Most travel has been on halt since the COVID-19 pandemic started, and earning and using travel perks has been a challenge.
Fortunately, credit card issuers and rewards programs have been introducing limited-time offers to help customers retain and enjoy travel benefits, even in the pandemic. For instance, last year, Southwest gave all Rapid Rewards members a âboostâ of 25,000 Companion Pass qualifying points and 25 flight credits toward Companion Pass status.
This year, new Southwest Rapid Rewards cardholders can get the Companion Pass for free as a part of an intro bonus.
The Companion PassÂ allows you to take a designated companion on any flight you book for just the cost of taxes and fees, as long as your Companion Pass is valid.
Normally, youâd need to earn 125,000 qualifying points or take 100 qualifying one-way flights in a calendar year to earn a Companion Pass.
How the new sign-up bonus offer works
Through March 10, 2021, if you sign up for the Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card, Southwest Rapid RewardsÂ® Priority Credit Card or Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card and spend $5,000 on purchases in the first three months, you can earn the Companion Pass, valid through Feb. 28, 2022, and 30,000 Rapid Rewards points.
See related: Southwest credit cards: Which Rapid Rewards card is best for you?
Is the new offer a good deal?
The length of the Companion Pass you can receive as a part of the new sign-up bonus offer is shorter than what youâd get if you earned it in a traditional way â the Pass is typically good for the remainder of the year in which you earn it, and the year after that.
Still, considering that getting the Companion Pass provides a lot of value but requires quite an investment, the new offer from Chase is an excellent deal.
That said, itâs understandable that many continue to avoid traveling. Still, the vaccine is continuing to be distributed, offering hope for the return of safe travel, and with the new offer from Chase, youâll have plenty of time to use your Companion Pass before it expires.