(EXPIRED) WOW! Companion pass & 30K points with 1 card

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There is a new offer out all three personal versions of the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards credit cards, and it’s a pleasant surprise for some: Earn a Companion Pass valid until 12/31/19 and 30K points after making $4,000 in purchases in the first 3 months. That’s an awesome deal that re-opens the Companion Pass to those who do not qualify for the business card.

The Offers

  • All three Southwest Airlines personal credit cards are offering a Companion Pass valid through 12/31/19 and 30,000 Rapid Rewards points when you make $4,000 in purchases in the first 3 months (click on the offers below to go to our dedicated card pages and find application links)

Key Card Details

Here are the key details on each card:

Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Plus Card

FM Mini Review: Great for signup bonus, but consider cancelling after first year.


Annual Fee: $69

Card Type: Visa Signature or Platinum

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Travel
Brand

Earning rate: 2X at at participating Rapid Rewards® hotel and rental car partners ⚬ 2X Southwest

Big spend bonus: If you earn 110,000 points in one calendar year, you'll get a companion pass good for the rest of that calendar year and all of the next year

Noteworthy perks: 3000 bonus points each year upon card renewal.

Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card

FM Mini Review: Great for signup bonus, but consider cancelling after first year.


Annual Fee: $99

Card Type: Visa Signature or Platinum

Base
Travel
Brand

Earning rate: 2X at at participating Rapid Rewards® hotel and rental car partners ⚬ 2X Southwest

Big spend bonus: If you earn 110,000 points in one calendar year, you'll get a companion pass good for the rest of that calendar year and all of the next year

Noteworthy perks: 6000 bonus points each year upon card renewal.

Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card

FM Mini Review: Great for frequent Southwest flyers.


Annual Fee: $149

Card Type: Visa Signature or Platinum

Base
Travel
Brand

Earning rate: 2X at at participating Rapid Rewards® hotel and rental car partners ⚬ 2X Southwest

Big spend bonus: If you earn 110,000 points in one calendar year, you'll get a companion pass good for the rest of that calendar year and all of the next year ⚬ Earn 1,500 TQPs for each $10K in purchases up to $100K

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ 7,500 anniversary points each year ⚬ $75 Southwest annual travel credit ⚬ Four A1-15 boardings every year ⚬ 20% back on in-flight drinks, Wi-Fi, messaging, and movies

Quick Thoughts

I strongly believe that the Southwest Companion Pass is the hands-down best deal in domestic travel. See our Southwest Airlines Companion Pass Complete Guide for more information about how the pass works.

We have only once before seen an offer like this and it was targeted to residents of California. As far as I can see, this offer is open to anyone — provided of course that you qualify for a Southwest airlines welcome bonus. Remember that all three cards are subject to the Chase 5/24 rule.

Chase's 5/24 Rule: With most Chase credit cards, Chase will not approve your application if you have opened 5 or more cards with any bank in the past 24 months.

To determine your 5/24 status, see: 3 Easy Ways to Count Your 5/24 Status. An even easier option is to track all of your cards for free with Travel Freely.

Furthermore, the welcome bonus is not available if you have earned a welcome bonus on any of the three Southwest Airlines personal credit cards in the past 24 months. That clock runs from when you earned the welcome bonus (it doesn’t matter when you opened or closed the card but rather the date you were awarded the points). It is also not available to those who currently have a Southwest personal card. In other words, if you currently have a Southwest credit card open, you would need to cancel that before applying (I’d suggest waiting at least a week or two after canceling). This new offer is scheduled to end 2/11/19.

Keep in mind that if you were to apply today, your first statement would likely cut in February. If you hit the spending requirement in the first month, you’ll have the Companion Pass for about 10.5 months. That’s clearly not as slick as getting it for 2 years — typically the easiest path to the Companion Pass has been to open 2 Southwest credit cards and meet the spending requirement early in the year to earn the pass for the rest of that year and the entire next year. If you’re eligible to open a business card and a personal card when the bonuses are at / near enough for the 110,000 points for the pass, you’ll both have the pass longer and have more points to use. However, that path is harder today than it was in the past due to 5/24 and the 24-month restriction. If you’re under 5/24, this path requires less spend (update: remember that Chase business cards do not add to your 5/24 count). Furthermore, you’ll get enough points to likely book at least one free trip for you and your companion. I think that’s not a terrible trade.

Out of the three cards, I’d probably lean towards the Priority card as I think its benefits are the best bang for the buck, but the bonus is identical on all three. Whichever card you choose, this is a great deal if you’re interested in the Companion Pass.

H/T: Reddit via IADisGr8

Last updated on February 16th, 2019

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AJR
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AJR

curious…if I am approved for a personal card AND reach 110k, does the companion pass extend for all 2020 too?

misty
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misty

folow

JamesfromBNA
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JamesfromBNA

That’s the way it worked for the CA deal.

iolaire mcfadden
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iolaire mcfadden

Nick and crew are we able to open both the personal and business card on the same day if we are 4/5? In February I’m due to sign up for the cards again. My preference is the 1+ year route with two cards. Thank you

Barry
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Barry

Make sure that you apply for the business card before the personal card. It won’t count against your 5/24 status.

Casey
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Casey

Think there’s any chance of getting changed over to this offer if someone applied for the Priority card in December and hasn’t earned the 40k bonus yet?

Sam
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Sam

Is this offer available on the BUSINESS verson? Thanks!

losingtrader
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losingtrader

This is a good deal… Since I need 2 seats –or more– I’m wondering if I should get a really overweight companion too.
That would be almost like first class. Then I’ll need all of my ESA clones, one for each disability.

Two fat people with 10 cloned beagle mix dogs on your next flight ……should make it worth traveling just to see this!

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Anita, FM Lab Manager
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Next year is the ideal time for me to finally go for a companion pass as husband and I will be almost empty nesters. However, I hate to miss out on this easy track because we could both get it and use it for a few trips in 2019.

So here is my question: if I get this card this year, will I still be eligible to get bonus for a SW personal card in 2020 as long as I’m okay on 5/24 and it is a different personal card (ie, I get priority card this year and premier next year)?

I’m thinking husband and I both get the one-shot deal this year, then I apply for a business and a personal at the end of this year to get a single companion pass that will work for 2020/2021.

Anita, FM Lab Manager
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Re-reading the above…the answer is no because I can’t have earned the bonus on any of the three personal cards in order to be eligible.

Mike
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Mike

Hmm.. Trying to figure out the break-even on this offer vs the previous 60k points. The 30,000 point difference is worth around $500, right? So you would need to use your companion ticket more than $500 worth in 10.5 months to come out ahead vs past sign-up offers for these cards?

Bill
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Bill

So if I wanted to get the Companion Pass for 2 years, are there 2 cards available that get me there (or close)? I see these new 30K+CP personal cards and 60K Business. Would we need to get a 30K+60K and then still need to spend $40K more to make up the difference? Thanks!

dan
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dan

$13k rather

Bill
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Bill

Yep, not sure where I got $40K. Shouldn’t do math in my head! Thanks

stephanie
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stephanie

anyone know if other bonus offers are still available? Just got SWA business car dfor 60000miles for.$3000 spend. Was planning on a new personal for 40000 miles for $2000 spend. After that I need only 5000 miles with a maximim of $5000 spend for a total of $10,000spend to get CP for 2 years.

This new way appears to cost more: 60000miles on Business card-spend $3000; 30000miles on personal for $4000spend and I’m still short 13000miles -requiring approx another $13000 spend additional to get CP for 2years. Altogether that’s an outlay of $20,000 vs $10,000 above
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Maria
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Maria

I would have gone for this if there was a business card offer since I’m about to apply for an important premium card. And if I had another definite trip for this year

Jess
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Jess

Can people earn the companion pass if they use a referral link?

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