I am curious if this has ever happened to anyone else... I am a 1k and 95% of the time I am traveling solo for work. I am traveling cross country, with my wife, on the same flights but on two seperate itineraries. I called UA to have my wife's seat moved from Economy to Economy Plus and for her to sit in the window and me in aisle in the same row (leaving the middle seat open). I was told by the Customer Service representative that she would not move my wife's seat to that window seat (or any other window / aisle seat) and the only seat that she could have is the middle seat next to me. This flight is in early October and the entire E+ section is wide open. I asked why this was and she told me that I would penalizing other Premier Customers by having my wife sit in a window or aisle and if I wanted her to sit in either I had to pay the additional $129 for that luxury. Being a frequent traveler, I totally respect the heirchary at the airport and have had to sit in a middle seat (cross-country) before because of a late booking or standby situation. I dont want to penalize a fellow 1k or other Premier Member, but it was my understanding that a 1k or PP can have up to 8 additional people sit in E+ with them (couldnt find where it said in a middle seat only?). After asking to speak to a supervisor (and being on hold for 30 minutes) she came back and told me that my my wife is in a window seat six rows behind me and that is all that she is going to do for us. I went on-line to try to move her seat and it is asking for an additional $129. I guess I am grateful that she (probably would have been me) isnt in a middle seat, but I am still very confused by this. Is this something new that UA is doing with you try to move a traveling companion up to E+ with you? Apologize for the lengthy post....just trying to figure out of this is a new policy or just a one off by a Customer Service agent as we are planing much more family summer travel.