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Sept. 22 - Southwest Offers Short-Term Companion Pass Promo
The Southwest Companion Pass is often considered one of the most coveted perks in travel. Normally, it allows you to bring a travel companion with you for just the cost of taxes and fees for the entire year in which you earn it, plus the following calendar year. While that is certainly a sweet deal, Southwest's latest promotion with the pass isn't nearly as lucrative.
If you sign-up for its promotion and purchase a flight by Sept. 24 and travel by Nov. 11, it will give you a short-term Companion Pass good only for travel between Jan. 6 and Feb. 28, 2021. The pass is not valid during the holiday travel season.
With COVID-19 putting a damper on the travel industry in 2020 and many people unwilling to travel during a pandemic, this promotion probably has limited appeal. But if you need to travel between now and Nov. 11 and also think you'll need to travel during the start of 2021, this is a good reason to make Southwest your airline of choice for the short term and save some money on your travel companion's tickets.
Aug. 13 - Southwest Opens Flights For Booking Through April 11, 2021
The Southwest schedule is notorious for being fluid in terms of when future flights will be available for travelers to book. Today, Southwest extended its flight schedule through April 11, 2021, which includes the traditional spring break period. Since Southwest doesn’t charge change fees, now is a good time to check out routes and timing for next spring and secure a reservation if the price is right, knowing you can always change or cancel later.
Aug. 10 - Southwest Launches New Option to Convert Travel Funds to Rapid Rewards Points
A previously announced enhancement to the Southwest Rapid Rewards system is now active for customers. Any Rapid Rewards members who have Travel Funds set to expire Sept. 7, 2022, will now have the option to convert those Travel Funds into Rapid Rewards points at a rate of 1.28 cents per point through Dec. 15, 2020. This new option gives Southwest customers more flexibility with their previously canceled reservations from the fallout of the coronavirus outbreak in a few ways:
Rapid Rewards points do not expire (but Travel Funds do).
You can only apply a maximum of two Travel Funds to any one purchase (but points come from one Rapid Rewards account, so converting Travel Funds essentially pools those credits together in the form of points).
Rapid Rewards points can be used to book flights for anyone (Travel Funds must be used for the original passenger).
We will have a full guide on how to convert these points as well as a breakdown of when you should utilize this new benefit, or not, later today.
Photo courtesy of Southwest Airlines.
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