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A few weeks ago Southwest and Chase Bank dropped the largest signup Bonus ever offered on their co-branded Credit Cards. The New Signup Bonus is for 75,000 Rapid Rewards Points which is fantastic for two reasons. First, it’s a large sum of miles that can be stretched for a ton of Free Travel. Second, this signup Bonus can put anyone into a great position to go for the Coveted Southwest Companion Pass!
We’ve been fielding a ton of Questions from our Readers, especially in the Basic Travel Facebook Group. Below, you’ll find some of the top Questions and Answers that should help make this whole process a whole more Basic.
1) What is the Southwest Companion Pass?
The Southwest Companion Pass is a Buy-One-Get-One-Free Flight Perk of the Rapid Rewards Program. It is good for the remainder of the year that it is earned and the entire following year. The Southwest Companion Pass can be used anywhere Southwest fly’s including Hawaii and the Caribbean.
2) How to Earn the Southwest Companion Pass?
To earn the Southwest Companion Pass, a Rapid Rewards Member must earn 125,000 Points within the Same Calendar Year.
3) Why is the New 75,000 Point Offer so Great?
In order to earn the 75,000 Rapid Rewards Points, the Credit Card Holder needs to spend $6,000 in the First 6 Months. This will result in at least 81,000 Points Earned leaving 44,000 points remaining to reach 125,000. Those remaining points can easily be earned by opening a Southwest Business Credit Card. Are you not sure that you can qualify for a Business Credit Card? Feel free to Email Us and we can help you through the process!
4) Does the “Buy” One flight have to be Purchased with Cash to get the second flight Free when using the Southwest Companion Pass?
Nope! The Southwest Companion Pass Holder can use Cash, Credit, a Southwest Giftcard, or Rapid Rewards Points to purchase their Flight. One the flight has been purchased, an option will appear on the reservation to add a companion. The only cost will be the Airport Taxes & Fees.
5) How Long Should I wait Between Applying for the Southwest 75,000 Point Offer and a Southwest Business Credit Card?
I’d suggest waiting a minimum of 30 days. Some people have reported that they were able to apply sooner and get approved but I wouldn’t recommend pushing it without a good reason.
6) Can I qualify for the 75,000 Rapid Rewards Offer if I already have a Southwest Personal Credit Card?
Yes, only if it’s been longer then 24 months since you last received the signup bonus. Since you cannot have more than one Personal Southwest Card Opened at the Same Time, you’ll have to close the old card before applying for the new one.
7) How Long should I wait after closing an old Southwest Card in order to apply for the 75,000 Point Offer?
You should wait at least 7 days. Although people have reported being approved in fewer.
This is an amazing offer that could be pulled early. If you’re on the fence about opening, I’d suggest going for it a few days before February 18th to ensure that you get it. I can’t express how much the Southwest Companion Pass has changed our lives. Since we discovered one of our favorite travel hacks, we have used it to visit Las Vegas, San Francisco, Chicago, Nashville, New Orleans, Milwaukee, Mexico, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Aruba, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Seattle, Houston, Dallas, and many more places!
More Basic Reading
- Basic Travel Hacking eBook
- Top Travel Hacks of 2019
- Basic Guide to Southwest Companion Pass
- How we saved over $70,000 in 2019 Traveling Across The World
Disclosure: Basic Travel Couple, LLC has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Basic Travel Couple, LLC and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers.Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities.