California sure has become a competitive market for Southwest. With Alaska’s takeover of Virgin America, Alaska and Southwest are battling over who is more dominant in California. This competition has been great for consumers.
In their latest move in this battle, Southwest has come out with an awesome promotion that many California residents will want to consider. Specifically, California residents can earn the Southwest Companion Pass if they apply for a Southwest Visa Card by November 30, 2017.
There are a few restrictions to be aware of:
- Companion Pass will be valid through December 31, 2018
- You’re not eligible for this product if you’re a current cardmember of any Rapid Rewards Credit Card, or a previous cardmember of any Rapid Rewards Credit Card who received a new cardmember bonus within 24 months
- It can take up to 15 days for your account to be updated with Companion Pass status
- You must have a California address listed on your application and Rapid Rewards account
For those of you not familiar with Companion Pass, it allows someone else to travel with you for the entire year. You still have to pay the taxes on their ticket, but the Companion Pass is valid on both award and revenue tickets. You can change your designated companion three times in a year, so you can potentially even use this for different people.
Ordinarily earning Companion Pass requires accruing 110,000 Rapid Rewards points, which can still be worthwhile. However, in this case you can get it with just one credit card application that earns you 40,000 points.
The only downside to this offer is that right now the Southwest Card is only offering a sign-up bonus of 40,000 Rapid Rewards points after completing minimum spend. A few weeks ago it was offering a bonus of 60,000 points. However, in this case you’re getting Companion Pass so quickly, so for most it absolutely makes sense to forgo the extra points and take advantage of this offer.
Do any California residents plan on earning Companion Pass through this promotion?