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Southwest Offers a “Teaser” Companion Pass Promotion

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Southwest announced an intriguing promotion today. And if you’ve always wanted to give its hallowed Companion Pass a shot, this could be your lucky break.

Through Thursday, September 24, you must:

1. Register for this promotion.

2. Buy a Southwest a flight. It, apparently, can be a single one-way trip. (Though, perhaps, you gotta find a way home.) But it must be a revenue ticket. In other words, you have to pay for it. (But purchasing a ticket using, say Chase Ultimate Rewards points via the Chase travel portal should count as a revenue ticket.)

Then you must fly the itinerary by November 15, and you’ll have a taste of the Companion Pass from January 6 – February 28, 2021. (That’s only about seven weeks, hence my calling it a “teaser” in the headline.)

Again, you must register for the promotion and then buy a Southwest flight no later than this Thursday. Time’s a-tickin’, my friend.

Your companion will fly free of airline prices but is still responsible for $5.60 worth of taxes and fees one way whenever they fly Southwest with you during that Jan 6 – February 28 window. That’s still a pretty great deal.

If you’re comfortable traveling during that period, you and your companion can fly a lot. I didn’t see anything in the Terms and Conditions excluding award travel for the primary Rapid Rewards member who earns the Companion Pass. It’s my understand Rapid Rewards redemption flights are still eligible for you to bring your companion along for free (well, $5.60).

Final Approach

This is a great way for Southwest to put butts in seats early next year — and perhaps build consumer confidence in flying again. Will you take advantage of it?

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