There are many choices when it comes to increasing our miles and points so we can travel more for less. Recently, however, when using my companion passes and free tickets from credit cards, my friend Carrie asked how that worked and which credit cards came with that perk. Good question! There are many credit cards that come with free bags or priority boarding. Along with those benefits, these three credit cards also provide a free (or almost free) companion ticket benefit.
Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card
The Alaska Airlines credit card is one I’ve had for many years and I never miss using the Companion Fare. Essentially, this annual benefit is a free buy-one-get-one ticket in economy class. The primary traveler must pay the fare, but the companion pays just $99 plus taxes and fees. I always get more than the annual fee of $75 in value per year using this fare. I’ve used it for trips across the US and most recently to Seattle. The certificate is easy to apply to your fare and more than worth the annual fee.
Chase Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Credit Cards
I’ve been getting great value out of my Southwest Airlines Companion Pass and my Southwest miles. Some diehard Southwest flyers would say the Southwest Companion Pass is the best deal in the whole world of travel! The Companion Pass is not just a free ticket, it’s unlimited for the time you have the pass. For a year, the pass holder benefits by bringing a second passenger on any Southwest flight. When you accrue 110,000 Rapid Reward points through flights, credit card spend, or using the Southwest shopping portal, you qualify for the pass. When you’re a new Southwest Airlines credit card holder, those introductory bonus points count towards the 110,000 points as well. Rapid Reward bonuses on the Southwest credit cards vary, but right now their new Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Card offers up to 65,000 points after new cardholders spend $15,000 in the first year. Of those, 40,000 are earned after spending $1,000 in three months. This card also includes priority A-group boarding on four flights annually.
Delta Platinum and Reserve SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express
These days, I don’t fly Delta all that often, but many of my friends do. And being a West Coast-based flyer, Delta flight options are definitely increasing. I keep an eye on these Delta credit cards because of the companion certificate that comes with them. The Delta Platinum and Business Platinum, Reserve and Business Reserve SkyMiles Credit Cards, from American Express and American Express OPEN, all come with the companion certificate.
The Alaska Airlines companion certificate shows up in your account as soon as you get the card. The Companion Certificate from Delta is applied to your account each card year anniversary. That means you have to wait until you’ve renewed your credit card before you start earning the benefit.
A first year $100 statement credit helps offset the $195 annual fee on the Platinum Delta card and the $450 annual fee on the Reserve cards. The Reserve SkyMiles card also includes Delta Sky Club access. The introductory bonuses for new cardholders on these credit cards vary and are linked to spending amounts during the first few months of receiving the cards.
The certificates and companion passes that come with these cards are easy to use. They provide benefits beyond just miles and points. Which of these companion passes do you use most often?