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The Southwest Companion Pass is arguably one of best travel perks available today. If you have the pass, on any flight you book for yourself (with dollars or points), your designated companion can fly with you for the cost of just the taxes and fees (usually about $6). You can change your companion 3 times a year.
My husband and I have had the pass for nine months now and have taken tons of trips. Since you need to earn 110,000 points in order to get the pass, most of my flights we’ve bought with points and then he gets to fly free with me with the pass.
The fastest way to earn the pass is by getting their credit card (this is how we did it).
So far this is my progress towards earning it for next year:
Today’s post is all about how to book a ticket with the pass cause it is a little bit tricky the first time you do it.
Once you’ve designated your companion (do this by calling Southwest), follow these steps:
Step 1: Book Your Flight
Step 2: Go to “Your Account” – located in the top right corner of Southwest.com
Step 3: Locate your flight & Click “Add Companion”
Step 4: Pay for the taxes and fees for your companion
Step 5: Wait for the confirmation page & email confirming your companion’s flight
Step 6: Double check “Your Account” to be sure a new confirmation number was added
Note: You have to do this for each flight individually. So if you book your segments separately, as I did in the screenshots, you have to do this process twice to book both legs. I always check to see if it is cheaper to book flights as a round-trip or one-way. In this case, I booked the flights separately so that I could book one with points and the other with a LUV Voucher that I earned when one of my previous flights was delayed.
And, that’s it! You are both booked on a fare that you only paid once. 🙂
What are your favorite perks and travel tips for budget travel? Let us know in the comments!