Achievement Unlocked: Companion Pass

Hey everyone!

Just a quick note, I’ve officially earned the Southwest Companion Pass!

This is definitely the biggest win for me in the world of travel hacking so far!  I’m excited to announce that I’ve got several trips in mind that will take full advantage of the Companion Pass through the end of 2017.  I’m hoping I can hit a Caribbean destination…or three, and be able to get out to the west coast to see some family next year as well.

Chase Points

The final stretch of points for the Companion Pass!

If you’re reading this blog, I’m sure you already know about the Companion Pass, but basically, it doubles your travel.  A Companion Pass allows the holder to name a “companion” for all Southwest flights.  Your companion gets a free ticket on any flight you’re on.  Simply book your flight (in Rapid Rewards or cash), add your companion to the itinerary, and then pay taxes/fees on their ticket.

I hear you, I hear you.  Ok, so it’s not totally free.  But really, is anything actually free nowadays?

You receive the Companion Pass as a reward for earning 110,000 Rapid Rewards points in a calendar year.  These points can be from flying, credit card spending, and various partners.  Once you have the pass, it’s good for the year in which it was earned, and the entire following calendar year.

With Southwest’s large domestic network, and expanding international destinations, I plan to get some great use out of the Companion Pass this year and next.  I’m thinking I’ll hit Nashville and Austin just because I’ve never been, visit the family in Oregon and some in Colorado, and head down to Mexico or the DR at some point.  Maybe Belize.  Maybe Costa Rica?  Maybe all of them…

BOS and PVD nonstops

Nonstop options from Boston and Providence include Nashville, Denver, Chicago, Tampa Bay, Washington DC (starting in November), and more!  Map courtesy of gcmap.com.

If Southwest gets their gates in Cuba before my Companion Pass is up at the end of 2017, I suppose I’ll have to stop by there too…

Hopefully, I’ll be able to use the Companion Pass to explore the states a bit!  Then I can write real travel posts, not just all this travel hacking mumbo jumbo.

Here’s hoping you get to travel sooner than I do!

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