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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 #90 on: August 17, 2013, 10:49:39 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 ;) Anyone?

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #91 on: September 13, 2013, 01:00:56 AM »
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 ;) Anyone?
Add me as your companion and I'll let you know :)

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #92 on: September 13, 2013, 01:02:05 AM »
Even if you check in but don't fly, you get the points back?
Yes i missed my flight and got back points

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #93 on: September 15, 2013, 05:13:02 PM »
Can someone please clarify for me how long the pass is good for? I spoke to 2 different representatives and they said it's active for one year from the date you get it.

But I've seen people say just for the calendar year, or the rest of the year plus the next year?

Sorry if this is already answered somewhere, can't seem to find it.

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #94 on: September 15, 2013, 05:14:49 PM »
Can someone please clarify for me how long the pass is good for? I spoke to 2 different representatives and they said it's active for one year from the date you get it.

But I've seen people say just for the calendar year, or the rest of the year plus the next year?

Sorry if this is already answered somewhere, can't seem to find it.

AFAIK it's good until the end of the year in which you receive it and then until the end of the following calendar year.
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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #95 on: September 16, 2013, 12:04:37 AM »
AFAIK it's good until the end of the year in which you receive it and then until the end of the following calendar year.
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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #96 on: September 16, 2013, 12:55:41 AM »
AFAIK it's good until the end of the year in which you receive it and then until the end of the following calendar year.
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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #97 on: September 16, 2013, 05:57:05 PM »
Add me as your companion and I'll let you know :)

I know that SW recently started a policy of not refunding when you are a "No Show". http://aviationblog.dallasnews.com/2013/09/southwest-airlines-new-no-show-policy-takes-effect-today.html/

Search the SW TLC's, but it sounds like you can cancel after check in just before plane actually takes off.
In my experience I had points refunded at the airport because I accidentally double booked the flight.

I have another question in these vein.

I am flying with lap child, but I like have a confirmed seat (just not willing to pay for it). What I'm thinking of doing for my next flight, is booking the flight for my infant using points. Then when I get to the airport I'll ask if they're any "extra seats" if their are, I'll just try cancelling my infants ticket by phone and make it a lap child, Then I'll just get the seat for free!.

Am pretty sure this will work, my only question is what happens if I cancel after checkin, I imagine there's no way of doing this because then I wont have the lap child boarding pass. Just thinking out loud if there is a way to do this.

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #98 on: September 16, 2013, 10:29:17 PM »
I know that SW recently started a policy of not refunding when you are a "No Show". http://aviationblog.dallasnews.com/2013/09/southwest-airlines-new-no-show-policy-takes-effect-today.html/

Search the SW TLC's, but it sounds like you can cancel after check in just before plane actually takes off.
In my experience I had points refunded at the airport because I accidentally double booked the flight.

I have another question in these vein.

I am flying with lap child, but I like have a confirmed seat (just not willing to pay for it). What I'm thinking of doing for my next flight, is booking the flight for my infant using points. Then when I get to the airport I'll ask if they're any "extra seats" if their are, I'll just try cancelling my infants ticket by phone and make it a lap child, Then I'll just get the seat for free!.

Am pretty sure this will work, my only question is what happens if I cancel after checkin, I imagine there's no way of doing this because then I wont have the lap child boarding pass. Just thinking out loud if there is a way to do this.
Might work. In my limited Southwest experience, the flights I flew on were full with a nice long standby line as well. 

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #99 on: September 16, 2013, 10:42:18 PM »
I am flying with lap child, but I like have a confirmed seat (just not willing to pay for it). What I'm thinking of doing for my next flight, is booking the flight for my infant using points. Then when I get to the airport I'll ask if they're any "extra seats" if their are, I'll just try cancelling my infants ticket by phone and make it a lap child, Then I'll just get the seat for free!.

Am pretty sure this will work, my only question is what happens if I cancel after checkin, I imagine there's no way of doing this because then I wont have the lap child boarding pass. Just thinking out loud if there is a way to do this.

With the way Southwest's seating works, unless the flight is completely sold out, you should be able to get a seat for your infant as they allow families to preboard and no one will know whether you purchased a seat or not unless they need your infant's seat for a paying passenger.

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #100 on: September 16, 2013, 11:15:03 PM »
With the way Southwest's seating works, unless the flight is completely sold out, you should be able to get a seat for your infant as they allow families to preboard and no one will know whether you purchased a seat or not unless they need your infant's seat for a paying passenger.

But the airline workers ask to scan your boarding pass prior to boarding. If I cancelled my infants "full seat ticket", that ticket wouldnt' work, and I wouldn't have a lap child boarding pass to use. I would have to go out and check in again to get a new one. Unless the airline employees can do it for me behind the counter, the same counter I always go to get a gate check for my luggage, or make flights changes if flight is cancelled or delayed.

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #101 on: September 17, 2013, 12:12:11 AM »
But the airline workers ask to scan your boarding pass prior to boarding. If I cancelled my infants "full seat ticket", that ticket wouldnt' work, and I wouldn't have a lap child boarding pass to use. I would have to go out and check in again to get a new one. Unless the airline employees can do it for me behind the counter, the same counter I always go to get a gate check for my luggage, or make flights changes if flight is cancelled or delayed.

if you have no intention of paying for a seat for your infant, why not just make the ticket in someone else's name and cancel at the last minute.  This way you could have your lap child boarding pass and hopefully your "seat" as well (assuming the flight isn't oversold).

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #102 on: September 17, 2013, 12:23:31 AM »
if you have no intention of paying for a seat for your infant, why not just make the ticket in someone else's name and cancel at the last minute.  This way you could have your lap child boarding pass and hopefully your "seat" as well (assuming the flight isn't oversold).

Interesting.

I wonder what the chances are that this would help me. Me experiences with SW flights have been either several empty seats or completely overbooked.

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #103 on: September 17, 2013, 12:30:56 AM »
What if board as early as possible and try to cancel flight as I'm getting seated. I will still have 10 minutes prior to takeoff to make a telephone cancellation. I wonder if the stewardess will stop me from bringing my car seat on board saying: no empty seats available.

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Re: Southwest year long companion pass
« Reply #104 on: September 17, 2013, 10:43:01 AM »
Now I understand why all other airlines charge hefty fees for cancellations.
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