Southwest Extends Companion Pass and Elite Status
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Southwest has announced that it will extedn the benefits earned by our current tier status Members and Companion Pass holders. In addition to this extension, Southwest is also making it easier to earn them going forward. There is also an extension for travel funds and a new option to convert those travel funds into Rapid Rewards points
Here’s what was announced today:
- For our current A-List and A-List Preferred Members, we are extending your current earned status through December 31, 2021.
- For our current Companion Pass Members, we are extending your current earned Companion Pass benefits through June 30, 2021.
- For all Rapid Rewards Members, we recognize that your normal flying behavior has been interrupted, limiting progress you may have been making toward qualification for A-List, A-List Preferred, and Companion Pass. For that reason, we are giving all Rapid Rewards Members a “boost” of 15,000 tier qualifying points and 10 flight credits toward A-List and A-List Preferred status, and 25,000 Companion Pass qualifying points and 25 flight credits toward Companion Pass status.
Previously, Customers’ travel funds that have expired or would have expired between March 1 – June 30, 2020, or travel funds that were created because of a cancellation between March 1 – June 30, 2020, had an expiration date of June 30, 2021. We are now expanding the window of funds eligible for extended expiration dates and extending the expiration date of these funds. Funds that are set to expire or funds that are created between March 1, 2020 and September 7, 2020, will have an expiration date of September 7, 2022.
Additionally, we have added a new benefit for our valued Rapid Rewards Members. Those Members who have travel funds that are set to expire or funds that are created between March 1, 2020 and September 7, 2020 will have the option to convert those travel funds into Rapid Rewards® points at the same rate you would be able to purchase a ticket with points today.