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One of the very best deals in travel is the Southwest Airlines Companion Pass. Earned after 110,000 points in a year – and credit card points (including signup bonus points) count — your designated companion can fly with you for just taxes regardless of whether you’re traveling on a paid fare or points.
While points transfers from hotel programs no longer count towards your total, points from credit cards do — both bonuses and ongoing spend.
You used to be able to sign up for the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card and the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card and earn the bonus points from each, and you’re practically home free.
However in addition to Chase’s ‘5/24’ restrictions that apply to these cards, they won’t generally approve you if you’ve had 5 or more new card accounts in the last 24 months, they will no longer treat these as separate products for bonus eligibility.
Effective today anyone who is a current Southwest consumer cardmember (Plus, Premier, and legacy products) Heritage Products) or who has had a new cardmember bonus on one of these cards in the past 24 months won’t be eligible for a new Southwest consumer card.
This rule does not apply to small business cards. So you can get Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card or the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card — each one offering 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open — and a small business card.
And of course your spend on the Southwest credit cards continues to count in addition to the points earned from flying.