If you have a CA address on your Southwest Rapid Rewards account and apply for a card via one of the links above with a CA home billing address you can get a Southwest companion pass after spending $1 on the card. You’ll also get 40K points after spending $1,000 on the consumer cards or 60K miles after spending $3,000 on the business card.
Note that Chase can require proof of residence, such as a utility bill, etc, in order to get approved.
The Plus card has a $69 annual fee and gives 3,000 points every card anniversary. The Premier cards have a $99 annual fee and give 6,000 points every card anniversary.
Southwest cards are subject to 5/24. That means if you have been approved for 5 or more consumer cards in the past 24 months you are very unlikely to get approved.
This offer expires 11/30/17.
“This product is not available to either (i) current cardmembers of any Rapid Rewards Credit Card, or (ii) previous cardmembers of any Rapid Rewards Credit Card who received a new cardmember bonus for a Rapid Rewards Credit Card within the last 24 months.”
The terms officially state, “Only the individual who received this email/offer from Southwest Airlines® is eligible for this promotion. Offer is nontransferable.” However I reached out to Southwest to ask if this is targeted only for people who received the offer via email and they confirmed that any CA resident is eligible:
Normally you can get a free companion pass if you earn 110,000 points in a year from select sources, including earnings from credit card signups and credit card spending. A companion pass is normally valid until the year after its earned.
In this case you’ll earn a promotional companion pass after making your first purchase that will expire on 12/31/18 regardless of when you earn it. Of course if you earn 110K points in 2018 you’ll earn a pass valid through 12/31/19.
The pass allows you to designate a companion to bring with you for free whenever you fly Southwest, even if you are flying on a free ticket! There is no limit to the number of free companion flights that you can take.
You can change the name of your designated companion up to 3 times during a year by calling Southwest. However you can’t change your designated companion if there are outstanding flights booked with another companion. You can book a flight and then add a companion later on, as long as there are still seats available for sale on the flight.
Free changes and cancellations. Lock in low fares with no penalty:
While other mileage currencies charge up to $200 to cancel an award ticket, Southwest continues to allow you to cancel an award flight and redeposit the points in your account for future use without any penalties.
Coupled with 2 free carry-ons and 2 free checked bags per person, that’s a lot of added value. A family of 4 needing to cancel award tickets on another airline would set you back $400-$800 versus it being a free change on Southwest. A family of 4 checking 2 bags each would run $480 round-trip on another airline versus paying nothing on Southwest.
Thinking of taking a trip but not 100% sure about it? With Southwest points you can lock in a good rate and just cancel the trip free of charge at any point before the flight if you can’t make it!
You can use the points for yourself or book award tickets for anyone else you want to give a ticket to.
Southwest allows you to redeem points for any seat on any flight. There are no blackout dates or capacity controls.
You get 1 point per dollar on regular purchases and 2 points per dollar on Southwest purchases, including hotel and car rentals via Southwest.
And as always, Southwest:
-Gives 2 free checked bags per passenger.
-Does not charge change fees to switch your flight. Whether you are on a paid or an award flight you can change without penalty! In general though you should cancel a flight and rebook rather than make a change.
-Does not charge a cancellation fee to cancel your flight (you will get Southwest credit for the full amount paid, even on non-refundable wanna get away fares) or to cancel and redeposit your award flight.
-Refunds the fare or point difference if the price of your flight goes down after you buy it, just call to get the credit at any time before your flight!