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How the Southwest Companion Pass Works

The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the most coveted perks in travel. Southwest Companion Pass holders can bring a companion with them on all Southwest flights at almost no cost.

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How To Earn the Southwest Companion Pass

To earn the Companion Pass, you’re going to have to generate a lot of activity with the Southwest Rapid Rewards program. A Rapid Rewards member needs to fly 100 qualifying one-way flights or earn 135,000 Companion Pass-qualifying points in a calendar year to earn the Companion Pass.

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Only Some Points Earned Are Companion Pass Points

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- Rapid Rewards credit card

- Shop and dine

- Home and lifestyle

- Travel

Earning Companion Pass Points Through Credit Cards

The easiest way to quickly boost your earnings toward the Companion Pass is through credit card welcome bonuses and spending.

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Points That Don’t Qualify for the Companion Pass

– Purchased points

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– Transferred/gifted points

– Reward flights

– Flight bonus points

The Best Time To Earn the Companion Pass

The Companion Pass is valid for the remainder of the calendar year in which it’s earned plus the entire following calendar year. That means the optimal time to earn the Companion Pass is early in a calendar year.

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A Strategy for Earning the Companion Pass for Almost Two Years

What’s better than getting the Southwest Companion Pass for one year? Getting it for two years. If you time out your applications and spending right, you can do just that.

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Steps To Using the Southwest Companion Pass

To use the Companion Pass, the pass holder will first need to book their own flight. If you’re planning to use the Companion Pass, you might want to check that there are at least two seats still available on the flight.

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How To Change Your Southwest Companion Pass Companion

Southwest Companion Pass holders can change their designated companion up to three times per calendar year. That means you can have a total of four companions: the original companion and up to three new companions.

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Bottom Line

The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the most sought-after perks in travel for a reason. It’s incredible to add a companion to all of your flights for an entire year without having the expense of paying for an additional full price ticket.

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