Earn A Southwest Airlines Companion Pass With Just One Trip

This is a pretty good offer for Southwest and for customers. They’ll give you a free companion to travel with you for about two months if you book just two one way flights right away (and use them for travel in the next couple of months).

By running a short-term promotion like this, they generate incremental ticket sales. And then they limit the period when you can use the offer – usually to a time they expect to have plenty of empty seats. I wouldn’t normally expect those empty seats in late summer!

  • Register and then purchase one round trip or two one-way flights by March 27.
  • Travel by May 22
  • Earn a companion ticket valid August 5 – October 2, 2024.

If you already have travel booked through May 22, consider cancelling and rebooking (if the price of the ticket hasn’t gone up too much) to qualify for this offer. They ran a nearly identical offer in the spring and again in late summer.

What’s especially interesting about the two month promotional companion pass is that – just like a regular annual one – you can change your selection companion up to three times during the companion pass’s validity. Normally that’s limiting, say if you earn a companion pass for 22 months as I’ve done a couple of times. However changing 3 times during a two month period is far more flexible. Take anyone with you that you wish!

My last companion pass, earned in January 2022, ran through December 2023. I’d buy a ticket for myself, my wife was my companion (so most trips cost just TSA fees for her travel) and then I redeemed Rapid Rewards points for my daughter’s seat. If you live in a big Southwest city as I do (they’re the largest carrier in Austin) and you have the time to take advantage of the offer, it’s a good one.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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