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Calling all frequent flyers! Now through February 11th, new credit card applicants can receive a free 2019 Southwest Companion Pass plus 30,000 points when they're approved for a Southwest Chase Visa. This pass lets one person fly with you free of charge on all of your Southwest flights throughout the year. Wondering if this deal is right for you? We have you covered with a complete overview of how it works.
Update: This deal has now expired.
How to Get a Free Southwest Companion Pass + 30K Points
Per Southwest's terms and conditions, new credit card applicants will score a free 2019 Companion Pass plus 30K points when they spend $4,000 within the first three months of opening a Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority credit card. The card does have an annual fee ($149), and the Companion Pass is valid through December 31st, 2019.
There are also the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier credit card and the Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus credit card with annual fees of $99 and $69 respectively. Both cards also come with 30K points and a Companion Pass if you spend $4,000 in the first three months, but they offer slightly different perks.
The Companion Pass alone, however, is an incredible value. Every time you fly, a friend can fly with you free of airline charges for the rest of 2019 (although that doesn't include taxes and fees starting at $5.60 one-way.) You can change your designated companion three times per calendar year, so you can essentially use it with four different people.
Chase is offering additional credit card incentives depending on your 2019 travel needs, so be sure to compare all your options. Slickdealer Rosslamon adds, "Don't forget if you are taking a SW flight you can apply for the personal card in-flight and receive a 50K bonus after $2K spent. That plus the business card gets you your companion pass for a total of $5K spent."
See deal thread below for full details about this offer (EXPIRED).
How Much Do You Really Save with the Southwest Companion Pass and Points?
The Southwest Companion Pass is incredibly valuable for duos who fly on a regular basis. For reference, here are a few of the airline's current special offers for two adults:
- New York City, NY (LGA) to New Orleans, LA (MSY): $403.92 ($213.16 roundtrip for two with a companion pass)
- Los Angeles, California (LAX) to Chicago, IL (MDW): $404.72 ($213.56 roundtrip for two with a companion pass)
- Baltimore/Washington, MD (BWI) to Cancun, Mexico (CUN): $867.04 ($444.72 roundtrip for two with a companion pass)
The prices above include taxes and fees plus two free bags per person. As you can see, just one roundtrip flight with the 2019 Companion Pass will yield some pretty considerable savings. And don't forget about those 30,000 points, either. They can be redeemed for Southwest flights, hotel stays, rental cars, and more (their average value varies from 1.7 cents to 3 cents per point.) Slickdealer lcahmed took advantage of the offer previously and raves, "We got great use out of it and we used all those points towards flights for free! Awesome deal!"
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