By now I am sure you are well aware of how awesome the Companion Pass is (if not, read this). You get to fly someone with you for free for up to two years on Southwest Airlines (including international). Most people earn the required 110,000 Rapid Rewards points by signing up for two of the three Chase Southwest credit cards.
The SW credit cards earn you 50,000 points (sometimes the offer is only 25,000) a piece which nets you a total of 100,000 Companion Pass points. Each credit card requires that you spend a minimum of $2,000 to earn the bonus which means you will have at least 4,000 Companion Pass points from completing your minimum spend. (you earn 1 points per dollar even as you work on your minimum spend)
Now that you are at (at least) 104,000 points you are just a mere 6,000 points away from 2 for 1 travel on Southwest! And remember, you must earn the entire 110,000 points in a single calendar year! You can check your progress in your Southwest Rapid Rewards Account.
Now that you know your remaining total that is needed, let’s game plan how to get those extra Southwest Companion Pass points. (without flying)
The first and easiest thing you can do is to refer a friend to sign up for the Southwest credit card. Follow this link to check if you have an active referral to give a friend or family member. If you have an active referral (and not everyone does sadly) you can email them the offer or share it on Facebook. You will earn 5,000 points for each person you refer, up to 50,000 points! Your referee must use your referral link, be approved, and use the card at least once before you will receive the points.
Assuming they use their card right away (make sure to bug them once they get it), you should receive the 5,000 bonus points in your SW RR account a few days after your credit card statement closes. If you don’t know your closing date, look at your earlier statements. They should all fall on roughly the same calendar day. (give or take a day)
Another easy way to earn Southwest Companion Pass points is to shop in the Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping Portal. Points earned from shopping or from signing up for new services DO count towards your 110k Companion Pass total. You can earn 8,600 miles for activating DirecTV service, 7,100 miles for a new T-mobile account, or 20 points per dollar spent on a new Angie’s List membership.
Those are some good opportunities if you are looking for a quick infusion of points, even better if you were already planning to sign up for new service. Another option to earn some quick Companion Pass points is by renting a car. You can earn up to 2,400 points by renting a car through the Southwest Car Rental Deals.
If you need to do your taxes, you can score a fast 1,000 points by filing through TurboTax. The best part is that it 100% free! (for a simple return). Make sure you click on the link before starting your taxes so you earn the points.
Another way to earn Companion Pass points is to transfer them from a number of hotel partners. You can transfer points from Hyatt, Marriott, Choice, and Club Carlson. The only downside to these transfers is that you lose a large percentage of your points in the conversion. On average you will lose 50%-75% of your points. The best option is Chase Hyatt since 5,000 points converts to 2,400 Companion Pass points. Not a great deal since Hyatt points are extremely valuable, but it may be the best option for you.
Transfer Hyatt points, here. Remember, you can transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards to Hyatt (and Marriott) and then over to Southwest Companion Pass. You will lose about half your points through Hyatt but if you get Companion Pass your points will be worth double in the end!
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