The Dark Side of the Southwest Companion Pass
Many believe the Southwest Companion Pass is the best travel deal out there, myself included. Being able to travel with someone for only the cost of airline taxes and fees is a pretty amazing perk ($5.60 one way domestically). What is amazing is that you can use it as many times as you want. If you plan properly you can even get it for almost 2 years. Even with all of those positives there is a Dark Side of the Southwest Companion Pass.
Going to the Dark Side
On a recent baseball stadium trip with my buddy, the same one who inspired the negative Airbnb gift card post, I witnessed him go over to the Dark Side.
He earned a Companion Pass via Marriott Vacation packages right before that was shut down as an option. For our return flight there was a direct flight on Delta for 10,000 miles per person, which he has a healthy stash of, but he decided to take a later Southwest flight. The Southwest flight had a connection and it didn’t land in Detroit until late in the evening. He was willing to make those sacrifices to use his companion pass and save a few thousand miles.
When I had my companion pass I found myself doing similar things as well. I would end up taking a less convenient route or flying at inopportune times in order to use my companion pass. And I had to deal with a boarding process that I kind of despise as well.
We do these things in the name of saving miles and points. Our obsession/addiction is real! We are willing to inconvenience ourselves in order to use a perk and save 10,000 miles etc. In the end is it worth it? Is it logical? Miles in points are supposed to make travel more affordable but shouldn’t they make travel more convenient too?
I guess the point of this article is to say that sometimes miles and points, or deal hunting, leads us to make illogical decisions. I am guilty of doing it, are you as well? Have you ever sacrificed your time or comfort for savings? Do you still do it or have you moved on from it?
At this point in my life I am willing to pay a little extra in order to find the most convenient routing etc. The savings just don’t mean as much to me anymore. And that means that sometimes I would forgo using the Companion Pass to avoid going to the dark side!
Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.