Southwest is doing an incredible signup bonus on their Rapid Rewards credit cards: a year of Companion Pass. Oh, and also 30k points to go with that. All three of Southwest’s premium cards have this same offer so you even get to choose which card’s perks (and annual fee) work best for you.
To earn the offer you need to meet a $5000 minimum spend requirement in the first three months and pay the annual fee for whichever card you apply for.
What is Companion Pass
For those who are not failure, Companion Pass allows you to designate a companion to bring with you on any flight you book for yourself.
It is generally earned by reaching the top tier of Rapid Reward membership by taking 100 one-way flights or earning 125,000 qualifying points in a year. Obviously, that puts it out of reach for all but the most loyal SWA frequent fliers. But with this offer it can be all yours through next February!
The best part, you can book a free companion ticket even when booking your ticket with points!
Southwest offers three cards in a partnership with Chase; the Plus, Premier, and Priority. For this offer, all three cards have the same signup bonus which is unusual.
Should I Take this Offer?
You may be hesitant to signup for a travel credit card when we are still in the middle of a pandemic. Now may not be the time to travel, but that makes it a great time to plan ahead for travel once the vaccine rollout is done. You have three months to earn the signup bonus. Getting the pass and 30k points at the end of May makes them available once we know more about how the summer travel season is going to look. Alternatively, you can look ahead to booking winter travel into next year as well.
While this may not be the best year to get the most out of the Companion Pass, this offer is a great way to obtain it for people (like myself) who aren’t taking 100 flights with Southwest in a year. Even if we only end up with a small window of opportunity to use the pass this year, there are a lot of trips I want to book once it is safe to do so and this pass and the accompanying points makes that a lot more attainable.
If you choose to take the offer you can get full details and apply here. Offer expires 3/10/2021. Companion pass good through 2/28/2022.
Do you think Companion Pass is worth it? Or have you already earned it? Let me know in the comments!