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US Airways companion ticket fine print de-mystified

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photo-3The $99 US Airways companion ticket that comes each year for US Airways Dividend Miles World MasterCard holders is a source of confusion for a lot of people. That’s because it’s loaded with fine print, but if you use it right you can save hundreds of dollars on your next trip.

If you meet the requirements, it will let you bring along up to two companions on a trip for $99 each, while you pay the normal airfare of $250 or more.

So what are the catches? Well, we combed through the fine print and these are the ones that matter…

  • It’s only good for round trip travel in the lower 48 United States – no Hawaii or Alaska
  • You must call-in to make the reservation at least 14 days in advance
  • The base ticket you buy must have a roundtrip airfare of at least $250 – and it must be a basic roundtrip – you must return home from your destination city
  • You must use your US Airways MasterCard to make the purchase
  • You can bring up to 2 passengers at the $99 special fare, but all three of you must travel at the same time
  • You can’t travel on the specified blackout dates listed here (these generally include major holiday periods and sporting events in select cities like the Super Bowl)
  • You must mail the physical certificate to US Airways after making your reservation – this is NOT an electronic voucher
  • If you change the date or cities of your trip, you may lose the $99 benefit on that itinerary

But other than that your’e in good shape. One of the surprising things is there is no specific fare bucket you have to find to be able to book the companion ticket. Usually deals like this require availability in the very lowest discount fares. But here, you just need to find a fare of $250 or more that has enough seats for the 2 or 3 of you.

What about the merger? Your companion ticket benefit remains in place for now – the Dividend Miles MasterCard will remain the same until 2015. After that, Barclays will send you a new American AAdvantage card with the same account number. We’re not sure the companion ticket benefit will remain after that, but there is a good possibility it will, as this new American AAdvantage card will be separate from the one Citibank issues.

> Click here to apply for the U.S. Airways Dividend Miles World MasterCard

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303 thoughts on US Airways companion ticket fine print de-mystified

  1. Linda Nelson

    Does the cardholder have to be a passenger to use the $99 companion certificate or can I book tickets for my 3 kids?

    Thanks!

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  2. turbuck

    Will I be able to use my US Airways Companion ticket on AA? Also, if my companion is only traveling one way, can I still use it? Thank you.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @turbuck – Unfortunately no, only for US Airways operated flights. And your companion needs to be booked on a round trip ticket. If the one way is the first leg, you can gamble and maybe they won’t do anything if s/he doesn’t show up for the return flight. But if the one way is your return flight it won’t work as it will cancel out when s/he doesn’t board the outbound flight.

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  3. Arielle

    I have two questions!
    a.) How long do we have to use our companion ticket? (Now that US and AA have merged?)
    b.) Are there new/different black out dates because of the merge?

    Thanks! This forum is very helpful!

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Arielle – The 2015 blackout dates are the same as originally published. And depending on the certificate you have, the latest travel date is December 31st, but must be booked by the end of October.

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  4. Jack new england

    I booked myself and my nephew and friend using the $99 companion certificate. It appears I may not be able to take the trip but would like the other two persons to take it. If I waive receiving any refund or credit will they still allow the 2 companion ticket travelers to fly if I am unable to accompany them.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Jack – Unfortunately no, you not flying would invalidate the $99 fare they receive. And the fee to change each of their tickets is higher than the $99 fare, so no value remaining there. Your ticket might have some value after a change fee to book yourself on US Airways flights somewhere else later on.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Dawn – They have been for anniversary dates that were in the early months of this year. When did your fee hit?

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  5. Deng

    The listed blackout dates include July 5 and 6. In this case, I think I can use the companion tickets for July-4th departure and July-12th return. Is my understanding correct?

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  6. Andrea

    I just called US Airways and tried to book flights from Austin to Myrtle Beach RT. One of the return flight connections (DFW to AUS) was on an AA flight and because of that I could not use it. All flights must be on US Airways which makes no sense to me since the two airlines are merging. Very frustrating!!

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  7. Tom

    Hi, I am looking to fly to Hawaii . Can we or is it feasible to go from Newark nj to another of the 48 states. then fly to Hawaii from there, and do the same on the way back. is it worth the savings. Or is there another card to apply for that is better suited for us Thanks

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Tom – You’d probably pay almost as much buying the ticket from the West Coast. If you’re flying from NJ, banking some United miles may help. It’s 45k miles roundtrip on the days they have ‘Saver’ seats open. You can see which ones are open by going to United.com and selecting ‘award travel’ when you shop for a flight. Days that are yellow and green on the calendar have options at that price. So you could try to buy one ticket with miles, and the other with cash on the same flight. You just have to be flexible about the flights they have mile award seats at that low Saver price, so check to see if what’s open looks reasonable. It always changes, but it will give you a sense of how flexible you need to be for an almost free ticket.

      If you need some miles, the Chase Sapphire Preferred gets you 40k miles as part of its signon deal. And you can move those miles into your United account any time.

      Here’s some info on it

      http://milecards.com/106/best-airline-miles-card-chase-sapphire-preferred/

      But if you really want to try. You could use the companion ticket to pay for one airfare to the West Coast, and get the other for $99. Then use that Chase Sapphire mentioned above to get tickets from the West Coast to Hawaii for 25,000 points each. It’s a little roundabout, but possible. You can read more about that here:

      http://milecards.com/13685/how-to-use-chase-points-for-hawaii-flights-and-find-the-best-deal/

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  8. joea

    Can I use my companion voucher for flight originating and ending in same city (PHL) but going to one city (LAS) and departing return from a third city (ABQ), so PHL-LAS and ABQ-PHL

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  9. Kyle W

    Is it possible to book a flight if only one leg is on a blackout date? For example, my flight out is not on a blackout date, but the return flight is. Is there any way to book this?

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  10. angela bradshaw

    I want to use a companio certificate for a trip in March 2016 but I dont recieve my certificate until after the trip dates. been a card holder for over three years and have never been able to use one. is there anyway I could be able to use it .

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    1. MileCards.com

      @angela – The current certificates can be used no later than October 30 for travel by the end of 2015.

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      1. angela bradshaw

        When people are told about the card it sounds so good but I have been unable to use the companion certificates because we only travel in February and March. Can’t use miles because everywhere we want to go it takes over 80000 miles each to get a ticket. Was told that we would be able to fly back to St Thomas with the 40000 miles we got for signing up for the card but yes we can use the 40000 miles along as we have another 40000 to go with it.. If it wouldn’t hurt my credit I would cancel the card. I haven’t been able to use any thing but zone 2. You need to give all guidelines when you are asking people to sign up for the card.

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        1. MileCards.com

          @angela – Unfortunate to hear. Sounds like the flight attendants have been aggressive about making claims about how many miles you need for the award trip. After the merger in a few weeks, you should be able to request to downgrade your card to a no annual fee version. Also now that the airline is part of American, check on AA.com for options. You may find more available at the 40k mile level.

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          1. heide

            I also was told on the flight that I signed up on that the companion tickets could be used to the carribean . Very frustrating as I hold other airline cards and it was the only real incentive to carry the card. we travel a lot with kids outside of the U.S.

          2. MileCards.com

            @heide – That is really disappointing to hear. They’re confusing using your miles with using the companion ticket.

  11. Stacey

    If we were to cancel an upcoming flight which includes the use of a companion ticket, will we have access to that same voucher for future use? Or, is there a way to get that back?

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  12. Nan A

    I have called the 1800 number for the companion certificate several times.
    Each time due to the volume of the calls received I was told to call back at a later time. They don’t put you on hold to let you wait for the representative. I am concerned about this when I want to purchase my ticket.

    That is my comment but here is my question. Can I purchase my ticket to fly from Rochester NY to Myrtle Beach and Have my return tickets be from Charlotte N.C to Rochester NY? Thanks

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      1. Nan A

        Thanks for your reply. Just one more question. The flights to Charlotte are listed
        as: Operated by PSA Airlines dba US Airways Express or American Airlines.
        The first operator listed PSA Airlines would be acceptable because of the dba US Airways Express. Is that correct that it qualifies for use with the Companion certificate?

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  13. Adrian

    Can only the primary cardholder use the companion certificate. For example I am the primary cardholder, my wife has a secondary card and is traveling with our daughter. Can she use a companion certificate to travel with my daughter?

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  14. Lisa

    Do I actually have to have a cash outlay of $250 for my ticket in order to use my companion tickets or can I use miles for my ticket as long as it is valued at least $250? Basically I’m wondering if I can use my accumulated miles for my ticket and then also use the companion ticket in the same reservation? or do I have to actually pay cash for my ticket in order to use the companion ticket?

    Also, I read somewhere that companion ticket is valid December 2015. Does that mean I can’t use it until then or it expires then?

    Thank you.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Lisa – Yes you need to buy a cash ticket in order to use the companion tickets. And your companion voucher expires in December 2015, so you must complete your travel by then.

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    2. Lisa

      Ok Thank you for your reply. I have one more question. If when I’m on the US Airways website and looking at a flight that says ‘Operated by Republic Airlines dba American Eagle’ is that still a flight where I can use my miles to purchase and also the companion tickets? This is a roundtrip flight from Cleveland to Miami.

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      1. MileCards.com

        @Lisa – Unfortunately no, it needs to say US Airways or US Airways Express to be valid for the companion ticket.

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        1. Lisa

          If it says “Operated by PSA Airlines dba US Airways Express” does that qualify for a companion ticket?

          Also, what if on the flight from Cleveland to Miami the plane stops in Charlotte and on the first leg of the trip from Cleveland to Charlotte it says “Operated by PSA Airlines dba US Airways Express” but then on the second leg of the trip from Charlotte to Miami it says “Operated by American Airlines”. Does this second leg of the flight disqualify the flight from being eligible to use a companion ticket?

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          1. MileCards.com

            @Lisa – Yes the ‘dba US Airways Express’ qualifies, but the ‘operated by American Airlines’ disqualifies it. Anytime you see the word ‘American’ in there it will disqualify.

  15. Connie

    What does ” capacity controlled” mean as far as companion tickets go? We are booked…does this mean they will bump us from our flight if the flight becomes full and or they can sell our seats for more?

    Also in fine print what does this mean ? ” General standby restrictions of the qualifying fare apply”

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Connie – The companion tickets are treated like a regular cash fare for the purposes of bumping or standby.

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  16. Jason

    Can I purchase my ticket now and then add the companions at a later date? Or do all 3 tickets need to be purchased at the same time?

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  17. Scott Tapley

    My wife and I signed up for the US Airways MC to receive the companion ticket, but never received the Voucher in the mail. US Airways support is impossible to get through to. Has anyone else had any experience having a new welcome package and voucher sent after the original was lost?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Scott – Call Barclaycard on the number on the back of your card, not US Airways for help with this. They can send a replacement.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Connie – Yes unfortunately the club pass is only for you and one companion. For what it’s worth the clubs aren’t an oasis of luxury.

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  18. Connie

    What does ” capacity controlled” mean as far as companion tickets go? We are booked…does this mean they will bump us from our flight if the flight becomes full and or they can sell our seats for more?

    Also in fine print what does this mean ? ” General standby restrictions of the qualifying fare apply”

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  19. Zeek

    Hello

    I signed up for the card in july and used the $99 voucher to fly my parents (along with my self) for my wedding in August ( Hint they will email you the voucher if you ask nicely). Now my wife and I would like to go on our honeymoon …can I get the voucher again ? or is it an annual thing only ? I have had long wait time too but I was told it was cause of the storms.

    Thanks in advance for your reply.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Zeek – You won’t get another one this year. But your wife can apply for a card, or you might even try getting a 2nd, as some have had success with that. The certificates being issued now are good for travel through 10/31/15.

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  20. Jean

    I’m getting ready to use my companion certificate. Once booked, if I chose to close out my US Airways CC, is my ticket still valid or does closing the CC jeopardize my airline tix?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Jean – The requirement is you pay for the ticket with your US Airways Mastercard. Once that is done and the bill is paid off your commitment is finished.

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  21. Casey H.

    THIS IS A SCAM!!!!!! I’ve called several times been on hold for over 40 minutes each time and still have not talked to anyone. You guys need to get your act together. I don’t have the luxury of being able to sit around forever waiting for service. I need a contact number of someone that can rectify this situation. But mission accomplished I’ve been suckered into your card paid the fees and now I can’t receive my reward because you guys are banking on everyone giving up after long on hold times. Brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Casey H. – The US Airways numbers are screwed up with the storms and having to rebook people from all the cancelled flights this past week. It should settle down later this week.

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    2. Gail

      You are not writing to US Airways on this site. This is an independent site about mile rewards credit cards!

      Reply
  22. Sharon

    I just hung up from booking my companion fare, and the rep on the phone said it had to be mailed within 24 hours and postmarked tomorrow…which is a problem, because I am going out of town, and won’t have my own transportation to find a post office during the day, and it’s Sunday anyway. Just a heads up to anyone booking – make sure you can get the certificate in the mail and postmarked the next day! My luck, they’re going to see the two-day-later postmark and invalidate the dumb thing.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Sharon – That’s not typically strictly enforced, it’s designed to make sure they get the certificate in enough time to process it before your flight.

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  23. Lisa

    Hello,
    Great info! Many thanks.
    My Mom has a US Airways/Barclays companion certificate. She won’t be able to travel with my Dad and their 2 grand sons this summer. Do you know if my Dad can redeem the companion certificate (same last name) for his trip and pay for the tickets using my Moms’s US Airways/Barclays credit card?
    Thank you.
    Lisa

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  24. Arielle

    Do both the compainon ticket and the regular ticket need to be coach? If so, what would be the best way to go about upgrading to first class? (Flight to Cali) Could I then use miles to do so?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Arielle- Yes they do need to be in coach. Officially the only upgrades allowed are the Preferred elite member complimentary upgrades. But after you book it can’t hurt to ask if you’re allowed to do a mileage upgrade. But bet on the answer being no.

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      1. Brenda

        Thank you. One more question: is there a way to redeem the certificate on line? I have called the reservation # and I never get a representation on the line. Just a few minutes ago, I hung up after waiting 45 min on hold

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        1. MileCards.com

          @Brenda – Unfortunately you have to call a representative. Today is a tough day to call because of the snow storms that shut down their hub in Charlotte.

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  25. Joy

    i booked 1 companion ticket and now my son wants to join us.. Trip is in 7 days, would they add to the reservation if I origianlly booked within 14 days or is it to late?
    thanks

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  26. Kim L

    One other question. How quickly do I receive my card and companion tickets after I am approved for the card? I see that you can pay a $15 expedite fee to get the card sooner but would the companion certificate be included with the expedited card?

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  27. Kim L

    I will be flying from Charlotte to San Francisco. My two companions will be traveling from Raleigh. Can I book their tickes with them traveling out of Raleigh to San Francisco or do they have to get to Charlotte first and then travel with me on the same flight from Charlotte to SFO?

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  28. jerm

    The date the tickets have to be purchased by is when we call our reservation correct? Is it okay to mail the physical companion certificate after the deadline date of when tickets should be purchased?

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  29. Erik

    I am looking at a flight to Denver and the first flight is operated by US Airways Express-Piedmont Airlines. Would this not be considered under the US Airways umbrella? I don’t know how strict they are about what constitutes as a US Airways flight, even though its stated to be a US Express, I have a feeling they will find any way out of not rewarding the companion ticket. Any clarification will be much appreciated.

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  30. E

    @MileCards I am unsure which AIRLINE mile card to choose. I am currently 24 I live in AZ and I fly to NY twice a year if I can to visit my family. I am usually the one out of my friends and family that has money to travel. I have finally accumulated 26k dividend Miles that I can use as a free trip. I want to treat myself and go to Hawaii but I need 35k miles. What card do you guys recommend I get? i already have 3 credit cards that are all Visa – I have no loans except my house I don’t want to get too many credit cards but I read on a time article they help with debt to income – i never leave any balances… I like the companion idea because I have 3 little brothers that I can fly with me to AZ or back to NY. I want an AMEX card too eventually. Should I wait to get this card now or after the merger? Is the annual fee waived for the first year? If i got the amex/wells fargo card i would have the annual fee waived as a team member… if i run my credit id like to get two cards at once.

    with 50k that would give me 75k points and I could go to hawaii TWICE!

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  31. Michael Beckett

    Hello there! When I was looking for air mile credit cards, I decided to go with this one because it was the only one that offered 2 companion tickets and what I found was that there were a slew of different airlines that I could use them through that operated via USAirways. Otherwise, I would have gone with Alaska Airlines. Now that I want to book a flight for myself, my wife and child, it seems that it’s cheaper just to book my flight through cheapflight.com basically via every other airline than with USAirways and my two companion tickets. My question is, was the information that I read wrong? Must I ONLY use USAirways for the companion tickets?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Michael – Yes it’s always been just US Airways flights. There was a Citibank card that offered discounted companion travel on any airline but that benefit is no longer around.

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        1. MileCards.com

          @Michael – Not yet, it will be sometime in the 2nd quarter, around when the programs themselves fully merge.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Megan – Depends on when it was issued. For one that was issued in the fall, we saw an example of a certificate valid through October of this year.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Jackie – You can buy your ticket in cash at whatever price you want and buy the other 2 with miles. No need to use the companion certificate for that.

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  32. T

    Can you put your AA number on the reservation with the companion certificate to get the elite upgrade benefit on US Airways?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @T – Haven’t heard success stories, but it makes sense that it should work once the reservation is done ticketing. Just try it online.

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    1. Lauren

      I asked about flight attendants on our last 4 legs of flights saying u can use the companion tickets in Carribean ? My daughter signed up for a card after the fight attendant showed USA her cell phonecw the script she reads to get new card members – it definitely said u could use them in the Carribean . Are they false advertising? Please respond this time ! Yhnx

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      1. MileCards.com

        @Lauren – You should have your daughter call Barclays about that – it’s incorrect info. Looking at a certificate it says “certificate valid for roundtrip, coach class travel within the contiguous 48 United States or from the contiguous 48 United States to Canada.”

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      2. Stu

        @Lauren – I’m glad you confirmed this!

        I just got home last night from a trip to Mexico. On both legs, both ways, the flight attendant said “US, Canada, and many Caribbean destinations.”

        I was excited to get home and book my next cold weather vaca only to see the voucher itself says lower 48 + Canada.

        Calling tomorrow…

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      3. Brenda

        Lauren, I didn’t see your comment when I posted my question. We fly to St Maarten from Charlotte every year and the flight attendants do indeed tell you that the companion cert can be used for that flight. Did you call Barclays?

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  33. Del Griffith

    I’m the primary card holder and booking two $99 companion tickets for my wife and daughter. If I have to change my RETURN flight and book with another carrier, what exactly happens to my wife and daughter’s reservation?

    Can’t I just check in online but not show up at the gate?

    Do they try to claw back any money? Do their tickets get cancelled?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Del – It’s not clear. In theory they could cancel their ticket but in reality they got the money from your ticket. One thing you might want to request is to ‘split’ the reservation with you separate. Some phone agents will do that in advance, so at least it’s less likely to appear connected.

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      1. Del Griffith

        Thanks, this has been a helpful tread. Hace you heard og anyone successfully proposing what I would like to do?

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        1. Sterling

          Hey Del,

          I am having the same issue, but the flight is not until late February. If you have to take a different return flight can you please let me know how it turned out in terms of what happened to your companions flights? Thanks!

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  34. Judyg

    I have 2 questions:
    My anniversary date is in December and it looks like I am eligible for a companion ticket. I am afraid I will not receive the companion pass until January or 2015. Is that a problem?
    Also, given the merger, how long will new companion passes be valid given flights must be on US air planes? Thanks in advance for your feedback.

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Judyg – The recent ones being issued are valid until October 31. US Airways and American aren’t expected to be fully integrated before then.

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  35. DDY

    1. Do all legs of the round trip have to be operated by US Airways? When planning trip through US Airways website, it appears that I am only able to reach my destination with 1 leg of my trip being operated by American.

    2. I see that Alaska and Hawaii are out. But can the companion tickets be used for any international travel that originates in the lower 48 states? I saw a different post that suggested the companion tickets could be used for travel from the lower 48 to Canada… So I am wondering what else is ok.

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  36. Vmb

    Since you get 2 companion tickets can you use 1 for 1 flight and the 2nd for a later flight. Both flights would be purchasing at least 1 $250 ticket.
    Thanks

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Vmb – Unfortunately no, you can bring 2 companions along on one single trip. So a total of 3 people can travel together.

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  37. richard cefola

    Since i am currently unable to travel, Can I purchase a ticket in my son-in-laws name and have his wife and son use the companion fare?

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  38. lauren

    We never received our voucher for this year. is there anything we can do to get it? the card renewed about 4-5 months ago.

    Thanks,
    Lauren

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  39. mk

    what do you think would happen if my companion missed the first flight of the round trip flight but can make the second flight (return portion)?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @mk – Your ticket would definitely be cancelled. Your companion could take the outbound and miss the return, but missing the first flight means the whole thing will get cancelled. The only possible work around would be to ask to ‘split’ the reservation record of you and your companion, so they are no longer linked. But that is not a sure bet.

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  40. Mark

    I m looking to purchases tickets in April and yesterday 31st October was my anniversary with the card. it now takes up to 4 to 6 weeks to receive my companion tickets and i really need to book the flights asap, is there a way to call up and get the number for my renewal / companion tickets before the paperwork arrives. Waiting for paperwork seems like the 20th century. One would think updating the website or email would be much quicker.
    anyhoo.. any option to get the correct information so i am able to book my tickets sooner?
    many thanks

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Mark – Unfortunately no it’s old school and no way to speed that up. FYI this will also be the last time you receive the companion vouchers with this card as that benefit is ending.

      At least for April you should be in good shape. The lowest domestic fares are generally made available 2 – 3 months before the departure date, so plenty of time.

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  41. Etienne

    I received my card in the mail with the usual legal paperwork, but no voucher. Is the “Welcome Kit” containing the voucher mailed separately? Do they wait until I pay the annual fee before mailing the voucher?

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  42. Kevin

    Can the companion tickets be used for lower 48 to Canada? Although the companion ticket will no longer be available in 2015 will the ticket received in 2014 still be eligible to use in 2015?

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Kevin – Yes they can be used to Canada, and yes the certificate you receive this year will be valid for much of 2015.

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  43. Mike

    What options are there if the primary ticket holder has a last minute conflict/emergency and cannot make the flight. This emergency can be verified as it was the passing of a family member and he is able to show the death certificate if need be. Two companion certificates were purchased with the primary ticket holder.

    From previous threads I believe the companion tickets will be cancelled if the primary doesn’t show. I was thinking of these three options and wanted to see if you had any insight:

    1) What if the primary ticket holder shows up and gets a boarding pass but does not board the plane? Will the return tickets for the companions be cancelled?

    2) What if the primary ticket holder gets on the first flight, but takes an earlier flight home, and is not present for the originally booked return flight with the companions?

    3) What options are there for “splitting the record” or “reservation” if it is the primary ticket holder that is not going to be able to make it.

    Thanks

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    1. MileCards.com

      @Mike – It might be possible to split the record, and then get away with the others traveling, but no guarantees on the return. The only foolproof thing would be to get a full refund of all tickets due to the death certificate.

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      1. Kim

        my boyfriend has to cancel his flight but we booked as his companions. Is there a way for us to fly without him? Is that what split the record means? Could we check him in and then just have him not board? We both companion tickets and don’t know if there is anyway around it. He wants to keep the return but if he doesn’t actually take the outbound isn’t that cancelled? Thanks for any help!

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        1. MileCards.com

          @Kim – You can try but it’s most risky for the return since he didn’t fly the outbound, which could get the whole thing cancelled. Probably best to just pay change fees or rebook from scratch.

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  44. C.C. Wilson

    Can a companion certificate be issued in a dependent’s name. I was told last year by a US Airways rep that it could, if the request is received by them in advance of the issuance date. Now I am getting the run-around.

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    1. MileCards

      @Rosmarie – It is mailed with your welcome package. If you lost it you can call Barclays on the number on the back of your card to request a replacement.

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  45. Casey

    Is the $250 minimum the price of the round trip ticket? Or is it the price of the one way portion?

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  46. james

    i’m thinking about applying for the us airways card in-order to take advantage of the companion ticket. my flight would be in early oct. if i sign-up for the card now and wait 6-8 weeks, the companion certificate won’t arrive until end of august. by then, the prices on flights might have gone up substantially. am i able to purchase my one full-price ticket now (using my new us airways card that i’ll get) and “add” my companion later on when i receive the certificates in the mail? or do they BOTH have to be secured at the same time? Thanks!

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    1. MileCards

      @james – You need to do both at the same time unfortunately. Maybe do some math to see how much fares have to go up to make it not worth it? If it’s $350 now you’re paying $700 for 2 seats. If it goes to $500 you’ll pay $500 + $89 for 2 seats, so saving over $100.

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    1. MileCards

      @Sam – Unfortunately no they are not, and this year is the last year you will receive a voucher as they are phasing it out.

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      1. ed

        We want to use the companion ticket to fly from phx to spokane and then seattle to phx (we are driving from spokane to seattle) is this allowed?

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        1. MileCards

          @ed – Unfortunately no, they only let you book simple round-trips with the companion voucher.

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  47. TMH

    I probably know the answer but here is my situation.
    Two relatives live in Atlanta and I live in California. I would like to use the companion passes to give the two Atlantans a RT ATL/LAX. I will be in Atlanta so I would travel with them to LAX but not make the return. Can they still fly back to ATL if I am not with them?

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    1. MileCards

      @TMH – Officially no, you’re supposed to be on that return flight. If you want to gamble a bit you might be able to check in for the return and well, people do sometimes miss flights.

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  48. Jeff

    Could I use the companion tickets for a flight ‘purchased’ with American Express Miles? Or does the flight used for companion tiks have to be purchased using the US Airways Barclays card?

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    1. MileCards

      @Jeff – The flight needs to be purchased over the phone with a US Airways agent, so unfortunately you can’t ‘purchase’ it with other points like Amex.

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  49. Komal

    I’ve heard that I as well as my traveling companion can earn miles for flights using the companion certificate. Can we bank our miles for the flight to our AAdvantage account or do we have to bank the miles to our Dividend miles account? Also, I assume the companion certificate can only be used on USAir metal and not AA codeshare flights? Thanks.

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    1. MileCards

      @tim – Yes, you can use your miles to book a ticket for anyone you’d like, regardless of whether you’re flying.

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  50. Sam

    I bought tix to go to California on my usairways card and used my companion voucher to get two more tix for my friends to go with me for the $99 plus taxes. I may not be able to go now due to work. If we still keep our reservation, check in and we print our boarding passes and I “eat” my ticket as the cardholder, are they able to still deny my companion ticketed passengers boarding onto the plane? Also, not recommending this but what if they took my printed boarding pass and checked in with their tix and id’s and then one of them used my boarding pass to get on the plane? do we really have to go to such lengths for them to be able to fly without me?

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    1. MileCards

      @Sam- Unfortunately they will cancel your friend’s tickets if you don’t show. They’re pretty explicit that the primary traveler and all companions must be on the plane together. They might be able to fly out but the return will be cancelled. One way around it might be to have your reservation record split ahead of time, that way the system no longer sees you as attached to them. No guarantees there, but some have had luck with agents splitting records.

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  51. Dee

    My daughter is getting married in Hawaii wanted to use the companion ticket WOW! Not happening! Why dont they tell U this before U purchase the ticket!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! POOOOOOOOOHHHHHYYYYYYYY on the card!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As U see does not honor Hawaii or Alaska!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not fair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Very dissapointed

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  52. tim

    can I use my companion certificate with my miles instead of having to buy a ticket, since I have plenty of miles.

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    1. MileCards

      @tim- Unfortunately the companion ticket is only valid for tickets paid in cash, with a $250 or higher fare.

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  53. Rob

    I got the credit card in sept 2013. I recieved the voucher in oct 2013. We want to travel in nov 2014, but voucher expires oct 31, 2014. We will not get next years voucher until after our planned travel. Is there anyway to get dates changed on current voucher to allow us to use for travel in nov 2014? Or is it possible to just book with current voucher and hope they never notice expiration date?

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    1. MileCards

      @Rob – Unfortunately in our experience that isn’t possible, but you’re welcome to give them a call and give getting a new voucher a try.

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  54. Elaine Anderson

    Just received my certificate for the $99 companion ticket to use on usaiways. We will be traveling in January to Key West……….I understand the merger with AS will be taking place in 2015………Will I lose my usairways companion ticket, should I book now and lock it in and can I book my travel on AA since the fares appear to be cheaper than usairways? Thanks so much, Elaine

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    1. MileCards

      @Elaine- Your certificate will be valid all the way through the expiration date on the certificate regardless of the merger.

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  55. George

    I signed up for the US Airways MC in July of 2013. The companion certificate I received with my welcome pkg was good thru April of this year (not sure why it would be short of 12 months). Anyway, as plans sometime go, my family just decided it would work for us to use a certificate for travel in late July of this summer. Could I request a new cert (or an extension on my existing one) that would be effective for a purchase now? Or, must we wait until the “official” renewal time in July, if it’s exactly one year? Of course, that would probably cause a problem with the advance purchase requirement and preferred flight availability. By the way, is there a 2 – 3 month gap for everyone or was my application just bad timing?

    Thanks, great website!

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    1. MileCards

      @George – Unfortunately looks like there is a gap for everyone. For example, someone wrote in with an account with an April anniversary, and the certificate requires the ticket to be purchased by the end of November for travel up through February. Not a friendly feature.

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  56. Rob

    Hello,

    I am currently scheduled to travel as a companion on a flight with a friend this coming weekend. He booked the flight using his card / voucher so he is the primary passenger. Due to a last minute issue I may not be able to go on the trip anymore. If I don’t end up going, I just wanted to confirm that won’t impact his flight / ticket.

    Thanks.

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    1. MileCards

      @Rob- It shouldn’t be an issue. It just means he won’t be able to use that companion voucher again. There was no discount on his ticket so no reason for them to raise an issue with you not going. If you want to play it real safe, he can call and ask to have your reservation ‘split’ from his so they are in separate records, but it’s not necessary.

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  57. Shan

    Is the companion ticket still renewed annually? Was just approved for one, but the description states “one companion certificate for 2 companions”

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    1. MileCards

      @Shan – Yes, you still receive a fresh certificate each renewal year after you pay the annual fee.

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  58. Tim

    I booked travel using the $99 companion couple a bit over a month ago for a trip to San Francisco in late July. As the cardholder I am traveling along with my daughter and a friend of hers. We are learning now that the friend may not want to go. I am hoping it is possible to have my wife take the friend’s place without incurring extra charges. If this is possible how would I go about making the change?

    Thanks.

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    1. MileCards

      @Tim – Unfortunately you can’t change the name of the passenger traveling once a ticket is purchased and that companion certificate is spoken for. Your best bet is to ask US Airways to ‘split’ the reservation so her friend is on a separate record.

      That way if she doesn’t show up it won’t try to cancel your reservation. You can say she got sick or something at the airport if they ask. Since you’re the primary ticket holder you should be fine with her not showing. They care that you’re the one flying so it’s unlikely they will do anything to your or your daughter’s tickets if she doesn’t show.

      But tell that friend to take you up on the great deal you’re offering!

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      1. Tim

        Although I sent in my physical certificate by mail within 24 hours weeks ago I have heard no word from US Air. Will I be getting an email or letter with flight info? And even though we are still months away from travel it’s not possible to substitute my wife for the friend – not sure I understand the rationale there.

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        1. MileCards

          @Tim – They usually don’t send any response after you send in the voucher. You can call and double check your reservation but no reason to think it’s gone awry.

          As for the substitution…they make you forfeit the $99 fare if you make any changes. Though even if you had purchased a ‘regular’ fare none of the US airlines let you change the name of someone and substitute it. They’ll make you cancel the original ticket, losing a big change fee in value, then buy a new one.

          Why remains a mystery, but it’s the policy of all the airlines. Southwest at least doesn’t have fees for refunds.

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  59. Maria

    I had two questions about the companion ticket. It says blackout dates apply and thats what US air said when I call them but their website does not have any blackout dates past 2014. Does anyone have a current companion ticket that was mailed to them and could tell me what the blackout dates would be for March – April 2015?

    Also, how long does it take for the companion ticket to be mailed to you after you open the card? Any experience with that?

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    1. MileCards

      @Maria- The current blackout dates for March / April 2015 are:

      Mar 15, 20, 22, 26, 27, 29, Apr 2, 3, 6, 12

      Apr 7 from Indianapolis
      - Apr 30, May 1 to Louisville

      Typically the welcome package is sent 2-4 weeks after you open your account.

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      1. Maria

        If something is not in the blackout date and it still has availability, can they deny your request for a companion ticket? Let’s say I want to travel March 28th and return April 5th. They are both AROUND blackout dates but not actually on them.

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        1. MileCards

          @Maria – No problem with that. They just don’t want your flight itself to take place on one of those days.

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  60. Lee

    My wife and I want to use a companion certificate to drop my son off at college. That would mean the three of us would fly up together, but only my wife and I would fly back. So what would happen on the return trip, that our son would not be on? Would we be prevented from boarding without him, or would we be back-charged for a full fare for his flight up, because he isn’t with us, taking up a seat on plane on the way back?

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    1. MileCards

      @Lee – Try calling them and have your son put into a different reservation, or ‘PNR’ as they call it. Ask if they can ‘split the record’ so he’s separate. That way if he misses the return it won’t be tied to your reservation. Though wouldn’t tell them you are planning on him missing the flight.

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      1. Lee

        I will give it a try but I don’t think they will allow that – all the reservations have to be made at once, all the passengers must be on the same itinerary, and all must travel together. So I think all will be in same PNR. So assume the same PNR. What happens, practically speaking, if, on the return trip, only two of the 3 show up? Why would they care, and, even if they care (just to make it more difficult to use companion tickets, for instance) what would they do? Not let us board? Try to charge us?

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        1. MileCards

          @Lee – Yes, when you first book you have to keep all the passengers in one reservation. But after it’s ticketed, call back and request to separate your son from the reservation. They’re pretty good about that.

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        2. ST

          If your son will only miss the return leg of the flight, you do not need to do anything – the two of you just show up at the airport and board, nobody will care that your son is not there. The problem is if your son would miss the first (outbound) leg of the flight – in that case, his return ticket would likely be cancelled.

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          1. Lee

            OK, now things may have changed for our schedule and it is possible that NONE of us will make the return trip – we may have a business trip to attend to so may stay over. I realize we can’t change the tickets we have, and that’s OK, but if none of us show up for the return trip, will they try to impose some sort of after-the-fact charge for the first leg, that we all did fly?

  61. HH

    Hello, I will be calling the Reservations number within the next few days to book travel with my $99 companion certificate. I had a few clarifying questions, though. I am looking to purchase roundtrip tickets for myself and one companion. Is it $99 each way or is it $99 total for the companion’s travel (plus taxes)? I understand that the base ticket I buy must have a roundtrip airfare of at least $250, but does this mean that each way must be $250 (pre taxes) or does the round trip total have to be at least $250 (pre taxes)? I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

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    1. MileCards

      @HH – The prices for both are for the roundtrip cost. $99 roundtrip for the companion and $250 minimum roundtrip for your airfare.

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  62. Mark

    What about purchasing an unrestricted coach ticket for the primary? Does that imply that the companion tickets are also unrestricted (changeable)?

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    1. MileCards

      @Mark- Unfortunately with the companion certificate if you make any change you will lose the $99 fare for the companion and have to pay the full fare.

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  63. Miles Silverman

    1. As a Silver status preferred Dividend Miles member, will the miles flown on my full price ticket still count toward my preferred miles status when using this certificate to buy a companion ticket for my wife?
    2. Will we still be eligible for upgrades to first class seats (within the normal 48 hr window) with both tickets, just like when we fly on 2 full fare tickets?

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    1. MileCards

      @Miles Yes – you will earn miles as usual and the usual Preferred upgrade rules apply for these tickets.

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  64. Nancy

    Can you use a companion fare as part of the airfare portion of a vacation package or does the entire package need to be paid for with a credit card?

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    1. MileCards

      @Nancy – The entire ticket must be paid for on its own, not part of a package to get the Companion fare.

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  65. BrianL

    My anniversary date will be March 15, 2015. Can I use the companion ticket for travel dates of May 5, 2015, but purchase the tickets prior to my anniversary date? In other words, purchase my ticket before the anniversary date with my travel date later, or do I have to wait until I get the certificates and then book the tickets?

    Thanks

    BiranL

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  66. Beth

    Hello, my mastercard came in the mail about 3 weeks ago but I have not received companion tickets. When will I be receiving them? Can they be sent to my email?

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    1. MileCards

      @Beth – They should have been in the welcome packet with your card. But you can call Barclays and they will issue a new set if you can’t find them.

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  67. Michael

    Hello,

    I am in an all-out battle with Barclays currently. I have had a UsAir Mastercard since 2005. Every year, I get my companion certificate mailed, no issues. Now, as I am ready to book travel, I couldn’t find it and called for a replacement. They told me that my account was changed to a no-annual fee account, and thus, my benefits were dropped. They refuse to reinstate the benefits, even with paying the fee. I’ve talked to a number of people – all unsuccessfully. The best they could suggest was to apply for the same card through Barclays, which I reluctantly did. And then they denied my new account request. When I contacted them, I was told that the decision was made because I already had a UsAir MC through them!

    I am beyond frustrated with them. My current account carries no balance, has never had a late payment, and I’ve been a customer for almost a decade. Severely disappointed with their customer service.

    Any suggestions?

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    1. MileCards

      @Michael – Can you send us a message with your first and last name via our Contact Us page? Will pass it on and see if someone can help at Barclays. If you don’t want to do that, an option is to file a complaint via the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The banks really stop in their tracks and pay attention when you do that, and you can file one here:

      http://www.consumerfinance.gov/complaint/

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  68. Nancy B

    I already made reservations to use $99 Companion Certificates, but now I need to travel for business and would be best if I could leave from the city we are travelling to. Can I send them home without me? Or will that void the tickets somehow?

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    1. MileCards

      @Nancy – If you flying on the way out with them it shouldn’t be a problem for you to miss the return. No guarantees, but since you’re not asking US Airways to fly you on a different day at the same price should be fine. But no need to alert them early; maybe say at the airport you couldn’t make it and will make your own arrangements to get home.

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  69. Tom Lee

    I have two questions:
    1) I searched on US airways website and found AA flight. Can I purchase the AA flight use my US airways master card and also got two $99 tickets for my two kids?

    2) How to get the $99 tickets for my kids? Do I must call to book the tickets, or I can do it online and there is option for the $99 tickets?

    3) if I have three children, can I book one tickets and get two $99 tickets for my two kids, and my wife book her ticket at full price and get another $99 for the third kid? We both have the US airways master card.

    Thank you

    Tom

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    1. MileCards

      @Tom- Unfortunately you can’t use it on AA flights even if they’re on the US Airways website at this time.

      For 2) yes you must call in to use the certificate, and 3) that will work if your wife also pays an annual fee on her US Airways card and has separate certificate.

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  70. Lee

    We flew from Milwaukee to gulf shores, al, thru Charloette, nc using a $99 companion ticket. My wife wants to go back a few days early while I want to stay the entire time on the ticket. Will we be penalised if she goes back early, even if she buys a new ticket? Would I be penalized flying by myself without my companion on the original return flight? Help

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    1. MileCards

      @Lee – Just tell them at the gate on the day of your flight that she couldn’t make it and will make her own arrangements. No guarantees but that shouldn’t be a problem, especially since you’re not asking them to let her fly free on the other day.

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  71. Western bound

    Two week family road trip this summer from Grand Canyon to Rushmore, including Primary cardholder, son, and husband. Can the companion certificate be used for Primary & son to Phoenix – then, husband one week later to Seattle – and then all three on same exact flight home out of Rapd City?

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  72. PADad

    Great information! I have a couple of travel vouchers from being bumped off of some oversold flights. My question relating to these companion certificates is I’m wondering if I can use those vouchers toward the purchase of my flight (at least $250), or to cover the $99 companion ticket.

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    1. MileCards

      @PADad – Officially you are supposed to use your US Airways MasterCard to pay for the first ticket. But it might be worth calling and trying with your vouchers, no harm in hearing them say no if they do.

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  73. Craig

    I received my U.S.Airways Dividend Miles card in November, 2013. I DID NOT RECEIVE ANY $99 TRAVEL COMPANION cards at that time. How do I get those? I have a premier world Master Card. I am planning on using the companion card in October, 2014. Will I receive the cards in time to book the flight?

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    1. MileCards

      @Craig – Give Barclays a call at the number on the back of your card. They can send you a one-time replacement set.

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      1. Bob

        I actually called Barclays and they sent me one in my credit card inbox while i was still on the phone with the woman. I was surprised with how easy that was.

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  74. Paul

    I’ve heard that in order to use the companion ticket you have to first go to the airport to pick it up… is this true? The closest airport to us is 125 miles away. This doesn’t make sense, why would they force you to go to the airport to just to pick upo a ticket, why can’t they simply mail it, or let you redeem the certificate on-line. I’d like to apply for the MC, but if this is true, it’s of no value to us. Thanks for your help

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    1. MileCards

      @Paul – That’s not true – they will automatically mail you the companion ticket voucher to your home address.

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  75. Chayne

    If my husband and I plan on two trips this year, one in June and one in October, can we use one of the companion tickets in June and the other in October? Or do you have to use both companion tickets at he same time?

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    1. MileCards

      @Chayne- Unfortunately both tickets must be used on the same flight at the same time. You could bring a third person along on your trip at the special $99 fare.

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    1. MileCards

      @Kevin – Yes, if you lost your companion certificate you can call Barclays and request they mail you a new one. It will take 2-4 weeks for the replacement certificates to arrive.

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  76. JAA

    I am the primary account holder. My husband also has a card in his name on the same account. Can he use the companion tickets for our children if I am not on the flight?

    Reply
    1. MileCards

      @JAA – Unfortunately it’s only good when the Primary account holder is one of the ticket holders on the flight.

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  77. Janine

    My sister lives in another state and we want to the companion ticket so that we can go on a trip together; however, we will be flying out of different airports but to the same destination. Are we able to use a companion ticket or do we have to be on the exact same flights?

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  78. IlsaVrett

    Hi…..I signed up for my card at the end of October, 2012. Did I get companion tickets then, after paying my annual fee or do I get them once my anniversary date passes??? 4 of us are travelling. Can I buy a ticket, use my 2 companion tickets and then use air miles for the 4th ticket???? Thanks.

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    1. MileCards

      @Ilsa- You should have received them then – you can call to ask for replacements, though they will expire soon and you will get another set after your anniversary date.

      As for 4 tickets – yes, just call and book the 3 tickets – one cash, two companion tickets. Then, separately, book the 4th ticket with miles on another phone call or using the US Airways website. Just make sure a miles ticket is available on the flights you want.

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  79. Kristian castellano

    If I were to buy a first class ticket can I fly my dad first class as it said all travelers must travel same class

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    1. MileCards

      @Rana – Officially that’s against the rules, but if you want to do that, just check all of you in online for the return trip. Then, whomever will actually travel just goes to the airport and takes the flight. Though probably polite to let the gate agent know 2 weren’t able to make it.

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      1. Susan

        What if it’s the primary ticket holder who doesn’t show up for the flight? Let’s say all three are checked in online for the return, but only the two companions actually make the flight?

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        1. MileCards

          @Susan – For the return flight probably nothing happens, people get sick, etc. But expect to pay more if the primary holder wants to fly at another time later.

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  80. Leslie

    Can you use award travel miles toward a flight (and get the flight fully paid for with miles) and use the companion pass?

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  81. Kristi

    How serious are they on this 14 day rule? I have a last minute trip that I am hoping to use a companion pass for – It is 13 days away. Can that be waived?

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    1. MileCards

      @Kristi- Wouldn’t count on a waiver – it’s a discount fare rule so probably set in stone, but can’t hurt to ask.

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  82. Nikki

    If I purchase a ticket for me and my companion, could I buy my 2nd companions ticket a while later, if it’s the same flight?

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      1. Nikki

        Thank you. I have one more question, are there different us airways MasterCards? I am looking at my companion fair certificate and it says I’m only allowed one companion ticket for $149. Does this mean I can only bring one person on for $149?

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  83. Cheryl

    Can I use my airline miles and still use the companion ticket? Or do I need to pay cash/credit in order to use the companion ticket.

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    1. MileCards

      @Lizette – It depends on whether the fare bucket you booked into originally is still available, and whether the new dates fall on the ‘blackout dates’ for the certificate. At minimum you’ll be faced with a change fee for *each* person which could make it more expensive than just buying a new ticket.

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  84. Chris

    I see that up to 2 guests may travel using the companion ticket. Does that mean for each use of the companion ticket you may take two guests? Or does each guest require their own companion ticket?

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    1. MileCards

      @Chris – Yes, you get one companion certificate, and that certificate lets you bring up to two guests at the companion fare on the trip with you.

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  85. Bob

    Can you purchase a First Class ticket and use the companion certificate for a second?? Same flight and traveling together..

    Thank you

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  86. David Bank

    Our card just renewed and we were notified we’ll receive the two companion coupons but have not yet gotten them in the mail. Is there any way we can book the tickets without the physical coupons in hand?

    Thanks!

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    1. MileCards

      @David- Yes you do need the certificate – they’ll ask for the code on the front of it and ask you to mail it in the next day. Very old school method, but unfortunately that is the process.

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  87. Val

    I want to purchase a First Class seat for my husband (who is 6’8″ and needs the leg room) and the $99 companion ticket for me to fly Coach. How do I do this online? Thank you.

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    1. MileCards

      @Val – This will sound absurd, but we called them and they say you can’t buy a first class ticket for one and have the companion come along. Apparently to them ‘companion’ has to ticketed in the same cabin. However…you are eligible to use your miles to request an upgrade. Call back after you ticket and put in the request. If you get a nice agent they will split the record and you can just request an upgrade for your husband. You might want to check that there is mile upgrade space first before buying the ticket, as often it is not available, and otherwise you will need to wait list and hope space opens before the flight departs.

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  88. Jennifer

    Hi! I am a secondary cardholder and the certificates arrive in my husbands name (primary card holder). Is there anyway for me to travel and use the two certificates without my husband traveling with us?

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    1. MileCards

      @Jennifer- Unfortunately no, the primary card holder needs to be the one who purchases and flies on the cash ticket.

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  89. R. R. Reed

    WE are anxious to use our companion ticket but are unable to get through to a human being on the phone. Is there a good phone number that will be answered to make a reservation and purchase tickets/

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    1. MileCards

      @Suzannah – Yes, they can on occasion be replaced. Just call the Barclays customer service number on the back of your card and note you misplaced the welcome kit with your companion certificate. They can send another one in 2-4 weeks.

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  90. Pat

    If we have a trip planned and are using a companion ticket and our plans change, can it be used for another travel date?

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  91. EVELYN QUE

    My card will arrive in a few days.Planning a trip on july 18.A welcome kit will be mailed shortly.Is the companion ticket included in that kit.How soon do you think i will received it.Do i have enough time to book a companion ticket? Or use an award miles that i will earn since i’m using my card right away to purchase my husband’ticket

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    1. MileCards

      @Evelyn – Unfortunately wouldn’t count on that. They don’t issue the companion certificate until the statement that has the first annual fee has been paid. So it could be another 2 months before you get one.

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  92. EVELYN QUE

    THE USAIR MASTER CARD IS UNDER MY NAME. I WILL USE IT TO PURCHASE MY HUSBAND’S TICKET AND I WILL GET A BONUS MILES AFTER USING IT AND PAYING MY ANNUAL FEE.ENOUGH MILES FOR AN AWARD TRAVEL.BUT IT’S TOO LATE TO USE THIS ON THIS UPCOMING TRIP.CAN I USE A COMPANION TICKET FOR MYSELF. MY HUSBAND FOR SURE WILL TRAVEL. I’LL TRAVEL ONLY IF I CAN GET A COMPANION TICKET OR AN AWARD TICKET.

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    1. MileCards

      @Evelyn – Yes, you can use the companion ticket for you as the companion. It’s completely transferable.

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  93. Curious

    Is there any option to purchase an international companion ticket, even if it’s more than $99? For example, do they give you a $199 international companion option?

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    1. MileCards

      @Carson – Unfortunately no. They will operate as separate airlines for quite some time – perhaps a year or more.

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  94. Stephanie Yohn

    I’m very upset this is at least the second time this has happened! My companion ticket must be purchased by 2/28/13 and my travel must be completed by 5/31/31. I would like to use it but we are traveling 6/19/13-6/26/13 for a wedding. called the company and they say there is nothing they can do. The new voucher was mailed on 5/28 and should arrive in 2-4 weeks. By then it will be too late as travel must be booked 14 days in advance.What the hell. This does not help me now. Once again I cannot use the items that I pay the yearly fee for, because they are in the mail????

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    1. MileCards

      Stephanie – Sorry to hear about that. Sounds like what they are sending you now is a replacement for a lost one. The original should have arrived back when your annual fee came around (sounds like that was in Jan / Feb) – either it got lost at home (looks like junk mail) or they forgot to send.

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      1. Stephanie Yohn

        No I have the original. My anniversary date is may 28th. That is when they charge me the fee and send out the new voucher. So there is a 2-4 week period of time were I do not have my voucher, which makes it actually like 6 due to the fact that one must book travel with voucher 14 days in advance. So technically I must book my summer travel before2/28 and travel before 5/31 which means I can not travel and use the voucher at all in june and am lucky to be able to travel by the end of July. I guess I’m just saying it is kind of a scam since I can’t travel with the voucher in the summer. The vouchers should be mailed to arrive at ones house before the old one expires! Or in the mean time someone at USAIR should be able to provide me with the voucher number to utilize while the new one is in the mail. I’m sure I’m not the only one this happens to! After I use my miles up. I am cancelling this card

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        1. Stephanie Yohn

          Actually I feel they should send out the voucher so it arrives by 2/28. Then I would be able to book and travel anytime using the voucher except for the blackout dates of course. There has got to be someone besides a person who doesny speak English very well and gets their answers from a book that I can talk to about this big problem.

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          1. MileCards

            @Stephanie – Yes that makes a lot more sense. Strange that they have that gap, first we’ve heard of it.

  95. Pat

    The card comes with 2 compnaion tickets @ $99 each if a full price ticket is purchased greater than $250 round trip to the same destination at the same time, for a total of 3 people, if used at the same time; with that being said, can a 4th ticket (@ full price) be purchased for a 4th person to travel with the other 3 people, we plan to travel together (4 adults) to an out of town family event. Thanks!

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    1. MileCards

      @Pat – Yes you can buy a 4th ticket on the same flight. Not sure you can have that person in the exact same reservation, but no reason that person can’t buy a ticket for the exact same flight as the other 3.

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  96. Ryan

    If there is a secondary card holder can that person use the $99 ticket for another person other than the other card holder?

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    1. MileCards

      @Ryan- As long as the secondary cardholder uses the card to purchase you should be able to bring whomever you’d like as the secondary cardholder’s companion.

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  97. Mike D

    My girlfriend and I are planning on flying from Virginia to California on July 11th. We will both be leaving at the same time, on the same flight. But she needs to return on an earlier flight (16th) and I will be staying until the 20th. Can I use the companion voucher on her flight? Note: Currently Her flight is cheaper.

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  98. Connie

    Thanks for the info. Does the flight have to be on US Airways metal or does it just need an associated US Airways flight number?

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    1. amber

      Can a $99 companion ticket be purchased when the full price flight is booked using dividend miles?

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  99. atferrer

    The card comes with two companion tickets. Do you have to use them on the same trip or can you split them up…for example if my husband and i travel roundtrip somewhere in November and then together again in December. Using one companion ticket in the first month and the second ticket in December.

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      1. tali

        there is a misleading comment above. all 3 people must travel at the same time. you can not split the companion tix.

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        1. MileCards

          @tali- Yes thanks for pointing it out. Was made under the assumption she had access to 2 companion certificates, which is not the case.

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          1. Vicki

            I’m sorry to be stupid here, but this comment on the 2 companion certificates confused me as I was looking for an answer in this area. I have two companion certificates and, like the person above, was looking to take two different trips using one certificate for one trip and then the second one for an additional trip at a later time. So, can I use one for one trip and the second for another, or do I have to take two additional companions along with myself on just one trip?

          2. MileCards.com

            @Vicki – Sorry for the confusion. You get one certificate good for taking up to two guests with you on the same trip.

  100. Samatha Brown

    What are the fees associated with the companion ticket? Also, does the the $250+ ticket have to purchased at the same time as the companion ticket or can I bok the $250 ticket through my company’s travel agenct and then purchase the companion ticket for the same exact flight?

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    1. MileCards

      @Samantha – There are some small taxes (usually around $10 or so) associated with the companion ticket. Unfortunately you can’t purchase the first ticket with your company’s travel agency. They require you use your US Airways Mastercard to purchase both tickets.

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      1. Sam Brown

        Ok, so if the credit card my company has on file is my USAirways card and they book a $250+ plane ticket for me am I able to purchase the comapinon ticket? If so, what next steps do I take, after my company’s travel agency purchases and issues my plane ticket (purchased w my USAir credit card) do I call USAirways to buy the compainon ticket and reference the purchased ticket?

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        1. MileCards

          @Sam- Unfortunately the base ticket has to be purchased directly from US Airways and issued at the same time as the companion tickets.

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  101. Angela Walker

    Can you use a companion fare on a multi-city destination? For example I would like to fly to San Francisco and from Los Angeles.

    Thanks

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    1. MileCards

      @Angela – Unfortunately no, just standard roundtrips qualify. They would call that an ‘open jaw’ and don’t allow that with the certificate. Probably best to buy a cheap ticket between San Francisco or Los Angeles if you can find one.

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