Wanna Stay Away? The Southwest Companion Pass

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Too often I look beyond the borders of the United States for where I want to go next. Excited by the limitless possibilities, I quickly forget the treasures in my own backyard believing that a trip abroad is the only way to unlock a travel adventure. Luckily, Southwest Airlines’ barrage of commercials is there to remind all of us that we can get away and stay away from this mindset. And we can do it for cheap, if not for free.

Last year, by applying for both a business and personal Chase Southwest credit card when the offers were 50,000 miles each respectively, hitting the minimum spend of 3k on both, then transferring purchased Choice Hotel points to my Southwest account, I was able to qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass.

Not only did I have a plethora of Southwest Rapid Reward points at my disposal, I also had the ability to take a companion with me wherever Southwest flew by paying the nominal $2.50 security fee per ticket.

So where did we go with our Southwest Companion Pass? The answer is the subject of the latest Trip Report: The Southwest Companion Pass: Round 1.

Here is the picture preview of the destinations:

  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Napa Valley, California
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Anaconda, Montana
  • New York, New York
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Phoenix, Arizona
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We left Phoenix bright and early.
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First, we headed north for the wineries of Napa Valley.
We continued north to Seattle.
We continued north to Seattle.
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Thanks to the Southwest Companion pass, we were able to purchase affordable tickets to Montana from Seattle.
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We saw the Big Apple.
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Headed back to my home state of Michigan.
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Saw some nerds in Boston.
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Then we returned to sunny Scottsdale

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