So I have a Companion Pass (which I love greatly). What happens if I make a reservation for myself (paying dollars) and for my companion (free, with a small fee), and then it turns out I am not able to travel on that flight but my companion would like to travel on that flight.
Can my companion travel by herself on that flight using the ticket we already bought? I am not looking for a refund for the amount I paid for my ticket. Essentially, I want to use the money that I paid for my ticket to allow my companion to make the flight.
This question is important since I may have made a reservation far in advance for $100, reserved a companion flight ($5.60), and now (2 days before the date of travel), tickets for that flight are selling for $300. If my companion wants to take that flight without me, it would be great if I didn't have to cancel the $100 ticket and buy a new $300 ticket.
Can my companion just show up at the airport and get on the flight without me there?
At least you get the $5.60 back for the same taxes on the new fare.
If you were unsure about your probability to take the original flight but certain that the companion would travel either way, I would consider booking your companion in points instead to lock it in as a separate reservation for future trips.
Then if seats are still available in the days before the flight and your plans firm up, book companion and refund the points reservation.
Don't cancel the points reservation if the flight doesn't have seats available...which if the fare was $300 then there won't be (m)any left.
If your companion's schedule is flexibile, maybe there is an equivalent flight that still has WGA fares available that would work, although this may be early morning or late-night - might not be worth the $200 difference. Otherwise I think the only way is to pay the going rate.
I wouldn't advise sending the companion without you being present, its definitely against the terms.