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On Tuesday, like many of you, I received an email from Southwest Airlines. It detailed a special promo to earn an abbreviated companion pass. Here are the details:
- Book a round-trip flight or two one-way flights by end of day today, September 9
- Travel between now and November 18
- Promotional companion pass is valid 1/6/22 through 2/28/22
I’ve earned the regular Southwest Companion Pass a few times before. It’s a great deal, and I used the heck out of it when my family was younger. Whether you fly using points or cash, your designated companion flies with you for free (or for just the cost of tax, which is usually $5.60). The normal companion pass lasts one calendar year after the year in which you earn it.
Why I’m Passing
The answer is simple: I’m not planning on flying anywhere from 1/6/22 to 2/28/22. We are planning a few college visits during that time frame, but they are in-state and we are driving. With my kids in school, we don’t have much travel flexibility. And, my husband and I recently had a trip without the kids, so we won’t be having a trip by ourselves again for quite some time.
In addition, I don’t have the need for a flight before November 18. If I had a good use for the companion pass, I would do the math to see if buying a cheap ticket would be worth it for the companion pass. But, we already have a lot of travel planned in 2022. None of it is between those dates.
If you have some travel planned during January and February, this deal might be great for you. I encourage you to do the math before buying an unnecessary flight for this fall, though.
I think the promo is genius on Southwest’s part. Travel has slowed down since the Delta variant, and the companion pass period is a slow travel time regardless. Since you only have 3 days to decide to buy a flight for this fall, there is a sense of urgency. I’m sure a lot of people will jump on this offer. If it fits into your travel plans, it could be a great deal.
Are you going for it, or passing?
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.