Hi! My family will be going on a cruise out of LA. After the cruise, my son(8 years-old) will continue on with my sister and her family to Dallas. Now her family has purchased their tickets and paid for early check in. I paid for my son ticket with his travel credit and link their confirmation to his so he is not registered as a unaccompanied minor. Now the question is, do I need to purchase early check in for him to guarantee that he will board with them?
If you have four or five adults all in a row, and one kid that has a later position, you can probably have your son line up with them all in line especially if they all have EBCI and he will also have it, hopefully not too far behind.
The numbering gets a little loose when people just get more or less in their position so I wouldn't worry about +/- five positions difference in position.
The operations agent might bounce someone back in line if they are not in the right boarding group though, or I saw someone with a high A-number try to board with their A-1 companion and that didn't fly.
But if they all have B1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and he's standing with them at B10 or B15 it's probably fine.
If not do as @TheMiddleSeat suggested and have one adult hang back with him until his position while the others hold spots for the two of them.
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