Thu. Feb 2nd, 2023

If you want to travel with a buddy or family member in 2023, there’s a fantastic Southwest Airlines promotion you need to know about. The Companion Pass® is one of the best travel deals, as it lets you fly with a companion for practically free! If you meet the minimum requirements, you can fly for free between 01/04/2023 and 3/4/2023. Here are the details.

Book A Flight By September 8, 2022

The first step is registering for the promotion through your Rapid Rewards account. Next, you must book a qualifying round-trip or two one-way flights before 11:59 pm Central Standard Time (CST) on September 8, 2022.

You must pay for these qualifying flights with cash to earn the limited-time Companion Pass benefits.

If you don’t have a Rapid Rewards account yet, you can join for free and register for this promotion.

Travel Before November 17, 2022

While you must book your qualifying flights in early September, you have until November 17, 2022, to complete the travel. The travel period opens on September 6, giving you a little more than two months to find your best flight dates.

This travel window is also the perfect opportunity to visit family or sightsee before the Thanksgiving and Christmas travel rush. The weather forecast can be more pleasant for most destinations as well.

In addition to looking for low-priced deals, you may consider flying to an excellent autumn travel destination.

Earn Companion Pass Benefits

After completing your qualifying flights, your Rapid Rewards account has complimentary Companion Pass status from January 4 to March 4, 2023.

This travel perk means one travel companion can fly virtually for free when you purchase your ticket with points or cash. The companion ticket only costs the usual fees and taxes that start at $5.60 each way.

You can use these benefits as often as you wish during the three-month period. It’s also possible to change your companion up to three times.

Additionally, you will enjoy the standard Southwest Airlines loyalty perks, including two free checked bags and open seating.


Typically, you must earn 125,000 qualifying points or complete 100 qualifying flights to qualify for the Companion Pass. However, this promotion is an easy way to enjoy the benefits if you plan on traveling but not frequently enough to satisfy the standard requirements.

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