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Using Companion Pass on already booked flights

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My wife and I booked Wanna Get Away fares to Puerto Rico last December for travel this July. I just earned the Companion pass (I didn’t plan on getting it until the 75k bonus came out). Is there any tips on using the CP for her this summer and using up the travel funds? The only thing I can think of is canceling her ticket for Puerto Rico and then designating her my companion. Then, booking another trip in the fall with her using travel funds and me designating someone else as a companion. Thanks!

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Re: Using Companion Pass on already booked flights

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So there are a few ways you can handle this

 

The first option would be to cancel her ticket and you can use the travel funds to pay for the government fee ($5.60 per one way domestic flight) this option is good if you plan to take a bunch of trips on the companion pass. **Keep in mind the travel fund will expire 1 year from the date the trip was originally booked booked so if you won’t use the companion pass much before that fund expires it might be best to do one of the other options below. 

 

the 2nd option would be to cancel her ticket and she can use the funds if she were to travel alone somewhere (girls trip or something else) before the travel fund expires. 

 

3rd option would be to leave her ticket booked and just start using the companion pass on her after that trip. The reason I say this is because you can only change a companion 3 times per year so if you name her for this trip then name another person just for 1 trip and change it back to your wife that will count as 2 of your 3 changes if that makes sense. 

 

-Blake

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Re: Using Companion Pass on already booked flights

New Arrival

Thanks! And correct me if I’m wrong but it’s 3 changes per year correct? So I could make her my companion for the first trip, change to someone else for another trip this year (a friend to go somewhere with us) then back to my wife before December 31st so that my wife will be my first companion in 2021. 

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Re: Using Companion Pass on already booked flights

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@ftballkru wrote:

Thanks! And correct me if I’m wrong but it’s 3 changes per year correct? So I could make her my companion for the first trip, change to someone else for another trip this year (a friend to go somewhere with us) then back to my wife before December 31st so that my wife will be my first companion in 2021. 


You're correct.  It's easy to change your companion, it's a pretty quick call to Southwest and they make the change.  Just make sure you've completed any of your travel with your current companion before you make the switch!


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