Published on September 13th, 2017 | by Chuck105
Time your Companion Pass Right: Southwest Cards 60,000 Bonus Ending October 4th
Currently, all three Southwest cards have a 60,000 points bonus. According to multiple sources (here and here), the bonus will be reduced after October 4, 2017.
Sometimes, there are still non-affiliate links which continue working for a while after the affiliate links are removed, in any case it’s fair to say the offer is likely on it’s way out. After the change, it might be a 50,000 or 25,000 points bonus.
- Southwest Plus personal card which comes with a $69 annual fee
- Southwest Premier personal card which comes with a $99 annual fee
- Southwest Premier business card which comes with a $99 annual fee
Getting two of these cards now nets you the Companion Pass since you’ll meet the 110,000 threshold with the two bonuses. Check out our post on Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Southwest Companion Pass to learn more.
Conveniently, the timing for the offer end date of October 4 should be able to work out quite nicely…just make sure to do it right.
The Companion Pass gives you an entire calendar year with the benefit, and if you reach the threshold in middle of the calendar year, you’ll get that entire year and the next. In our case, the goal is to push off getting the bonus points until after January 1, 2018, thus giving you almost two years with the Companion Pass. To accomplish this, apply for the card/s the last day or two before the offer ends on October 4th. Then, be sure not to meet your $2,000 minimum spend requirement immediately.
If you meet the spend threshold on the card near the end of the three months allowed, it should work out that the 110,000 points threshold will be met a bit after January 1, 2018, and then you’ll get almost two full years with the Pass. If, however, you’d meet the minimum spend immediately, you’ll hit 110,000 points sometime in November or December, and you’ll get the rest of 2017 and 2018 for the Pass. Chase Southwest points post to your account when the credit card statement closes; if your statement closes on December 15th, finish the $2k spend after that date, and you’ll see the points mid-January. At that time, you’ll get the Companion Pass as well.
Note: Occasionally, the first statement generates early, after maybe 20 days or so. This won’t matter. You get three full months (around 90 days) to meet the spend. If you apply on October 3rd, you’ll have until around December 31. As long as your statement does not close that day, you’ll be fine.
In fact, Chase unofficially gives 115 days to meet the minimum spend requirement. It’s a bit risky to rely on that, though, since the terms state 3 months. Once you have the cards, you can Message the bank to find out the exact date you have to meet the spend requirement. In any case, we should be able to time it right with the timeline given, regardless.