These Credit Cards Let You Fly With a Friend Free

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It’s starting to look like brighter days are ahead again for travel — masking requirements are loosening in many areas, and more countries are opening back up.

If you’re ready to fly again, some new credit card offers are worth a look. Southwest cards have brought back a favorite benefit: the Companion Pass, which allows a second person to fly with the cardholder for no additional airfare (although taxes and fees still apply). Once earned, you’ll be able to use it as often as you like through February 2023.

Normally, earning a Companion Pass requires 100 qualifying one-way flights or earning 125,000 qualifying points in a single calendar year. So you can see how extraordinary this offer is.

It’s the ultimate two-for-one deal, and it’s available through all three tiers of the card. Take a look and see if any of these cards would work for you:

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus

Why we like it: Southwest’s Companion Pass is almost like a buy-one, get-one-free deal on flights, and for a limited time this card makes it much easier to earn — just spend $5,000 in the first three months and earn 30,000 points, plus a Companion Pass!

What to know:

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus
Chase
  • Earn a Companion Pass and 30,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 in the first three months.
  • Get 3,000 bonus points each year for your cardholder anniversary.
  • Get 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest flights.
  • Get 2 points per $1 spent on transit and commuting.
  • Get 2 points per $1 spent on internet, cable, phone service, and certain streaming purchases.
  • Get 1 point per $1 spent on other purchases.
  • $69 annual fee.

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier

Why we like it: For a limited time, you can earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first three months. That’s a low bar for a big bonus, on top of the everyday rewards.

What to know:

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier
Chase
  • Get 50,000 points when you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Get 6,000 bonus points each year for your cardholder anniversary.
  • Get 3 points per $1 spent on Southwest flights.
  • Get 2 points per $1 spent on transit and commuting.
  • Get 2 points per $1 spent on internet, cable, phone service and certain streaming purchases.
  • Get 1 point per $1 spent on other purchases.
  • $99 annual fee.

Note: This card has no foreign transaction fees.

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Priority

Why we like it: Southwest’s Companion Pass is almost like a buy-one, get-one-free deal on flights, and for a limited time this card makes it much easier to earn — just spend $5,000 in the first three months and earn 30,000 points, plus a Companion Pass!

What to know:

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Priority
Chase
  • Earn a Companion Pass and 30,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 in the first three months.
  • Get 7,500 bonus points each year for your cardholder anniversary.
  • Get a $75 annual Southwest travel credit.
  • Get 4 upgraded boardings per year.
  • Get 2 points per $1 spent on Southwest flights.
  • Get 2 points per $1 spent on transit and commuting.
  • Get 2 points per $1 spent on internet, cable, phone service, and certain streaming purchases.
  • Get 1 point per $1 spent on other purchases.
  • $149 annual fee.

Note: This card has no foreign transaction fees.

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