Southwest Cards Bring Back Promotional Companion Pass Offer
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Southwest is bringing a beloved benefit to its co-branded credit cards for a limited time: Companion Pass.
About the offers:
Currently, new Chase Southwest cardholders can earn a promotional Companion Pass as well as 30,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 in purchases on the card within the first three months. Notably, this offer is available for all three of Southwest’s consumer credit cards including the $69 annual fee Rapid Rewards Plus card, the $99 annual fee Rapid Rewards Premier card, and the $149 annual fee Rapid Rewards Priority card.
With this offer, the Companion Pass provided will be valid through February 28th, 2025. This deal is also only available for a limited time, with Southwest stating that it will end on March 11th.
About Companion Pass:
Southwest’s Companion Pass allows Rapid Reward Members to book fare-free tickets for a designated traveler (provided that the Companion Passholder is also traveling on the booking). For these bookings, members will just need to pay taxes and fees on the Companion ticket, with these fees starting at $5.60 per way. Plus, even If members are redeeming with Rapid Rewards points, then their Companion Pass is still valid.
For perspective, to earn a Companion Pass under typical means, it would require taking 100 qualifying one-way flights or earning 135,000 qualifying points. However, once flyers qualify for Companion Pass under these circumstances, they’re able to use it during the remainder of the current calendar year as well as the entirety of the following calendar year, whereas the Companion Pass included as part of this co-branded credit card offer is only valid through February 2025.
These Companion Pass welcome bonuses are always popular — and for good reason. Even though these promotional passes don’t last quite as long as the real thing, it still gives cardholders more than a year of the benefit. What’s more, since the offer is the same for all of Southwest’s consumer cards, you could take advantage of this deal for an annual fee of less than $100.
With that said, if you are considering this offer, be sure to take a closer look at the benefits that each of these cards includes. I say this because, although the Rapid Rewards Priority card has the highest annual fee of the three, I think it might ultimately be the best deal for flyers (depending on your situation).
Sadly, as someone who lives in a city not serviced by Southwest, these offers don’t make sense for me. But, if you plan on flying the airline even two or three times in the next year, then it may be worth jumping on these deals before the March 11th cutoff.
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