If UA's buddy passes are consistent with industry standards it will only be able to be used for flights operated by UA metal and most if not all UA Express carriers on UA* flights.
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Its the only UA flight
to MAD, and my friend who is giving it to me said it would be fine, which sounds odd to me
The only IAD-MAD flight that carries a UA flight number...but not operated by
UA... so, yes, it does "sound odd" to think that the pass in question can be used on a EI-operated
"UA" flight ...again, based on my experience with non-rev pass policies that are virtually universal in the U.S. airline industry... while your UA employee friend giving you the pass could (along with dependents, possibly parents) fly non-rev on EI-operated flights, no such luck for buddy pass recipients -- who are restricted to UA and/or UAX operated flights...unless UA has a major, virtually unheard of, exception in their buddy pass program.
Highly doubtful... the airline from whom I retired (2 years ago) placed its codehare flight number on flights operated by several different airlines... nonetheless, buddy passes applied only to flights operated by our own metal or that of (the equivalent of) our "Express" carrier.
Best to speak to someone at UA more directly connected -- and therefore more knowledgeable -- with non-rev pass policies...with all the codeshares "floating around out there" it gets murky...(much) more than once I had to be 'the messenger' who informed buddy pass recipients that the pass could not be used on any of "our" flights operated by another carrier that they had seen on our website.