I was pleasantly surprised to receive a challenge email from Southwest Airlines yesterday. As an A-List Preferred customer last year, I did not quite fly enough miles to retain that status, although I'm still an A-List customer. Anyway, below is the email received from Southwest. Perhaps variations of this challenge were also have been sent to their not-quite A-list and not-quite Companion Pass customers? Here's the body of the email from Southwest: You came close to earning A-List Preferred status for the 2014 Membership year, so we are offering you an exclusive opportunity to ensure you don't miss out on perks such as a 100% Earning Bonus and Free Inflight WiFi (on WiFi-enabled planes only). Follow these steps to earn promotional A-List Preferred status through December 31, 2014: Step 1: Register by February 28, 2014. Step 2: Earn 7,000 Tier Qualifying Points* from flights booked through Southwest Airlines® by February 28, 2014. Step 3: Complete your flights by February 28, 2014. That's it! You'll enjoy A-List Preferred status through December 31, 2014.