"Group Zero" etc

Old Feb 11, 19, 3:37 pm
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"Group Zero" etc

Apologies if this has been asked before -- I parsed through a few pages and couldn't see anything along these lines.

I don't fly enough to gain status, so I'm a lowly BA Blue. I'm lucky enough to be the traveling companion of a couple of BA Golds, and so often when I fly I get to experience "how the other half live".

As such, I fly in either Group One or Group Five on BA. My question is -- is there any penalty to "forgetting" hold luggage at your destination? It's tempting to pick up some charity shop carpet bags, and offer to check them in for priority "group zero" boarding, but is there a security issue to not collecting it at my destination? I don't want to get into trouble, but Group Five boarding is becoming increasingly painful (especially when I'm allocated exit row, so I have to beg cabin crew for space to stow my small rucksack and coat).
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Old Feb 11, 19, 3:59 pm
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One of the more bizarre suggestions I have seen, however if making your problem someone else's problem is the goal then it might work....
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Old Feb 11, 19, 4:05 pm
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One of the more bizarre suggestions I have seen, however if making your problem someone else's problem is the goal then it might work....
the entire point of this thread is asking to what extent it becomes someone else’s problem — is unclaimed luggage an issue and for whom?
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Old Feb 11, 19, 4:07 pm
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What happens when they don't make the offer? Do you leave the bag in the gate area? Or take up space unnecessarily on board? Either way I think abandoning luggage at any place in an airport (including the belts) is a really bad idea.
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Old Feb 11, 19, 4:07 pm
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What is the possible rationale for this?!

The only benefit of boarding early is to avoid getting your bag gate checked. But if you are offering a fake bag to gate check, you cannot also take on a large cabin bag that would otherwise be at risk of it. Thus you gain no advantage at all.

If your only motivation is you simply don’t like boarding last, well then you must be doing something wrong. I generally always have priority boarding and generally always board last anyway, because why sit in an economy seat for longer than necessary?

Very bizarre post.
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Old Feb 11, 19, 4:26 pm
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Yes unclaimed baggage is an issue and it adds to the costs of the airlines fares and so makes them more expensive.

You will also be taking up the time of staff who could be helping people with real not invented baggage problems.

if you want to board in group one then have the right status for group 1 or buy a ticket in the right cabin.

What a bizarre post.

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Old Feb 11, 19, 4:29 pm
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The only benefit of boarding early is to avoid getting your bag gate checked. But if you are offering a fake bag to gate check, you cannot also take on a large cabin bag that would otherwise be at risk of it.
You obviously have not seen the couple who checked one bag at the gate and then took three bags each on board.
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Old Feb 11, 19, 4:41 pm
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You obviously have not seen the couple who checked one bag at the gate and then took three bags each on board.
Indeed not, because I'm not at the gate early enough to witness such shenanigans; I'm still sipping my G&T in the lounge...
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Originally Posted by Triceratiptops View Post
Apologies if this has been asked before -- I parsed through a few pages and couldn't see anything along these lines.

I don't fly enough to gain status, so I'm a lowly BA Blue. I'm lucky enough to be the traveling companion of a couple of BA Golds, and so often when I fly I get to experience "how the other half live".

As such, I fly in either Group One or Group Five on BA. My question is -- is there any penalty to "forgetting" hold luggage at your destination? It's tempting to pick up some charity shop carpet bags, and offer to check them in for priority "group zero" boarding, but is there a security issue to not collecting it at my destination? I don't want to get into trouble, but Group Five boarding is becoming increasingly painful (especially when I'm allocated exit row, so I have to beg cabin crew for space to stow my small rucksack and coat).
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What is group Zero boarding?
Hold baggage = checked bags?
Carpet bags = jute or gunny bags ?

If you plan to leave the bags at destination why are you checking them in ?

If you are in an Exit row, that takes status or $$$ to get it ? So which is it ? Thank you.
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Old Feb 11, 19, 5:13 pm
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Originally Posted by Ldnn1 View Post
I generally always have priority boarding and generally always board last anyway, because why sit in an economy seat for longer than necessary?.
On short haul flights I prefer to board early to ensure I don't have to care about lack of overhead luggage space.
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Old Feb 11, 19, 6:31 pm
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Carpet bags are very collectable so won't come cheap even when bought from a charity shop.
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Originally Posted by HMPS View Post
Having senior moments here.
What is group Zero boarding?
Hold baggage = checked bags?
Carpet bags = jute or gunny bags ?

If you plan to leave the bags at destination why are you checking them in ?

If you are in an Exit row, that takes status or $$$ to get it ? So which is it ? Thank you.
Color me confused also...

Hoping somebody can translate what OP is trying to accomplish..
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Old Feb 11, 19, 7:34 pm
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Color me confused also...

Hoping somebody can translate what OP is trying to accomplish..
So far I am told "carpet bags" are collectibles.

Glad I am not the only one !
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Old Feb 11, 19, 10:02 pm
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Originally Posted by TomMM View Post
Color me confused also...

Hoping somebody can translate what OP is trying to accomplish..
i believe the OP is planning to gate check a worthless bag (say for instance worth a pound or so) which allows him to preboard ahead of Group 1 folks, when the gate attendant asks for people to check in bags at the gate due a full flight in exchange for priority boarding. I understand he is calling that preboarding ‘Group 0’.

At the destination, the OP has no plans to collect the worthless bag from the baggage carousel, and rely on someone else to sort out what to do with the bag left on the carousel.

Thereby the net effect to the OP is to receive priority boarding for the little money spent on the worthless bag. At least I think that is the plan?
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