Posted by William Charles on January 5, 2017
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Published on January 5th, 2017 | by William Charles


Southwest Will Allow Hotel & Other Transfers To Work For Companion Pass Eligiblity Until March 31st, 2017

At the start of the year it was announced that Southwest would no longer allow the following points to count towards the companion pass:

  • Points converted from hotel and car loyalty programs
  • e-Rewards
  • e-Miles
  • Valued Opinion
  • Diners Club

According to The Points Guy, they have decided that these transfers will count towards companion pass status until March 31st, 2017. This is great news (and maybe much needed news for Southwest after they erroneous sent out an e-mail stating some customers had qualified for a companion pass or A-List status). I hate no notice changes and I don’t think they are a good move from a long term business perspective as they shatter any trust customers have in your brand.

I also know some readers have transferred and even purchase points to SPG/Marriott in order to use Mariott’s flight + hotel packages to get the companion pass. I just hope people didn’t transfer to other programs already. You can read more about the companion pass here.


31 Responses to Southwest Will Allow Hotel & Other Transfers To Work For Companion Pass Eligiblity Until March 31st, 2017

  1. Matt P says:

    WOOOOO!!!!! Companion pass here I come!!!!!

  2. VK says:

    This should be the best news of the year so far 🙂

  3. JONATHAN says:

    Any recent dp’s on using Marriott 7 night certificates from the night’s and flights package beyond one year? With the announcement that the we companion pass can still be earned through March through transfers I would like to do it now before they end it for good. However I want to use the hotel certificate in April of 2018.

    • Travel Griz says:

      Literally identical question haha. My 7 nights I want to use April 2018. Can’t seem to find recent data points either.

      • K says:

        Usually marriott allows you to extend the validity of the e-certificates from 6 months upto a year. But please call marriott once to confirm – you will have to call them to redeem the package anyways.

  4. Bryan says:

    Wow…Thank you Southwest!

    Didn’t see that one coming

  5. CD says:

    This is awesome.

  6. Credit says:

    Yay. Is southwest going to provide the companion too? I hope they feel a little bit more generous.

    I would like a Swedish blonde named Helga.

  7. I want Helga’s twin sister to be my companion!

  8. Milo says:

    Oh… I did transferred 40K points to Virgin.

    Now I am 30K SPG points short of 90.

    Good thing is I transferred only 40K 🙁

  9. calwatch says:

    The funny thing is that all the blogger hype at this being the last chance ever for most people to get the Companion Pass without flying or excessive MSing means that the transfers will be totally slammed and devalue the product for the next two years. Before the change, it was something that could be found with a search but was not broadcast from the rooftops as this is today. Southwest should have announced the change around fall of last year but instead sprung it on people unsuspectingly on January 1, when people had made their year end points purchases already. To their credit, they are eating it – big time – while regular joes and business travelers will pay higher buckets or deal with sold out flights.

  10. T says:

    Is there a normal time frame for when i points transfer has to begin with Marriott to get the points in time? a few days? a few weeks?

  11. Ty says:

    If we don’t have the required 90k SPG could we transfer Amex MR to Starwood and then to Marriott for the Hotel+Flights package?

  12. Naresh Gupta says:

    What does this all mean? So If I transfer enough hotel points to SWA to get companion pass prior to March 31st, will this comp pass be good till Dec 2018?

    I am somewhat confused.

  13. Jay says:

    The language on the website still says not eligible on transfers, has anyone actually done it or should I wait. Also if anyone has an official screenshot from SW that we can use as proof to allow if somehow they don’t honor it.

  14. sdb4u says:

    Anyone interested for referral links for 50k SIgnup for Chase SW PLUS card. shoot a mail to

    Win – Win

  15. Maomi says:

    I believe this is the “official” page. I printed it as a PDF file, LOL. According to Marriott rep, it takes up to 3 business days for points to show up in the WN account.

  16. Corey says:

    If I transfer points to SW before March 31, will they still count towards the CP after March 31? For example if I transferred and had 100,000RR before March 31, could I still earn the companion pass by receiving 10,000 more RR (through flying) after March 31?

  17. josh says:

    Where is the publication from Southwest? I don’t want to play musicals chairs.

  18. JG says:

    I will probably redeem for a Category 9 Marriott. I’ve previously read that it is best to do the Cat 1-5 redemption and upgrade with points in case I don’t need a Cat 9. Is this still the case and will the amount of points be the same? Thx

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