If you ever travel with others, companion tickets offer the possibility of saving a lot of money or points for the second passenger. This guide describes each companion ticket option available. Since last publication, this guide has been updated to reflect that the Southwest Companion Pass now requires 125,000 points; and to remove the Visa Infinite Discount Air Benefit which is no longer available.
- Aer Lingus Commercial Companion Ticket
- American Airlines Companion Certificate
- Alaska Airlines Companion Fare
- Amtrak Companion Coupon
- British Airways Travel Together Ticket
- Cathay Pacific Companion Ticket Awards
- Delta Companion Ticket
- Hawaiian Airlines Companion Discount
- Iberia $1,000 Discount Voucher
- Lufthansa Companion Ticket
- Southwest Companion Pass
- Virgin Atlantic Companion Fare
Aer Lingus Commercial Companion Ticket
Pros: Big savings possible | Cons: Limited to flights between US & Ireland on Aer Lingus; Economy only
How to get it: Spend $30K per calendar year on the Aer Lingus credit card. Companion ticket is issued 4 to 6 weeks after meeting the spend requirement.
Flight requirement: Purchase a paid economy round trip flight between the US and Ireland. Only flights operated by Aer Lingus qualify.
Companion benefit: One companion flies for free, with no taxes or fees.
How to book: Email Aer Lingus directly at [email protected] to book using the companion voucher
Eligible credit card:
American Airlines Companion Certificate
Pros: Decent savings possible | Cons: Contiguous 48 states only; Economy only
How to get it: Spend $20K or $30K on select AAdvantage credit cards within your cardmember year to get at most one companion certificate per year. Details vary by card:
- AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite MasterCard: Spend $20K to earn one companion certificate for a single companion each membership year.
- AAdvantage Aviator Silver World Elite MasterCard: Spend $20K to earn one companion certificate for up to 2 companions each membership year (prior to May spend requirement was $30K).
- CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard: Spend $30K to earn one companion certificate for a single companion each membership year.
Flight requirement: Purchase qualifying domestic round-trip economy fare ticket. Must be within the 48 contiguous United States. For residents of Alaska and Hawaii, the companion certificate is valid for round-trip travel originating in either of those two states and continuing to the 48 contiguous United States.
Companion benefit: One companion (or up to two companions with the Aviator Silver card) pay $99 companion ticket fee plus $21.60 to $43.20 in government taxes and fees.
How to book: Booking details are found on the certificate.
Eligible credit cards: