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Bring your favorite passenger: Last chance to buy a Southwest Companion Pass

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One of the best deals in domestic travel has long been the Southwest Companion Pass. This benefit is hands-down my favorite airline loyalty program benefit because it allows you to bring a companion with you for free any time you fly, whether your ticket was paid for with money or points. For a very limited time, there is a roundabout way to buy the companion pass and have a companion fly with you for free for…

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Should you use Marriott points to get a Southwest Companion Pass? Introducing the Marriott Travel Package MakeUpYourMinder.

Marriott Travel Package MakeUpYourMinder

Last week I described how I used my Marriott Rewards points to secure a Southwest Companion Pass.  The trick, which will only work through March of this year, is to exchange 270,000 Marriott Rewards points for a Marriott Travel Package consisting of a 7 Night Category 1-5 Certificate and 120,000 Southwest points.  Those Southwest points currently qualify towards the 110,000 points needed for a Companion Pass.  After March 31st, points transferred from hotel programs, like…

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4 shortcuts to the Southwest Companion Pass that still work

Southwest Companion Pass without flying

If you want to be free to fly around the country (and slightly beyond), with a friend, the best deal around is the Southwest Companion Pass. The deal is simple: earn 110,000 Southwest points in one calendar year and you’ll get a Companion Pass valid for the rest of that year and all of the next year. While the Companion Pass is valid, it can be used an unlimited number of times. Simply book a…

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Strange, but true: New Southwest points are worth more BEFORE you get the Companion Pass

Companion Pass Meter

Argument Overview In this post, I argue the following: The redemption value of Southwest Rapid Rewards points, relative to cash, is the same with or without the Companion Pass.  This point hinges on the fact that the Companion Pass allows you to add a companion for free regardless of whether you pay with points or cash. When working towards a Companion Pass, it can be worth “paying” more for qualifying points than you should pay…

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Six ways to secure a Southwest Companion Pass without flying

Companion Pass from Home 2

If you want to be free to fly around the country (and slightly beyond), with a friend, the best deal around is the Southwest Companion Pass.  The deal is simple: earn 110,000 Southwest points in one calendar year and you’ll get a Companion Pass valid for the rest of that year and all of the next year.  While the Companion Pass is valid, it can be used an unlimited number of times.  Simply book a…

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Today only: churn gift cards towards a Southwest Companion Pass for less than 1 cent per point

Today only, the Southwest Rapid Rewards portal is offering 15 points per dollar at Saks: And, via the Frequent Miler Laboratory, we see that a reader named Josh reported earning portal rewards at Saks when he bought physical (by mail) gift cards, but not when he bought e-gift cards: And, via GiftCardGranny, we see that resellers will pay up to 84.5% for Saks gift cards: Put it all together Note: Please do not take this…

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Sears 10 points per dollar via Southwest portal; 20X possible through double-dip

Most Likely Today Only: As found on today’s Frequent Miler’s Portal Alerts, Sears is offering 10 points per dollar through the Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal.  It has been a long time since we’ve seen Sears at 10X through any shopping portal (but 8X and 9X offers are not too rare).  Points earned through the Southwest portal do count towards the Southwest Companion Pass.   Double dip for 20X Sears allows earning points for buying…

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Southwest mimics Delta and drops award charts

As reported by Mommy Points and elsewhere, Southwest will stop the practice of fixing award prices to revenue fares.  An email sent to many Southwest members declared: “Beginning April 17, 2015, the number of Rapid Rewards Points needed to redeem for certain flights will vary based on destination, time, day of travel, demand, fare class, and other factors.”  Hmmm, that sounds familiar… The existing (and older) award chart Currently, Southwest award prices are determined according…

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