How to Get a Southwest Companion Pass

The coveted Southwest companion pass is by far one of the best, if not the only, good thing about Southwest. With it you and a companion can travel anywhere Southwest flys for the price of one ticket (in cash or points) plus taxes, which usually equate to $5.60 per person per one-way. That’s a pretty slick deal right? Absolutely! In fact, it’s the best companion pass in the industry.

So, how do you get a companion pass? It’s pretty simple really. All you need to do is earn 110,000 qualifying Rapid Rewards points in one year. That may sound daunting, considering the Southwest credit cards only earn 1X points on all purchases other than flights (e.g. manufactured spending), but it’s not as bad as you may think.

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Interlining Baggage Rules: What They Are and How to Use Them

Booking award tickets is complicated, especially if you only want one ticket versus multiple tickets with multiple connections on different airlines. Sadly, it doesn’t always work out to be one ticket. In fact, it’s very rare that it does unless you’re in a hub city.

For first time award travelers on a complex booking with multiple airlines not in the same alliance, you may be wondering what to do with your baggage. Do you have to collect it at every connection and recheck it? No… Well, sometimes, but fortunately, many airlines give you to ability to interline your baggage to avoid the check, collect, and recheck monstrosity.

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The Best Feature of Amazon Prime Isn’t the Shipping

Amazon Prime is the best thing that’s happened to shopping since the Internet was invented. The shipping, the video, the deals, it’s hard to beat! Seriously, I don’t know what I would do without it.

There is, however, one lesser known perk to Amazon Prime that dwarfes all the others. Okay, that’s not entirely true. I don’t know if I would pay $99 a year solely for this feature, but it is a nice addition to the Prime suite of benefits. The perk I’m talking about is the Amazon Cloud Drive.

Disclaimer: There is an affiliate link below for Amazon Prime.

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How to Deal with Credit Card Declines

There’s nothing quite as annoying as having your credit card get declined when trying to buy a gift card, load REDbird, or even just spend a large sum of money. When it happens, the cashiers usually seem on edge or suspicious even though it’s a perfectly normal hiccup. It’s the worst! And it’s likely to happen a lot when manufacturing spend, especially with new cards and cards that have been sock-drawered for months.

Fortunately, there are ways to deal with those declines quickly and easily, and on occasions even avoid them altogether.
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Will There Be a Cash Advance Fee?

Look through any thread about a manufactured spending technique and I guarantee you’ll see the question, “Will there be a cash advance fee?” Seriously, I dare you. You’ll see what I mean.

Despite the fact that it’s asked over and over, it’s a very valid question. Cash advance fees are killer. On average they cost 2-5% of the amount of “cash” you take out and you don’t earn any points on the “purchase.” It’s a lose-lose. In addition to that, those that carry a balance also have to pay interest on the cash advance (please don’t do that, ever).

So, will you be charged a cash advance for ….? Maybe.

Disclaimer: This post is for informational purposes only. There’s always the chance that a card issuer could change it’s rules and start coding a purchase as a cash advance, so be aware that this information could become outdated. In other words, if for some reason you are charged a cash advance fee, even though I say below that it likely won’t be, don’t get mad! :)

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