Do you want to travel more? Is airfare too expensive? Wherever my family flies, I fly free. You can too. Here’s how:
Say it with me, “Southwest Buddy Pass.” You guys, this is too good to pass up. Under normal circumstances, one would acquire a buddy pass by accumulating 110,000 Rapid Rewards miles in a calendar year from Southwest. “But doesn’t that equate to spending $110,000 in a calendar year?” you ask. Yes, yes it does. OR you can acquire those miles through their amazing credit cards. Let me fill you in. Southwest offers 2 personal credit cards through Chase: one is the Plus card & the other is the Premier card. At the beginning (or as close to the beginning) of any calendar year, you would apply for one of the credit cards that is running either 50,000 miles or 60,000 miles sign-up bonus. You will need to spend 2000$ within the first 3 months. Once you hit the 2000$, the miles will automatically be transferred to your Rapid Rewards account. After that, you wait. You wait until the other card (whichever you didn’t previously sign up for) is running a 50,000 or 60,000 miles bonus. Once you see that they are, cancel your existing card and sign up for the next one. Same deal: spend 2000$ within the first 3 months and voila! You may still be short 10,000 miles if you didn’t catch a 60,000-mile-deal, but that’s much more obtainable than spending $110,000 in a calendar year. Once you hit your 110,000 miles, you will automatically be notified about the buddy-pass status. Your buddy pass will be valid for the remainder of the year that you applied for the cards as well as the following year! So, the sooner you sign up, you could essentially have the pass for 1.5 years. Currently, my husband, Dave, has the buddy pass, and I am his “listed companion.” I think you can change your buddy up to 3 times on the website. When his buddy pass expires, I will then take the torch of credit card applications and cancellations and list him as my buddy. Here’s a little small print for you: You cannot apply for a card in which you have already reaped the perks of bonus mileage within 24 months. So, if you have already applied for a plus card within the past 24 months, you CAN reapply but you WILL NOT receive the bonus points. That’s why Dave and I will be switching off every 2 years.
Side note- Southwest is currently offering 50,000 bonus points when you sign up for their Plus card. DO IT!
(We have zero affiliation with Southwest or Chase. The sole purpose of this article is to share some of our tips for traveling as a family.) Message me if you have any questions! And please read the fine print on these cards.