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


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:

Chase Aer Lingus Visa Signature® Card

FM Mini Review: Good choice for a nice signup bonus. Unless you intend to go for the big spend bonus, though, I don’t see it as a compelling card to keep past the first year.


Annual Fee: $95

Card Type: Visa Signature

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Earning rate: ⚬ 3X Aer Lingus, Iberia, British Airways, LEVEL and OpenSkies ⚬ 1X elsewhere

Big spend bonus: Every calendar year you make $30,000 in purchases on your Aer Lingus Visa card, you’ll earn an economy class companion ticket good for 1 year.


American Airlines


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:

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:

AAdvantage Aviator Red World Elite MasterCard


Annual Fee: $99

Card Type: Mastercard World Elite

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Earning rate: ⚬ 2X AA ⚬ 1X everywhere else

Big spend bonus: Starting May 2019: Earn $99 + tax domestic companion certificate with $20K membership year spend.

Noteworthy perks: First checked bag free ⚬ Preferred boarding for the primary cardmember and up to 4 companions traveling on the same reservation ⚬ Reduced mileage awards ⚬ 25% off in-flight purchases ⚬ $25 wifi credit per membership year ⚬ Flight cents: round up purchases to earn more miles

AAdvantage® AviatorTM Silver World Elite MasterCard®

FM Mini Review: $25 per day of in-flight food & beverage credits is pretty interesting. If you fly AA enough to make good use of this, this card is well worthwhile.


Annual Fee: $195

Card Type: Mastercard World Elite

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Earning rate: ⚬ 3X AA ⚬ 2X hotel and car rentals ⚬ 1X everywhere else

Big spend bonus: Earn $99 + tax domestic certificate for up to 2 companions with $20K membership year spend ($30K spend required until May 2019) ⚬ Earn 3000 EQDs towards elite status with $50K calendar year spend.

Noteworthy perks: $25 per day in-flight food & beverage credit ⚬ First checked bag free ⚬ Priority Boarding ⚬ Reduced mileage awards ⚬ $100 Global Entry application fee credit ⚬ 25% off in-flight purchases Starting May 2019: $50 wifi credit per membership year ⚬ light cents: round up purchases to earn more miles

CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select World MasterCard

FM Mini Review: This card usually has a great signup bonus, but if you’re looking for a…