Well, this is not something you see every day from airlines or hotels! Southwest has made it possible once again to transfer hotel points to them to count for the Companion Pass!
You Can Transfer Hotel Points to Southwest for the Companion Pass – Until March, 2017
Southwest had received a lot of feedback regarding their updated terms on January 1 that prevented hotel and car rental points from counting towards the Companion Pass. While we understood that this was something that was likely coming, it was a disappointment that there was no advance notice and if people had already started the transfer but it had not completed by January 1, all of those points would not count.
Here is their statement:
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!
This is certainly welcome news and I do want to say I think Southwest did the right, albeit surprising, thing. So, you have until March 31, 2017 to get those hotel points transferred over towards the Companion Pass!