Yessss....just logged in to my account and I now have my companion pass. So just to summarize my situation and experience once and for all... I was about 13.4k points short of my companion pass when I checked on Dec 15. I knew I would get about 8.6k points when my credit card points would hit my account toward the end of the month, so I figured I would need about 4.8k points from some other source. I did some research and it seemed like the cheapest (not necessarily the fastest) way to get those last 5k points would be through Southwesthotels.com I booked my room through the Southwesthotels.com and stayed 1 night checking in Saturday Dec 22 and checking out Sunday Dec 23, which would earn me 5000 points - cost me roughly $200, which is FAR less than flying Business Select for 12x points - but also a bit of a gamble, as my hotel points would have to post by Dec. 31 to qualify for my CP. My credit card points hit my account on Christmas Day Dec 25, which was expected. I logged in to my account today Wednesday Dec 26 and my hotel points were also in my account and I have officially qualified for my companion pass. I read on this (and other forums) that the hotel points normally will be in your account 3-5 days after your checkout date and those people seem to be right. The T&C say expect the points in your account 6-8 WEEKS after check out date, I assume that is some CYA by the travel portal - all in all, my experience was fantastic and reaffirms why I love Southwest! In any event, that summarizes my experience - thanks to all who posted suggestions and I hope this helps others in the future.
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OK so I am about 5000 points short of a companion pass. According to the T&C, points earned from hotels booked through SouthwestHotels.com count toward a CP. I can get a hotel that offers 6k points here in Denver for about $190...totally worth it, I am curious to see if anyone has ever booked a hotel throught SouthwestHotels.com and how long it took for the points to hit your account? The portal says up to 8 weeks for points to post, I'm sure it's much less than that....but unsure how much less the typical transasaction takes...obv for me it would have to post in 2 weeks or my gamble wont' pay off. TIA for any responses.
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