Happy Wednesday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.
Remember the good old days, when no one but the points and miles junkies, travel hackers and Southwest frequent flyers knew about the Southwest companion pass? The item that, depending on your situation, could be the single most valuable item in your arsenal.
If you’ve never heard about the companion pass, it’s issued to Southwest flyers who accumulate more than 110,000 Rapid Rewards points in a single year. The pass, good for the rest of the year you earn it and for the entire following year, lets a companion fly for free on as many flights as you take (except for the taxes and fees). The companion ticket is available as long as an additional ticket is for sale, regardless of the price of the additional ticket. This means you can book the last cheap ticket on the plane and your companion can get a free ticket even it costs much more than yours did. Southwest even lets you change your companion up to three times each year so you’re not stuck traveling with the same person all the time. 🙂
Unless you flew on Southwest regularly, I’d assume for business travel, you had to know the tricks of the trade to get a companion pass. Those days are over.
It seems that now Southwest wants everyone to get a companion pass.
Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.
Very few topics get the attention afforded to the Southwest Companion Pass. You could spend a lifetime reading the 14.5 million web pages about it just from a Google search.
I was one of the people reading these posts that told me about how the Companion Pass was the be all and end all of the travel savings. Having the pass lets you fly on Southwest for half price. You could take twice as many trips as you did before and not pay any more money. Or if you had Southwest Rapid Rewards points, you’d only be spending for one ticket and the other one was free.
I fell for this line and decided that I was going to do whatever what I needed to in order to get one of these passes. After six months of trying and some false starts, I finally had the pass and 14 months to use it.
Southwest is one of our favorite airlines and we’re not alone. They have a business model that’s easy to understand. They don’t charge for you to bring a bag on the plane and you also get two free checked bags per passenger. Southwest planes only have one class of service so there’s no paying extra to get a seat in the extra legroom section and no first class to upgrade into.
Not to be left behind the other carriers who throw perks at the business travelers as thanks for their loyalty, Southwest tries their best to compete but there’s only so much they can offer. The after 25 flights in a year you become an A-List member which allows you stand-by for an earlier flight for free and provides priority boarding, meaning you get a spot at the beginning of the A boarding group and are the first one to pick whatever seat you want on the plane (exit row, bulkhead). After 50 flights, you are A-List Preferred and now can get free WiFi. But Southwest saves their best perk for those who fly with them the most often… Continue reading “What Is The Southwest Airlines Companion Pass?”