i just applied and was approved for the mileageplus explorer on friday. i'm planning a trip with several friends in late august, and would like to maximize the free bags...but i see in order for the companion free bag, they have to be on the same reservation. the problem with this is that a bunch of us are flying different dates. two of my friends and i are flying to our destination on fri aug 24 - but the two friends will be flying home sun sept 2 while i won't be home til wed sept 5. also, my girlfriend will likely be meeting us on wed aug 29, and flying home with me on wed sept 5. if i'm interpreting this right, i'd have to book my own flight (and the rest of them for that matter) as one-way tickets in order to qualify for the free baggage for one companion, since that's the only way to get them on the same reservation...right? or am i reading way too much into this?