Southwest is offering a very special offer to some lucky California residents. The offer allows you to earn the Southwest Companion Pass after making a single purchase in addition to 40,000 Rapid Rewards when you spend $1,000. That’s about as easy as it gets, so if you live in California check your inbox.
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The only thing I don’t love about this offer is that it expires November 30, 2017.
This means that you will earn the Companion Pass for the rest of 2017 and all of 2018 (see the official terms below which confirm this). That might sound like a great deal but when you consider that you could earn the Companion Pass all the way through 2019 by getting two of the Southwest cards and hitting 110,000 Rapid Rewards, you can see why some may just want to hold off from this targeted offer.
The Southwest cards did just drop from 60K but we’ll likely see the high offers return in a matter of months, so I think it would make sense for many people to wait until the 50K or 60K offers return and simply pass on this offer. Keep in mind that these Southwest cards are subject to 5/24 so many people will not be approved for these cards even though they were targeted.
Southwest has been on a mission to compete more in the West Coast markets. They recently offered A-List status matches to many in California and now they’re offering this ultra-lucrative offer. Remember, that there have been many rumors swirling that Southwest is on the verge of announcing its first flights to Hawaii. It could be any day when the official announcement comes and flights to Hawaii will likely be a great way to cash in on value with the Companion Pass.
Here are the official terms and conditions via Reddit:
This product is not available to either (i) current cardmembers of any Rapid Rewards Credit Card, or (ii) previous cardmembers of any Rapid Rewards Credit Card who received a new cardmember bonus for a Rapid Rewards Credit Card within the last 24 months. Only the Rapid Rewards® Member who received this email/offer from Southwest Airlines® is eligible for this promotion. Offer is nontransferable. To qualify for this offer, (a) Member must have a valid California address as evidenced by their application for the Rapid Rewards® Credit Card, (b) Member must open a Rapid Rewards® Credit Card by November 30, 2017 and (c) please allow up to eight weeks for Companion Pass to be fulfilled after making first purchase. (“First Purchase” does not include balance transfers, cash advances, cash-like charges such as travelers checks, foreign currency, and money orders, any checks that access your account, interest, unauthorized or fraudulent charges, or fees of any kind, including an annual fee, if applicable.) To be eligible for this offer, account must be open and not in default at the time of fulfillment. Promotional Companion Pass is valid from the time promotion qualifications are met, through December 31, 2018. Promotional Companion Pass entitles Member to designate a Companion to fly for free (does not include taxes and fees from $5.60 one way) anywhere with the Member on the same Southwest Airlines flight that is purchased (with cash or points) by the Member. Please allow up to 15 business days after qualifying for promotional Companion Pass to receive your notification to designate your Companion. Promotional Companion Pass travel is subject to the government-imposed September 11th Security Fee of $5.60 per one-way trip and any foreign government taxes/fees if traveling internationally, all of which must be paid by credit card when the reservation is made. Any additional tax liability, if imposed, is the responsibility of the Companion Pass traveler. If Companion Pass is earned by flying 100 qualifying one-way flights or earning 110,000 qualifying points in the calendar year while qualified for promotional Companion Pass through December 31, 2018, the regular Companion Pass qualifications will supersede the promotional Companion Pass, entitling the Member to Companion Pass through December 31, 2019. Visit Southwest.com® to review the full Companion Pass program rules and regulations. All Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply and can be found at Southwest.com/rrterms.
Daniel Gillaspia is the Founder of UponArriving.com and the credit card app, WalletFlo. He is a former attorney turned travel expert covering destinations along with TSA, airline, and hotel policies. Since 2014, his content has been featured in publications such as National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, and CNBC.