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Old Jun 1, 14, 12:51 pm
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What does VIP on boarding pass do?

I was checking into the F lounge in DXB the other day and there was a man at the next agent. I saw his boarding pass said VIP/Silver, so pretty much where our status is on the BP.
So does anyone know what that it is? They didn't look like a member of the ruling family (they were European), so what else could it be? It's obviously not IO but there wouldn't be silver there.
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Old Jun 1, 14, 1:47 pm
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Worth remembering that airlines will often add all manner of notes/advisories/codes to a PNR. Some of these, where relevant, will then appear on a BP and/or manifest as used by the Purser and also ground staff.

For a few years I had a business-to-business relationship with American Airlines, and whenever they issued tickets for me, they would add (a useful!!) 'CIP' to my booking notes, and this would then appear on manifests etc, with the C standing for 'commercially' as opposed to 'very'

I have no idea whether a similar situation applies with the specific case you mention, but it's perfectly possible.
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Old Jun 1, 14, 2:16 pm
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Pretty much what exactly what it says, he may be a member of Skywards with Silver tier benefits, but VIP is top of the list (equal/above IO) in terms of "attention" - so, gate to gate escorts, the IO cars if necessary, on-board invariably F whatever booked etc. etc. Whilst the VIP may not be as commercially important on a continuing basis to EK as say, an IO, they are certainly important to the company in other ways (e.g. politically, media exposure).
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Old Jun 1, 14, 6:51 pm
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It would be interesting to know if CIP is still in use today..
Last time I saw it was the year iO got introduced.
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Old Jun 4, 14, 11:13 am
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Interesting you mention this - I saw someone on Instagram who posted a picture showing EK F, with VIP/ Silver, traveling to/from LAX and ATH. Didn't seem to be anyone famous, but perhaps a young and upcoming celebrity?
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Old Jun 4, 14, 11:34 am
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Originally Posted by ung1 View Post
Interesting you mention this - I saw someone on Instagram who posted a picture showing EK F, with VIP/ Silver, traveling to/from LAX and ATH. Didn't seem to be anyone famous, but perhaps a young and upcoming celebrity?
I think we can all agree that EK are nothing if not inconsistent! The very fact you saw this individual on Instagram maybe indicates they have a lot of followers - that, alongside a local sales office note might indicate they may be big in their home country? I know of one person being escorted through BKK who was a relative nobody (in fact, related to an A list actor, but himself relatively unknown) and I suspect he had VIP on his BP, so who knows!
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Old Jun 4, 14, 5:47 pm
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Originally Posted by ung1 View Post
Interesting you mention this - I saw someone on Instagram who posted a picture showing EK F, with VIP/ Silver, traveling to/from LAX and ATH. Didn't seem to be anyone famous, but perhaps a young and upcoming celebrity?
Maybe it was the same person then! I didn't see the destination on their BP, just their status with the VIP, but there is a chance! Anyway, maybe they were an upcoming celebrity. Do you remember how many followers they had? Maybe that'll give us a hint about his popularity and what type of VIP he is.
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Is it me, or does there seem to be a lot of nosey statue pax? Is it really any of your business to be looking at the passenger manifest (which is usually in a galley) and the like? Always amazes me that SOME status pax think it's their god given right to look at others personal information.
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Originally Posted by midkemia View Post
Is it me, or does there seem to be a lot of nosey statue pax? Is it really any of your business to be looking at the passenger manifest (which is usually in a galley) and the like? Always amazes me that SOME status pax think it's their god given right to look at others personal information.
I didn't look at the manifest in the galley, they were at the agent next to me checking into the lounge and when i glanced over i saw it on their BP. I was just curious as to what it meant.
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Old Jun 4, 14, 8:33 pm
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Originally Posted by midkemia View Post
Is it me, or does there seem to be a lot of nosey statue pax? Is it really any of your business to be looking at the passenger manifest (which is usually in a galley) and the like? Always amazes me that SOME status pax think it's their god given right to look at others personal information.
Nosey means getting out of your way to get that personal info. If that clearly visible (and rare) acronym comes by, that's not gonna stop anyone from noticing it and wondering what it means.

It's not that uncommon where a passenger has to look themselves up on the manifest with the flight attendant in order to get an upgrade. VIP/CIP/HH (or whatever it is) etc are highly visible to the crew for a reason.

Adding to that, those signs are not really needed to get noticed by fellow passengers. A personal escort to the gate is usually a sign of status, and this does not require any form of information look up.

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Old Jun 4, 14, 11:20 pm
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What does VIP on boarding pass do?

In any case I think most people who subscribe to a forum like this will be sufficiently / nosey! To want to know more about the various quirks of air travel. Some of the best advice given here is only available because we have those personality types. I say great. This forum wouldn't be so useful otherwise.
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Old Jun 5, 14, 4:35 am
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Let's not forget the individuals who like to take photos of their boarding passes and upload them to the internet for all to see, such as the person that ung1 mentioned...
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Old Jun 5, 14, 5:16 am
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Originally Posted by eternaltransit View Post
Let's not forget the individuals who like to take photos of their boarding passes and upload them to the internet for all to see, such as the person that ung1 mentioned...
Can't beat a good old (or new) fashion passport + BP Instagram shot - must be a generational thing.

More to the topic, I have IO status but that's all thats stated on my BP, no VIP indication as described.
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Old Jun 5, 14, 5:27 am
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Originally Posted by danblar View Post
Can't beat a good old (or new) fashion passport + BP Instagram shot - must be a generational thing.

More to the topic, I have IO status but that's all thats stated on my BP, no VIP indication as described.
Whilst I don't think it applies in the case of passport/boarding pass shots, there's quite a lot of money to be made if you have a lot of instagram followers - if you have say, 500k followers, some companies will pay you in the region of 3-4k USD for a picture with their product featured, either "candid", as in, incidental to the shot, or posed/promoted. Scales up and down with the number of followers of course.
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Old Jun 5, 14, 7:57 am
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The guy I was referring to has less than 400 followers on Instagram, and isn't there just posting travel pictures (like the bloggers etc who have a following based on that). I tried to look up the first name (last name is hidden in the pics) and didn't come across anyone famous.

Having said that there are a lot more (young) people flying around the world in F cabins for leisure than would be evident from FT.
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