In an effort to woo back travelers hesitant to fly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Southwest Airlines has unleashed an amazing deal. Book a flight by Sept. 24 and fly by Nov. 15 and you’ll earn a companion pass good from Jan. 6 through Feb. 28, 2021.
Passenger traffic on airlines tanked in March after travel advisories by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health agencies in response to the new coronavirus. Since then, the industry has struggled to convince passengers it is safe to fly.
Southwest’s companion pass is a coveted frequent flyer perk, allowing the user to bring a guest from the same airport for just the price of taxes ($5.60 each way) each time they fly. Obtaining the year-long pass typically takes some serious frequent flying: 125,000 Companion Pass qualifying points or 100 qualifying flights.
This limited deal offers travelers a taste of the companion pass by allowing them to bring a guest for the first two months of 2021, which includes the Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day and Valentine’s Day.
So if you booked, say, a Southwest flight to Maui in January with the companion pass, your guest would pay $5.60 each way.
You’ll need to have a Rapid Rewards account (register if you don’t have one) and also register and book a flight with Southwest Airlines on its website by this Thursday, Sept. 24, to take advantage of the offer.
How to get a free Southwest companion pass
You have to act fast. Here’s what to do:
- Go to Southwest’s website by Sept. 24 and register for the offer. You’ll need a Rapid Rewards account so if you don’t have one, sign up before you register.
- Book a flight by Sept. 24 and fly by Nov. 15. The companion pass will be added to your frequent flyer account for Jan. 6-Feb. 28, 2021.
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