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Southwest Airlines has launched a new promotion that will get you the coveted Companion Pass for a month and a half. If you're a registered Rapid Rewards member, completing two one-way flights or one round-trip flight by May 24 will get you a Companion Pass. So, grab a friend and start planning your next getaway. Here’s the details. 

What is Companion Pass?

Companion Pass is a fantastic perk through Southwest Airlines that lets you bring a friend with you for "free" when you travel. All you need to pay is the taxes on your friend's ticket. With Companion Pass, you get to enjoy your travels with your favorite travel companion.

Promotion Details

Here's what you need to know about this promotion:

  • Purchase a paid round-trip flight or two one-way flights by April 5, 2023.
  • Travel by May 24, 2023.
  • Complete all three requirements, and your Companion Pass will be eligible from Aug. 15 through Sept. 30, 2023.

Note: The flights you book must be paid tickets to qualify. Rapid Rewards points are not eligible. However, flights booked on unused LUV vouchers, travel funds, or gift cards do count.

Benefits of This Promotion

Earning Southwest's Companion Pass typically requires 100 one-way flights on Southwest or 135,000 Companion Pass-qualifying points in a year. However, this promotion is a great opportunity to take the Companion Pass program for a test drive later this year. With the Companion Pass, you and your companion can travel and explore new destinations together, without any added expenses.

Things to Keep in Mind

Before you get too excited and start planning your next trip, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • This promotion has a limited window (on both ends), so plan your travel accordingly.
  • Previously booked flights do not count towards this promotion, so make sure to book new flights.
  • If you cancel your ticket, you can use the travel funds from the original itinerary to rebook your travel at current prices.

The Bottom Line

If you're a frequent flyer or planning to take a trip, this promotion is worth considering. While you do need to fall within the dates Southwest details, if you have some flexibility this could be lucky break for your travel budget.

With the Companion Pass, you and your friend can travel together without breaking the bank. So, book your flights before April 5, 2023, and take advantage of this fantastic promotion.


Ashlyn Brooks

Ashlyn Brooks is a financial writer and former civil engineer. She's on a mission to show others how to save and spend smarter through purposeful money habits. Her work has been featured on,, MoneyGeek and QuickBooks