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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 Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #1230 on: March 21, 2017, 03:52:44 PM »
tried transferring my 120k marriot points to my wife but they said it exceeds the 50k limit. I told them I'm helping her complete the nights and flights certificate. They said I need an actual reservation booked. What do I do?

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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #1231 on: March 21, 2017, 04:00:00 PM »
anyone have luck letting you transfer points from one spg member on an account that's less than 30 days old?

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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #1232 on: March 21, 2017, 04:49:47 PM »
tried transferring my 120k marriot points to my wife but they said it exceeds the 50k limit. I told them I'm helping her complete the nights and flights certificate. They said I need an actual reservation booked. What do I do?

have them make a speculative booking in the process.

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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #1233 on: March 21, 2017, 05:02:14 PM »
Can I cancel without a charge?

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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #1234 on: March 21, 2017, 05:08:42 PM »
Can I cancel without a charge?
Yes, look for a hotel beforehand that'll be the right number of points and check the cancellation policy, then call, transfer, book, call back and cancel.
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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #1235 on: April 21, 2017, 12:48:41 AM »
if i recently got my CP- Havent yet added my DW. question is would i be able to add my bro as CP and book a flight for sept then change the CP to DW and fly with her beforehand (summer time) and still be able to fly with my bro in sept eventho he is no longer my current companion?  TIA

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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #1236 on: April 21, 2017, 12:50:42 AM »
if i recently got my CP- Havent yet added my DW. question is would i be able to add my bro as CP and book a flight for sept then change the CP to DW and fly with her beforehand (summer time) and still be able to fly with my bro in sept eventho he is no longer my current companion?  TIA

won't work.

make wife companion, fly in summer
make bro companion, fly in september

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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #1237 on: April 21, 2017, 07:33:17 AM »
won't work.

make wife companion, fly in summer
make bro companion, fly in september
I will do that I just wanted to book flights now as they are sooooo cheap 10k points round trip

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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #1238 on: April 21, 2017, 07:51:22 AM »
I will do that I just wanted to book flights now as they are sooooo cheap 10k points round trip
Book now. Add companion later

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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #1239 on: April 21, 2017, 01:58:01 PM »
Book now. Add companion later
are u saying I can book 2 tickets now total will be about 35k points (price went up) and then in Sept change my  companion to my bro call sw and they'll give me back my 17k points for him?

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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #1240 on: April 21, 2017, 02:18:39 PM »
are u saying I can book 2 tickets now total will be about 35k points (price went up) and then in Sept change my  companion to my bro call sw and they'll give me back my 17k points for him?
you never have to book a flight for him. At some point before the flight, just add him as companion.

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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #1241 on: April 21, 2017, 04:11:07 PM »
you never have to book a flight for him. At some point before the flight, just add him as companion.
Better hope they have availability

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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #1242 on: April 21, 2017, 04:36:28 PM »
Better hope they have availability
not really a busy season to fly to Dallas. but yea fingers crossed

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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #1243 on: April 22, 2017, 02:45:32 PM »
Anyone have a personal Southwest 50,000 point bonus referral link they'd like to share? Not sure if both public and referral 50,000 pt. bonus links have been shut down or not, but I thought I'd take a shot. Thanks for any help.

(Update: Got one. Thanks for the help.)
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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #1244 on: May 01, 2017, 08:21:35 PM »
If my bro is my companion and my cousin has same exact name can I take my cousin as companion (ran out of switches)?