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These offers are no longer available on our site: Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, British Airways Visa Signature® Card Most of us could use a getaway every now and then, whether we’re visiting family across the country or jetting off around the world on a bucket list-worthy adventure.

Companion tickets allow you to bring someone along for the ride at a discounted price, sometimes for only the required fees and taxes. In exchange, though, be prepared to navigate through a maze of routes, classes of tickets and costs — and that’s even before comparing offers from different airlines and credit cards. Learn how to get the most out of your companion ticket

To start the homework for you, we combed through the fine print of companion tickets from some of the more popular airlines and credit cards, and ranked them from top to bottom. The winner? Southwest Airlines, the carrier with near-cult status among some frequent flyers.

This ranking measures which airline companion tickets are best for budget travelers as determined by Credit Karma editors. We used data gleaned from the airlines and credit card issuers mentioned here. It is not a statistically significant ranking. Instead, we put ourselves in the shoes of the budget traveler, searching for more affordable ways to travel around the world. The final ranking shows which airlines fared best.

The final grades are based on the airline’s overall score. The specific credit cards listed in the rows below an airline are there for background information to show how we came up with the final grades. (Please note that we only considered one card each for British Airways and Lufthansa, but we listed the same card twice, because each card has different sign-up bonuses depending on how much you spend).

This looks at how difficult it is to earn a companion ticket and then actually use it. If you can’t qualify for the companion ticket because the spending requirements or ticket prices are too high, then the rest of these considerations don’t matter all that much.

Spending requirements: We measured how difficult it is to meet the spending requirements to obtain the companion ticket. (This is separate from the spending requirements to obtain the sign-up or welcome bonus). There are several types of spending requirements: 1.) Airlines that offer a companion ticket after you open a credit card with them. 2.) Airlines that offer a companion ticket after you open a credit card with them and make a single purchase or pay an annual fee. 3.) Airlines that offer a companion ticket after you open a credit card with them and spend a certain dollar amount. 4.) Airlines that offer a companion pass after you collect a certain number of points or miles.

• Price of companion ticket: We measured how much it will cost you to purchase a companion ticket after you qualify by meeting the spending requirements. This includes the companion ticket price, as well as any taxes and fees you may be charged.

• Price of your own ticket: We looked at how much you’ll spend on your own ticket, and whether you may use points or miles to purchase your own ticket when redeeming the companion ticket. Airlines that allow you to purchase your ticket with miles and still use the companion ticket scored higher because the overall cost for both people to travel is lower.

• Where can you fly with a companion? Keep in mind, we’re not only measuring where an airline flies, but more importantly, where you’re allowed to fly with your companion. For example, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines fly around the world but only allow companion ticket redemptions on flights within the continental U.S. On the other hand, British Airways allows Travel Together Ticket redemptions on any flight around the world. We made the assumption that you’re leaving from the continental U.S.