How many bag/brag tags is too many?

Old Feb 9, 18, 5:13 am
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How many bag/brag tags is too many?

I've seen a few folks with one too many bag/brag tags. Normally, it's someone with tags earned through elite status in multiple airlines. Well, this morning I saw someone board with at least four Delta diamond bag tags attached to one bag. Talk about excessive, if not arrogant.

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Old Feb 9, 18, 5:26 am
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Apparently my message was too short according to Flyertalk rules so I am typing all of this stuff to allow me to post the answer to your question in the subject.....


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Delta hands out bag tags for the same reason that Burger King hands out paper crowns. They cost very little and make the customer feel important.
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Old Feb 9, 18, 5:35 am
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Delta hands out bag tags for the same reason that Burger King hands out paper crowns. They cost very little and make the customer feel important.
I'm DM with DL, and I don't have any tags on my bags other than a regular ID tag that came with the bag. I don't mean to disparage people who do use the tags, but what's the point? They don't even have your SM on them anymore, so they're useless as far as actual identification goes, and any agent sees your status as soon as they pull up your PNR (and it doesn't come up much, but F/As can see it too on their SkyPros, if they care to look), so it's not like they need to see them for any reason.

Has anyone found that having them has actually made a difference in their travel experience?
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Old Feb 9, 18, 5:35 am
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Originally Posted by RRDD View Post
Delta hands out bag tags for the same reason that Burger King hands out paper crowns. They cost very little and make the customer feel important.
When I wear this crown though I am THE burger king........



Also my brother Darryl was a DICK he thought he was THE burger king (old Dane Cook (remember him?) comedy sketch)
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Old Feb 9, 18, 5:41 am
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I have one PM tag on my bag and I've had several occasions where it's made a (small) difference. Both times the "difference" was negligible but once when they were trying to make sure people got into the right line on a VERY busy travel day (economy folks had been jumping into the Elite/FC check in line b/c the economy line was VERY long) so the tag made it more identifiable that I was in the right line. Also, once when the security line was quite long and precheck was closed they were trying to move Elites to a separate line (think - "pre check lite") and the tag helped me get moved to the shorter line. Surely if they had looked at my boarding pass they woulda seen my status too but the tag just helped save that one step.
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Old Feb 9, 18, 5:49 am
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Most of the time having a brag tag visible avoids having to pull out a card or boarding pass to show to the line dragons in order to access the elite check in lines.
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Old Feb 9, 18, 6:10 am
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The shiny plastic tags are a marketer's dream. They are cheap and easy to distribute. They make unimportant customers feel important. Same as the names of status levels. You won't see Diamond Medallion changed to "Poverty-Stricken Loser" anytime soon.
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Zero.....anything higher and it is a bit of dick waving, nothing more nothing less.
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Originally Posted by Cory6188 View Post
Has anyone found that having them has actually made a difference in their travel experience?
Only once. There were two of us that were up for a VDB. The other guy was trying to intimidate the GA to give it to him. I reached in my backpack and pulled out my DM tag, attaching it ever so carefully to the bag. I got the VDB.
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Originally Posted by RRDD View Post
Delta hands out bag tags for the same reason that Burger King hands out paper crowns. They cost very little and make the customer feel important.
Ha ha. Best post of the week.
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I have one on my computer bag, which is on the large side, so a couple of times when overheard space was tight in FC, the FA offered to stow it in the closet rather than make me stuff it under the seat. Other than that, I haven't experienced any other benefit to having it on my bags.
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Old Feb 9, 18, 6:28 am
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guilty pleasure; the elite passenger shaming - sort of a reverse barefoot passenger shaming. part of me, though, has always wanted to take all my old DM tags and ironically/artfully arrange them/glue them all over on my baggage, but i don't have the guts.
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Old Feb 9, 18, 6:46 am
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Originally Posted by Ledfish View Post
I have one on my computer bag, which is on the large side, so a couple of times when overheard space was tight in FC, the FA offered to stow it in the closet rather than make me stuff it under the seat. Other than that, I haven't experienced any other benefit to having it on my bags.
I doubt this offer was because of the tag. If you're sitting in F they're always going to let you put your bag in the closet.

To OP: While having a bunch of tags on your bag is not something I personally do, it seems about as useful as starting a thread to shame those people and proclaim your superiority. It's counter-signalling oneupmanship. Congrats.
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Old Feb 9, 18, 6:48 am
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People decorate their stuff. Coders put stickers all over their laptops from projects they work with and conferences they attend. Coal miners have a culture of putting flair on their helmets. This really isn't some weird aberrant behavior that has never been seen before.
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