The answers are correct . Nothing you do short of putting new money in the system will get you to your companion pass. If you have the money right now, you could buy $8,000 from Southwest on your RR card and get 16,000 points. That means either buying some expensive flights and then canceling them for travel funds, or just buying the points directly from the sale. At the current 45% sale, it's probably about a wash. I think of it as a way to infuse some cash into SWA to help them weather the storm by prebuying future travel.
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