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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. Points earned from spending on Southwest credit cards count, and so do card signup bonuses.
However you can still get one of those personal cards and the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card.
Those personal cards are offering 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open. Fantastically the small business card is offering 60,000 points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.
That’s a great signup bonus, and for many it alone will be sufficient to jump start the companion pass. Earn it now and it’ll be valid for the rest of 2018 and all of 2019.
60,000 points are worth $600 in gift cards, or can be worth over $800 in Southwest travel. The card also comes with 6000 points after each cardmember anniversary and has no foreign transaction fees. It has a $99 annual fee.
I’m finding Southwest more attractive now that I live in Austin. They’re the biggest carrier in my home market and of course I can check a bag free and they have no change fees — and no redeposit fees on awards.