This is post #6 of my blog series on the Southwest Airlines Companion Pass.
- What is a Southwest Airlines Companion Pass?
- How to Earn a Southwest Airlines Companion Pass
- Getting Two Southwest Credit Cards to Count Towards the Companion Pass
- Earning Partner Points to Count Towards the Companion Pass
- Transferring Chase Ultimate Reward Points to Southwest for Companion Pass Status
- Getting the Southwest Airlines Companion Pass for 2014 and 2015 Calendar Year
- Using the Southwest Airlines Companion Pass on Southwest and AirTran flights
- Changing your Companion with the Southwest Airlines Companion Pass
- Top 20 Questions for the Southwest Airlines Companion Pass
Yesterday I posted some information on earning the Southwest Airlines companion pass which allows a companion to fly with you an UNLIMITED number of times for the calendar year it is earned plus the following calendar year. As I stated in my post, one of the easiest ways to earn the companion pass status is through the credit card sign up bonuses. While there are other ways of course, for those who are not a weekly Southwest flier, getting two of the credit cards will give you 104,000 points which is only 6,000 points away from earning this status.
Now, many readers and people who I speak to love the concept of the companion pass, but since it is already the middle of the calendar year would prefer to get almost two full years out of it instead of less than a year and a half. And if your upcoming travel doesn’t involve a Southwest flight, why get the companion pass now when it would better suite you for 2014 and 2015, right?
As of right now there is no guarantee that the credit card sign up bonus trick will help you get the companion pass later on, however, I believe if you wait you still have a really good chance. Typically the Southwest credit card offers 25,000 bonus points after meeting the minimum spend requirements, but the 50,000 bonus point offer is around quite often as well.
If you want to hold out and hope that you can get the companion pass for 2014 and 2015, this is what you do. DO NOT apply for the two credit cards now. WAIT until the next 50,000 point offer comes around (fingers crossed!) and apply for the two cards then. Typically you have three months to meet the minimum spend requirements of $2,000. Wait until January 2014 to cross over that $2,000 threshold. You can still put spend on it in 2013, but do not put more than $1,999 on it. I’d recommend waiting till 2014 though as the money spent will then count towards the points needed to meet the 110,000 points. Whatever hits a statement credit in 2013 will count towards the 2013 requirements of meeting the companion pass status and those points DO NOT carry over.
The points earned from the companion pass will hit your account a few days after your monthly statement closes. So come January 1, 2014 if you are able to spend $2,000 (assuming that’s the minimum spend threshold), you’ll earn your companion pass probably late January. The companion pass will then be valid for all of 2014 and 2015!
Credit card to help earn the companion pass: As mentioned previously, there are three 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 three cards and the differences in this prior blog post. You can learn more about all Airline credit card offers here.
Let me know if you have any questions!