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Old Jul 8, 19, 3:26 pm
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Companion Pass holder board separately from me?

My daughter (10 years old, CP) and I are flying SAN -> BWI tomorrow. 5 hours+. I am Business Select and pulled A-03. I checked her in at B-44. For a puddle jumper to SMF I don't sweat it but for a 5 hour flight it sure would be nice to have row 1. I was considering boarding with my number and sticking her to board alone with the Bs. I figured I'd speak with the gate agent first but is there a minimum age to board under this scenario? Suffice to say she will have no problem finding the place in line or dealing with the boarding process.
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Old Jul 8, 19, 3:43 pm
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Really has nothing to do with CP at all. She has a ticket/boarding pass. CP often board separate, especially when one of them is A-list.

Question about "flying alone" is the issue because of her age. So, she is sort of flying alone - or at least boarding alone.

I would talk to the gate agent when he/she begins the long announcement. You know, the one that says to stay in your seats for a few minutes, but everyone jumps up anyways. LOL!

I would guess you have a fair chance of here boarding with you. Or he might let her board on her own.

Glad you like row 1. I am among those that hate it because of no underseat storage.
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Old Jul 8, 19, 3:59 pm
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I would guess you have a fair chance of here boarding with you. Or he might let her board on her own.
This is the outcome I'm hoping for - either the agent agreeing to let her jump the line with me at A-3, or letting her board alone at B-44.


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Glad you like row 1. I am among those that hate it because of no underseat storage.
I count on a few people like you being in front of me, so I can still score that seat!
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Old Jul 8, 19, 5:57 pm
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Originally Posted by photomikey View Post
...I count on a few people like you being in front of me, so I can still score that seat!
Hope for the best.

Preboards often take the first row or two... enough that a casual observer would think it was policy.

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Old Jul 8, 19, 11:09 pm
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Originally Posted by photomikey View Post
My daughter (10 years old, CP) and I are flying SAN -> BWI tomorrow. 5 hours+. I am Business Select and pulled A-03. I checked her in at B-44. For a puddle jumper to SMF I don't sweat it but for a 5 hour flight it sure would be nice to have row 1. I was considering boarding with my number and sticking her to board alone with the Bs. I figured I'd speak with the gate agent first but is there a minimum age to board under this scenario? Suffice to say she will have no problem finding the place in line or dealing with the boarding process.
If you are OK with her boarding alone, just save the middle seat next to you.
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Old Jul 9, 19, 6:39 am
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If you are OK with her boarding alone, just save the middle seat next to you.
Yes, that would be very easy.

BUT - will WN let an underage child board on their own?
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Old Jul 9, 19, 7:08 am
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Originally Posted by NoStressHere View Post
Yes, that would be very easy.

BUT - will WN let an underage child board on their own?
Probably a good idea to let the agent know before boarding starts that the child isn't a UM. Agent might even tell them to board together but no big deal if they don't.
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Old Jul 9, 19, 7:26 am
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You can pay for her to get a boarding position of A1-15.
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I doubt this will be literally interpreted, but GAs can be impulsive. Clearing the air is an advisable tactic.

"Children ages five through 11 traveling without an accompanying Passenger age 12 or older must travel as Unaccompanied Minors (UMs) on Southwest Airlines."
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Old Jul 9, 19, 10:30 am
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If she scans BEFORE you, then the gate agent will look for sure because she will show up as a minor. This happens with me when I take my daughter (also my cp) with me. I always have a lower (or is it higher) boarding number in the early A's.
It's been my experience that they will NOT let her board with your A-3 number. This comes from both personal and watching the number of people that try this and get turned away.

They will refer you to Family boarding most likely at the end of the A's.

If you board first, then when they scan hers, they will see the linked CP to you and recognize that she is not unaccompanied. I've had them comment on it when she gives them her boarding pass first, but I'm behind her. Having said that, my 10 yo daughter would in no way agree to being alone and boarding after me. I would imagine it would be even more stressful because they would have to wait for the A's to complete and then figure out the B boarding call and line up. It would certainly make me nervous that if something were to hang up the boarding process, inside or outside the plane, I would not be with my child to deal with it. Late B group is way down the line from A-3. But your children your choices.

For my long flights like this, I have taken to buying her early bird, so we at least get a decent choice. For shorter flights, I just bite my boarding number and do the family boarding.

You might get lucky with a gate agent, but based on off the instances I've seen SW is pretty firm with their agents to not do exceptions inside of A list like this. But they don't' challenge during family boarding on age.
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Old Jul 9, 19, 10:40 am
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Originally Posted by LegalTender View Post
I doubt this will be literally interpreted, but GAs can be impulsive. Clearing the air is an advisable tactic.

One could make an argument that a literal interpretation could go either way.

A) She is traveling with an adult... he is just further up in the line

or

B) Boarding is traveling and she can not travel alone and he must be with her during boarding

Let us know how it turns out.

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Old Jul 9, 19, 10:50 am
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Originally Posted by NoStressHere View Post
One could make an argument that a literal interpretation could go either way.

A) She is traveling with an adult... he is just further up in the line

or

B) Boarding is traveling and she cat not travel alone and he must be with her during boarding.
Obviously. Hence the GA variable.
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Old Jul 9, 19, 10:58 am
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my 10 yo daughter would in no way agree to being alone and boarding after me
My experience from being third grade room dad last year is that some would have no problems and some couldn't do it. I drill her on stuff like this pretty often and I think she'll have no issue. My fallback to her is "if you don't board with the B's, I'll just get off the plane and find you".

I'll let you know in a few hours!
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Jeeze, pay the $40 for A1-15 and have her board with you
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Old Jul 9, 19, 11:15 am
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Jeeze, pay the $40 for A1-15 and have her board with you
Spoils the charm of open seating. Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear.
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