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How to Get 2 Flights for the Price of One All Year Long

Buy a flight and bring someone along for almost free all year long, plus get 30,000 Rapids Rewards points, with this promotion from Southwest Airlines.

How to Do It

The Catch

  • You can’t apply for this deal if you already have a current Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Card.
  • You are ineligible if you have received a new cardmember bonus on the same credit card in the past 24 months.
  • The cards included in this promotion have yearly membership fees ranging from $69 to $149.
  • You can only give the free flight to your designated travel companion, and you can only change who that person is a maximum of three times.

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By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

Her stories have also appeared online at USA Today, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Yahoo,, TripAdvisor, Buzzfeed, Jetsetter, Oyster, Airfarewatchdog, and others.

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