Southwest Rapid Rewards - Booking Companion Pass on Connecting Flight
May 2, 08, 10:06 am
My companion has a flight booked to Providence connecting through Baltimore with a return connecting through Baltimore. I only want to go to Baltimore. Is it possible for me to book only to Baltimore as a companion fare? Should I book to Providence and then leave in Baltimore or can I just book to Baltimore? Thanks for any help.
May 2, 08, 11:22 am
The route is departing city "A" and changing planes at city "B" to end up in city "C".
Your companion wants to go from "A" to "C" and you want to go from "A" to "B" and you are the "primary" with your companion being the free traveler.
Am I correct?
I believe your only option is to buy A to B for yourself, take your companion along for free, then purchase an additional ticket for your companion to fly from B to C. And this doesn't stretch any rules.
If there is not a change of planes in city B, I would find nothing wrong with buying a ticket from A to C for yourself and booking your companion on the same itinerary. Then if you were to get off the plane in B, the through count will be off by -1 and nobody is going to go looking for the missing passenger.
If your use of "companion" means the other person (going from A to C) is flying paid and you are flying free, it would be slightly different. In that case, the paid flyer wants to go from A to C and the free traveler wants only to go from A to B.
The bulletproof thing to do is for the paying flyer to buy two tickets - one from A to B and another from B to C, then book you on the A to B leg only.
Alternatively, the paying flyer can book him/her self from A to C and you can hop off in City B. Once again, the through count will be off by -1.
All the above assumes neither of you are checking luggage. If you are then it probably gets much more complicated.
May 2, 08, 11:47 am
I am the free companion. I guess I will hop off in Baltimore. I couldn't see any problems with doing that but I was concerned it might violate some rules.
May 6, 08, 12:32 pm
I was going from A to C. My companion was going from B to C.
I booked my paid flight from A to C. I booked my Companion from B to C and she boarded my plane at B.
Return flight was... I went from C to A. My Companion went from C to B.
I paid for my flight from C to A. I booked my Companion from C to B and she boarded with me in C and got off in B.
So, yes, you can book a CP different than your flight. We were on the same plane at the same time for her part of it.
no rules violation there.