I recently got the US Air Barclay's card and noticed that it came with a companion pass (which I understand is $99+$25 fee to redeem over the phone). I also read somewhere that the miles from the companion pass were attached to the cardholder's account. That can't be true, right? In terms of best use, would doing something like IAD-YVR or WAS-YVR be the best idea for value? I might do some stops in between to try to get as many segments and miles as possible, and I think the wife is up for it as long as it's on a weekend (my schedule's more flexible).