I had companion status for 2017, but I applied for another SWA charge card in June. I got the card, charged the $2,000 (it's 3 months to charge $2,000, but I did it in one) and with the points I already had, I just received notice we now have companion for all of 2018. The card had a one year fee of $99. I love Southwest! $12.50 for my wife to fly everywhere we travel. I guess we are going to have to travel even more in 2018. We have 5 more Vegas trips this year and already did Dallas, Phoenix, LAS & Seattle. As long as we are talking about SWA, on our flight yesterday from Seattle to Milwaukee, the gate attendant kept announcing that only roller bags were allowed in the overhead bins. Every other type of bag had to go under the seat. It made no difference to us, but I have never heard that before and we fly SW 8-10 times a year.