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How much value have you received from the Companion Pass?

How much value have you received from the Companion Pass?

Old Feb 23, 18, 5:45 pm
  #46  
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Amelia Island FL
Posts: 38
Between my wife and I, one of us has qualified for CP for the last 7 years. Last couple of years it has been her that has qualified. We typically take 4-5 trips a year where I go as the companion.
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Old Feb 23, 18, 6:26 pm
  #47  
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Programs: Southwest A-list & Companion Pass, Enterprise, Hilton, Wyndham, etc
Posts: 224
This is my eighth year of CP. I fly about 30 segments a year almost all with my wife. So the fares I didn't pay have to add up to $4,000+. $30,000+ over the last nearly eight years. Of course, without the CP we'd do less traveling, or only one of us would travel. We see it as a very great value.

Also, some other airline might be cheaper, but being able to change, which we do very frequently, is a great benefit. That, free luggage, and the CP - if WN goes there, we go on WN.
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Old Feb 25, 18, 6:01 pm
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Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: SJC/SFO
Programs: UA 1MM/*A Gold, WN A+ CP, Mar LT Tit, IHG Plat, HH Gold
Posts: 5,412
Getting frequent use out of the CP with a job and equally busy companion/family is difficult. I'm now in my 5th year of having a CP (not all consecutive) and I've never truly maximized its value the way I've hoped to. I looked at it as a way to make frequent short trips, like three-day weekends once a month, cost effective. In a two career family that seemed like the way to play it. But enough things happen that we travel only about half as often as we'd like.
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Old Feb 26, 18, 7:31 am
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Join Date: Oct 2001
Programs: LTP, PP
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Originally Posted by darthbimmer View Post
Getting frequent use out of the CP with a job and equally busy companion/family is difficult. I'm now in my 5th year of having a CP (not all consecutive) and I've never truly maximized its value the way I've hoped to. I looked at it as a way to make frequent short trips, like three-day weekends once a month, cost effective. In a two career family that seemed like the way to play it. But enough things happen that we travel only about half as often as we'd like.
Me too. I've had it for 15+ years now and my biggest utilization was 4x with 4 different people in 2012. It's a great dangling carrot for sure but much depends on your life's current circumstances to actually use. Earn it the hard way and you'll shudder about climbing back on the plane with the family for weekend trips. Recent retirees with 2nd warm weather homes is probably a sweet spot.

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Old Feb 26, 18, 1:55 pm
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Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: BWI
Programs: Marriott PP, WN A+/CP, Hertz PC
Posts: 389
Originally Posted by darthbimmer View Post
Getting frequent use out of the CP with a job and equally busy companion/family is difficult. I'm now in my 5th year of having a CP (not all consecutive) and I've never truly maximized its value the way I've hoped to. I looked at it as a way to make frequent short trips, like three-day weekends once a month, cost effective. In a two career family that seemed like the way to play it. But enough things happen that we travel only about half as often as we'd like.
For the Mrs. and I we are usually coming from different places before and/or going to different places after our long weekends so we usually just end up using RR points instead. Once in a while we'll be able to use CP but not as often as I thought I would. It's still nice to have though for the 1-2 transcons or int'l trips we do a year though.
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