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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 #75 on: July 26, 2013, 02:23:39 PM »
I've also read that your companion gets a seat even if it's sold out.  Some gets bumped or upgraded.  Danny29, did you try and call when it appeared booked?
Where did you read this?

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #76 on: July 28, 2013, 11:27:58 PM »
Could i sell the companion or am i the only one that will be able to use it?

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #77 on: July 29, 2013, 05:28:56 AM »
Could i sell the companion
With friends like these... :))

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #78 on: July 29, 2013, 07:30:33 AM »
With friends like these... :))
Sorry for the misunderstanding,

 I meant to ask  could I give it away to someone else or does the primary card.holder  has to be one of the travelers?


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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #79 on: July 29, 2013, 07:43:32 AM »
Sorry for the misunderstanding,

 I meant to ask  could I give it away to someone else or does the primary card.holder  has to be one of the travelers?
You can change it up to 3 times, but you need to be traveling in order for the companion to fly.

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #80 on: July 29, 2013, 03:06:44 PM »
Is this a real post? :o

Why would it not be a real post? As you can see from the subsequent discussion, not everybody knows the answers to these questions. As I have not yet qualified for the pass and have an upcoming flight that I already booked, I was wondering if it is kedai for me to try to get the pass before that flight or if there will be complications with that.

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #81 on: July 31, 2013, 12:13:41 AM »
Any good methods for getting 6,000 additional SW miles for the CP?

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #82 on: July 31, 2013, 02:15:34 AM »
I haven't used my pass all year, any chance they'll renew it?

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #83 on: July 31, 2013, 09:24:02 AM »
I haven't used my pass all year, any chance they'll renew it?
When did you get your pass?
You have it for the remaining year you earn it and another full year.
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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #84 on: July 31, 2013, 12:00:23 PM »
When did you get your pass?
You have it for the remaining year you earn it and another full year.
I finished last December

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #85 on: August 01, 2013, 07:03:38 PM »
Can a friend transfer SW into my Hyatt account and then into my SW account and have it qualify towards my CP?

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #86 on: August 02, 2013, 02:10:38 PM »
Called SW and they said that it doesn't count, they also said promotions don't count. But they are counting for me currently as I am very close to CP Status. SW said that they signed up for a new points program in June 2013 and that it didn't update yet, which seems to be the case. So I am going to send those points over to Hyatt and into my SW account and see what happens. I'll let you guys know.

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #87 on: August 15, 2013, 12:25:13 PM »
I was wondering if the following wiould work (hang on. Little confusing).
Can I book a ticket and add my companion. I've been told that if you book with points, and tou just don't show up, they redeposit your points in your account. So. Let's say I check in for the flight, which allows my companion to check in as well, and then, I just don't show up. Officially, they are supposed to ask to see the companion pass, but I've flown a few times and they never ask to see it, and the companion,s boarding pass is a reg boarding pass. So if this would work, my companion could fly virually for free. Any idea if this loophole would work. Hypothetically of course ;)

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #88 on: August 15, 2013, 12:27:27 PM »
I was wondering if the following wiould work (hang on. Little confusing).
Can I book a ticket and add my companion. I've been told that if you book with points, and tou just don't show up, they redeposit your points in your account. So. Let's say I check in for the flight, which allows my companion to check in as well, and then, I just don't show up. Officially, they are supposed to ask to see the companion pass, but I've flown a few times and they never ask to see it, and the companion,s boarding pass is a reg boarding pass. So if this would work, my companion could fly virually for free. Any idea if this loophole would work. Hypothetically of course ;)
Even if you check in but don't fly, you get the points back?
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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #89 on: August 15, 2013, 01:07:06 PM »
Yes. Thats what I heard, and seems to be what i find from google. Even if, after you chweck in, you decide not to fly. We may need Dan's expertise to chime in on this