How to earn Free Companion on Southwest Airlines.
Fly round trip for $11.20
 

Recent trips we have taken and costs. Trips are listed with the most recent at the bottom.

All of these are direct flights. The amount of money listed is how much we paid for our airline tickets. The cost is for the Federal fees ($5.60 per flight so round trip is $11.20 per person) All trips are round trip and the costs and points indicated are for all of the round trip tickets.

A side note: Each point used is worth about 1.5 cents. That means 100,000 points is worth $1,500. If you are able to get Free Companion you only need to use points to get one of the flights and the other is free (except Federal Fees). If you add all of the points we used for free companion listed below (From August 2016 through Texas March 2019) we have used around 316,000 points. 316,000 x .015 = $4,740. Because we didn't have to pay for the free companion ticket we get to double that amount to $9,480. That means we have saved over $9,000 in travel expenses since we started this journey.

August 2016 - My wife and I from Milwaukee to Vegas - 49K points - $22.40

March 2017 - Our family of 4 from Milwaukee to Atlanta - 50K points - $44.80

October 2017*- My wife and I from Milwaukee to Vegas - 48K points - $22.40

November 2017 - My wife and I from Milwaukee to Vegas - Over Thanksgiving - 25K point - $22.40 (Used Free Companion so I only had to pay for my ticket with points)

February 2018** - My wife and I from Milwaukee to Vegas - 24K points - $22.40 - Used Free Companion.

March 2018 - My wife and I from Midway to New Orleans - 30K points - $22.40 - Used Free Companion

June 2018 - My wife and I from Milwaukee to Vegas - 22K points - $22.40 - Used Free Companion. Went with another couple that also used their free companion pass.

July 2018 - My wife and I from Milwaukee to Washington DC - 17K points - $22.40 - Used Free Companion

August 2018 - My wife and I from Milwaukee to Boston - 20K points - $22.40 - Used Free Companion

October 2018 - My wife and I from Milwaukee to Vegas - 40K points - $22.40 - Used Free Companion. Our friends that we went to Vegas with in June surprised us by showing in Vegas. They used their Free Companion to pay for the flight.

January 2019 - My wife and I from Milwaukee to Vegas - 22K points - $22.40 - Used Free Companion. Plan to visit the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

March 2019 - My wife and I from Milwaukee to Houston Texas - 19K points - $22.40 - Used Free Companion. We will be visiting Dallas, San Antonio, Waco, Austin, Fort Worth and possibly a Casino in Oklahoma.

June 2019 - My family of 4 from Milwaukee to Vegas - 75K point - $44.80 - Used Free Companion for 1 ticket. We land in Vegas but leave to Utah for the first 2 days of the trip. We will be visiting Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, North Rim of the Grand Canyon and Snow Canyon Park.

*The Oct 2017 trip to Vegas was with another couple who started this credit card program in Jan of 2017. They booked their Vegas flight using points (about 48K points). They earn Free Companion just before we left for our Vegas trip. For Christmas in 2017 they gave their kids the gift of travel and are taking them on a trip to San Fran in 2018. They used points to purchase 3 of the tickets and then used Free Companion for the last ticket. Overall price for the 4 round trip tickets was $44.80. We hang around with another couple that also has free companion that started in Sept or 2017 and goes through Dec of 2018. We are trying to fit a trip in with them this year as well. I guess my point is that it's very possible to accomplish the goal of getting lots of points and free companion.

**The Feb 2018 Vegas trip leaves on a Friday and returns on a Monday. The flight is $22.40. Parking our vehicle at the airport will cost about $30. The Palace Station Hotel, which is where we normally stay is offering us a great discount.... free. So basically our out of pocket for the trip is $52.40. Granted food, transportation (Uber, Trams and Buses), gambling, shows and etc will still cost us money. It was hard to pass up the offer!

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