Southwest Airlines A-List Elite Status Guide

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Southwest has two elite status levels: A-List and A-List Preferred. Southwest members who fly either 100 one-way revenue flights or earn 110,000 tier point also qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass, which is an amazing perk to allow someone to fly with you for free (but you can also easily earn it via Southwest credit cards)


Earning A-List Elite Status

To gain elite status, you need to earn “tier qualifying points,” which are primarily earned from flying on Southwest Airlines. 

A-List 

A-List requires 25 one-way flights or 35,000 tier qualifying points. To qualify on tier-qualifying points, you would require to spend: $5,833 in Wanna Get Away Fares or $3,500 in Anytime Fares or $2,916 in Business Select fares.

A-List Preferred

A-List Preferred requires 50 one-way flights or 70,000 qualifying points. To qualify on tier-qualifying points, you would need to spend: $11,666 in Wanna Get Away Fares or $7,000 in Anytime Fares or $5,832 in Business Select fares.

Companion Pass

Elite members who fly 100 one-way revenue flights or earn 110,000 tier-qualifying points within one calendar year can qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass. Basically, you can designate someone to fly with you for free (only paying the taxes and fees) for the year you earn it and the following year. However, most people can easily obtain the Companion Pass through Southwest credit cards. 

Elite Status Match

Southwest will match you to A-List if you (1) have elite status with another airline and (2) fly 3 roundtrips or 6 one-way flights within 90 days. Existing reservations do not count towards the 3 roundtrips, only new reservations. 

Tier Qualifying Points from Credit Cards

You can earn 1,500 tier qualifying points per $10,000 of spending with a maximum of 15,000 points with the Southwest Premier credit card. However, that is a large amount of spending for a low amount of tier qualifying points.

Elite Status Expiration

Southwest Elite status is good for the calendar year that you earn it and the following calendar year. Most other elite status programs give you elite status for the calendar year, the following year, plus until the end of January or February. 


A-List Elite Benefits

A-List Benefits

  • 25% earning bonus
  • Automatic “A” group boarding
  • Priority check-in and security access
  • Dedicated phone line (1-888-737-1005)
  • Free same-day standby

A-List Preferred Benefits

  • 100% earning bonus
  • Free in-flight Wi-Fi
  • Automatic “A” group boarding
  • Priority check-in and security access
  • Dedicated phone line (1-888-737-1006)
  • Free same-day standby