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Earn the Companion Pass easily with this new offer from Chase!

Currently, Chase is offering a deal with some great potential for folks that can use it.  On any of the three Southwest personal cards, earn 30,000 Rapid Rewards and a Companion Pass (valid through the end of 2019).

Here are the links – each one has the same welcome offer but the annual fees, the annual bonus and some of the terms are slightly different (See below):

  1. Southwest Plus Credit Card
  2. Southwest Premier Credit Card
  3. Southwest Priority Credit Card

The Details

Is this a good offer for you?  Let’s check it out:

  • This offer ends on 2/11/2019
  • 30,000 Rapid Rewards and a Companion Pass (good through the end of 2019)
  • Annual fee of $69 on the Plus, $99 on the Premier, and $149 on the Priority card
  • Annual bonus of 3,000 points with the Plus, 6,000 points with the Premier, and 7,500 points with the Priority card
  • All cards earn double points on Southwest purchases and single points on everything else.
  • The Premier and Priority cards have no foreign transaction fees
  • In addition to the benefits above, the Priority card offers an annual $75 Southwest credit, 4 annual upgrade coupons, and 20% back on in-flight drinks and wifi.

Note the following restrictions on this offer (in addition to Chase’s extensive 5/24 rule):

This product is available to you if you do not have a current Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Card and have not received a new Cardmember bonus for this card in the past 24 months. This does not apply to business card and employee credit card products.

Is the Companion Pass worth it?

You’ve heard it before, the travel world loves the Companion Pass.  Who wouldn’t?  The Southwest Companion Pass can provide extreme value for those that can use it well.  Essentially a buy one get one on all Southwest flights booked for that time period, it’s awesome for families, couples, or folks that just like bringing a travel buddy along!

(SEE ALSO: Is now the time to go for the Southwest Companion Pass (updated November 2018))

(SEE ALSO: How to change your Southwest Companion pass companion)

As with all things in life, the Companion Pass is only good if you can use it.  My family got some great redemptions from the Companion Pass in 2016 and 2017, but personally I won’t go out of my way to get it again.

This was my view for quite a few weekend trips during 2016 and 2017, the years I held a Companion Pass!

Should you jump on this offer?

If you can answer yes to these 3 questions then it’s probably a good deal for you (and I’ll explain why below):

  1. Do you regularly travel with someone else?
  2. Do you have a lot of domestic travel coming up?
  3. Are you under 5/24?

If you answered yes to those three questions you’re in good shape for the REAL Companion Pass.  A regular Companion Pass technique would have you opening two Southwest cards for the full Companion Pass, good for (at this time) 2019 and 2020 travel.  I won’t get into the nuances about Companion Pass tactics here, but check out some of the other blogs for more information!

Another option would be something like the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, which gives you 50,000 CHASE points after spending the same $4000 in the first 3 months. Because Chase points can transfer to Southwest 1:1, it could be a better option unless you’re doing a LOT of Southwest traveling where you’d earn that companion pass.

(DON’T get the Companion Pass if you feel like this…)

Ultimately, if you’ve got 5/24 space for a new Chase Southwest card, you’ve got some domestic travel you need to book soon, and your airport has some decent Southwest availability, then this could be a good deal.  Remember though, this Companion Pass is really half a Companion Pass, since it’s only good through the end of 2019.  All your domestic travel is this year?  Go for it.  Otherwise, go for the regular Companion Pass, and hit that 110,000 Rapid Rewards mark!

Then, you’ll have plenty of points to burn with your Companion!

Again, here are the links for the Southwest Plus Credit Card, the Southwest Premier Credit Card, and the Southwest Priority Credit Card – we may receive a commission if you’re approved through one of these links.

Let me know if you’re planning on signing up for one of these offers

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