What is our secret to low-cost travel? The Southwest Companion Pass.
The Companion pass is one of the best deals to travel within America on any Southwest route. It is basically as advertises, “Fly one. Get one free.” Once you receive the pass, you can designate a travel companion to travel with you for almost free for 1 to 2 years (depending on the timing of the application and qualification).
Where have we traveled with our Southwest Companion Pass?
We received our pass this year. Within the last 7 to 8 months, we went to Phoenix (Arizona), Denver (Colorado), and Los Cabos in Mexico. Our next destinations are Las Vegas, San Francisco, Orlando (Florida) and New York.
Is it completely free?
It is almost free because you will still have to pay taxes and $5.60 each way for US flights (international flights tax varies depending on destination) on the free companion ticket.
Why should I get it now?
Southwest is currently having a promotion for California residents. Traditionally, you must earn at least 110,000 qualifying Rapid Rewards points (this is how we earned it last year) or fly 100 one-way flights through Southwest. However, from now until 11/30/2017, you can earn a Companion Pass by opening a new Rapid Rewards credit card and making one purchase with your new card.
The Rapid Rewards Cards
The Rapid Rewards Plus card comes with an annual fee of $69 whereas the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier card has an annual fee of $99.
In addition to the Companion Pass, you will also earn 40,000 points after you spend $1000 on the card within the first 3 months of opening the account. To put it in perspective, the lowest fares for a one-way trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco will cost you somewhere between 1,727 points to 3,670 points currently. So, you can easily make 8 round-trips from Los Angeles to San Francisco with 40,000 points while your companion travel with you for almost free (as mentioned above, they only have to pay $5.60 each way for tax).
Is it worth it?
You’ll have to be the judge of that. Traveling is fun, but we also understand the risk of getting in debt and the temptation of overspending with credit cards. We are strong believers of delayed gratification. It is important for us to teach our little one to save money and work hard so that she can enjoy the fruit of her labor later on. We strongly advise against using credit cards to spend more than what you can afford. It is also important to pay your credit card balance in full each month to avoid interest fees.
Other things you should consider before applying for the Southwest card are your travel goals and the annual fee. Only apply for the card if you know that you will travel enough to offset the annual fee. Also consider your travel goals. Are you planning to travel within the US mostly? Or do you prefer international travel outside of North and South America? If you are planning mostly international travel with destinations such as Asia and Europe, this might not be the best deal for you.
So there you have it. Our secret to low-cost travel within North and South America. If you live in California and plan to travel a lot domestically in 2018, this can be a great offer. Don’t forget. The offer ends on November 30, 2017!
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