I have not used Southwest for finding car rental but thought about it due to getting Rapid Rewards points for an expense I already plan on paying. My problem is all of their partners are listing only weekly rates instead of daily and my trip is only 5 days; I'm being charged for 2 days I will not be needing the car. I can easily find cheaper rates from the same company elsewhere by paying daily instead of weekly, but it doesn't seem like the Southwest website is giving me the choice.
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I see that if I apply for a Southwest Chase credit card before the end of the month, once I use it, I can get a Companion Pass. From what I've been able to gather from looking, is that this allows you to basically get tickets for two people for the price of one (and taxes for the second) until the end of 2018. My question is, is this for one trip or for every trip you make for the year? My question is because we plan on making multiple trips from Northern California to Southern California throughout the year. It would save us a quite a bit of money to go 2-for-1 each time, but not as big of a deal if it can only be used once.
Also, how does booking change with Companion Pass... does it automatically become an option online when you have it? Another thing I see is after spending $1,000 during the first three months, you can get 40,000 points... it appears that it is often around 2600-3000 points for a single flight to/from Northern and Southern California, so that is over 10 flight legs, if Companion Pass comes into play for each flight, that would be many round trips for the two of us. It seems like it can be read like that, but I have been misled before by taking what is said literally. For example, I got a Sam's Club credit card that advertised a complimentary membership. I understood that to be I wouldn't have to pay for my membership to Sam's Club. There wasn't any clarification anywhere as to what it meant but I was informed by customer service at Sam's Club that what they meant by that was I could get a complimentary second card for my spouse.
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