PUBLIC: Companion Pass after 1 purchase for California residents!

As was previously rumored, the offer for the Southwest Companion Pass after opening a Chase Southwest credit card and making a single purchase has now gone public for all California residents. It appears to work with any of the three Southwest credit cards.

The Offer

  • Earn a Companion Pass by opening a Southwest credit card and making a single purchase
  • Also earn the signup bonus for that card
  • Offer ends 11/30/17
  • Direct link to the promotion page

Quick Thoughts

This offer is awesome for California residents (again, note it’s targeted only to those who live in California). We previously wrote about this offer when it was targeted to specific members (See: INCREDIBLE: Companion Pass with a single purchase! [Targeted]), but it’s now available to all California residents. If you have a companion with whom you can fly, you’ll be able to bring them for free (you just pay the taxes, currently from $5.60 one-way for a domestic flight) an unlimited amount of times — whether you book your flight with cash, points, LUV vouchers, someone else’s money, etc. For more on the Southwest Companion Pass, see our Complete Guide to the Southwest Companion Pass. Note that the promotional companion pass earned through this offer will only be valid through 12/31/18 no matter when you make your purchase, so there is no benefit in holding off on a purchase for this offer.

It’s furthermore great to see that this offer is available on all three cards — and they still come with their respective signup bonuses. That makes the business version of the card the most appealing as it continues to offer a 60,000 point signup bonus, while the personal versions each offer 40,000 points. More information is available at the promotion page above (where you can click links to the offer on each of the three cards that all provide the same landing page offer of a Companion Pass after a single purchase).

H/T: Reddit via IAD Gr8

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    • I don’t know. My *guess* would be that the address on your Southwest account must be in California and your billing information must be in California.

      According to the Terms & Conditions:

      “Individual must have a valid California address as evidenced by their application for the Rapid Rewards® Credit Card”

    • It does say that, but when they sent it out as a targeted offer previously, the link auto-filled personal information. This new splash page is public / not a referral that is auto-filling information. Furthermore, the banner at the bottom indicates the following: “Please note, this offer is for California Residents only. If you apply through this offer and are not a California resident you will not receive Companion Pass. Not a California resident? Click here to view your offer.”. I’d take that to mean it is open to residents of California in general — they could have made that splash banner state that it is only available to the recipient of the email.

      You’re right that the terms state it’s non-transferable, but I don’t think that’s the case.

      • i just talked to SW, they said as long as you live in CA and have a RR account and never applied for a SW in the past 24, you’re eligible. But it’s probably one of those things that you get a different answer by speaking to a diff rep. I hope she’s right though because I just applied and got a 30 days reply.

  1. Also let’s say I got the southwest card and referred it to a friend who lives in California through the chase refer a friend website would the friend get the companion pass? Or does he need to apply through this promotion page?

    • I personally wouldn’t chance that at this point. That said, the terms state the offer is valid until 11/30. Perhaps we’ll get data points that indicate that refer-a-friend links work — but if I were applying now, I’d do it through the promotion splash page because we just don’t know.

    • Click the link in the post. All three cards are available via that link. If you scroll down a little bit, it has links to the business card and the other personal card. If you click that link to the business card, you’ll get a splash page for the business card with the 60K points signup bonus and the Companion Pass.

  2. Note that the promotional companion pass earned through this offer will only be valid through 12/31/18 no matter when you make your purchase……

    Probably means that Hawaii flights start in 2019.

  3. If I get 2 SW cards, make the purchase in 2018, and get enough points to meet the 110k requirement needed for the normal companion pass, will my companion pass expire in 2018 per this promotion? or does it expires in 2019 as a normal companion pass?

  4. If I am a current card holder, but it has been over two years since I got the bonus, should I cancel my current card ($99 fee) and then reapply for say the $69 fee in a couple of weeks? Or will that not work?

  5. Conviniently omitted anything about the 5/24 rule which the most important thing here. Deceptive & just weak. Sorry this has happened many times in the past too. Me & buddies unsubscribing. Bye !

  6. The T&C state the offer isn’t valid for current RR cardholders or past cardholders who have received a sign-up bonus within the last 24 months. I opened my RR Premier card over 24 months ago. Can I get this offer if I cancel my card?

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