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It is not the right time of year to do this, obviously, as you want the bonus points to post in January or February, but here is a new card that I thought I'd pass along:

https://creditcards.chase.com/a1/southwest/65KDual?CELL=6PLV&clk=1881000

65K bonus for this card (full bonus requires $1K + $15K spend) + 60K bonus for the business card gets you a companion pass.

We got this offer today too.  I really want to apply for it but it is the wrong time of the year to take full advantage of it.  I am guess SW did that on purpose,grr.

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The product is not available to either (i) current Cardmembers of any Southwest Rapids Rewards® Credit Card, or (ii) previous Cardmembers of any Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Card who received a new Cardmember bonus within the last 24 months. This does not apply to Cardmembers of the Southwest Rapid Rewards Business Card and Employee Credit Card products.

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #852 on: January 18, 2019, 07:55:00 AM »
It looks like Southwest has recognized that the Companion Pass is what people really want so they're now offering a bonus of Companion Pass for the remainder of the year + 30,000 points on the Rapid Rewards Plus credit card. Certainly not as valuable as picking up a Companion Pass with two cards and collecting over 100k points in the process, but and nice option for someone that may already have a ton of RR points and is looking for a new Companion Pass option to make those points go farther. Though I'm wonderinf if the fact that they're now including the CP for rest of the year means they're circumventing the old, default process whereby you received the CP for the remainder of the current year and all of the following year.

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #853 on: October 10, 2019, 07:35:45 PM »
The companion pass is ripe for applications again . . . current offers expire Oct 16th.

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #854 on: October 10, 2019, 07:53:46 PM »
If anyone's signing up soon I'd love to share a referral code. I'm around 85-90,000 now and should get to around 100,000 with our spending.

One referral (10,000 bonus) would get me a companion pass for 2020!

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« Reply #855 on: October 11, 2019, 05:24:52 PM »
I applied yesterday, LWTG, but I hope someone takes you up on your offer!

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« Reply #856 on: October 17, 2019, 08:51:27 AM »
Well, I just got this in an email from SW Airlines:

We know how important it is to experience new places with family and friends, which is why we created the unparalleled benefit of Companion Pass2. To continue offering unlimited flights for Companions3 when flying with their Companion Pass holder, we're increasing the points required to earn a Companion Pass from 110,000 to 125,000 beginning January 1, 2020.

:-( Still a travel hack, but they certainly just made it more difficult!

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« Reply #857 on: October 22, 2019, 06:52:34 PM »
Well, I just got this in an email from SW Airlines:

We know how important it is to experience new places with family and friends, which is why we created the unparalleled benefit of Companion Pass2. To continue offering unlimited flights for Companions3 when flying with their Companion Pass holder, we're increasing the points required to earn a Companion Pass from 110,000 to 125,000 beginning January 1, 2020.

:-( Still a travel hack, but they certainly just made it more difficult!

I applied yesterday, LWTG, but I hope someone takes you up on your offer!

I saw that too, I remember way back when I got my first one it was only 100K !  Guess things change.  It did motivate me EVEN MORE to try and hit it this year to have it for 2020 so I convinced my boss* to let me use our EIN number and address to do a business card. Just got approved so should have the card soon; hit the $5K spend pretty quickly and boom, 70K bonus points and a companion pass for 2020!

My wife an I are flying together in early Dec (both on SW points); doubt I could earn the pass and get the thing finalized by then but wish I could to get those points back as it was a pricey (~40K points) flight to Mexico...side note pretty cool SW is going to Mexico, hawaii, and other parts of the Caribbean now!

For 2020 we only have two flights planned where we could use companion pass; but who knows maybe we'll add a third for Fall or early winter.  Either way, fun to have free flights :)

*My boss is also my Dad which as with most things with work made the convo both easier and harder!

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #858 on: January 30, 2021, 03:21:27 PM »
Necroposting since we might all be able to go back to air travel lifestyle:

SW's latest card offer is 50K bonus miles after first $2K spent within 90 days of card opening, then 30K bonus miles after a total of $10K spent in the first 9 months the account is open. Added to that is 25K that SWA just gave everyone who had the card at the end of last year (I opened my card in December), so that's up to 105K already just in bonus miles. I tried to get two cards at the same time using our old hack, but they denied the second card and stuck to their denial when I called . . . but now I see why they did that since it would have given me the companion pass just from bonus miles quite easily.

Then the SW Chase card activated this: 5 points per $1 spent at grocery stores, gas stations, and drugstores.
Activate this special offer by March 31, 2021, and you'll earn 5 total Rapid Rewards® points for every $1 you spend on up to $1,500 in combined purchases at grocery stores, gas stations, and drugstores from January 1 through March 31, 2021, with your Southwest® Rapid Rewards® Credit Card.
I will easily do this with just my normal spending, so that's 7500 miles by March just on that, so now I'll be up to 112500.

I don't suspect we'll be flying anywhere until later this year after hopefully the vaccine is more widespread, so really I'm hoping to have the companion pass by the Fall for use then and for all of 2022. So, I've got to earn 12,500 miles in the next 8 months to reach my goal. Should be able to do it.

Anyone else with me?

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #859 on: January 30, 2021, 04:01:48 PM »
Well, I just got this in an email from SW Airlines:

We know how important it is to experience new places with family and friends, which is why we created the unparalleled benefit of Companion Pass2. To continue offering unlimited flights for Companions3 when flying with their Companion Pass holder, we're increasing the points required to earn a Companion Pass from 110,000 to 125,000 beginning January 1, 2020.

:-( Still a travel hack, but they certainly just made it more difficult!

I applied yesterday, LWTG, but I hope someone takes you up on your offer!

I saw that too, I remember way back when I got my first one it was only 100K !  Guess things change.  It did motivate me EVEN MORE to try and hit it this year to have it for 2020 so I convinced my boss* to let me use our EIN number and address to do a business card. Just got approved so should have the card soon; hit the $5K spend pretty quickly and boom, 70K bonus points and a companion pass for 2020!

My wife an I are flying together in early Dec (both on SW points); doubt I could earn the pass and get the thing finalized by then but wish I could to get those points back as it was a pricey (~40K points) flight to Mexico...side note pretty cool SW is going to Mexico, hawaii, and other parts of the Caribbean now!

For 2020 we only have two flights planned where we could use companion pass; but who knows maybe we'll add a third for Fall or early winter.  Either way, fun to have free flights :)

*My boss is also my Dad which as with most things with work made the convo both easier and harder!

Oh it was a sad reminder to see this thread :(

I did indeed end up earning the companion pass in Dec 2019 making it good for remainder 2019 and all of 2020.

For 2020 we had planned:

Baltimore to Tampa mid March

Baltimore to Orlando mid July

Baltimore to Vegas Early October

Baltimore to Cancun early December

AND, of course none of that happened :( The Florida trip was the weekend after St. Patricks day when the $hit really hit the fan and was canceled like 2 days before we left.

Between our 3 southwest cards and two Marriott cards we were on the hook for close to $1,000 in annual fees for ZERO travel rewards. Kind of sucked, but most years we had been saving $2-4K per year so still well ahead of course.

May actually close two of the Southwest cards soon before more annual fees hit; probably should have done a tleast one of them last year but had other things on my mind :p


Necroposting since we might all be able to go back to air travel lifestyle:

SW's latest card offer is 50K bonus miles after first $2K spent within 90 days of card opening, then 30K bonus miles after a total of $10K spent in the first 9 months the account is open. Added to that is 25K that SWA just gave everyone who had the card at the end of last year (I opened my card in December), so that's up to 105K already just in bonus miles. I tried to get two cards at the same time using our old hack, but they denied the second card and stuck to their denial when I called . . . but now I see why they did that since it would have given me the companion pass just from bonus miles quite easily.

Then the SW Chase card activated this: 5 points per $1 spent at grocery stores, gas stations, and drugstores.
Activate this special offer by March 31, 2021, and you'll earn 5 total Rapid Rewards® points for every $1 you spend on up to $1,500 in combined purchases at grocery stores, gas stations, and drugstores from January 1 through March 31, 2021, with your Southwest® Rapid Rewards® Credit Card.
I will easily do this with just my normal spending, so that's 7500 miles by March just on that, so now I'll be up to 112500.

I don't suspect we'll be flying anywhere until later this year after hopefully the vaccine is more widespread, so really I'm hoping to have the companion pass by the Fall for use then and for all of 2022. So, I've got to earn 12,500 miles in the next 8 months to reach my goal. Should be able to do it.

Anyone else with me?


I had not heard about the bonus 25K points and just logged into check it out.

In addition to that they had previously extended the companion pass through June 31 2021 for anyone who had it in 2020 and now they have extended through Dec 31, 2021 so I've got it for the whole year now.

Sweet, maybe in Oct/Dec we can make up those vegas/Mexico trips :) Time will tell I guess.

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #860 on: January 30, 2021, 04:22:57 PM »
Now I'm wondering if I shouldn't just do it to extend companion pass out through 12/31/2022. 200K miles already in the account, but I see I've some how gotten 34K this year already.

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« Reply #861 on: January 30, 2021, 06:44:59 PM »
I had not heard about the bonus 25K points and just logged into check it out.

In addition to that they had previously extended the companion pass through June 31 2021 for anyone who had it in 2020 and now they have extended through Dec 31, 2021 so I've got it for the whole year now.

Sweet, maybe in Oct/Dec we can make up those vegas/Mexico trips :) Time will tell I guess.

That's great news! I'm so glad they extended your pass, and I do hope you can take those trips. SWA is a great company to work with, and I've already appreciated their customer service.

Ugh, I hear you on being bummed about cancelled trips. Of our trips that got cancelled last year, I think the two that made me saddest were the week I was going to go van camping and hiking with my beloved in the Canyonlands of Utah, and then we had to cancel my first ever trip back to Hawaii since I was born there. Boooo on you, COVID-19!

I wonder if they will end up extending your companion pass even half way into 2022? Wouldn't hurt to ask around August if you haven't heard anything.

Sorry you have been stuck paying those annual fees. I ended up cancelling my Marriott card exactly because I wasn't using it, but I kept the Hilton card since I figured I could just pick Hilton if I needed a hotel during the pandemic. . . that turned out to be a good choice as we've made some car trips for various reasons. I'm torn on whether or not to cancel my Delta card before the annual fee hits in a couple of months: they give me a single trip companion pass which normally more than offsets the fee, but will we be able to use it before it expires? I'm not sure.

Now I'm wondering if I shouldn't just do it to extend companion pass out through 12/31/2022. 200K miles already in the account, but I see I've some how gotten 34K this year already.

Lol, I think you should if you qualify to get the cards. I think you have to wait 24 months after closing the cards to get them again (if that is how you got your companion pass in the first place?) My other half also has a boatload of unused miles due to the pandemic. We are taking turns getting the cards biannually, although we took a year off when it became clear 2020 travel was going to be washed out. Unfortunately (fortunately?) I had a tipoff about that being a possibility in December 2019 due to contacts in China (and then my employer banned our travel to China around that time, which really worried me), and then @frugaldrummer started beating the drum about COVID on MMM, so I didn't even try to get the SWA cards at the end of 2019/beginning of 2020.

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« Reply #862 on: January 31, 2021, 11:18:16 AM »
Last time I did have to close the cards so I wasn't a current cardmember when I applied in the last 24 months, however didn't have to close the cards 2 years in advance.

Language on the offer is:

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If I recall correctly, the business card does not count against personal cards and vice-versa, and the last 24 months rule is specifically about receiving a new card member bonus. The main thing when they changed item (i) language was that you couldn't stack 2 personal cards anymore.

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« Reply #863 on: January 31, 2021, 08:13:05 PM »
^Thank you for clarifying that!

I've thought about getting the business card since I make between $10-20K annually on a side hustle self-employed . . . but then I never actually do it.

If anyone needs a referral on a SW card, then please feel welcome to PM me. ;-)

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« Reply #864 on: February 01, 2021, 09:36:07 AM »
@Zamboni  I sent you a PM with a referral to my SW card.

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #865 on: February 01, 2021, 02:12:56 PM »
Where is everyone seeing that SW gave 25k bonus points to everybody who held a SW card last year (or at the end of last year)?  My wife has two SW personal cards (plus and premier) that is has held since 2018. We don't see where they gave her 25k points for either card at any point. Or am I missing something / reading it wrong?

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« Reply #866 on: February 01, 2021, 02:27:50 PM »
Where is everyone seeing that SW gave 25k bonus points to everybody who held a SW card last year (or at the end of last year)?  My wife has two SW personal cards (plus and premier) that is has held since 2018. We don't see where they gave her 25k points for either card at any point. Or am I missing something / reading it wrong?

I don't think you actually get 25K points to use; you just get 25K points towards "status" like the A-list or companion pass.

I didn't have any extra points but my companion pass says I've earned 30K towards the 125K needed and only 5K was from my Dec/Jan spending.

At least that's the impression I got.

Doesn't really help me as I have no plans of trying to earn the pass this year anyway. I was more stoked they extend my current pass for rest of year so i can maybe squeeze a trip or two in the Fall.

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« Reply #867 on: February 01, 2021, 02:40:18 PM »
I had not heard about the bonus 25K points and just logged into check it out.

In addition to that they had previously extended the companion pass through June 31 2021 for anyone who had it in 2020 and now they have extended through Dec 31, 2021 so I've got it for the whole year now.

Sweet, maybe in Oct/Dec we can make up those vegas/Mexico trips :) Time will tell I guess.

That's great news! I'm so glad they extended your pass, and I do hope you can take those trips. SWA is a great company to work with, and I've already appreciated their customer service.

Ugh, I hear you on being bummed about cancelled trips. Of our trips that got cancelled last year, I think the two that made me saddest were the week I was going to go van camping and hiking with my beloved in the Canyonlands of Utah, and then we had to cancel my first ever trip back to Hawaii since I was born there. Boooo on you, COVID-19!

I wonder if they will end up extending your companion pass even half way into 2022? Wouldn't hurt to ask around August if you haven't heard anything.

Sorry you have been stuck paying those annual fees. I ended up cancelling my Marriott card exactly because I wasn't using it, but I kept the Hilton card since I figured I could just pick Hilton if I needed a hotel during the pandemic. . . that turned out to be a good choice as we've made some car trips for various reasons. I'm torn on whether or not to cancel my Delta card before the annual fee hits in a couple of months: they give me a single trip companion pass which normally more than offsets the fee, but will we be able to use it before it expires? I'm not sure.

Yes SW has been great and flexible with changes/cancellations. been flying them 20+ years at this point :)

We still did a couple of road trips which I know were a bit controversial over the Summer but they went well. Camping and rented a house so no hotels or large group stuff.

Who knows on 2022, honestly don't have much trips planned. If I could use it in Oct and Dec I'd be happy enough with that!

We still have some points we'll get use out of this year; and I forgot my most expensive Black AMEx did offer $300 credits towards restaurant instead of just marriott so I did get that back.