How To: Southwest Companion Pass

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Have you heard of Southwest’s Companion Pass?  As the name implies, achieving this entitles a companion of your choice to fly with you for free on any Southwest flight you book.  I know I’m not the only one who is somewhat obsessed with flying on Southwest. High five to their great staff, no baggage fees and the ability to pick your own seat.

The Companion Pass is definitely one of the most valuable airline awards available. For many years I thought it was impossible for someone to earn unless they traveled for business constantly or had a horrible shopping problem which would rack up the points for them.  I’ve learned during a pretty expensive cross country move and some careful tracking, it’s surprisingly easy to earn.

How do you get The Companion Pass?  You’ll need to complete 100 qualifying one-way flights in a calendar year or earn 110,000 Rapid Rewards points in a calendar year. Unless you’re a constant traveler for work, you better get to earning those 110,000 points! Everyone’s situation is different but this is how we achieved this:

1.  Sign Up Bonus

Your Rapid Rewards account gets credited 50,000 points if you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months of opening your account. That is almost half the needed points given to you pretty easily!  We use our Southwest Credit Card for every single purchase, big or small so spending the $2,000 came easy.  Wait until you need to make a big purchase to sign up if you’re worried about hitting that number.

2. Rocketmiles

Oh, Rocketmiles.  You are such a savior.   As soon as we book any trip, we log onto Rocketmiles.com and search for available hotels.  There are several hotels, in all price ranges and cities, that offer 1,000-20,000 points per night.  We tend to search for hotels that give us 5,000 for a 2 night weekend stay.  Once you check out, the points are usually in your Rapid Rewards account within a week.  Not only are those points helping you reach the Companion Pass 110,000 point goal but you’re also able to spend those points on free flights.

3. Pay for flights

You will start racking up the points pretty quickly with these tips and will be tempted to cash in these points and fly for free.  I would suggest to keep saving them.  They don’t expire so unless you’re in a bind, keep them in your account.  The more flights you pay for with $, the more points you receive.  You also receive 2 points per dollar on all Southwest.com purchases which is double points.  Save those points for the following year when you obtain the Companion Pass because guess what?  You can fly for free using your hard earned points plus add your companion onto your already FREE flight.  What?!  Two flights for free?  Yep!

4. Partnering Companies

Plan to send flowers for an upcoming birthday?  Order them through your Rapid Rewards account and get a 1,000 point bonus.  I’ve seen them give more points than that but that is the standard amount.  Renting a car for an upcoming vacation?  Again, book through your Rapid Rewards account.  Several companies partner with Southwest and if you book with them, you’ll receive bonus points toward your free flights and Companion Pass.  We even joined a wine club just to get the bonus points.  Why not?  We like wine and needed points.  You were able to cancel anytime.

5. Rapid Rewards Dining

This isn’t a category we pay much attention to because we tend to mostly cook during the week and eat out on the weekends but if you’re always eating out, listen up!  Spending money on your Southwest Credit Card at several partnering restaurants in your city will add 3 points per dollar spent to your point balance.  Triple points!  We usually find out we’ve gotten triple points randomly as they email you after you’ve paid your check to let you know.

6. Put Every Purchase On Your CC

I’m preface my final point by saying if you do not have the money to pay off your full credit card balance every couple of weeks, skip this paragraph.  We put every single purchase on our Southwest Credit Card.  Whether it be a $1,500 hotel stay, $150 cable bill, a $4 latte or a $1 pack of gum; we use our card.  The points slowly but surely add up.  If you have the means to pay it off quickly without accruing interest, this is a great way to rack up the points.  If not, forget you read this.

I wish you the most success in 2016 at attempt to receive the Southwest Companion Pass.

Apply HERE and get to flying for free ASAP!

SF Spotlight: ClassPass

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ClassPass is a monthly membership to great quality boutique fitness classes in your city. There are literally thousands of classes available to ClassPass members, including cycling, outdoor bootcamps, barre, pilates, yoga, strength training, dance, martial arts and more.

For $99 a month, ClassPass members get unlimited classes to studios in the ClassPass network. You can take as many classes per month as you’d like but only visit the same studio up to 3 times per monthly membership cycle. Super busy one month?  You’re able to put your membership on hold for a $19 fee and still get to take one class which I am actually doing at the moment.  It has been a busy last few weeks!

I’ve been a ClassPass member for 9 months now. In 9 months, I’ve tried so many different barre classes which have increased my flexibility and confidence. I’ve conquered several Barry’s Bootcamp classes which I’ve been wanting to try for years but have been too scared of committing to the price of a class and the intensity. I’ve gotten to know San Francisco much better since I’ve tried many classes in different parts of the city that I normally wouldn’t frequent. I’ve been on a regular workout routine since I want to get my money’s worth out of my membership.

Did I mention they have an amazing app as well?  Yes, book classes with ease via your smartphone!

My absolute favorite studios in San Francisco:

 

Am I buff yet? Nope.

Do I feel better about myself and my abilities? Absolutely.

I cannot say enough good things about the quality of classes available, their customer service and the value of ClassPass.

Try it out HERE!

Daily Skin Care Routine

The closer I get to 30, the more I care about my daily skin care routine. Not to mention, my skin gets uncomfortably dry when I don’t take care of it properly. What’s better than waking up with healthy and glowing skin?

Face Care Collage

Bare Minerals Facial Cleanser  //   theBalm Microdermabrasion Scrub

theBalm Geranium Face Toner  //  Mario Badescu Strawberry Face Scrub

Bare Minerals Eye Cream  //  Alba SPF45  //  Bare Minerals Moisturizer

I use all three Bare Mineral products daily. I find they are not oily on my skin at all and absorb immediately. The eye cream is especially great. I also use theBalm’s toner every night. It has been a game changer! I’m currently falling in love with Mario Badescu – their no frills and adorable line is nothing but fantastic. I use the Strawberry Face Scrub every other day and theBalms’s Almond Microdermabrasion Face Exfoliating Scrub with my Clarisonic Mia 2x a week. The directions say “use once a week” so I guess I’m living on the edge!

I’ve yet to find a face sunscreen I love so I’ve been using Alba Botanica kids sunblock on my face (any everywhere else needed) since last summer and enjoy it! I’ve noticed I use a lot more sunscreen on the weekends when I know I’ll be out and about for longer periods of time.

Hi all!

I’m Samantha!  I’m a 20 something who recently packed up my amazing 10 years in Nashville, TN and moved to the West Coast.  San Francisco was calling my name!  My husband and I have tech and business backgrounds, respectively, and are falling in love with the city more and more each day.