Hotel Transfers Will Count Towards the Southwest Companion Pass through March 31!


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The other day Southwest changed their terms to prohibit transfers from hotel, car rental and other loyalty programs from counting towards the Companion Pass. According to The Points Guy they have now temporarily backtracked.

The company released this statement:

As we began the New Year on January 1, we took the opportunity to close a loophole in our Rapid Rewards Companion Pass terms and conditions related to transferred points from our Partners. This was an effort intended to clarify qualification requirements for Companion Pass, one of the best benefits in travel, as well as to protect the integrity and value of the Rapid Rewards program.

In doing so, we updated our terms and conditions which now clearly state that points transferred from hotel and car loyalty programs, and e-Rewards, e-Miles, Valued Opinions and Diners Club will no longer count toward qualification for a Companion Pass. Members will continue to earn toward Companion Pass benefits through paid flights flown on Southwest, Points earned through spend with Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards credit cards, and base points earned through transactions with Rapid Rewards partners.

Many of you have reached out to us since then, and we greatly appreciate your honest and candid feedback. Because we are a Company that values our Customers and believes in doing the right thing, we are offering a limited window for Customers to earn toward Companion Pass by transferring their loyalty points from these Partners.

To that end, points converted from the above mentioned programs will count towards a Companion Pass until March 31, 2017. This is a hard deadline and we will not be able to make any exceptions beyond March 31. If you have points with these Partners that you wanted to transfer, please do not wait. Make the transfer before the deadline.

We appreciate all of our Customers and look forward to seeing you onboard very soon!

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Christine B

Husband and I each called in to order a hotel and flights package. (We each bought the max SPG points last year with 50% bonus, combined with my cache of Marriott points). Were both denied the 5-night package, but will be happy with 7-night package instead. The hotel certificate posted within a few hours; I got my companion pass 3 days later as promised.

I was told the hotel package was good for a year, but I could call to extend for another year. I was told if I wanted to upgrade the hotel category, I could pay the points difference.

Both of us were asked the name and SW number we wanted the miles transferred to. With my husband, the agent specifically commented “oh, you are transferring to yourself.” I’m wondering….does this mean I could redeem my hotel points into someone else’s SW account? Would have saved me from having to transfer all those hotel points to my husband in the first place!


Yes, I want to know the answer to this as well. Want to use the SW points to transfer into my parents account, as I’m already getting companion pass with my credit cards.

Greg The Frequent Miler

Yes, my understanding is that it is possible to send the Southwest points to others this way, but I don’t know for certain.

M Chin

Anyone know which airfare comparison also includes SW? For instance Kayak doesn’t (though they include a link to SW). Thx.

M Chin

Does anyone know if the SW CP pass is also valid on their flight and hotel packages? Meaning tagging a CP for no extra charge.


I transferred on 1/1/2017 120k miles not knowing they had changed their position. I called this morning after reading this and they gave me the credit for the 120k and issues the companion pass.


If only I could find a 7day stay at a cat 1-5 Marriott hotel anywhere in the world that is actually worth something to me. 7 days is a lot, and in many places there are plenty of better choices. And especially when Marriott Gold only gets you lounge/breakfast at very few of their brands compared to Hilton even.

Any suggestions on good cat1-5 Marriott properties where you wouldn’t get bored doing a full 7 days??