How to Fly Free for Two Years

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Want to learn how to fly free for two years? Follow the steps outlined in this post and you can enjoy free travel.

If you’re like me and love to travel, that’s probably why you’re reading this post. Flying can be expensive. The cost of flights is one reason why so many people can’t live out their vacation dreams. But you can say goodbye to expensive airfare with this simple travel hack and learn how to travel for free. Here’s how to fly free for two years.

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The Secret to Two Years of Free Flights

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You get two years of free flights to places like Cancun
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You can get two years of free flights with the Southwest Companion Pass. The Southwest Companion Pass lets someone fly with you for free for up to two years. The companion ticket is free, but, there are airport taxes and fees of about $10.

When you earn the Southwest Companion Pass it’s good for the year you earn it and until the end of the following year. So if you time it right, you can get two years of free flying for your companion. A companion can be anyone: your spouse, child, friend, or family member.

The Southwest Companion Pass is great for families. If you’re a family of four, each parent can get a Companion Pass and choose a child as their companion. That way the entire family travels for free.

Southwest flies to over 102 cities in the US, Mexico, and the Caribbean, including Cancun and Belize. And soon to Hawaii! So there are many places you can visit using your Southwest Companion Pass. And all those cheap airfare deals to Europe? Use your Companion Pass to get to one of those gateway cities.

How to Earn the Southwest Companion Pass

You earn a Southwest Companion Pass after getting 110,000 Southwest points in a calendar year.

I know what you’re thinking, “How am I going to earn 110,000 Southwest points in a year?” I have three words for you: credit card points. All your credit card points count towards earning the Southwest Companion Pass.

Southwest offers three credit cards with a signup bonus of 40,000 Southwest points:

You can earn 60,000 points from the Southwest Premier Business card.

But currently, the Southwest Premier and Southwest Premier Business cards are each offering a signup bonus of 50,000 Southwest points.

You can earn a quick 100,000 Southwest points by applying for two Southwest credit cards: Southwest Premier and Southwest Premier Business card.

Because one card is a personal card and the other is a business card, you can apply for both on the same day.

If you have the Southwest Plus card, you can apply for the Southwest Premier card because it’s a different card.

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Earn 110,000 Southwest Points in 1 Week

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4 Steps to Earn 110,000 Southwest Points Fast

1.  Apply for the Southwest Premier Card

The Southwest Premier card is a great card for international travel because it doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees.

The annual fee is $99. But each year you get a bonus of 6,000 Southwest points when you renew the card. So you can look at the annual fee as buying 6,000 points each year.

You can get 50,000 Southwest points after spending $2,000 in purchases within 3 months of opening your account on the Southwest Premier card.

Be sure to add your Southwest Rapid Rewards frequent flyer number on your application. Otherwise, they will issue you a new number.

After you’ve been approved, ask Chase to expedite sending the card to you. So that you can get the card in a few days.

Time to Complete: 5 to 15 minutes to apply

2.  Apply for the Southwest Premier Business Card

The Southwest Premier Business card offers the same benefits as the personal Southwest Premier card. The only difference between the two cards is that one is designed for businesses while the other is for personal use.

You do not have to be incorporated to get a business card. You can get a business card as a sole proprietor if you’re self-employed or have a small business. Some examples of small businesses include selling on Etsy, eBay, selling Shakeology, etc.

After spending $2,000 in purchases within 3 months after opening your account you can get 50,000 Southwest points from the Southwest Premier Business card.

Remember to add the same Southwest number to your application that you used for the Southwest Premier personal card and ask Chase to expedite the card to you.

Time to Complete: 5 to 15 minutes to apply

3.  Complete Minimum Spending

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Complete minimum spending when you buy gift cards

You have to spend $2,000 in purchases on each card within 3 months to get the 50,000 points on each card.

Typically I apply for new cards when I have upcoming large expenses. But there are lots of there ways to meet minimum spending like buying gift cards. Here are 7 unusual ways to complete minimum spending on a new credit card.

Don’t get confused by your credit card statement. The annual fee does NOT count towards the $2,000 you have to spend.

Time to Complete: 5 to 60 minutes (varies on how you complete your spending)

Total: 104,000 points (50,000 points x 2 + 2,000 points x 2)

4.  Transfer Points

Update: As of April 1, 2017, points transferred from hotel programs no longer count towards earning the Southwest Companion Pass.

You can earn an additional 6,000 points towards the Southwest Companion Pass by transferring points. Points from other programs can be transferred to Southwest and will count towards earning the Companion Pass.

A) You can transfer Choice hotels points to Southwest.

Choice hotel points transfer at a ratio of 6,000 Choice points to 1,800 Southwest points.

If you don’t have any Choice points, you can transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to Choice (only if you have no other options), buy Choice hotel points for $11 per 1,000 points, buy discounted point through the Daily Getaways, or get a 50% point bonus during sales. Points post in 24 hours.

Buying 18,000 Choice points for $550 and transferring them to Southwest gets you 5,400 Southwest points.

But if pay with your new Southwest credit card, you’d earn an additional 550 points.

Time to Complete: up to 5 business days

Total: 5,950 points (if pay with your Southwest card)

You can pay $50 towards your utility bill or go out to eat to earn the extra 50 Southwest points.

B) You can transfer Hyatt hotel points to Southwest.

Hyatt hotel points transfer at a ratio of 5,000 Hyatt points to 2,400 Southwest points.

And when you transfer 50,000 Hyatt points to Southwest, you get a 6,000 point bonus. So 50,000 Hyatt points becomes 30,000 Southwest points. Keep this in mind for the future when it’s time to earn another Southwest Companion Pass. Or if you aren’t able to get that second Southwest credit card.

Short on Hyatt points? Buy Hyatt points for $24 for 1,000 points or transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt (only as a last resort).

Buying 15,000 Hyatt points for $360 gets you 7,200 Southwest point. Pay with your Southwest card and earn an additional 360 points.

Time to Complete: 4 to 6 weeks

Total: 7,560 Southwest points (if pay with Southwest card)

There you have it, you can earn the Southwest Companion Pass in one week (or less) and your companion can fly for two years for free.

Conclusion

One of the easiest travel hacks to travel for free is the Southwest Companion Pass.

The Southwest Companion Pass lets your companion fly for free for up to two years when they travel with you. The only cost is airport taxes and fees of about $10.

Because Southwest flies to over 90 cities in the US, Mexico, and the Caribbean including Cancun and Belize, you can use your Southwest Companion Pass for free travel.

If you earn your Companion Pass in January you’ll get two years of free travel. That’s because the Southwest Companion Pass is good for the entire year it’s earned AND through the end of the following year.

You get a Southwest Companion Pass when you earn 110,000 Southwest points in a calendar year. But you can get 110,000 points in less than a week by applying for the 50,000 point Southwest Premier and Southwest Premier Business cards, completing the minimum spending, and transferring Choice hotel points.

That’s because the sign-up bonus and all purchases made with the Southwest credit cards count towards earning the Southwest Companion Pass.

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Debra is a former 12-year travel industry executive and has traveled the world using airline miles and credit card points since 1994. She'll teach you the secrets of traveling well for less.

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153 Comments

  • Chris December 28, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Another option for one of the two cards is the Southwest Plus card. A little more tricky because you have to catch it on one of it’s 50K signup times (or find a referral on FlyerTalk). This is good if you don’t have a legitimate business to get the Premiere Business card under as Chase has made this a little more difficult in the last couple of years.

    Working on this currently, one companion pass for me and one on my wife’s account ( 4 credit cards total), so we can fly the family of 4 for the price of 2. No, you won’t find the first class seats pictured in the article that I know of (unless Debbie has a secret hack for that), but a good deal for 2 years of flying.

    • Debra Schroeder December 28, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      Hey Chris,

      Unfortunately the Southwest Plus is only offering a 25,000 bonus right now. ๐Ÿ™

  • Lindsey December 28, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    If you already have one SW card would you just suggest that we open both cards with my husbands name?

    • Debra Schroeder December 28, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      Hi Lindsey,

      If you already have the Southwest Premier card, then yes, open both cards in your husband’s name.

      If you have the Southwest Plus card, you can get the two Southwest Premier cards because they are different.

  • Rob Taylor December 28, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Wow, it’s a process, but that’s incredible. This is going to be a discussion with the husband tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Debra Schroeder December 29, 2015 at 8:39 am

      Hi Rob Taylor,

      Exactly, right? You can get a lot of travel with that Companion Pass. It’s an amazing deal for families.

  • Allison Jones December 29, 2015 at 12:47 am

    Airfare is the most expensive part of travel! I wish Delta had something like this (my go-to airline in the United States). This would be so helpful and save us tons of money!

    LiveLifeWell,
    Allison

    • Debra Schroeder December 29, 2015 at 8:42 am

      Hi Allison Jones,

      While they don’t have a Companion Pass per se, they have a Companion Certificate (for Platinum Delta Skymiles cc or Delta Reserve holders).

      It lets you bring a companion for free on one flight, you just pay the taxes and fees.

    • Cal March 20, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      Delta does. If you have an American Express Delta card. You don’t even have to have near that amount if points either. I get one every year and I continue to fly free. Usually I split the cost with a friend so they don’t have to pay so much. Delta is much better than Southwest too. They have had much better service, don’t have to check in to stand in line for a seat, usually on time (more so than my experience with Southwest)

      • Debra Schroeder March 23, 2016 at 8:48 pm

        Hi Cal,

        The Delta Companion Pass only gets you one flight.

        Whereas the Southwest Companion Pass gets you unlimited flights. You can bring your companion for free on as many flights as you want for as long as the Pass is valid (up to two years).

  • Sadie December 29, 2015 at 1:46 am

    This is awesome! I fly Southwest at lot in the US to see my sister and family. I didn’t even know about their companion card but am going to sign up for it right now! Thanks for the info!!!

    • Debra Schroeder December 29, 2015 at 8:42 am

      Hi Sadie,

      Awesome, so glad this post helped. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Julie@MomFabulous December 29, 2015 at 6:17 am

    This is brilliant. I just sent this post to my husband. Our hope is to travel a few months on, few months off when our oldest two are in college. Very glad I found your blog!

    • Debra Schroeder December 29, 2015 at 8:45 am

      Hi Julie@MomFabulous,

      Thanks for the compliment. Looking forward to seeing where you’ll go with your companion pass.

  • Krista Williams December 29, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Oh wow, this is incredible! I was thinking it would be expensive for the first person or this wouldn’t be possible but this is really cool! I think I can definitely rack up 110,000 points to do it.

    Thanks for sharing this I am going to research it today!

    xo
    Krista
    http://www.hundredblog.com

    • Debra Schroeder December 29, 2015 at 8:48 am

      Hi Krista Williams,

      So glad you enjoyed the post.

      And the beauty is that you can use those 110,000 points to “pay” for your flight. So you use points for your flight and your companion flies free and your total out of pocket is just airport taxes and fees.

  • angie December 29, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    thanks for sharing this is a very valuable tool for so many that do fly.

  • Tami Villa - Hunterly Travels December 29, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    I love the Southwest Companion Pass – such a fantastic perk, I really wish that more airlines would offer something similar. I’m currently a solo traveler so I haven’t been able to really take advantage of it yet, but I hope this perk is still around someday if I find myself with a partner.

    xo,
    Tami

    • Debra Schroeder December 30, 2015 at 10:00 am

      Hi Tami,

      Yeah, it’s harder to really maximize the Companion Pass when you travel solo.

      Agreed, hope it stays around for a long time. It’s such a great value.

  • Tiana December 30, 2015 at 9:56 am

    This is awesome!!! I’ve only flown SW a handful of times.

    • Debra Schroeder December 30, 2015 at 10:00 am

      Hi Tiana,

      It’s great for positioning flights. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Arnie December 30, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Certainly very good tips for those that spend a lot of time flying Southwest. Now if they ever fly to Northern Europe, we’d be in!????

    • Debra Schroeder December 31, 2015 at 8:06 am

      Hi Arnie,

      You can use the Companion Pass to get to a city that does fly to Northern Europe such as Boston or Washington, DC. Then take one of those cheap $99 WOW flights to Iceland.

  • Tammilee Tips December 30, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    We are always traveling I am surprised I had not heard of this program! I love finding ways to cut out costs down when we travel it can add up fast!! I did not know that Hyatt was partnered with Southwest like this as well.

  • Cara (@StylishGeek) December 30, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    I am definitely bookmarking this post because you offered some really helpful tips that I was not aware of! And since I am a travel bug I would love to start traveling for free! I did not even know about Southwest Airlines companion pass…and I use this airline a lot! Oh my! Anyway, thanks for sharing!

    • Debra Schroeder December 31, 2015 at 8:07 am

      Hi Cara,

      Thanks, glad the post was helpful. Hopefully you can start traveling for free soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sicorra@NotNowMomsBusy December 30, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    I had no idea that existed. That is one of the great things about the US – so many airlines to choose from, and much better airfares too.

    • Debra Schroeder December 31, 2015 at 8:08 am

      Hi Sicorra@NotNowMomsBusy,

      Thanks, happy that you liked the post. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Fi Nรญ Neachtรกin December 31, 2015 at 3:01 am

    This is a really great travel hack for those in the US. If I lived there I’d probably take out those cards just to rack up those points so that my partner or son could travel for free with me. Airline tickets are so expensive so every little helps when it comes to being able to afford travel.

    • Debra Schroeder December 31, 2015 at 8:10 am

      Hi Fi Ni Neachtain,

      Too true, airline tickets can be the most expensive part of traveling. That’s what makes this such a great deal. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Toni December 31, 2015 at 3:45 am

    I love that they offer a companion pass. t would be easy to rack up the $2000 in 3 months. Just use it to pay any bills you normally would pay out of your bank account then pay it off with your bank account so you don’t have debt!

    • Debra Schroeder December 31, 2015 at 8:12 am

      Hi Toni,

      Exactly. Or prepay your utilities. There are so many ways to easily meet the minimum spending. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amy Ditmore December 31, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    I’ve only ever flown a few times to see my Dad. I’ve never heard of the companion pass though, but that would be amazing. I could start a mom and daughter travel journey ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

    • Debra Schroeder December 31, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      Hi Amy Ditmore,

      So glad you found the post useful. Hope you can begin that mom and daughter travel journey.

  • Krystal December 31, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    I have only flown Southwest and always had a good flight. Wait, I did fly Delta before too but the rates were much higher. I haven’t flown in quite some time, but it’s on my 2016 list! I want to hit the northeast soon!

    • Debra Schroeder December 31, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      Hi Krystal,

      Hope you’re able to reach your travel goals in 2016.

  • Liz Mays December 31, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Honestly, that is a total steal of a deal and with some savvy (like you’ve shown) you can really get to that 110K mark pretty easily. Now if Southwest would just fly from here, I’d be all set! I have to drive a couple hours to find them.

    • Debra Schroeder December 31, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      Hi Liz Mays,

      A couple hours drive could be worth the money you save with the Companion Pass.

  • Chantal January 1, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Wow this seems like it would be a great card to get, the benefits are absolutely amazing! I wish we had this airline in Canada- I don’t think we do but I will have to look and see if we could still benefit from it!

    • Debra Schroeder January 1, 2016 at 10:07 am

      Hi Chantal,

      Glad you like the post. Right now Southwest doesn’t fly in Canada but they’ve been talking about it for years. So maybe one day? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tyra January 1, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Great tip. I have one SW card, and I am a huge proponent of using credit cards smartly to get points (provided that you use credit responsibly).

    • Debra Schroeder January 2, 2016 at 7:15 am

      Hi Tyra,

      Thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Yep, use your card and then pay it off immediately and never carry a balance.

  • Chanel | Cultural Xplorer January 3, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    I love earning rewards. I have yet to get the SW card but I have been thinking about it.

    • Debra Schroeder January 4, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      Hi Chanel | Cultural Xplorer,

      It’s the fastest way to get a lot of travel. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you decide to get the Southwest credit card, now’s the best time that way you get almost two full years of free travel.

  • Nicole Escat January 5, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Hi Debra, is this possible for me? I’m from Philippines.

    • Debra Schroeder January 6, 2016 at 7:19 am

      Hi Nicole Escat,

      You could get a Southwest credit card if you have a US address. Southwest doesn’t fly from the Philippines or other Asia countries.

      But if you visit the US, Caribbean or Mexico a lot, it could be worth it.

  • Christy D. January 14, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    I’d never heard of the companion pass before. I’ll have to show my husband.

    • Debra Schroeder January 21, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      Hi Christy D,

      Let me know if you have any questions about the Southwest Companion Pass.

  • Danay January 14, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Hi, so do I have to use up the $2000 before they give the right to fly for free. When can I start flying? And can I cancel my yearly membership after the year is over?. Thanks so much for you help and sharing this nice tips.

    • Debra Schroeder January 21, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      Hi Danay,

      It’s not a yearly membership, but a Companion Pass that’s valid for the entire year you earned it and the following year. So the earlier in the year you earn it, the more flying you can do.

      To get the Southwest Companion Pass, you have to earn 110,000 Southwest points in a calendar year.

      To do it quickly you can earn 100,000 of those points by getting the Southwest personal and Southwest business card and completing the required $2,000 spending.

      You can get the remainder of the points by additional spending or transferring hotel points (as outlined in the post).

      You can start flying using your Companion Pass as soon as you earn it.

  • Brittany January 14, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    OMG…seriously I need to read these types of blogs more often, I learn so much about traveling.

    • Debra Schroeder January 21, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      Hi Brittany,

      Thanks for the compliment. Feel free to subscribe to our newsletter. That way you won’t miss any posts.

  • Christina @ Youthful Homemaker January 15, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    That’s really neat! One of my good friends is always flying with someone, I’ll have to share this with her. Great tips, thanks!

    • Debra Schroeder January 21, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      Hi Christina @ Youthful Homemaker,

      Thanks, glad you enjoyed the tips. Yes, please share my post with friends and family. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nikki January 15, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Great tips! We are loyal Southwest people, so that is really good to know!

  • Kathleen January 16, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    wow. I have to get back to this post to do the steps. Thanks for the info

  • Ashley January 16, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    This is good information to know. I have never heard of that. We are planning a trip soon so this will come in handy, Thank You.

    • Debra Schroeder January 21, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      Hi Ashley,

      Happy to hear that my post was timely. Let me know if you end up getting a Southwest Companion Pass.

  • Misty Eilar January 16, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    If I ever decide to get a credit card again, this would be a great option to do.

    • Debra Schroeder January 21, 2016 at 12:53 pm

      Hi Misty Eilar,

      Thanks. Definitely a great deal if you use credit cards.

  • Maaike January 17, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Wow, I would never think of something like that! Creative way for cheaper travelling! Thanks for the great post!

    • Debra Schroeder January 21, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      Hi Maaike,

      So glad you liked our tip to travel cheaply. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Elizabeth Edgar January 17, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Amazing! I have never heard anything like this before! I will definitely look into this more because I want my daughter to be able to fly for free!

    • Debra Schroeder January 21, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      Hi Elizabeth Edgar,

      Thanks, glad you liked the post. Hope your daughter can fly for free.

  • Jordyn January 17, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    My fiance and I did this all through college with American Airlines. Credit cards are definitely the fastest way to get free tickets! This is a great post for specific details though! We have a Southwest hub nearby so it might be worth investing in for us!

    • Debra Schroeder January 21, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      Hi Jordyn,

      Awesome, sounds like you did quite a bit of traveling in college.

      With a Southwest hub near you, you’ll save a lot with the Companion Pass, even if you only use it to get to gateway cities.

  • Nimi Popat January 18, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Very helpful post. Thanks for sharing …

    • Debra Schroeder January 21, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      Hi Nimi Popat,

      Glad you like the post. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • tammigirl January 18, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    I am really trying to understand this… How is a family of four traveling free if the parents are buying tickets and using the companion pass for the children?

    Aren’t they paying for the parents to fly and the children are flying free?

    I can’t figure it out.

    • Debra Schroeder January 21, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      Hi Tammigirl,

      For a family of four with 2 Companion Passes, you can travel for free because you can use those 220,000 points (110,000 per parent) to pay for the parent’s flight and the children fly free as companions.

  • Jenn @ The Art of Better January 19, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Wow! This is amazing. Thanks for that. I typically fly Delta but I might just have to switch.

    • Debra Schroeder January 21, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      Hi Jenn @ The Art of Better,

      Happy that you appreciated the post. It might be worth it to switch from Delta to Southwest. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lakisha January 19, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    I love traveling and this year I have some great trip I need to go on. Thanks for the tips, I can easily earn 110,000 points.

    • Debra Schroeder January 21, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Hi Lakisha,

      Awesome, glad to hear it. Love to hear about all the trips you’ll take once you earn your Companion Pass.

  • lee conklin January 21, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Thanks for the article; very compelling. Just one question/correction: Southwest site indicates they DO NOT accept transferred, gift-ed or bought points towards the 100K needed for the companion pass:

    ” Points purchased for personal use or as a gift, transferred points, points earned from program enrollment, Tier bonus points, flight bonus points, and Partner bonus points (with the exception of the Rapid Rewards Credit Cards from Chase) do not qualify as Companion Pass Qualifying Points.”

    so it sounds like we need to earn the point thru flights or credit card use…

    thanks again!

    • Debra Schroeder January 21, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      Hi lee conklin,

      You can earn the points through flights, credit cards, and partners.

      Where you referenced, they are referring to bonus points. For example, if you normally earn 500 points for renting a car, if Avis had a promotion that offered 1,000 points, only the first 500 would count towards the Companion Pass.

      You can’t buy Southwest points to qualify for the pass. But you can buy hotel points and transfer those and earn the pass that way. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Celeste Choi January 21, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Great source of information. Thank you for sharing

  • Ahamed January 30, 2016 at 4:04 am

    I’m from India ..I don’t think southwest is avaible over here..can u give some alternative ?

    • Debra Schroeder February 9, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      Hi Ahamed,

      Unfortunately, Southwest isn’t available in India.

      I’m not sure what options you have. But I can do some research to find out. It’ll take me a little while, but I’ll get back to you.

  • SC February 15, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    What happens once the two years are up? How do you earn additional points? Do you continue to apply for cards for the sign up bonuses?

    • Debra Schroeder February 17, 2016 at 7:10 am

      Hi SC,

      After the two years you’ll need to earn another Companion Pass to get 2 more years of free flights.

      You earn additional points every time you use the credit card, buy things through their partners and when you fly on purchased tickets.

      With Chase credit cards you can only get the sign-up bonus again after it’s been 24 months (2 years) since you last got the sign-up bonus. So you’d have to wait to reapply for the sign-up bonus.

  • Branna Snow February 24, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Do the Southwest Primier Card & the Business Card give you one point for every dollar spent on the cards? Do purchases you make with your cards at all grocery stores, gas stations, & restaurants count, or are there exclusive places you must patronize to earn points? We have several monthly bills paid automatically with our Am.Express card. Could we earn points if we paid these with the Southwest cards?

    • Debra Schroeder February 29, 2016 at 10:02 am

      Hi Branna Snow,

      You get 2 points for every dollar you spend on Southwest tickets, vacation packages, and through the Rapid Reward partner hotels and car rental companies.

      You get 1 point for every dollar you spend everywhere else. So grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants, stores, etc.

      Yes, you could earn Southwest points if you paid your monthly bills with the Southwest cards instead of with your American Express cards.

  • Mary February 25, 2016 at 5:39 am

    Could you explain how to get more than one southwest credit card? I have a SW CC currently and when I applied for the business card they refused me saying I already had a SW personal card. Also, they told me there is no such thing as “reapplying” after two years in order to get points….I think your information is misleading….

    • Debra Schroeder February 29, 2016 at 10:13 am

      Hi Mary,

      Here’s how to get more than one Southwest credit card:

      The Southwest Premier and Southwest Plus cards are different personal credit cards with different benefits and annual fees.

      So if you currently have the Southwest Plus card, you can apply for the Southwest Premier card.

      Of if you have the Southwest Premier card, you can apply for the Southwest Plus card.

      In terms of getting a business card, you have to have a business. You can’t get a business card if you don’t have a business. So if you have a traditional business or have a untraditional business like a daycare or babysitting business, sell things on eBay or Etsy, etc. you can apply for a business card.

      You can reapply for a new Southwest card 2 years (24 months after you received your sign-up bonus) if you have cancelled your card.

      So with your current Southwest credit card, if you applied for and received the sign-up bonus 2 years (or 24 months) ago, then you could cancel your existing card and reapply for a new Southwest card and get the sign-up bonus again.

      But a word of caution, Chase is getting stricter with people doing this. Because many people were doing this on a regular basis (every 2 years) and getting the sign-up bonus multiple times.

      Let me know if you have any other questions. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amy March 13, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Hello
    I just looked in southwest.com and it states that enrollment points may NOT be used to qualify for the companion pass. So, this strategy, sadly, would not work. ;(

    • Debra Schroeder March 23, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      Hi Amy,

      Not sure where you looked, but they do count. And have for years.

      https://www.southwest.com/html/customer-service/faqs.html?topic=rapid_rewards_program_terms_and_conditions – under Companion Pass

      Let me know if you have any additional questions or need help.

      • Zach Regan March 25, 2016 at 5:58 am

        From that exact faq โ€œCompanion Pass Qualifying Pointsโ€ are earned from your revenue flights booked through Southwest Airlines, your points earned on Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Credit Cards, and your base points earned from Rapid Rewards Partners. Points purchased for personal use or as a gift, transferred points, points earned from program enrollment, Tier bonus points, flight bonus points, and Partner bonus points (with the exception of the Rapid Rewards Credit Cards from Chase) do not qualify as Companion Pass Qualifying Points. “

        • Debra Schroeder March 25, 2016 at 10:13 am

          Hi Zach Regan,

          I know it’s kinda confusing, but this part is key: “…(with the exception of the Rapid Rewards Credit Cards from Chase)…”

          All points from the Southwest credit cards including the sign-up bonus count towards the Southwest Companion Pass and have for years.

          I’ll see if I can find a screenshot from when I earned my pass a couple of years ago and include it in the post.

  • Mihaela Echols November 23, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    This is great! My family lives out of state! This would make me visit way more! It’s only the plane tickets that hold me back.

  • Aish Das-Padihari November 23, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Oh this is really great information. I’m going to share this with my hubby who is a frequent flyer.

  • Helene November 23, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Wow, that sounds like a great deal. Unfortunately, Southwest doesn’t have many flights out of my home airport

  • Wren November 23, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Thanks for all that info! I would LOVE to fly free for two year, and it all seems too good to be true. This was very informative.

  • Amber Myers November 23, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    I would love this! And I do love Southwest, so I’ll look into this.

  • Elizabeth O. November 23, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    It would be awesome to be able to fly free for two years especially if you travel often. That would save you a lot of expenses. I really appreciate this informative post, thanks!

  • Claudette November 23, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Not an option open to me but it was great information to have. Thanks

  • Dylan Cutler November 23, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Wow, that is pretty amazing to fly ANYWHERE for free for any amount of time. Now if only I had the time away from school and work to do it! Siiigh haha

  • Carol Cassara November 24, 2016 at 12:31 am

    I travel a lot and this would really be something that I can take advantage of! I love that you can get free flights for 2 years!

  • jill conyers November 24, 2016 at 1:31 am

    This is brilliant. My son has a friend who traveled to Europe and flights were practically free. He has traveling down to a science.

  • Jimmy and Tina November 24, 2016 at 1:53 am

    The SW companion ticket sounds like a fantastic way to fly, I had never heard of that one before, this is great. Thanks for sharing, it’s nice to know there are so many options for cutting down airline cost.

  • Tasheena @SimplyTasheena.com November 24, 2016 at 5:22 am

    I had no idea Southwest offered a companion pass. Thanks for sharing saving up my points!

  • Oyinkan Ogunleye November 24, 2016 at 6:35 am

    This will definitely be helpful for families!

  • ellie November 24, 2016 at 6:52 am

    This is such a great idea! I’d definitely do this if I could! Great tips, thanks for sharing!

  • Steven Goodwin November 24, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Nice travel hack. We don’t travel much or I might be tempted by this offer. Sounds easy enough to get through.

  • Rose November 24, 2016 at 7:42 am

    This is nice to know. The last time i traveled was only to Vegas and that was years ago. I would say I am due for a nice long trip somewhere.

  • Laura November 24, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Sounds like a great scheme. Too bad I’m not in America.

  • Darina November 24, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Great to keep in mind for some point.

  • Nellwyn November 24, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    This is such a great travel tip! Too bad I live in Canada and never fly Southwest Airlines

  • Lennae Stubbs November 24, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Sounds like a great deal, I wish my airline rewards card had that.

    Lennae xxx
    http://www.lennaesworld.com

  • Glenda November 24, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Wow thank you for the tips. This is great for people that fly a lot! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • blair villanueva November 24, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    thanks for these tips! I’m still in the process of accumulating my points and hopefully next year I could use it up!

  • Anosa November 24, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    This is definitely a great idea for those in the states but I wouldn’t join just yet until I can manage my finances. I have just become debt free and don’t want any credit cards

  • Divya @ Eat Teach Blog November 25, 2016 at 4:22 am

    I’ve heard of this pass!! I wish they do something like this in the future. Right now, my husband is in the beginning of medical school so it’s not the best time for travel, but I do love the idea of it!

  • ROsey November 26, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Oh I did not know about the companion pass!! I def. will be looking into it.

  • Ana Ojha November 27, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Thanks for sharing the valuable information! Can’t wait to signup for Southwest credit card!

  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle January 3, 2017 at 4:52 am

    That is so awesome! I have to do a lot of traveling for my blog, so this is perfect for me. Flying is UBER expensive. I mean, it’s nuts!

  • Jeanette January 3, 2017 at 7:57 am

    We love Southwest! We use them whenever we can. They are a friendly airline who LOVE their customers. I have their rewards and I can’t wait to try out the card to fly more!

  • My Teen Guide January 3, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    That’s pretty amazing! I’ve never thought how to have a free flight in two years this is such an amazing tips!

  • Wendy Polisi January 3, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    That’s why I really love southwest, they’re really friendly and their services are awesome. Thank you for sharing this tips, I’ve never known this until you share it.

  • Nancy @ whispered inspirations January 3, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Wow this is awesome! I’ve only flew with Southwest once and I absolutely love their services! I gotta get myself a pass!

  • Amanda Simkin January 3, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    One of the things that holds my family back from traveling is the high cost of airline flights. This is such a great idea for cutting down on costs. And I mean, who doesn’t love flying Southwest?!?

  • Rebecca Swenor January 3, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    The Southwest Companion Pass sounds like something worth looking into for anyone. I will have to share this with my ex-husband who is my boyfriend so we can go to the Caribbean Island for our family vacation we haven’t had in years. I love that you can use the credit card points for the the companion pass too. Thanks for sharing the information. .

  • Lisa Favre January 4, 2017 at 6:34 am

    These are all amazing tips and really great programs that I had no idea about. I mean, who wouldn’t want to fly for free?!

  • Melissa Dixon January 4, 2017 at 7:55 am

    My mom loves to travel, I will have to share this with her so she can do what she loves even more!

  • Kathy January 4, 2017 at 8:09 am

    This sounds great. I honestly never knew about this. It would be nice to be able to fly free. Saves you a ton of money!

  • Ann Bacciaglia January 4, 2017 at 9:46 am

    The Southwest Companion Pass sounds amazing. I will have to look into this. I have a bunch of travel coming up for the next few years.

  • Shannon Gurnee January 4, 2017 at 10:57 am

    We love Southwest Airlines and try to fly it whenever possible. I didn’t know they had a program where you could earn a free companion pass for 2 years. That’s awesome!

  • Krista January 4, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Thanks for the info! We have always driven to our family vacations so I have actually only been on a plane once before. However, it is on the agenda for this year. Now that we have been expanding our family it is getting harder and harder to deal with the children in the car and would be much easier just to fly!

  • Up Run for Life January 4, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    I had no idea that you could earn a companion pass. This is useful information and when we can start traveling more, I will have to remember this tip.

  • CourtneyLynne January 4, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Woah!!! This is just awesome m. Hubby and I love to travel and airline tickets are the thing I complain about money wise the most!!

  • Emma Spellman January 4, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    This is so amazing. We never fly because we are a family of four and it is not affordable. After reading this maybe we can fly somewhere this year.

  • Chubskulit Rose January 5, 2017 at 2:55 am

    With the cost of airfare these days, it would be nice if we can fly for free. For two years, that would be a big WIN!

  • Shaney Maharaj January 5, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Wow, this is really cool. I never knew this and I traveled with Southwest before. Definitely going to look into it now. Thanks for the tip!

  • Sarh S January 5, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Ohh goodness, $4000 in purchases in 3 months? That’s a bit much just for flying points. But these are some great ideas.

  • Maniprabha January 19, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Thanks for sharing the details. Nice article.

  • glenn February 8, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Nice! Thanks for this info.This is really cool.I love you travel with my family and friends.

  • Debra Schroeder May 31, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Hi Agness,

    Glad you enjoyed the post. Hope you can benefit from it.

  • Eric Gamble September 2, 2017 at 11:31 am

    So are they still offering this bump in points for signing up? I am not a big advocate for credit cards to earn points as many people are reckless with debt in the states and the temptation is to big. However, if you were disciplined, and worked this plan for 1-2 months, it would be worth the companion seat

  • Dan September 2, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    So it sounds like it would make sense to start near the end of the year so at the beginning of the year you earn the pass. Is that what you would recommend?

  • Kavey Favelle September 3, 2017 at 12:48 am

    I love the sound of this pass, though even if I put every single thing I purchased on the one credit card, I’m not sure I’d be able to get that many points in one year. It’s great for very frequent travellers and those who spend a lot on their cards though, love that it covers two travellers.

  • Shibani September 3, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Wow there are so many things in travel industry which we are not even aware about. This is truly amazing that we can reduce our travel expenses. Thanks for sharing such amazing information

  • Meagan September 4, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Talk about a travel hack!! I’ve always been happy with the returns from my Venture card, but this process takes points hacking to a new level! Thank you so much for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anna @ shenANNAgans September 4, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    This is INSANE… And totally one of the best travel hacks Ive ever heard. In recent years I have been using points earned for cheaper flights and shopping and adventures, but honestly nothing as fantastic as this.

  • Jennifer Melroy September 5, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    This is a great idea. If only Southwest went more places I needed it to. I fly about once or twice a year on Southwest and the rest is on American.

  • Lauren September 5, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    This sounds amazing – I really wish that I could use it in Canada! Maybe someday right? I’ll keep dreaming ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Trisha Velarmino September 7, 2017 at 2:00 am

    This is an amazing travel hack, really! This is perfect for a couple who always travel in a year! You’re so clever!!!

  • Karla September 8, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    WOw that companion pass is really a great idea. THat is something that could be useful from here too.

  • Jane October 2, 2017 at 5:40 am

    As far as I know, Southwest does not have first class or business class seats. What airline seats did you use for your promo image? I feel that’s completely misleading.

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