Southwest Airlines had the worst week in its 56 year history last week, cancelling some 16,000 flights during the busy holiday travel period.
Their crew scheduling system and phone lines crashed, leaving employees manually scheduling crew for flights, a process that took several days to fix.
Facing DOT pressure, the airline agreed to pay for all “reasonable” expenses due to the meltdown and created a form to request reimbursement.
Many travelers were unable to utilize their status and companion pass benefits at the end of the year, and were unable to take flight to qualify for benefits in 2023.
The airline tells DansDeals that,
“For our AList, AList Preferred, and Companion Pass Members that had not yet requalified for their status for 2023, we have extended the date in which they must requalify from the end of December (as is typical every year) to the end of January. This gives anyone the chance who may have planned to requalify by flying over the last couple of weeks and couldn’t because of the disruptions an additional month to complete that requalification travel. They were notified of this extension via email last week.”
The airline also confirms that all status and companion passes that were set to expire on 12/31/22 will now expire 1/31/23.
In the meantime, the requirements for picking up a 2023 Companion Pass will go up from 125K points to 135K points, unless you hold a Southwest card by the first business day of the year, which is 1/3/23 this year. If you want to go for a Companion Pass and don’t have a card, you can still try to get approved for one now to lock in the 125K policy and earn a Companion pass good through 12/31/24.
Southwest cards include:
- Chase Southwest Business Premier card
- Chase Southwest Performance Business Credit Card
- Chase Southwest Plus card
- Chase Southwest Priority card
- Chase Southwest Premier card
HT: Gary Leff