BA First boarding question

Old Jun 26, 17, 7:04 am
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BA First boarding question

Hi,

Flying First (for the first time) in September from LHR to SAN on a 773 (I believe)

Just had a question about the boarding, from leaving the lounge and going to the gate, do you board with everybody else in the priority boarding queue or does first have its own boarding queue etc?

Any tips for making the best out of our 1st First experience? We've selected seats 1F & 1E to be next to each other on the 777 out and the same back but onboard the 787 from SJC.

Thanks

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Old Jun 26, 17, 7:07 am
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Sometime they will call First first, other times you just have to pile in with the rest.

Enjoy your flights ^
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Old Jun 26, 17, 8:11 am
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You've picked the best seats if you want to chat and dine together. You can buddy dine on 77W but it's a squeeze and not ideal if you want to take a couple of hours.

Enjoy the ride home on the 789 from SJC. I completed again recently and it's the best way back from the West Coast (IMO!)

From the lounge, it's most likely you'll get the transit to Gates B/C with everyone else, and board with quite a few others, but this is a small inconvenience out of the whole experience
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Old Jun 26, 17, 8:52 am
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sometimes they will call for boarding for First and Gold Card passengers before the rest of 'priority' boarding (which is normally about half the plane...) sometimes they don't bother


it's normally better to spend a little longer in the Concorde Room, then head down mid-boarding...you can still jump the line in the 'priority boarding' queue at the gate, but then obviously you queue with everyone else down the jetbridge (or, as I had yesterday...for the BUS)...


the boarding experience is not really that well thought-out for First, but frankly it's not worth getting down to the gate early for 'priority' boarding you might as well have a little longer in CCR and just board with everyone else later
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Old Jun 26, 17, 9:15 am
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Originally Posted by GeorgeAmbler89 View Post
do you board with everybody else in the priority boarding queue or does first have its own boarding queue etc?
Yes.
(given BA's consistent inconsistency)
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Old Jun 26, 17, 10:44 am
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I did the SAN-LHR route the other week (in eco, however). SAN is small, so there's just the two lanes: priority and normal. LHR is larger, so might be better setup (but it's usually just the two lanes tbh).
As you are a First passenger, hang around near the front of priority lane. You should be called along with Gold. Few other people in the line will also be First, if they think you're pushing in just ask if they're First passengers too.
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Old Jun 26, 17, 10:54 am
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Originally Posted by GeorgeAmbler89 View Post
Any tips for making the best out of our 1st First experience?
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Take a look at this post. It has no fewer than 22 links to threads about first first flights. Credit @nux

Happy reading and have a great trip.

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/25371854-post2.html
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Old Jun 26, 17, 2:07 pm
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If you are ticketed F, walk to the front of the PB queue and flash your boarding pass. They will let you on. Hanging around behind 100 bronze cardholders who are flying in Y is stupid.
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Originally Posted by Raffles View Post
If you are ticketed F, walk to the front of the PB queue and flash your boarding pass. They will let you on. Hanging around behind 100 bronze cardholders who are flying in Y is stupid.
Whilst I agree with this, it has to be done carefully to avoid death stares.

Of course BA should really have a separate First lane at widebody gates. But they don't.
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Old Jun 26, 17, 2:43 pm
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If you are ticketed F, walk to the front of the PB queue and flash your boarding pass. They will let you on. Hanging around behind 100 bronze cardholders who are flying in Y is stupid.
Oh dear. That has potential DYKWIA written all over it. What about other F passengers near the front of the priority queue?
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Have a card-off
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Old Jun 26, 17, 2:54 pm
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Originally Posted by Raffles View Post
If you are ticketed F, walk to the front of the PB queue and flash your boarding pass. They will let you on. Hanging around behind 100 bronze cardholders who are flying in Y is stupid.
Gutted there was no queue when I had the chance to do this!
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Oh dear. That has potential DYKWIA written all over it. What about other F passengers near the front of the priority queue?
I would find this totally unacceptable and would probably ask the person pushing to the front what they think they were doing.
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Old Jun 26, 17, 3:26 pm
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Originally Posted by golfmad View Post
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Take a look at this post. It has no fewer than 22 links to threads about first first flights. Credit @nux

Happy reading and have a great trip.

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/25371854-post2.html
Thanks for the link!
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Old Jun 26, 17, 3:28 pm
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Thanks everybody for the comments.

I'm a litttle surprised British Airways don't have a separate queue for first. But like people have said it's not worth worrying about (not that I was, I just wondered)

I'll just hang back in the CCR for a bit longer.

Im not sure I could walk to the front of line and flash my boarding pass, however tempting it sounds lol!!
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