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Companion pass extension not really an extension...

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So grateful SW did the right thing and extended my Companion Pass for 6 months due to COVID tohto 6/30/21, however now I have earned my Companion Pass for 2021 and they merely granted it through December 31, 2021.  Well then the 6 months they gave me is wiped out, of no real benefit!  I earned 2021 on my own, with a bunch of spending...even would have if they hadn't bumped me the extra COVID points as well....so the extra 6 months really only benefits people who don't earn the 2021 on their own.  The solution is to grant me 12 months I earned by meeting their spending minimum..so my earned pass would then expire 6/30/22.  I realize there would now be two expiration dates for their system to maintain overall, but I am sure their computer people can get it figured out.... anyone at Southwest agree?  

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Re: Companion pass extension not really an extension...

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I agree, but I doubt anyone on here can even consider giving you the restitution you are seeking.  Contact customer service and you never know. 

 

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I've advised current pass holders to not even try to qualify this year.

 

Instead, qualify during the first 6 months of 2021 and the pass resulting from that action will be good for 18 month.

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With no real end to the pandemic yet in sight, at some point Southwest will re-evaluate their current COVID accommodations, including the travel funds protections that currently end in September and other items such as Companion Pass extension for those who earned it in 2020. It's possible that they will provide something for those CP holders at that time. Don't bother writing now, you'll just get a form reply denial.

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I earned my companion pass for 2021 in April of 2020. Worked very hard at it. Have not been able to take advantage of the extra benifit do to the virus. I sure hope Southwest takes another look and offers an exstension.

Thank you

Jeff

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Re: Companion pass extension not really an extension...

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This is my first community post...I thought this was reviewed by Southwest personnel...my error.

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There are some employees on here that can provide outstanding, UPDATED, advise.  But in the end, it would be a decision from in customer relations that would make final restitution on an issue like this.   Don't feel bad, I thought the same thing too.  

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Me too.

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You're unintentionally complaining about most benefit programs in general, the minimum wage,  progressive income tax,  and the welfare gap. 

 

People less well off than you can't get a "free" benefit without you feeling it reduces the value of your benefit.   No,  it didn't reduce the value of your benefit, it just reduced the value of your FREE bonus... that you didn't really need. 

 

The intent is to help out people adversely affected by the pandemic.   You don't seem to be affected.   So don't complain you didn't get your "fair share".  You don't get welfare payments and food stamps either. 

 

Sure, I'm less motivated to earn my CP for next year.   But if I get it, I didn't "lose" anything.   

 

I have a better idea.   Punish SWA by actually USING your CP.  Book plenty of flights,  and get the second one free,  and keep the flights booked.   That's what I'm doing.   I'm milking every drop out of my CP that I can.   I'm about to take off right now. 

 

And I'm helping keep SWA employees off welfare, so there's that. 

 

 

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@gsking wrote:

You're unintentionally complaining about most benefit programs in general, the minimum wage,  progressive income tax,  and the welfare gap. 

 

People less well off than you can't get a "free" benefit without you feeling it reduces the value of your benefit.   No,  it didn't reduce the value of your benefit, it just reduced the value of your FREE bonus... that you didn't really need. 

 

The intent is to help out people adversely affected by the pandemic.   You don't seem to be affected.   So don't complain you didn't get your "fair share".  You don't get welfare payments and food stamps either. 

 

Sure, I'm less motivated to earn my CP for next year.   But if I get it, I didn't "lose" anything.   

 

I have a better idea.   Punish SWA by actually USING your CP.  Book plenty of flights,  and get the second one free,  and keep the flights booked.   That's what I'm doing.   I'm milking every drop out of my CP that I can.   I'm about to take off right now. 

 

And I'm helping keep SWA employees off welfare, so there's that. 

 

 


Southwest's accommodation (an extension of Companion Pass validity period) is made presumably because of the reduced ability for it's use, due to the pandemic. This applies to all CP holders. Those who already qualified this year suffer from the same reduced ability to use their CP as those who did not, but only the latter are receiving an extension accommodation.