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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 125,000 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 117k 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 21k 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 #780 on: May 29, 2015, 09:58:39 AM »
Booking a ticket and then clicking a button that says "Give my wife a free flight" blows my mind every time.

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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #781 on: June 04, 2015, 07:33:34 AM »
I've always called in to add on the companion but now they are impossible to reach.  Made reservation  last night and never noticed "add  companion "button. Is there a way to go back in reservation and add online?

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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #782 on: June 04, 2015, 07:44:51 AM »
Yes. Go to my trips and click add companion. It's that simple.

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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #783 on: June 04, 2015, 07:53:42 AM »
Yes. Go to my trips and click add companion. It's that simple.
Awesome- never noticed it! Unfortunately now because of their sale I keep getting their "oops we're too busy- try later!"

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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #784 on: June 04, 2015, 08:42:12 AM »
Awesome- never noticed it! Unfortunately now because of their sale I keep getting their "oops we're too busy- try later!"
Yup, I have been getting the whole day! It's so annoying.

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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #785 on: June 04, 2015, 09:36:04 AM »
I've always called in to add on the companion but now they are impossible to reach.  Made reservation  last night and never noticed "add  companion "button. Is there a way to go back in reservation and add online?


Yes. Go to my trips and click add companion. It's that simple.

Yup. I don't think I've ever called in to ticket a companion. The less time I spend on the phone with Airlines, the better.

Oh, and sometimes the reservation and/or the add companion link doesn't down up in your account right away. But it almost always shows up within a half hour.
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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #786 on: June 04, 2015, 12:19:30 PM »
The only times I had to call to add a companion is for international. My son is my companion and he is a minor...something about unaccompanied minor...

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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #787 on: June 08, 2015, 04:03:09 PM »
SO the business premier is officially of the table... should i close the personal and try again next year or... is there a hyatt CC ? i have 20k Marriott and 50k chase with a hyartt card that could get me there... comments, Ideas , thoughts?
 

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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #788 on: June 09, 2015, 10:43:11 AM »
Could i buy hyatt point and have them transfered into my account to count for CP?
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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #789 on: June 09, 2015, 11:10:51 AM »
I just called chase to transfer my Marriott points into my RR and they denied me.. Do I HUCA??

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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #790 on: June 09, 2015, 11:13:03 AM »
I just called chase to transfer my Marriott points into my RR and they denied me.. Do I HUCA??
That's not how it works. Marriott, not Chase, transfers points to SW.

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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #791 on: June 09, 2015, 11:28:51 AM »
Could i buy hyatt point and have them transfered into my account to count for CP?
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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #792 on: June 09, 2015, 11:30:16 AM »
bump
Hyatt>Southwest works. Don't know anything about buying HGP points, but I would imagine it should work.

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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #793 on: June 09, 2015, 11:43:46 AM »
Hyatt>Southwest works. Don't know anything about buying HGP points, but I would imagine it should work.

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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #794 on: June 09, 2015, 11:52:17 AM »
That's not how it works. Marriott, not Chase, transfers points to SW.
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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
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Thanks.. Done.. Check!!
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what ratio did u get


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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #796 on: June 09, 2015, 12:56:42 PM »
Thanks.. Done.. Check!!
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what ratio did u get
For 10k I got 2k.. I guess that makes it 5:1 did I get giped?

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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #797 on: June 09, 2015, 01:27:32 PM »
For 10k I got 2k.. I guess that makes it 5:1 did I get giped?

That is the ratio... whether it was worth it is up to you

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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #798 on: June 09, 2015, 04:56:09 PM »
Looking to buy 50-60k hyatt points... anyone?

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Re: Southwest Companion Pass Master Thread
« Reply #799 on: June 29, 2015, 01:07:37 PM »
Just got an offer from southwest to gift/transfer points to a friend & they will receive 50% bonus. This makes no sense! Seems I can just swap points Btwn me & my wife & family and each time get a 50% bonus at no cost- anyone care to weigh in?