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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #200 on: January 13, 2015, 06:29:17 AM »
We are heading down to San Antonio to visit friends for the long President's weekend next month, then we are heading out to AZ for spring training in late March/early April,  and then out to Portland in June.

Congrats! Mine just posted as well. Booked our flight to Aruba. The good news...in the time that I first got the points in my SW account and today, the cost (in Rapid Rewards) of the flight has gone down 6,000. This thing just keeps getting better. By my calculations, the points + the CP will reap about $4,000 in value. Not bad for $170 in credit card fees.
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« Reply #201 on: January 13, 2015, 08:33:22 AM »
We are heading down to San Antonio to visit friends for the long President's weekend next month, then we are heading out to AZ for spring training in late March/early April,  and then out to Portland in June.

Congrats! Mine just posted as well. Booked our flight to Aruba. The good news...in the time that I first got the points in my SW account and today, the cost (in Rapid Rewards) of the flight has gone down 6,000. This thing just keeps getting better. By my calculations, the points + the CP will reap about $4,000 in value. Not bad for $170 in credit card fees.

I'm one year in on my Companion Pass and expect the value for the points and companion pass for me to be around $3000. I then got 70,000 more points with a Chase Ink Bold business card that got me another ~$2000 in value with the companion pass. I'm now at the point that I have more points than I have time to take flights with my wife in the next year so I need to move onto another reward type than Southwest points. Any recommendations for something that gets anywhere close to this return?
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #202 on: January 13, 2015, 11:37:48 AM »
Question here:

Is there anyone here that signed up for both cards, who's wife/husband also signed up for both cards? Can the designated companion pass holder also be the owner of two cards and designate the other person as a companion pass holder?

Ie. I've already signed up, and in 3 weeks will hit the 110k mark, and when the companion pass posts to my account, I will designate my wife.

Is there any reason why my wife couldn't do the same, and designate me as her companion pass holder? Thus generating 220k air miles?

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« Reply #203 on: January 13, 2015, 12:12:01 PM »
Question here:

Is there anyone here that signed up for both cards, who's wife/husband also signed up for both cards? Can the designated companion pass holder also be the owner of two cards and designate the other person as a companion pass holder?

Ie. I've already signed up, and in 3 weeks will hit the 110k mark, and when the companion pass posts to my account, I will designate my wife.

Is there any reason why my wife couldn't do the same, and designate me as her companion pass holder? Thus generating 220k air miles?

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Nope, totally allowed.  Fairly frequently done, too, as far as I can tell.
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« Reply #204 on: January 13, 2015, 12:17:38 PM »
Just a data point for y'all...

I applied for BOTH the personal cards about 30 minutes ago (the premiere and the plus) and was instantly approved for both.   

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« Reply #205 on: January 13, 2015, 03:43:04 PM »
Question here:

Is there anyone here that signed up for both cards, who's wife/husband also signed up for both cards? Can the designated companion pass holder also be the owner of two cards and designate the other person as a companion pass holder?

Ie. I've already signed up, and in 3 weeks will hit the 110k mark, and when the companion pass posts to my account, I will designate my wife.

Is there any reason why my wife couldn't do the same, and designate me as her companion pass holder? Thus generating 220k air miles?

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Nope, totally allowed.  Fairly frequently done, too, as far as I can tell.

The better move I've seen though is to alternate years with your spouse. You get it for 2015/2016 and your spouse gets it for 2017/2018 repeat. Because you can't apply for the same cards within 2 years, this allows you to continually have companion pass status.
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« Reply #206 on: January 13, 2015, 04:00:21 PM »
The better move I've seen though is to alternate years with your spouse. You get it for 2015/2016 and your spouse gets it for 2017/2018 repeat. Because you can't apply for the same cards within 2 years, this allows you to continually have companion pass status.

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #207 on: January 13, 2015, 07:22:27 PM »
The better move I've seen though is to alternate years with your spouse. You get it for 2015/2016 and your spouse gets it for 2017/2018 repeat. Because you can't apply for the same cards within 2 years, this allows you to continually have companion pass status.

Nice, good call!

That's a better move for sure. I suppose the only drawback would be if the offer weren't available in two years hence. Of course,  if it were, you'd force yourself out of awesome benefits.

OR, if you were planning MASSIVE travel during a given two year period you could generate a few hundred thousand air miles between a couple and reap the benefits. 
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« Reply #208 on: January 13, 2015, 09:00:14 PM »
Has anyone who transferred Choice points received the pass yet? Is anyone else's choice points transfer not showing as "Companion Pass Qualifying Points"?

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« Reply #209 on: January 13, 2015, 09:47:43 PM »
Has anyone who transferred Choice points received the pass yet? Is anyone else's choice points transfer not showing as "Companion Pass Qualifying Points"?

Since you transferred your points on 12/31, I don't think they will count this year.  My Choice points from Dec did not count, even though they posted in Jan.  I transferred 1800 points from Choice last night to see if that's the case.  Will let you know.  I actually called Southwest and they said I didn't have any Choice points in Jan but that they were in Dec, even though on their site I see them in Jan.  I think the dead giveaway is that the transaction line item has a December date in the description, so they know.

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« Reply #210 on: January 13, 2015, 10:41:45 PM »
Related question: What should I do with my SW points?  I don't fly much, besides on business.  Am I losing value to point inflation every year I sit on these?  I can redeem 100 points/$ at Amazon or other gift cards... I'm sure I can offset some expenses with that.  But you get more bang for your buck with flights, I know that.

Edit: actually, I can cash out my points at 100 points/$ by using my points to buy SW gift cards.  Then, when I fly on business, I get reimbursed for those dollars.  But it's still not as good as flying -- I just don't do it much these days!  So far I've been keeping a "bank" of say 50k miles and cashing the rest in.
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #211 on: January 14, 2015, 06:19:32 AM »
We are heading down to San Antonio to visit friends for the long President's weekend next month, then we are heading out to AZ for spring training in late March/early April,  and then out to Portland in June.

Congrats! Mine just posted as well. Booked our flight to Aruba. The good news...in the time that I first got the points in my SW account and today, the cost (in Rapid Rewards) of the flight has gone down 6,000. This thing just keeps getting better. By my calculations, the points + the CP will reap about $4,000 in value. Not bad for $170 in credit card fees.

I'm one year in on my Companion Pass and expect the value for the points and companion pass for me to be around $3000. I then got 70,000 more points with a Chase Ink Bold business card that got me another ~$2000 in value with the companion pass. I'm now at the point that I have more points than I have time to take flights with my wife in the next year so I need to move onto another reward type than Southwest points. Any recommendations for something that gets anywhere close to this return?

The only card that comes to mind is the US Bank Club Carlson Premier. I get a 5% return per dollar spent because of the "last night free" benefit. Any reward stay over 1 night booked with points, they give you the last night free. This works great with two people having the card, you just book 2-night stays back to back. I have a blog post about the cards we used to get a free honeymoon (flight + hotels) and it discusses the Club Carlson Premier as well as some other cards.

http://www.frugalconsumerist.com/our-free-honeymoon/

Club Carlson has some really nice hotels in Europe, their fancy hotel selection in the US is a little more limited, but they do have a lot of mid range hotels here.
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #212 on: January 14, 2015, 10:21:16 AM »
Since you transferred your points on 12/31, I don't think they will count this year.  My Choice points from Dec did not count, even though they posted in Jan.  I transferred 1800 points from Choice last night to see if that's the case.  Will let you know.  I actually called Southwest and they said I didn't have any Choice points in Jan but that they were in Dec, even though on their site I see them in Jan.  I think the dead giveaway is that the transaction line item has a December date in the description, so they know.

I am 95% sure you're correct, and I am super mad at myself for jumping the gun. I thought I had read that Choice points credited on the day they posted to Southwest, not the day they transferred - and all I had to do was wait like 4 more hours!!!! AHHHG! I now need to make up 2700 points.

I really didn't want to spend more money on this, but it looks like I might have to... I can possibly close my Serve account and open a RedCard to manufacture spend, but I am not sure if this will work, and then I'll have 3 months worth of mortgage & bills on the RedCard, which causes a bit of a cashflow problem.

The 1800flowers offer that is currently shown expired Dec 31st, so I don't want to try to "buy" points via a flower order until the offer updates. I could buy more Choice points, but 1800 SW points doesn't quite get me there, and costs a lot ($66).

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« Reply #213 on: January 14, 2015, 10:54:48 AM »
Since you transferred your points on 12/31, I don't think they will count this year.  My Choice points from Dec did not count, even though they posted in Jan.  I transferred 1800 points from Choice last night to see if that's the case.  Will let you know.  I actually called Southwest and they said I didn't have any Choice points in Jan but that they were in Dec, even though on their site I see them in Jan.  I think the dead giveaway is that the transaction line item has a December date in the description, so they know.

I am 95% sure you're correct, and I am super mad at myself for jumping the gun. I thought I had read that Choice points credited on the day they posted to Southwest, not the day they transferred - and all I had to do was wait like 4 more hours!!!! AHHHG! I now need to make up 2700 points.

I really didn't want to spend more money on this, but it looks like I might have to... I can possibly close my Serve account and open a RedCard to manufacture spend, but I am not sure if this will work, and then I'll have 3 months worth of mortgage & bills on the RedCard, which causes a bit of a cashflow problem.

The 1800flowers offer that is currently shown expired Dec 31st, so I don't want to try to "buy" points via a flower order until the offer updates. I could buy more Choice points, but 1800 SW points doesn't quite get me there, and costs a lot ($66).

I'm even more confident now than last night.  I also did the Dining and Shopping promotion.  I ate at a resturant on 12/31.  My bonus points posted on 01/07 but again with 12/31 in the transaction description.  Those bonus points did not count for the companion pass.  However, I ate at another resturant on 01/03 and the bonus points posted on 01/14 and counted against the Companion Pass.  Constrast that with Southwest CC spending.  My Premier and Plus statements closed on 1/1 and that's the date in the transaction description.  The transaction date in the Rewards Activity is 1/3 but it's really the 1/1 that is the key.  There is a learning curve on this.

By the way, I used the RedCard and paid normal bills.  However, I had some surplus on the RedCard and made a partial payment on one of the credit cards.  It works so try that.

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #214 on: January 14, 2015, 11:29:46 PM »
Hi, thanks for the great information in this thread! I'm hoping for some assistance with applying for Serve through the Softcard app on T-Mobile.

I didn't realize I had to apply for Serve through the Softcard app to get the higher load limits; I thought if I had both, it would increase my limits but that isn't the case. I have found that I need to cancel my Serve account and reapply through Softcard to get the higher limits. I have closed my Serve account and have received confirmation emails that my Serve account has been closed and that the Amex Serve card was removed from my Softcard account. I know I may need to wait a day or two to apply, but I wanted to see how to apply for Serve through the Softcard app. I have tried selecting "Add a Card" and choosing American Express Serve, but it just links me to go to the mobile website. I saw in a post to make sure I'm connected to T-Mobile's network and not WiFi; I have tried this with the same result. My phone is the Samsung Galaxy s5.

For others who have signed up through Softcard with T-Mobile, can you tell me how you signed up for a Serve account through the app, please?
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« Reply #215 on: January 15, 2015, 08:18:18 AM »
I know I may need to wait a day or two to apply, but I wanted to see how to apply for Serve through the Softcard app. I have tried selecting "Add a Card" and choosing American Express Serve, but it just links me to go to the mobile website.

You're doing the right thing. When you enter the Serve website through Softcard and add a card that way, you'll automatically be eligible for the $1500 credit card load limit.
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« Reply #216 on: January 15, 2015, 08:28:11 AM »
I know I may need to wait a day or two to apply, but I wanted to see how to apply for Serve through the Softcard app. I have tried selecting "Add a Card" and choosing American Express Serve, but it just links me to go to the mobile website.

You're doing the right thing. When you enter the Serve website through Softcard and add a card that way, you'll automatically be eligible for the $1500 credit card load limit.

Thank you so much!

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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #217 on: January 15, 2015, 12:26:38 PM »
We are heading down to San Antonio to visit friends for the long President's weekend next month, then we are heading out to AZ for spring training in late March/early April,  and then out to Portland in June.

Congrats! Mine just posted as well. Booked our flight to Aruba. The good news...in the time that I first got the points in my SW account and today, the cost (in Rapid Rewards) of the flight has gone down 6,000. This thing just keeps getting better. By my calculations, the points + the CP will reap about $4,000 in value. Not bad for $170 in credit card fees.

I'm one year in on my Companion Pass and expect the value for the points and companion pass for me to be around $3000. I then got 70,000 more points with a Chase Ink Bold business card that got me another ~$2000 in value with the companion pass. I'm now at the point that I have more points than I have time to take flights with my wife in the next year so I need to move onto another reward type than Southwest points. Any recommendations for something that gets anywhere close to this return?

The only card that comes to mind is the US Bank Club Carlson Premier. I get a 5% return per dollar spent because of the "last night free" benefit. Any reward stay over 1 night booked with points, they give you the last night free. This works great with two people having the card, you just book 2-night stays back to back. I have a blog post about the cards we used to get a free honeymoon (flight + hotels) and it discusses the Club Carlson Premier as well as some other cards.

http://www.frugalconsumerist.com/our-free-honeymoon/

Club Carlson has some really nice hotels in Europe, their fancy hotel selection in the US is a little more limited, but they do have a lot of mid range hotels here.

Perfect! Applying today, going to turn it into 4 days at 4 star resorts (2 days at one, 2 days at another) in Iceland in April. Problem solved :-)
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« Reply #218 on: January 16, 2015, 12:51:41 AM »
My statements for both personal cards closed tonight, so now I'm eagerly awaiting the points showing up. I got the 10K spend done using RedBird and a couple of other methods by around Jan 6th so hopefully they had plenty of time to order up the bonus points and apply them this cycle.  A few weeks ago, I ended up transferring some Ultimate Rewards points to book a trip for the end of Feb so hopefully I don't have a delay and can add my companion to those flights!

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« Reply #219 on: January 16, 2015, 05:58:22 AM »
We are heading down to San Antonio to visit friends for the long President's weekend next month, then we are heading out to AZ for spring training in late March/early April,  and then out to Portland in June.

Congrats! Mine just posted as well. Booked our flight to Aruba. The good news...in the time that I first got the points in my SW account and today, the cost (in Rapid Rewards) of the flight has gone down 6,000. This thing just keeps getting better. By my calculations, the points + the CP will reap about $4,000 in value. Not bad for $170 in credit card fees.

I'm one year in on my Companion Pass and expect the value for the points and companion pass for me to be around $3000. I then got 70,000 more points with a Chase Ink Bold business card that got me another ~$2000 in value with the companion pass. I'm now at the point that I have more points than I have time to take flights with my wife in the next year so I need to move onto another reward type than Southwest points. Any recommendations for something that gets anywhere close to this return?

The only card that comes to mind is the US Bank Club Carlson Premier. I get a 5% return per dollar spent because of the "last night free" benefit. Any reward stay over 1 night booked with points, they give you the last night free. This works great with two people having the card, you just book 2-night stays back to back. I have a blog post about the cards we used to get a free honeymoon (flight + hotels) and it discusses the Club Carlson Premier as well as some other cards.

http://www.frugalconsumerist.com/our-free-honeymoon/

Club Carlson has some really nice hotels in Europe, their fancy hotel selection in the US is a little more limited, but they do have a lot of mid range hotels here.

Perfect! Applying today, going to turn it into 4 days at 4 star resorts (2 days at one, 2 days at another) in Iceland in April. Problem solved :-)

Nice! I have been dying to go to Iceland, and definitely want to check out the Radisson Blu 1919. Would love to hear your review after your trip.
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« Reply #220 on: January 16, 2015, 02:22:21 PM »
Data point:

Statement closed end of day 1/15 (yesterday). Called this afternoon after I saw points were in my Rapid Rewards account. Had to call customer care to have companion name manually added. Under 10 minutes total process. Went back in and added my companion to some existing flights.  Score!!!

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« Reply #221 on: January 21, 2015, 01:13:43 PM »
Since you transferred your points on 12/31, I don't think they will count this year.  My Choice points from Dec did not count, even though they posted in Jan.  I transferred 1800 points from Choice last night to see if that's the case.  Will let you know.  I actually called Southwest and they said I didn't have any Choice points in Jan but that they were in Dec, even though on their site I see them in Jan.  I think the dead giveaway is that the transaction line item has a December date in the description, so they know.

I am 95% sure you're correct, and I am super mad at myself for jumping the gun. I thought I had read that Choice points credited on the day they posted to Southwest, not the day they transferred - and all I had to do was wait like 4 more hours!!!! AHHHG! I now need to make up 2700 points.

I really didn't want to spend more money on this, but it looks like I might have to... I can possibly close my Serve account and open a RedCard to manufacture spend, but I am not sure if this will work, and then I'll have 3 months worth of mortgage & bills on the RedCard, which causes a bit of a cashflow problem.

The 1800flowers offer that is currently shown expired Dec 31st, so I don't want to try to "buy" points via a flower order until the offer updates. I could buy more Choice points, but 1800 SW points doesn't quite get me there, and costs a lot ($66).

I'm even more confident now than last night.  I also did the Dining and Shopping promotion.  I ate at a resturant on 12/31.  My bonus points posted on 01/07 but again with 12/31 in the transaction description.  Those bonus points did not count for the companion pass.  However, I ate at another resturant on 01/03 and the bonus points posted on 01/14 and counted against the Companion Pass.  Constrast that with Southwest CC spending.  My Premier and Plus statements closed on 1/1 and that's the date in the transaction description.  The transaction date in the Rewards Activity is 1/3 but it's really the 1/1 that is the key.  There is a learning curve on this.

By the way, I used the RedCard and paid normal bills.  However, I had some surplus on the RedCard and made a partial payment on one of the credit cards.  It works so try that.

No surprise here but my latest round of Choice points posted and counted against the Companion Pass.  I now have a Companion Pass.

Here is what the transactions look like.

Date      Type   Description
01/21/2015   Hotel   Choice 01/12/2015 (Companion Pass Qualifying)
01/05/2015   Hotel   Choice 12/28/2014 (Not Companion Pass Qualifying)

For Choice, when you initiate the transfer of Choice points to Southwest is the date used instead of the post date.

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« Reply #222 on: January 22, 2015, 09:34:06 AM »
For Choice, when you initiate the transfer of Choice points to Southwest is the date used instead of the post date.

I am still mad at myself - thanks for confirming that the transfer works if initiated in the right year!

I will have my pass after the next statement close on Feb 3rd.

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« Reply #223 on: January 22, 2015, 09:58:50 AM »
I'm curious about the 50,000 southwest pts you get after spending $2000 with the Chase Rapid Rewards card...

Whenever I received my card and all the information, it never mentions anywhere the 50,000 pt bonus.  Will it just "magically" appear in your account after you spend the $2000?

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« Reply #224 on: January 22, 2015, 10:09:47 AM »
I'm curious about the 50,000 southwest pts you get after spending $2000 with the Chase Rapid Rewards card...

Whenever I received my card and all the information, it never mentions anywhere the 50,000 pt bonus.  Will it just "magically" appear in your account after you spend the $2000?

If that bonus was in effect when you signed up, yes.  You can always call customer service and confirm what your bonus is, when it's due by, etc.
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« Reply #225 on: January 22, 2015, 09:04:10 PM »
Add me to the list of folks with a new companion pass.  Whoo-hoo!  One trip already booked for March and two more planned for April and July.

One of the things I signed up for recently is the Rapid Rewards Dining Program.  They advertised a 1000 point bonus for signing up your Chase card and completing one dine and review within a certain time period.  I knew I'd manage it with a special occasion dinner that was going to happen no matter what in early January.  While that bonus (+ the points for the dining itself) has appeared in my account, the 1000 point bonus doesn't appear to be counting as Companion pass qualify points at this time (I'll update if that changes.)  I don't eat out very much, but I recently accidentally had a qualifying "dine" while on a road trip to another state.  No clue it was a place in the program; just ordered from a place the bellhop recommended.  I have a feeling those dining points will add up over time.

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« Reply #226 on: January 23, 2015, 02:37:12 PM »
I received the actual companion pass card in the mail the other day.  So I have that going for me, which is nice.
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« Reply #227 on: January 23, 2015, 02:39:56 PM »
I received the actual companion pass card in the mail the other day.  So I have that going for me, which is nice.

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« Reply #228 on: January 23, 2015, 02:40:38 PM »
I received the actual companion pass card in the mail the other day.  So I have that going for me, which is nice.

I doubt the Dali Lama sent you the card though. ;-)
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« Reply #229 on: January 23, 2015, 04:31:03 PM »
I'm curious about the 50,000 southwest pts you get after spending $2000 with the Chase Rapid Rewards card...

Whenever I received my card and all the information, it never mentions anywhere the 50,000 pt bonus.  Will it just "magically" appear in your account after you spend the $2000?

If that bonus was in effect when you signed up, yes.  You can always call customer service and confirm what your bonus is, when it's due by, etc.

I just got mine.  Key point is that you have to wait for the monthly statement date of the CC.  Mine was Jan 18 and I saw it post on SW yesterday.  Now I just need to call and find out about the plus card I applied for...

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« Reply #230 on: January 26, 2015, 09:02:33 AM »
I just achieved companion pass status.  I値l be honest I was very skeptical this was going to work.  I have both the Premier card and the plus card.  I知 so excited to do some traveling this year once my boyfriend is done with Grad school in May!  I only wish they flew to more places in the Midwest (where I知 from) and Hawaii would be nice as well, but it sounds like it (Hawaii) might be in the works!  Thanks everyone for all the tips!

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« Reply #231 on: January 26, 2015, 09:16:05 AM »
I just achieved companion pass status.  I値l be honest I was very skeptical this was going to work.  I have both the Premier card and the plus card.  I知 so excited to do some traveling this year once my boyfriend is done with Grad school in May!  I only wish they flew to more places in the Midwest (where I知 from) and Hawaii would be nice as well, but it sounds like it (Hawaii) might be in the works!  Thanks everyone for all the tips!

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« Reply #232 on: January 27, 2015, 06:29:13 PM »
So I screwed up in December and got my first bonus to early. My husband was going to sign up for both cards so we could try again, but by the time we figured it out the promotion was over.

Question: The only current promotion is for the Signature card - do you think if he gets this card they will run the promotion on the Premier card again soon also?

Link: https://creditcards.chase.com/a1/southwest/50kPremierNonAEP?CELL=6RHZ

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« Reply #233 on: January 27, 2015, 07:39:50 PM »
No, promotions for both cards should still be available: https://www.southwest.com/html/rapidrewards/partners/credit-cards/southwest-airlines-rapid-rewards-cards/index.html?int=GSUBNAV-RR-VISA

Just click on "learn more" and the 50K promotion is at the top for both cards. My husband just signed up and ideally it's best to do both in one day if you care about the credit pull.

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« Reply #234 on: January 27, 2015, 09:32:05 PM »
Got approved for both cards.  The business Premier card was originally declined due to too many credit lines with Chase but I called and they moved some lines around and got approved.  Now onto spending to earn the Companion Pass.  Just wanted to share that calling can work out if originally declined. Never been declined for a card before so that was a new one for me.

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« Reply #235 on: January 28, 2015, 04:27:33 AM »
Ringing endorsement:

My experience with this entire process has been extremely positive.  I was approved for two cards online on the same day in Nov and then was able to earn the bonus in January through a combination of my normal spending and earning points other ways (one business trip flight last week, converting some existing Choice hotels points, 1000 point bonus for a $35 birthday gift order from 1-800-flowers, and joining rapid rewards dining which netted me a couple of hundred points + another 1000 bonus.) That last 1000 points didn't seem to apply to the companion pass qualification, but it turns out I didn't even need it with so many other things netting points.

As a couple of others have noted, the companion pass didn't show up right away even though it said I was eligible, so I called customer service and she added my companion to the account as well as a couple of existing flights that I had already booked for myself.  For one of my trips my companion needed to fly back earlier than I, so ~12000 points paid for that trip home (which is barely a drop in the points bucket at this point.)  I am also A-list qualified for early boarding now, which means I got to get in the short line for baggage check and then again at security check and also boarded in the first group for my business trip and get the extra leg room rows which I really appreciate.  I might even start bringing a rolling carry on since there will surely always be overhead bin space when I board!  It just keeps getting better and better!  Seriously, I can't believe anyone who can manage this and knows about it doesn't do it. My only regret is that I wish I had known about it a couple of years ago.

Good luck to everyone who is working on this, and thank you very much for posting to let us all know about it!

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« Reply #236 on: January 30, 2015, 01:34:35 PM »
This is a bad ass offer for sure.  We are about 1200 points shy of the companion pass at the moment.  Lots of travel planned for this year, so it'll be nice to have a bunch of airline tickets bought for the price of the airline fee.  :)
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #237 on: January 30, 2015, 01:57:41 PM »
Has anyone used the Companion Pass on international flights on a carrier other than South West?

Specifically I'm interested in booking an international flight via this method

https://creditcards.chase.com/southwest/redeem/international-travel

I wonder if my future companion pass will be valid on such a flight. I.E Seattle --> Madrid or London or Bangkok...
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« Reply #238 on: January 30, 2015, 05:10:46 PM »
Has anyone used the Companion Pass on international flights on a carrier other than South West?

Specifically I'm interested in booking an international flight via this method

https://creditcards.chase.com/southwest/redeem/international-travel

I wonder if my future companion pass will be valid on such a flight. I.E Seattle --> Madrid or London or Bangkok...

I had no idea you could do that but I seriously doubt the companion pass would work on another airline. Playing around with that site makes it seem that you are simply booking a flight with another carrier that wont go through the Southwest website where you would say "add my companion." I'll be on the lookout for information to the contrary though.
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« Reply #239 on: January 31, 2015, 09:02:09 AM »
No, promotions for both cards should still be available: https://www.southwest.com/html/rapidrewards/partners/credit-cards/southwest-airlines-rapid-rewards-cards/index.html?int=GSUBNAV-RR-VISA

Just click on "learn more" and the 50K promotion is at the top for both cards. My husband just signed up and ideally it's best to do both in one day if you care about the credit pull.

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« Reply #240 on: February 01, 2015, 02:46:54 AM »
Has anyone used the Companion Pass on international flights on a carrier other than South West?

Specifically I'm interested in booking an international flight via this method

https://creditcards.chase.com/southwest/redeem/international-travel

I wonder if my future companion pass will be valid on such a flight. I.E Seattle --> Madrid or London or Bangkok...

I had no idea you could do that but I seriously doubt the companion pass would work on another airline. Playing around with that site makes it seem that you are simply booking a flight with another carrier that wont go through the Southwest website where you would say "add my companion." I'll be on the lookout for information to the contrary though.

Southwest promoted international flights on multiple airlines, accessible with points etc. However, it took me a way too long to find the correct link/path to find a way to book international flights on other carriers.

I also hight doubt that a companion pass would be valid for an international flight outside of Southwest Airlines, but I may call them up and ask should I plan to make such a trip.
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Re: Southwest 100,000 bonus points + 2 years of Companion Status badass offer
« Reply #241 on: February 01, 2015, 02:56:18 AM »
Just posting to follow thread for future use. Moving back to the Southwest USA in a year or so (from the UK) and would like to keep this in mind.

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« Reply #242 on: February 02, 2015, 02:03:07 PM »
For anybody who has yet to get the pesky remaining 6000 Southwest points to reach 110k for the companion pass, here's an easy way to get 1750 bonus points per order over $29.99 at 1-800-flowers.
http://www.doctorofcredit.com/southwest-now-offering-1750-points-per-29-99-order-with-1800-flowers/
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« Reply #243 on: February 02, 2015, 04:19:44 PM »
Really interested in this, but have never played any of these credit card travel games before.

In the first post, I noticed there was a do-something-by-Jan.-2015 deadline. That's no longer possible. Is this deal still worth taking advantage of if I'd only now be signing up for the cards? Also -- does it make sense for 1 person to sign up for 2 cards, or for 2 people to sign up for 2 cards?

Apologies for utterly amateur inquiries ... and thanks!

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« Reply #244 on: February 02, 2015, 04:25:57 PM »
Really interested in this, but have never played any of these credit card travel games before.

In the first post, I noticed there was a do-something-by-Jan.-2015 deadline. That's no longer possible. Is this deal still worth taking advantage of if I'd only now be signing up for the cards? Also -- does it make sense for 1 person to sign up for 2 cards, or for 2 people to sign up for 2 cards?

Apologies for utterly amateur inquiries ... and thanks!
The January 2015 thing was brought up because that was posted in December, and to get the most use of the companion pass, you'd want the points to post in January. If you signed up for the cards right now, you wouldn't have to worry about this, as it is 2015 already.

The 50k bonus points on the plus and premier are still available here: https://creditcards.chase.com/6000321?CELL=6PLT (the link is for the Plus, and below you can find the links for the Premier and Business Premier).

EDIT: There's a lot of great info in this thread. But if you don't want to have to trudge through the entire thread, there's a nice guide on the pass here: http://www.doctorofcredit.com/everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-the-southwest-companion-pass/

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« Reply #245 on: February 02, 2015, 04:51:18 PM »

EDIT: There's a lot of great info in this thread. But if you don't want to have to trudge through the entire thread, there's a nice guide on the pass here: http://www.doctorofcredit.com/everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-the-southwest-companion-pass/

Many thanks -- the thread is indeed long, and I may get to the trudging, but this will help with the initial resistance to that.

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« Reply #246 on: February 04, 2015, 08:28:22 AM »
When we applied for the cards, we got one with 50K points and one with 25K points. I was able to call Chase and have them change the bonus on the 25K cards to be 50K, after I'd met the spend.

I've been hitting the spends on all 4 cards (and to meet the companion points) by buying myself $500 gift cards to my grocery store. They don't expire, and I know I'll use them all up eventually.

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« Reply #247 on: February 04, 2015, 02:03:59 PM »
When we applied for the cards, we got one with 50K points and one with 25K points. I was able to call Chase and have them change the bonus on the 25K cards to be 50K, after I'd met the spend.

I've been hitting the spends on all 4 cards (and to meet the companion points) by buying myself $500 gift cards to my grocery store. They don't expire, and I know I'll use them all up eventually.
Are you buying grocery gc's or visa gc's?

If you're interested in using visa gift cards to pay off the southwest cc's, you can signup for an Amex serve to do this. You can reload the Amex serve at Walmart with your visa gc's, and then use the Serve's bill pay function to pay off the Southwest CC's

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« Reply #248 on: February 04, 2015, 06:43:59 PM »
I'm just buying the grocery ones - is there any advantage to the other way? It sounds more complicated.

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« Reply #249 on: February 04, 2015, 06:56:53 PM »
I'm just buying the grocery ones - is there any advantage to the other way? It sounds more complicated.
It is certainly more complicated. The upside is that you're not floating hundreds of dollars in gift cards, and can still invest that money.
Having to wait in lines at Walmart is a significant downside. I can avoid this because I'm a grad student and I don't have to be in the lab at any specific hours, other than the occasional meeting.

But actually, easier way - you can load the Amex Serve online using your Southwest CC, and then use it to pay off other credit cards (I wouldn't recommend paying off the same CC you use to load Amex Serve though - I haven't heard reports of people getting shut down for this but it just seems way too obvious). Or, pay off other bills (there's a whole bunch listed, including some mortgages I think).