Did Delta just change its policy regarding fees for companions to Gold members?

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My husband and I travel together on the same confirmation code. He has Gold and I have Silver. Up to the last three months, when we tried to get an earlier flight to our destination, we were given seats based on my husband's Gold. Lately, they would be willing to send him but want to charge me $70 change fee. Compare this to upgraded seats where they always upgrade us together. Does anyone have info about this strange change in policy? Perhaps they want him to get back home but leave me in Atlanta for 4 hours. lol
 
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My husband and I travel together on the same confirmation code. He has Gold and I have Silver. Up to the last three months, when we tried to get an earlier flight to our destination, we were given seats based on my husband's Gold. Lately, they would be willing to send him but want to charge me $70 change fee. Compare this to upgraded seats where they always upgrade us together. Does anyone have info about this strange change in policy? Perhaps they want him to get back home but leave me in Atlanta for 4 hours. lol
It does not seem to be the policy to extend status to a companion for same day change. Some agents may have done it as a courtesy in the past.

So you have gotten lucky in the past. There is a post on flyertalk dating to March 2018 where people discuss paying the fee.
 

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To directly answer your original question, YES, Delta owns every tiny bit of SkyMiles. They can and do anything they want, with or without notification. Reading your agreement with SkyMiles would help you deal with the whole program. It would also be eye-opening to spend some time on FlyerTalk. I remember that Continental had all kinds of policies but rarely enforced them for their status members. But today, the airlines are out for every single dime. FT members may be able to show you some ways to deal with this policy.