Southwest Airlines Companion Pass – Part 1: Obtaining the Companion Pass the Hard Way
Every travel blog out there will tell you how awesome the Southwest Airlines Companion Pass is and how easy it is to get. Here is the Cliff Notes / Spark Notes version:
- Apply for 2 Chase Southwest Airlines Credit Cards between October 1 and December 31.
- Don’t spend a penny on the cards during any statements periods that close in 2014.
- Spend $2,000+ during the statement periods that close in 2015.
- Collect 52,000 Southwest Airlines miles x 2 = 104,000 miles.
- Get the remaining 6,000 miles from Hyatt, Marriott, or other points transfers.
- Travel for “free” with a companion for all of 2015 and all of 2016.
If that sounds like something you want to do, please consider signing up for a Chase Southwest Airlines Credit Card through one of my credit card referral links.
However, this post is not about the easy way to get the Southwest Airlines Companion Pass. This post is about the hard way to achieve the Southwest Airlines Companion Pass. Let’s say your name is Grant and you find yourself somewhere between no Companion Pass and a Companion Pass for 2015.
Let’s assume you got the Chase Southwest Airlines Premier Credit Card last year and the Chase Southwest Airlines Plus Credit Card earlier this year. Let’s also assume you cannot get a Chase Southwest Airlines Business Credit Card since you just got a Chase Ink Plus Business Credit. Lastly, let’s assume you are 41,522 Southwest Airlines miles away from qualifying for the Companion Pass next year. What do you do? To view your current Southwest Airlines Companion Pass status, please log into your Southwest Airlines account first and then click this link (you may want to bookmark this link as well).
Remember, you cannot just transfer Chase Ultimate Reward Points to your Southwest Airlines account – that would be too easy. One of my favorite tricks is to convert Hyatt points into Southwest Airlines miles (these miles count toward your Southwest Airlines Companion Pass). Once you log into your Hyatt account, click this link to go to the conversion page.
This page is a bit complicated, but let me simplify what is going on:
- Normally, you can convert 5,000 Hyatt points into 2,000 airline mile (2.5 : 1 ratio)
- However, Southwest Airlines is an exception.
- You can convert 5,000 Hyatt points into 2,400 Southwest Airlines miles (2.08 : 1 ratio)
- However again, you can convert 50,000 Hyatt points into 30,000 Southwest Airlines miles (bonus miles result in a 1.67 : 1 ratio)
Make sure to follow up with Hyatt if the full 30,000 Southwest Airlines miles do not post. The Hyatt representative had to manually send over another 6,000 Southwest Airlines miles to my account. Also, these transfers take 1-2 weeks on average, but up to 4-6 weeks in some cases, so plan accordingly and don’t wait until it is too late to transfer.
Alternatively, you can transfer Marriott Reward points to Southwest Airlines miles (5 :1 ratio to 2.8 : 1 ratio) from this link…
…or transfer Choice Hotels points to Southwest Airlines miles (3.33 : 1 ratio) from this link…
… or transfer Wyndham Reward points to Southwest Airlines miles (5 : 1 ratio) from this link…
…or transfers Club Carlson points to Southwest Airlines miles (10 : 1 ratio) from this link.
Southwest Airlines does not partner with Hilton, SPG, and IHG, so the above options are really your only options for transfers into your Southwest Airlines account.
That is the end of part 1. Check back tomorrow morning for part 2 (spoiler alert, it is awesome and includes emailing a form to Hyatt to move Hyatt Points from my mom’s account to my account). If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.