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Southwest Companion Pass.

What is it:

The SW CP is arguably the most valuable airline perk available today. It allows you to bring a companion with you for free on any Southwest flight, regardless of whether you are on a revenue or award ticket. All you pay are the government taxes on the ticket. The pass works for all Southwest flights, including international flights. The pass also works on Airtran flights that are sold on Southwest.com. Airtran flights that are not sold on Southwest.com are not eligible.
Like all other Southwest award bookings, the CP is not subject to any capacity controls, and as long as there is still a seat for sale on a particular flight, it is yours.
The pass is valid for the year it is earned in and the entire next calendar year. If you earned your CP in July 2014, your pass will be valid for the remainder of 2014 and the entirety of 2015.

How to get it:

The SW CP is obtained by earning 110,000 Southwest points in one calendar year. For example, if you earned 8k points by flying at the beginning of 2014, you need to earn another 102k points throughout the rest of 2014 in order to qualify for CP. Once 2015 rolls around, the points you've earned in 2014 no longer qualify for earning your CP, although they will still be redeemable points.

The primary method of accumulating Southwest points is CC signup bonuses. The Southwest CC frequently offers 50k point signup bonuses on all 4 flavors of Southwest cards and signup bonuses count towards earning the CP. Get approved for 2 of these cards, meet the 2k spending requirement on each and you are only 6k points away from the CP.

All points earned through the Rapid Rewards shopping mall also count towards SW CP eligibility.
Points transferred from Hyatt, Club Carlson, Marriott, and Wyndham all count towards CP status.
Points transferred from Ultimate Rewards do not count towards CP, although you can transfer can transfer 50K Ultimate Rewards points into 50K Hyatt and 50K Hyatt transfers into 30K Southwest.

Points earned by crediting hotel stays and car rentals to Southwest also count towards CP.

Using the CP:

Using your CP is very simple. Once you book a flight on Southwest, an "Add a companion" button will appear under your reservation. Just fill out the info and pay the taxes and you are done.
It is best to add your companion right when you book your own flight as there have been instances where people have forgotten to add their companion, the flight subsequently sold out and they were not able to add their companion. One thing to keep in mind is that online changes with a companion booked are not possible, you need to cancel the companion, wait 10-15 min, make the change and then add the companion again. You can make the necessary changes over the phone though.
You can change your companion up to 3 times during the life of your CP. (I believe you can change it 3 times per calendar year.)

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #15 on: December 18, 2012, 06:43:30 PM »
Another challenge is I lowered the CL on that card to 1k, that and I hope to cancel shortly it to get back the AF...
That's easy enough with reallocation.
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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #16 on: December 18, 2012, 06:46:15 PM »
That's easy enough with reallocation.

Too many ducks to line up:

Reallocate, charge, request early bill closure, make sure bill actually closes ASAP, cancel charge, credit posts, close card within window to get back AF. Did I miss anything?
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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #17 on: December 23, 2012, 04:25:58 PM »
If I have the companion pass in my account, can I book a family member as the flyer, and a different family member as the companion?
I think not, but want to confirm.

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #18 on: December 23, 2012, 04:58:03 PM »
If I just earned it, will they extend it through 2014?

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #19 on: January 07, 2013, 03:57:16 PM »
Data Point:
I transferred in some Wyndham points on the last day for the year to put me over 110k.
They posted on 1/2, with a date of 12/31 in the description.
I sent a message to SW, and they confirmed for me that I'm eligible for the companion pass!

(Too bad I will probably only use it once)

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #20 on: January 09, 2013, 01:59:09 PM »
Data Point:
I transferred in some Wyndham points on the last day for the year to put me over 110k.
They posted on 1/2, with a date of 12/31 in the description.
I sent a message to SW, and they confirmed for me that I'm eligible for the companion pass!

(Too bad I will probably only use it once)

I transferred Hyatt and they posted 1/2 with the dscription saying 12/31/12, I emailed SW, no response yet.
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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #21 on: January 13, 2013, 03:53:36 PM »
Would love to get the companion pass, but can't get the business app right now. Personal is in the bag already. Any suggestions on how to get the remaining 60k (or so) RR points without a business app and without transferring hordes of UR through Hyatt?

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #22 on: January 13, 2013, 04:01:45 PM »
Would love to get the companion pass, but can't get the business app right now. Personal is in the bag already. Any suggestions on how to get the remaining 60k (or so) RR points without a business app and without transferring hordes of UR through Hyatt?
Wait till the next big shopping portal promo they have?
FM did this I believe to great benefit last year.

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #23 on: January 30, 2013, 10:17:51 AM »
I transferred Hyatt and they posted 1/2 with the dscription saying 12/31/12, I emailed SW, no response yet.

They denied me, but this AM I got an email saying "Congratulations! You've just earned Companion Pass status", but my account still shows:



Data Point:
I transferred in some Wyndham points on the last day for the year to put me over 110k.
They posted on 1/2, with a date of 12/31 in the description.
I sent a message to SW, and they confirmed for me that I'm eligible for the companion pass!

(Too bad I will probably only use it once)

Did you get a CP confirmation email? Do you show it on your acct?
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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #24 on: January 30, 2013, 10:35:22 AM »
it shows 0 bc u earned it last year that status is for earning it this year

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #25 on: January 30, 2013, 10:39:06 AM »
it shows 0 bc u earned it last year that status is for earning it this year
+1
The email should have instructions I think about what to do. Chk it out

Also, good news, SW is allowing companion tik benefits on some Airtran routes. Hopefully, they'll roll out more during the year. This gives a bunch of international destinations.

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/southwest-rapid-rewards/1432118-airtran-flights-bookable-southwest-com-points.html
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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #26 on: January 30, 2013, 12:49:32 PM »
it shows 0 bc u earned it last year that status is for earning it this year

But what about on the right where it shows current status: not active?

+1
The email should have instructions I think about what to do. Chk it out

Also, good news, SW is allowing companion tik benefits on some Airtran routes. Hopefully, they'll roll out more during the year. This gives a bunch of international destinations.

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/southwest-rapid-rewards/1432118-airtran-flights-bookable-southwest-com-points.html

Any chance we qualified for 2014 as well, or am I dreaming?
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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #27 on: April 10, 2013, 07:46:58 PM »
Slight OT. Just saw on MMS that anyone with Companion pass status could match to virgin america gold for free, nice bonus.

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #28 on: April 10, 2013, 07:49:14 PM »
Slight OT. Just saw on MMS that anyone with Companion pass status could match to virgin america gold for free, nice bonus.
Repost ;D

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #29 on: April 10, 2013, 08:00:13 PM »
Repost ;D

Really? I only saw it as i continued reading the thread, that's completely OT. (UR adds VA = WN matching VX???)