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Is there any point to status cards & luggage tags?

Old Jun 13, 2023, 9:36 am
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Is there any point to status cards & luggage tags?

Is there any reason to carry around the card that says what Aeroplan status I have, or to put the luggage tags on my luggage?

That is, does the card have any actual use? Do the tags result in better treatment of luggage? Thanks.
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Old Jun 13, 2023, 9:48 am
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I've been pulled out of lines by concierges who saw my SE tags.

I've had concierges go looking through the (not customer accessible) baggage area looking for SE-tagged bags.

I've been to lounges that required a physical card regardless of what's on your phone or boarding pass.
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Old Jun 13, 2023, 9:51 am
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Wow - thanks. I would not have imagined any of these scenarios!
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Old Jun 13, 2023, 10:50 am
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Yes, also if you have a tag on your carry on then you *might* be less likely to be asked to ensure your luggage fits in the carry on sizer - provided it's not outrageously big.
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Old Jun 13, 2023, 11:02 am
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Thanks - I wouldn't have known that, either.
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Old Jun 13, 2023, 11:09 am
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Originally Posted by Sandy King
Wow - thanks. I would not have imagined any of these scenarios!
yeah, there are some recent posts (can't remember which threads, but I think in the last week) where even 50ks (not just SEs) report getting special dispensation by a GA who saw the tags, for carry on or other boarding issues.
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Old Jun 13, 2023, 11:30 am
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Striding into the priority check-in area at YYZ without the agent manning the entrance questioning
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Old Jun 13, 2023, 11:35 am
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I really am pleasantly surprised to see all these responses.

Is there any minus? For instance, we have flights coming up mostly on AC, but one on another carrier. Will the positive karma that the tags give on one's usual carrier translate into negative karma with another, or just yawns?
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Old Jun 13, 2023, 12:00 pm
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Get your card scanned at the LCBO to get AP points. Used to work at Esso too.
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Old Jun 13, 2023, 12:23 pm
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I find there are less and less need, as smart phones and digital cards have become popular.

In fact, out of the 5-6 programs I use the most, priority pass is the only one I have physical card. Other than that, I have some expired cards from TK, never received any card from QR, Marriott, Accor, VIA Rail.
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Old Jun 13, 2023, 12:24 pm
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Originally Posted by Sandy King
I really am pleasantly surprised to see all these responses.

Is there any minus? For instance, we have flights coming up mostly on AC, but one on another carrier. Will the positive karma that the tags give on one's usual carrier translate into negative karma with another, or just yawns?
If I were a thief I would be more likely to select bags with fancy status tags.
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Old Jun 13, 2023, 12:47 pm
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Originally Posted by malbik
If I were a thief I would be more likely to select bags with fancy status tags.
There was a discussion somewhere about this and premium bags like Rimowa. They are an easier target.

But IMHO the luggage tags are not that great for checked bags. Years ago when I first made it to an Elite status I put mine on and it broke after a single flight. I've only been using mine on carry on bags since.
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Old Jun 13, 2023, 12:51 pm
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Originally Posted by allbrosca
Get your card scanned at the LCBO to get AP points. Used to work at Esso too.

I just tell the checkout person at LCBO what my number is
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Old Jun 13, 2023, 12:53 pm
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Originally Posted by OttawaMark
I just tell the checkout person at LCBO what my number is
You should consider adding your Aeroplan card to apple/google wallet. It will be quicker and will ensure they don't mistype it.
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Old Jun 13, 2023, 12:54 pm
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Originally Posted by Hotel 83 Tango
You should consider adding your Aeroplan card to apple/google wallet. It will be quicker and will ensure they don't mistype it.
Excellent idea, I just did this.
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