Southwest Promotions: Earn 5,000 Bonus Points or a Promotional Companion Pass

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Southwest Airlines is running two nice promotions. One offers 5,000 bonus points after you fly 4 segments, and the other is for a promotional Companion Pass after booking two round-trip flights through a business account. But, if you want the Companion Pass, you'll have to act fast as you need to take two round-trip flights before the end of February.

Earn 5,000 Bonus Southwest Points

Southwest bonus point promotion

This is a really simple Southwest promotion. It's similar to the one Alaska is offering to new members, but this one isn't limited to new members. With that said, this Southwest promotion seems to be targeted as not everyone is seeing it in their account.

  • First, you need to register for this promotion.
  • Book and fly four one-way flights or two round-trip flights before May 31, 2021.
  •  A qualifying one-way flight for this promotion is a one-way revenue flight on Southwest Airlines from an origin city to a destination city, including any intermediate stops and/or connections on Southwest Airlines.
  • Receive 5,000 bonus Southwest Rapid Rewards points.

Earn a Promotional Southwest Companion Pass

Southwest Companion Pass Deal

This is a much better deal than the 5,000 bonus points, but there are some notable restrictions. Most importantly, you need to book through “your company's travel program”. Then, you only have the month of February to complete two round-trip flights to qualify. Also, like the first promotion, this deal may be targeted for certain members.

  • Register for this promotion before booking your first flight.
  • Book through your company's travel program and complete two round-trip flights before February 28, 2021.
  • Receive a free Companion Pass after you complete your two round-trip flights.
  • The Companion Pass is valid between March 1 and June 30, 2021.
  • Flights using the Companion Pass must be booked after March 1, 2021.
  • Your companion will still need to pay the taxes and fees for each flight (minimally $5.60).

Please note that, unlike the 5,000 bonus points deal, you need to fly two round-trip flights. Four individual segments won't qualify for this deal.

Terms and Conditions

  • You must be registered with Southwest Rapid Rewards and use your membership number at the time of booking.
  • Only revenue-based round-trip flights are valid for this promotion.
  • Already booked flights are not eligible for this promotion.
  • Award flights using Rapid Rewards points are not eligible for this promotion.
  • Charter flights, group travel, and Southwest vacation packages do not qualify for this promotion.
  • Changes made to the itinerary after purchase could eliminate your qualification for the promotion.
  • You will not receive any points or benefits from your companion using their Companion Pass.
  • You can change your designated companion three times in one calendar year. If you earn another Companion Pass after the end of this promotion for 2021 and have already changed your companion, the changes will be deducted from the number of changes you get with your subsequent pass in 2021.

Our Take

These are two great deals to take advantage of. Although the Companion Pass is the far better deal, you must be able to book through a company travel program. If you've been dreaming of a couple of vacations before summer, or have some necessary business trips to make, definitely register for these deals.

If you don't have a business account or two round-trip flights you can take in February, check out our easy way to get a Southwest Pompanion Pass in 2021.

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  • I tried to register for the 5X points today and it didn’t work call Southwest and they weren’t able to help me they couldn’t figure it out so try again in 48 hours anyone else seen this?

  • JIll Jenkins says:

    I seems very easy via promotions to earn a companion pass or get one extended (due to COVID extensions). There is little reward to those of us that earn the points each year to qualify.

  • I messaged southwest about having to use “your company travel program” they confirmed we can book directly on their website and still qualify.

  • Good offer, I’d of course go for the companion pass over the points

  • Flying 2 roundtrips will present more a challenge to more people nowadays.

  • So a transcon roundtrip with connections in both directions will qualify for the first promo?

    • Unfortunately not. A one-way is defined as a journey from an origin to a destination. I added this restriction from the terms and conditions to the post above for clarity: ” A qualifying one-way flight for this promotion is a one-way revenue flight on Southwest Airlines from an origin city to a destination city, including any intermediate stops and/or connections on Southwest Airlines.”

  • The 5K offer sounds intriguing. One RT from our local airport with a connection each way, would bring in an extra approximate $75 worth of points, in addition to the points gained from the actual flight, with the current low SW prices, could provide a return worth much of the cost of the trip!

  • I think I would go for the points, not much flying in my future.