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Old Apr 7, 19, 4:41 am
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Web site says (https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb...rding/boarding) - Long Haul / Short Haul
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Old Apr 7, 19, 4:41 am
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Originally Posted by expataus View Post
GGL flying CW on a 3 class flight, boarding pass shows Group 2. In fact it looked like the entire cabin was in Group 2.

I was under the impression that Group 1 was First, GCH and OW Emerald members - did the policy change?

Sorry if this is covered elsewhere - I did check the Group Boarding thread first.
I noticed that Club World at Narita was Group 2, but ultimately if you're Gold or higher you should be Group 1 anyway surely?
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Old Apr 7, 19, 4:57 am
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Thanks to everyone who weighed in, for those of you playing the home game, the correct answer is: Computer Says No.

Yes, GCH and OWE pax should be in Group 1. Yes, my BAEC number is attached to the booking. No, the computer won't put me in Group 1, and several attempts by Guest Services to fix the booking led only to weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Not that it really matters, Group 1 vs Group 2 doesn't make much of a difference.
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Old Apr 7, 19, 5:22 am
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Originally Posted by onobond View Post
Telling HBO pax the flight is full, and lack of over-head space is predicted, offering a FREE gate-check, instead of paying for it should be incentive enough. The overhead bin space would still be available for any priority boarding pax, without a bunch of non-priorities being pre-boarded
Your'e assuming that they don't have other hand baggage that doesn't get gate checked. I've seen people staggering onboard with' hand baggage' which practically requires an army of Sherpas to shift - yet the crew never say a word to them and flights are delayed time and again while CC run up and down trying to help them find locker space.
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Old Apr 7, 19, 5:58 am
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Originally Posted by flyingmonkie View Post
Sorry what do you mean free? What's the other option? Somebody gets on a flight with their correctly sized hand luggage and there is no space for it are you suggesting they get charged to then check it? Would get short shrift from me!
This isn't my words. Next time waiting to board, you'll hear the GA trying to convince ppl to 'check your bag to your destination for free' . So your question is really: What does BA mean by free?

The point of this thread, and my previous post, however, is not whether gate-checking incur costs or not. It's about 1/ wrongly being in Group 2, when qualified to be in group 1, and 2/ lots of pax being pre-boarded on grounds that other airlines don't share together with the unlimited number of escorting pax pre-boarding with one passenger qualified for this procedure.
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Old Apr 7, 19, 3:56 pm
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Originally Posted by onobond View Post
This isn't my words. Next time waiting to board, you'll hear the GA trying to convince ppl to 'check your bag to your destination for free' . So your question is really: What does BA mean by free?
Not at all, my question is "Why would anybody accept the inconvenience of their carry on being gate checked when they can already take it on the plane with them?"

The only way they can do that is to offer them something in return, a free gate check is an inconvenience not an inducement.
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Old Apr 7, 19, 4:50 pm
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Well, according to BA rules, only smaller item is guaranteded to go on board. So, if not enough space, GAs in perfect right to force pax to gate check luggage. Is what I have seen happening US where GA anounces before boarding starts that pax in groups x and higher will have to gate check their large pieces as not enough space. So, no need for inducement I would say
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Old Apr 7, 19, 4:54 pm
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Originally Posted by expataus View Post
Thanks to everyone who weighed in, for those of you playing the home game, the correct answer is: Computer Says No.

Yes, GCH and OWE pax should be in Group 1. Yes, my BAEC number is attached to the booking. No, the computer won't put me in Group 1, and several attempts by Guest Services to fix the booking led only to weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Not that it really matters, Group 1 vs Group 2 doesn't make much of a difference.
Were you at some dodgy outstation with a computer system that doesn't know what GGL is? Or was it at LHR that you were trying for the second time?
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Old Apr 7, 19, 6:32 pm
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But both GGL and Gold get Group 1.
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Old Apr 8, 19, 2:51 am
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If computer says no, get a pen out...
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Old Apr 8, 19, 3:38 am
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With the group system they could so easily standardise the Pre-Boards too...

Just put the word PRE instead of a group number or create Group 0 for the Pre-Boards.

Pax with children under 5 in booking get Group 0 or PRE boarding passes, other who need extra time sort it out at Checkin.
Simples

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Old Apr 8, 19, 3:57 am
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Originally Posted by SWISSBOBBY View Post
With the group system they could so easily standardise the Pre-Boards too...

Just put the word PRE instead of a group number or create Group 0 for the Pre-Boards.

Pax with children under 5 in booking get Group 0 or PRE boarding passes, other who need extra time sort it out at Checkin.
Simples

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Without deeper knowledge of latin, are you talking about pax in singular form, or the plural, or actually habitual 'all (unlimited number) that feel entitled' to escort a child under 5?
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Old Apr 8, 19, 4:15 am
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Originally Posted by SWISSBOBBY View Post
With the group system they could so easily standardise the Pre-Boards too...

Just put the word PRE instead of a group number or create Group 0 for the Pre-Boards.

Pax with children under 5 in booking get Group 0 or PRE boarding passes, other who need extra time sort it out at Checkin.
Simples

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Not so simple. I had a hand injury last summer which meant that iit took longer for me to board and get situated. They do not "up" your boarding number at check in. They always do it at the gate. Not so "simples"
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Old Apr 8, 19, 4:17 am
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And before anyone says anything, this was the same procedure for easyjet flights and United flights that i went on too
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Old Apr 8, 19, 4:20 am
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Originally Posted by onobond View Post
Without deeper knowledge of latin, are you talking about pax in singular form, or the plural, or actually habitual 'all (unlimited number) that feel entitled' to escort a child under 5?
Oh, how I agree with you on that point. On Caribbean routes I have often seen an 'Elder' passenger needing to be escorted to the aircraft by 6-8 members of the extended family.
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