Last Day For Awesome Southwest Credit Card Companion Pass Offers

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Update: These offers for the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card, the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card and the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Card have expired. Learn more about the current offers here.

This is an update to a previous post to remind people that this offer expires tomorrow, February 11, 2019.

Several weeks ago, Chase and Southwest Airlines introduced new welcome bonuses on their three co-branded personal credit cards, which I find quite interesting. For many, I’d argue this is one of the best Southwest Card welcome bonuses we’ve ever seen.

Southwest’s new Companion Pass welcome bonus

Currently the following credit cards are offering this new bonus:

All three cards have identical bonuses, which include 30,000 Rapid Rewards points plus a promotional Companion Pass through December 31, 2019, when you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. That’s a pretty attainable spend requirement, unlike some of their previous tiered bonuses, which required a total of $12,000 in spend.

These bonuses are limited time, and are only valid through February 11, 2019. That means today is the last day to apply and take advantage of these offers.

This is a really awesome, straightforward fast track to Southwest’s Companion Pass, which I consider to be one of the best values in domestic travel.

What is Southwest Companion Pass?

One of the best aspects of Southwest’s Rapid Rewards program is the incredible value their Companion Pass offers, as Tiffany recently wrote about.

For those of you not familiar with Companion Pass, it allows someone else to travel with you for the entire year. You still have to pay the taxes on their ticket, but the Companion Pass is valid on both award and revenue tickets. You can change your designated companion three times in a year, so you can potentially even use this for different people.

This is an outrageously good deal, and I’m amazed it’s still around in such a generous form. Ordinarily you need to accrue 110,000 Rapid Rewards points through select means to earn Companion Pass, so this welcome bonus makes earning Companion Pass significantly easier.

What’s the difference between the three cards?

As you can see, this welcome bonus is available on the $69 annual fee Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Card, the $99 annual fee Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card, and the $149 annual fee Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Card.

So, what are the differences between the cards?

  • The Plus Card offers a 3,000 point anniversary bonus each year
  • The Premier Card offers a 6,000 point anniversary bonus each year
  • The Priority Card offers a 7,500 point anniversary bonus every year, a $75 Southwest travel credit, four upgraded boardings per year when available, and 20% back on flight drinks and wifi

So if you fly Southwest with any frequency I do think the Southwest Priority Card is well worth it. The anniversary bonus and Southwest travel credit more than cover the annual fee, while the upgraded boardings and 20% savings on inflight drinks and wifi are the icing on the cake.

Who is eligible for Southwest Cards?

Do note the following terms when it comes to eligibility for these cards (in addition to these cards being subjected to 5/24, like all Chase cards nowadays):

The product is not available to either (i) current Cardmembers of any Southwest Rapid Rewards® Credit Card, or (ii) previous Cardmembers of any Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Card who received a new Cardmember bonus within the last 24 months. This does not apply to Cardmembers of the Southwest Rapid Rewards Business Card and Employee Credit Card products.

Bottom line

We’ve never seen welcome bonuses that make it easier to earn Companion Pass than what we’re seeing right now on the Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus CardSouthwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card, and Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Card.

If you’re eligible for one of these cards and could benefit from Companion Pass, I’d highly recommend taking advantage of one of these offers. Make sure you do so today, because the offers all expire tomorrow.

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  1. Hopefully this doesn’t mean they’re about to drop a companion pass Hawaii bomb. Being on my fifth year of companion pass it will suck if they add service to Hawaii but then don’t allow companion redemptions.

  2. @Lucky, so to confirm, if I went the traditional 2 card method, I’d have the pass all of 2019/2020, but with this, I’d have it until the end of 2019?

  3. I was approved for the previous bonuses last week on both the biz card (60k pts) and the priority personal card (40k+more for spend). I’m glad I did, I’ll soon have the companion pass until the end of 2020 rather than just the end of 2019. Total spend for those is only $4k, I’ll hit it in no time.

  4. This is great news for readers of this blog who have not applied for more than 2 ccs from any bank in the past 2 years, and haven’t gotten a SW cc bonus on any of these cards in the past 24 months either. Both of you…. 😉

  5. Is there a way to e-mail this promo about SW airlines?
    I and many others do not use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all the other social
    media outlets.
    I know I can screenshot a few pages and then e-mail the photos…….but…can you just put an
    e-mail icon up?

  6. I applied for my southwest chase card in January 2017, but I’m not sure when I actually got the bonus. This offer ends February 11, so how would I find out if my bonus kicked in before or after that? The websites I have found only tell me when I got it. Thanks for any help you all might be able to offer.

  7. @Dan
    You might be able to keep it through 2020 if you earn the 110,00 points this year, but it’s possible this offer isn’t eligible, but I don’t know for sure.

    Go to your Southwest rapid rewards account and look back at activity. You should be able to see when you got the bonus there.

  8. Any idea on whether I can cancel my current Southwest card now and then apply for this before the deadline and have success? I am under the 5/24 and its been more than 24 months since I got any bonus from one of the Southwest cards, only sticking point is that I still have the account open.

  9. I’m under 5/24 but I don’t fly WN (haven’t in years). No thanks Chase (but still a sweet offer for those that fly them).

  10. @Nicole L.
    So the card isn’t listed anymore on my account page. Just got off the phone with chase and they said that since I closed it in 2017 it has been purged from their system and they can’t tell me what month I received the bonus. Anybody have any other ideas or phone numbers?

  11. If I still have a Rapid Rewards card Premier but received my bonus almost 3 years ago, am I ineligible for the offer?

  12. This sucks. I just applied for a Southwest card and received it this week. I tried calling to see if I could take advantage of this benefit but was told “no.” When I spoke to the representative and asked if I could apply for another card I was informed I would be declined because I already had one. How frustrating that these companies have no flexibility whatsoever. Come on, it’s just a few days!

  13. Applied on a Friday and got “we will review and hear back shortly”. Following Monday and no response but I have a new card on my chase portal so I think I’m approved. I’m a little nervous about the fine print saying to allow 8 weeks after making minimum spend before companion pass is posted to Southwest. Excited to make travel plans but don’t want to wait 4-5 months. I’m hoping its more like 1-2 days.

  14. Has anyone who signed up received the CP or RR points yet? I received the card in mid-January and immediately hit the 4K spend. My statement closed February 8th and still no sign of the CP or RR points.

  15. Does anyone know once you reach the minimum spend and pay off the card how long it takes to receive the companion pass?

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