I’ve already publicly stated my love for Southwest Airlines for auditions, but now I want to share one of the greatest tools of the frequent traveler’s trade: the Southwest Companion Pass.

Get excited

Get excited

What this wonderful little tool does is allows the holder to designate a companion and take them on any Southwest flight for free, regardless if you paid in cash, gift cards, or points. Well, almost free: you have to pay the tax on the fare (which is $5.60 each way for domestic flights). It’s valid for the remainder of the calendar year and the following year until December 31st. That means you could potentially hold it for two years. And the best part: with the strategy I outline, you’ll have around $3,500 worth of flights for free.

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