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Old Aug 12, 11, 10:27 pm   #1
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Family Boarding inbetween A29-A30

So this was a first for me. On a flight today from SLC to PHX they boarded A-1 through A29. Then called for Family boarding, then A30 on. We were A 34, 40, 41. There must have been a lot of though passengers since the only row left was second to the back. Is this a new order to board?
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Old Aug 13, 11, 8:33 am   #2
  
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So this was a first for me. On a flight today from SLC to PHX they boarded A-1 through A29. Then called for Family boarding, then A30 on. We were A 34, 40, 41. There must have been a lot of though passengers since the only row left was second to the back. Is this a new order to board?
My guess is the Operations Agent just screwed up. Family boarding is still between the A and B boarding groups.
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Old Aug 13, 11, 2:36 pm   #3
  
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family boarding with lots of thru passengers

i've seen this a few times, esp if there are 40+ through passengers, that family boarding can happen as early as after the pre boarders.
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Old Aug 13, 11, 10:33 pm   #4
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There were a lot of throughs since we were at the back of the plane with A34. Just curious.
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If I paid for early bird in this suituation and was in A31 to A60, I would be unhappy.
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Old Aug 14, 11, 5:23 pm   #6
  
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If I paid for early bird in this suituation and was in A31 to A60, I would be unhappy.
Me, too! I think any EBCI boarding number that isn't an "A" is a ripoff. Southwest should limit the number sold to guarantee "A".
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Me, too! I think any EBCI boarding number that isn't an "A" is a ripoff. Southwest should limit the number sold to guarantee "A".
As I understand it, the problem with that is that they have no way of knowing how many A-Listers will be on the flight. Theoretically, even if they only sold one EBCI, they could potentially get a B card, if there are a ton of A-Listers.
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Old Aug 14, 11, 9:21 pm   #8
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I think that this is hard situation! I certainly think since I checked in and got A34 I should be able to sit with my DH and my 9 year old DD. But I would also be upset if I had little kids and there were no seats left together. Then again, if I was in this situation, I would have checked in a T24 to ensure I would not have any problems.

The whole thing is screwed up!
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If WN ever wanted to help gaurentee the ELCI people to A group, they could limit how many were sold. The revenue dept has the ability to track tendecies on flights. They could very easily do something do a formula like 60 A group BP's - 15 Bus Sel - # of A-Listers tipically on the flight = # of ELBI that can be sold for flight XYZ.

But, then again, they would be limiting something that has proven very profitable for them.
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