Group 0 boarding for GGL

Old Sep 9, 2023, 1:53 am
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Group 0 boarding for GGL

As first reported by Tobias-UK here and with the official update online found and reported by Always Somewhere Else here.
Group 0 boarding to commence for GGL and Premier status customers on limited LH routes:

This is similar to what AA offer to CK consistently on SH and LH and occasionally offer to BA GGLs too. No mention of whether CK travelling BA would be extended the same.
It also doesn't yet state whether the Group 0 will be GGL only or anyone on the booking (I assume the latter).
Tobias-UK has confirmed that BPs on the app will be updated to show GGL /group 0 status.
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Old Sep 9, 2023, 2:13 am
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Good to see some kind of progress on GGL boarding (Prems already just introduce themselves at the gate and are let through to the seating area before boarding commences)

However, the real advantage in this will be on short haul flights. Hopefully, this comes soon. Maybe GVA or ZRH or FRA would be a good place to start, given the huge number of GCHs on those flight routinely

Some conflicting info above on how to identify yourself as a GGL. I really do not want to have to carry my plastic card and often the app seems to show me as a GCH rather than GGL (unless I refresh it about 20 times)
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Old Sep 9, 2023, 2:19 am
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Originally Posted by HFHFFlyer
Some conflicting info above on how to identify yourself as a GGL. I really do not want to have to carry my plastic card and often the app seems to show me as a GCH rather than GGL (unless I refresh it about 20 times)
/dykwia on
You will either have to waft your boarding card around with the group.0 prominently displayed or BA will have to make the GL on the membership card (and the luggage tags) a lot larger and less prone to rubbing off
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Old Sep 9, 2023, 2:23 am
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Not a moment too soon. Perhaps they have finally listened to feedback.

Can BA mess it up though? I wouldn't put it past them.
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Old Sep 9, 2023, 2:27 am
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Whilst this is fair enough and a perk I will never get to use, it smacks of creating a new rule when enforcing the existing one would be a better move.
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Old Sep 9, 2023, 2:28 am
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Originally Posted by HFHFFlyer
Good to see some kind of progress on GGL boarding (Prems already just introduce themselves at the gate and are let through to the seating area before boarding commences)

However, the real advantage in this will be on short haul flights. Hopefully, this comes soon. Maybe GVA or ZRH or FRA would be a good place to start, given the huge number of GCHs on those flight routinely

Some conflicting info above on how to identify yourself as a GGL. I really do not want to have to carry my plastic card and often the app seems to show me as a GCH rather than GGL (unless I refresh it about 20 times)
Nothing conflicting, the intent is that BPs (electronic and paper) will show Group 0, if that isnt shown then you can produce your membership card (physical or App).
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Old Sep 9, 2023, 2:37 am
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Originally Posted by Tobias-UK
Nothing conflicting, the intent is that BPs (electronic and paper) will show Group 0, if that isnt shown then you can produce your membership card (physical or App).
Once at the gate you will be asked to present your GGL membership card to the gate agent. My point was simply that the official BA release does not admit the alternative that you describe.
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Old Sep 9, 2023, 2:40 am
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Originally Posted by i_concur
Whilst this is fair enough and a perk I will never get to use, it smacks of creating a new rule when enforcing the existing one would be a better move.
I agree that enforcement could be far better.

The reason, however, I like the idea of this is that I take a lot of SH flights where Group 1 can be huge. 10 rows of CE plus another 20 GCHs in economy creates a Group 1 of 60 people. That is a big scrum at increasingly cramped gate areas.
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Old Sep 9, 2023, 2:45 am
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For the trial, you'll be in Group 1 and show the card. The IT will presumably catch up if it's extended generally, but it'd be pointless to make a change and have to roll it back.

I'd still rather have an app that displays my bookings reliably. But there is a certain ineffable joy building at the prospect of moving in front of the GCH suits who have walked to the front of the queue assuming no-one other than themselves has priority.
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Old Sep 9, 2023, 2:47 am
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But there is a certain ineffable joy building at the prospect of moving in front of the GCH suits who have walked to the front of the queue assuming no-one other than themselves has priority.
I know where the "effs" will be coming from .
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Old Sep 9, 2023, 2:47 am
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Originally Posted by crazy8534
As first reported by Tobias-UK here and with the official update online found and reported by Always Somewhere Else here.
Group 0 boarding to commence for GGL and Premier status customers on limited LH routes:
And kudos to crazy8534 who I think first reported the now confirmed whisper this was coming a few weeks ago!
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Old Sep 9, 2023, 3:09 am
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Originally Posted by bisonrav
For the trial, you'll be in Group 1 and show the card. The IT will presumably catch up if it's extended generally, but it'd be pointless to make a change and have to roll it back.

I'd still rather have an app that displays my bookings reliably. But there is a certain ineffable joy building at the prospect of moving in front of the GCH suits who have walked to the front of the queue assuming no-one other than themselves has priority.
This could also be an interesting marketing ploy to inform those Golds not in the know about the fact that there is more after Gold.

I dont know if BAs strategy is as sophisticated as to take some benefits away from Golds and hand them to GGLs..
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Old Sep 9, 2023, 3:10 am
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Presumably this now means all the people who gate check bags, or the group of four adults who board with a single child, will now have to be designated as group -1?
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Old Sep 9, 2023, 3:16 am
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Originally Posted by Foofighter69
I dont know if BAs strategy is as sophisticated as to take some benefits away from Golds and hand them to GGLs..
It's already happened imho with the reduction in food and drink quality in GF and AA deciding golds are platinum pro equivalent not exec platinum. And the reported really long waits on the gold telephone line that used to be instantly answered pre covid.
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Old Sep 9, 2023, 3:18 am
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If true its desperate!

They cant manage boarding today with 9 groups. It usually chaotic.

In any event group 0 already exists. Its called excess hand baggage.

The interns have fully taken over the asylum!
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