Southwest Airlines Companion Pass Extension & Status Boost For All Members


Today, Southwest Airlines announces changes to its Rapid Rewards program that extends the Companion Pass through December 31, 2021 (previously until June 30).

Southwest also deposits Tier and Companion Pass Qualifying Points to members’ accounts and one-way flight segments towards Tier and Companion Pass status.

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Here are the A-Lift and Companion Pass requirements:

Here’s the announcement from Southwest:

DALLAS—Jan. 15, 2021—Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) shared news that Rapid Rewards Companion Pass Members who earned Companion Pass benefits previously extended through June 30, 2021, will benefit from an additional extension of their Companion Pass benefits through Dec. 31, 2021. The extension will be reflected in Companion Pass Members’ Southwest Rapid Rewards My Account page within a week.

(The extension will not apply to any Member who earned a promotional Companion Pass or who did not previously receive an extension of Companion Pass benefits through June 30, 2021.) In addition, all Rapid Rewards Members will receive boosts to their Tier-qualifying and Companion Pass tallies for 2021.

2021 Rapid Rewards Tier and Companion Pass Qualifications

Southwest Airlines is making it easier for all Rapid Rewards Members to earn Tier Status and Companion Pass in 2021. All Rapid Rewards Members will receive the following Tier-qualifying and Companion Pass-qualifying boost:

  • 15,000 Tier-Qualifying Points (TQPs)*,
  • 25,000 Companion Pass Qualifying Points (CPQPs)*,
  • 10 qualifying one-way flight segments towards Tier Status,
  • 25 qualifying one-way flights towards Companion Pass.

TQPs and CPQPs cannot be redeemed for travel, transferred, donated, or redeemed through Chase More Rewards Program. These TQPs and CPQPs are only available toward Tier Status or Companion Pass qualification calculations.

2021 Credit Card Activity Uncapped Toward A-List and A-List Preferred Status

Rapid Rewards Cardmembers who hold the Rapid Rewards Premier, Priority, Premier Business, and Performance Cards have an opportunity to earn 1,500 Tier-qualifying points toward A-List or A-List Preferred for every $10,000 they spend using their Rapid Rewards Credit Card in 2021, with no limits on credit card spend during the promotional period. See full terms and conditions below.

The email that Southwest is sending to Rapid Rewards members:


It is a nice gesture from Southwest that they have further decided to extend Companion Pass’s expiry through the end of 2021 from June 30th (already extended once).

Depositing elite qualifying points and segments to member accounts help Rapid Rewards members to reach A-List and Companion Pass easier.