free! The only thing you’ll need to pay out of pocket are the taxes/fees. For a domestic flight this is $5.60 per segment and for an international flight it can range anywhere between $50-$100ish. It does not matter how the first passenger pays for their ticket at all (as long as it is paid with some form of currency). They just need to have a confirmed reservation and then the companion can be added to the reservation. It is really the easiest and simplest process you’ll come across. There are no caveats or small print terms that will screw you over. I promise!
The one major thing to keep in mind though is the primary passenger MUST also be flying. Again, I am sure this is common sense, but if the first passenger gets sick, for example, and cannot fly, the second person will NOT be able to fly on the companion pass ticket. This could result in an expensive last minute ticket for the second passenger. But, if you need to cancel the companions ticket, you will get back the taxes and fees to the credit card on file – no fees or money lost! This is the exact same policy as any ticket booked with Southwest.
As you probably already know, Southwest just came out with a publicly available 50,000 point offer on all of their three credit cards. The 50,000 points earned plus the 2,000 points from meeting the minimum spend requirements do count towards the 110,000 points required in a calendar year to earn the pass. You can learn more about the sign up bonus and how it counts towards the companion pass here.
Let me know if you have any questions!