Wow: Southwest Companion Pass After One Purchase No Longer Targeted (California Residents Only)

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a targeted offer that many California residents got by email for a Southwest Airlines companion pass as a credit card signup bonus.

  • Open the account, make a purchase, get a companion pass (which normally requires 110,000 points earned in a year)
  • Plus 40,000 points after $1000 spend within 3 months

That’s amazing.

What’s even more amazing is that the offer is now open to all California residents. (HT: @IadisGr8)

Here are the key things to know:

  • You have to have a California address on your Rapid Rewards account.
  • You can’t be a current Southwest Rapid Rewards cardmember, or have had the card in the past and gotten a bonus within the last 24 months. And 5/24 restrictions generally apply to the card.
  • Offer valid through November 30

The promotional companion pass will last through end of 2018, so getting the card now or in November and waiting until January to make your purchase won’t extend it.

Here’s more discussion at Frequent Miler and at The Points Guy.

Southwest is battling Alaska/Virgin America for California supremacy and this is a huge tactic to lock in customers.

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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, 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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  1. Alaska is used to being competitive. They will figure out someway to keep their customers happy.

  2. Do you think one can apply in one’s own name using the address of a relative in California and get the offer. We live in a different state.

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