How to Get a Free Flight: A Guide on Getting a Southwest Companion Pass

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how to get a free flight

As a family of four, we love traveling together. But flights for four people could cost us quite a fortune. I was extremely happy when I found there is a way for my kids to fly free with me. Yes, it is possible. Southwest Companion Pass allows me to choose one person to fly free (I still pay the September 11th security fee) with me every time I purchase or redeem points for a Southwest flight. I will share with you on how to get your next free flight. 

To get a Companion Pass, you need to fly 100 qualifying one-way flights with Southwest or earn 110,000 qualifying Rapid Rewards (RR) points in a calendar year. Then you will receive a Companion Pass for the following full calendar year, plus the remainder of the year in which you earned it. You can use the companion pass on not just your kids but also any your friends or family members. It is one of best mileage programs I’ve ever participated.

Flying 100 one-way flights in a year seems to a mission impossible to most people. However, earning 110,000 RR points is much doable for people to receive their Companion Pass. While you can earn points by flying with Southwest and making purchases at Southwest partners in hotels, dining, rental cars, and retail, it seems a long way to go from zero to 110,000 points in a year.

Well, you don’t need either travel a lot or break your bank by spending lots of money. The fastest way to get to Companion Pass is through signup bonus points for RR credit cards. Right now Southwest offers three different Rapid Reward Credit Cards–Plus Card, Premier Card, Premier Business Card. 

Plus Card: This is the card that I am holding now. It is a great visa credit card, offering 40,000 bonus points after $1,000 purchases in the first 3 months; $69 annual fee; 3,000 Anniversary points. The annual fee is the lowest compared to other Rapid Reward Credit cards.  More on Rapid Reward Plus Credit Card.

how to get a free flight

Premier Card: 40,000 bonus points after $1,000 purchases in the first 3 months, $99 annual fee, 6,000 Anniversary points.  More on Rapid Reward Premier Credit Card.

how to get a free flight

Business Premier Card: 60,000 bonus points after $3,000 purchases in the first 3 months, $99 annual fee, 6,000 Anniversary points  More on Rapid Reward Business Premier Credit Card.

how to get a free flight

Can you apply for more than one card? Yes, you can. As all RR credit cards are issued by Chase Bank, you need to remember Chase has so-called 5/24 rule that you can only have five approved cards from Chase in the last 24 months. Otherwise, your application will be declined.

You can apply both Premier Card and Plus Card and receive 80,000 points after spending $1,000 on each card in the first 3 months. If you add 6,000 anniversary points for the Premier Card and 3,000 anniversary points for the Plus Card in addition to 1,000 points each obtained from spending $1,000 in the first 3 months, you will only need 19,000 more points to the path of Companion Pass.

If you have a business, apply for both Premier Card and Premier Business Card. The signup bonus points are 100,000 in total, plus the 6,000-anniversary points. With that many points, you are guaranteed to have a Companion Pass when you get both signup points and anniversary points.

Here’s my referral link for Southwest Plus Card if you plan to apply for this credit card. I appreciate the referral points!

   Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus

Applying Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit cards is the best way to earn Southwest points quickly. There are many extra ways to earn mileage Points:

Rapid Rewards Shopping: Rapid Rewards Members can earn points for purchases made through Rapid Rewards Shopping. You earn points on everyday online purchases from 850 stores such as Apple, Macy’s and Home Depot.

The Rapid Rewards Dining Program: You earn points when you dine at a participating restaurant. Join the club; it’s free. You can earn up to 1,000 points in the first 30 days.

Southwest Airfare, Rapid Reward Hotels, and Car Rental Partner Purchases: You Southwest Rapid Reward credit cards offer you 2 point for every dollar spent on Southwest purchases and Rapid Rewards® Hotel and Car Rental Partner purchases.

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  1. That sounds like a great program. Great to learn a way to save money on travel.

  2. Thanks for the information, always looking for ways to save money.

  3. Oh yes! We are a rewards card member for Southwest. Its a great points program! We are taking advantage that they are flying international now too!

    1. That sounds great!

  4. Thank you for the information. I myself have never flown on a airplane other than a 2 seater but my husband’s company has been doing it’s retreats all over the world every year now so I am sure we will be flying more often soon.

    Thank you,
    The Momnipresent Mother

  5. Thank you for sharing info on how to save money.

    1. Thanks for the comment. 🙂

  6. This sounds like a great deal for people living in the US. I’ve heard that some credit cards offer good rewards. It definitely makes sense for a family who flies together.

    1. Thanks for the comment. There are several great credit cards that I am using to earn me free trips and other rewards.

  7. Thanks for the great information…..I’m gonna have to check into it. I don’t fly a lot but I do fly and would love to learn more about the Companion Pass.

    1. Thanks! Southwest rapid reward plus card is one of my favorite credit cards.

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