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Airline Credit Cards With Companion Tickets

March 8, 2019
Airline Credit Cards, Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards
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There’s nothing wrong with traveling solo. But sometimes, adventures are more fun with a co-pilot.

Of course, that usually means double the airfare — unless you have an airline credit card that can help cover the cost for your family member, buddy or significant other.

It’s not an easy benefit to find, but here are some cards that can help you score a companion ticket.

Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card

The benefit: Companion Fare

How you get it: Automatically, each year on your account anniversary. The card’s annual fee is $75.

Details: The Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card has a potentially generous sign-up bonus: Get 40,000 bonus miles and Alaska's Famous Companion Fare from $121 ($99 fare plus taxes and fees from $22). To qualify, make purchases of $2,000 or more within the first 90 days of opening your account.

Every year, on your account anniversary you can also qualify for the Companion Fare from $121 ($99 fare plus taxes and fees from $22). You must book the flight through alaskaair.com, and you’ll have to redeem within 12 months from the date the Companion Fare is issued.

MORE: Full review of the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card

Barclaycard Miles & More® World Elite Mastercard®

The benefit: Companion ticket

How you get it: After your first use of the card for a purchase, and then on your cardmember anniversary each year thereafter. The card’s annual fee is $89.

Details: With the Barclaycard Miles & More® World Elite Mastercard®, you’ll be eligible for an economy-class companion ticket upon your first use of the card and every year following, as long as the account stays open and in good standing. Be aware that you must book by phone, and also that the companion ticket is subject to restrictions, plus taxes and fees. In addition, you may also face a weekend surcharge of around $60 round trip.

The Barclaycard Miles & More® World Elite Mastercard® also offers a sign-up bonus: Earn 20,000 bonus miles when you make an initial purchase and payment of the annual fee, then earn an additional 30,000 award miles after you make $5,000 in purchases in the first 90 days.

» MORE: Full review of the Barclaycard Miles & More® World Elite Mastercard®

British Airways Visa Signature® Card

The benefit: Travel Together Ticket

How you get it: By spending more than $30,000 in purchases in a calendar year. The card’s annual fee is $95.

Details: You’ll have to be a big spender to snag the British Airways Visa Signature® Card’s Travel Together Ticket. But with it, you’ll get a seat for a companion on your British Airways flight — regardless of what cabin you’re in — when you book an award flight that originates from and returns to the U.S.

The Travel Together Ticket is valid for two years. But be aware that you’ll owe taxes and fees on it, and that British Airways has notoriously high carrier surcharges.

The British Airways Visa Signature® Card offers a sign-up bonus, phrased this way: Earn 4 Avios for every $1 spent on all purchases within your first year up to $30,000. That's up to 120,000 bonus Avios. Every calendar year you make $30,000 in purchases on your British Airways Visa card, you'll earn a Travel Together Ticket good for two years.

» MORE: Full review of the British Airways Visa Signature® Card

Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express

The benefit: Companion certificate

How you get it: Annually, once you renew your card. Terms apply. The card’s annual fee is $450.

Details: Unlike some other companion certificates, the one that comes with the Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express is not limited to coach tickets. It’s good for one round-trip domestic flight in first class, Delta Comfort+ or main cabin for your travel companion (minus taxes and fees of no more than $75 for round-trip domestic flights). However, you and the person using the certificate must be flying in the same fare class. Terms apply.

You can use the certificate for fares within the contiguous 48 states; cardholders in Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands may be able to use the benefit if they meet certain requirements. See the card’s terms and conditions.

The Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express has a welcome offer: Limited Time Offer: Earn 75,000 Bonus Miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles after you spend $5,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Terms Apply.

» MORE: Full review of the Delta Reserve® Credit Card from American Express

Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express

The benefit: Companion certificate

How you get it: Annually, once you renew your card. Terms apply. The card’s annual fee is $195.

Details: With this card, you’ll score a companion certificate for a domestic main cabin round trip each year (less taxes and fees of no more than $75). Terms apply.

The certificate can be used for a companion flying on your same itinerary within the 48 contiguous states. If you live in Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands, the certificate can also be used for certain flights, but check the card’s terms and conditions for requirements.

You’ll have to book and complete travel by the date that’s listed on the front of the certificate.

Other cards that might help you

Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card

The Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card doesn’t grant you a coveted Southwest Companion Pass outright; in fact, none of the airline’s co-branded cards do. But this card can get you well on your way thanks to its sign-up bonus: Earn 40,000 points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.

All three co-branded Southwest cards offer the same sign-up bonus, but the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card has the lowest annual fee among them, at $69. You’ll need 110,000 points total in a calendar year to secure a Companion Pass, which lets you choose one traveler to fly for free with you (minus taxes and fees) each time you purchase or redeem points for a Southwest flight. A Companion Pass is good from the date it’s earned through the next full calendar year.

» MORE: Which Southwest Airlines credit card should I get?

Chase Sapphire Reserve®

The Chase Sapphire Reserve® card doesn’t come with a companion pass, but it does come with a $300 annual travel credit and a broad range of categories toward which that credit can be used, including airfare. That can go a long way toward offsetting the cost of a travel companion’s ticket when you book it with your card. Of course, the Chase Sapphire Reserve® also comes with a hefty annual fee of $450, so keep that mind when considering whether the card is right for you.

» MORE: Full review of the Chase Sapphire Reserve®