The American Airlines companion pass is a certificate that gives eligible AAdvantage credit card customers the chance to book a $99 companion flight after booking a domestic round-trip ticket on American Airlines. Cardholders with a qualifying AAdvantage card will receive one companion pass every year after spending $20,000 to $30,000 a year, depending on the card. AAdvantage Aviator Silver cardholders will earn two passes instead of one. Other American Airlines cards that offer a companion pass are Aviator Red, Aviator Business and CitiBusiness Platinum Select.
To earn an American Airlines companion pass, your account will need to be open for at least 45 days after your card anniversary date. You must also purchase one round-trip economy fare through American Airlines Meeting Services. Then, you can get the companion pass for an additional $99, plus taxes and fees. Passes are good for one year from the date they’re issued, but they’re only redeemable on the same flight as the first purchased ticket.
You’ll receive your American Airlines companion certificate about 8 to 10 weeks after you qualify. Bear in mind that when booking your flight, destinations are limited to the continental U.S., but Alaska and Hawaii residents may book flights departing from their state and arriving in one of the other 48 states.
To use the Alaska Airlines Credit Card companion ticket, log into your Alaska Airlines account, navigate to the “Discount and companion fare codes” section, and click the “Shop” button. When you make a reservation, your Alaska Airlines companion fare code will be automatically applied. You’ll see it reflected in your shopping cart and on the “Available Flights” page. That said, the fare won’t technically be redeemed until you click “Purchase” and review your reservation.… read full answer
There are some rules for using your Alaska Airlines companion ticket. You must make the reservation on the Alaska Airlines website, and the companion ticket can only be used for Alaska Airlines flights. The reservation has to be for two people, booked in the same itinerary, and both people must be traveling together and ticketed simultaneously. Both the main flight and the companion flight must be purchased using your Alaska Airlines Credit Card, and you can’t use a companion ticket with a fare bought with miles – though you can earn miles on both tickets.
When you get the Alaska Airlines Credit Card and spend at least $2,000 in the first 90 days, you get a companion ticket as part of an introductory offer. Also called “Alaska’s Famous Companion Fare,” this deal allows you to buy a round-trip coach ticket on Alaska Airlines and receive a second round-trip ticket for $121 ($99 base fare plus at least $22 in taxes and fees). You also get a companion ticket every year on your account anniversary. The annual fee is $75.
Amex Platinum companion tickets are not available anymore. Amex dropped companion tickets as a Platinum Card benefit when it revamped its International Airline Program in 2017. Previously, Amex Platinum cardholders earned a free companion ticket after booking a first-class or business-class international flight directly through American Express. The companion ticket allowed cardholders to bring another person on that same flight, but the primary tickets were often very expensive to purchase through Amex, resulting in minimal savings. Plus, you had to pay taxes and fuel surcharges on the companion ticket.… read full answer
The closest thing to an Amex Platinum companion ticket available right now is the American Express Platinum Delta SkyMiles companion ticket offer. Platinum Delta SkyMiles and Reserve Delta SkyMiles are the only two Amex cards currently offering companion tickets. They award the complimentary pass after you’ve had the card for at least 12 months. You’ll receive one ticket each year after you pay the card’s annual fee. Companion tickets are good for one domestic round-trip flight (Hawaii and Alaska excluded), and you only have to pay up to $75 in taxes and fees when you redeem the ticket.
Plus, it’s also worth noting that Amex Platinum cardholders can still bring up to two companions into airport lounges free of charge.
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