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This is great news if you have Marriott or SPG points that you were planning to transfer to Southwest for Companion Pass. We all say that things can change overnight in this space. (they did twice in this case) That said, I would act RIGHT AWAY if you have your Marriott/SPG points ready to transfer. Read more about Marriott Flight and Hotel package transfers.
“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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As you can see, you will have until March 31st, 2017 to transfer your Marriott/SPG points to Southwest. Remember, you have until December 31st of 2017 to accumulate a total of 110,000 Southwest points to qualify. However, the earlier in the year you can earn CP the better. Points transferred from Chase and points purchased DO NOT count towards Companion Pass.
If you want to learn more about acquiring and the benefits of Companion Pass, click here. If you earn Companion Pass today, you will keep the status for the rest of 2017 and all of 2018! Again, don’t wait until March 31st if you were planning on making this transfer.