Red Carpet boarding as 1P?

 
Old Oct 13, 08, 3:57 pm
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At ORD now, on the mobile flyertalk, couldn't figure out search and didn't recall seeing this....

but... 1Ps boarded on red carpet with the normal group. happened 2 flights today. Gate agent specifically called 1Ps out, and stumbled on the usual blah blah speech about boarding areas...

Is this a new perk?
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Old Oct 13, 08, 4:04 pm
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They can see how many of each are on the flight, and if the numbers are permissible, they will allow 1P's as well. Has only happened to me a few times in SFO and ORD.
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Old Oct 13, 08, 4:08 pm
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Originally Posted by UAX_Brasilia
They can see how many of each are on the flight, and if the numbers are permissible, they will allow 1P's as well. Has only happened to me a few times in SFO and ORD.
80,000 miles this year so far.... and this was the first...

and here I was getting my hopes up
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Old Oct 13, 08, 4:12 pm
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I've been 1P for a long while, and it has happened to me 2 or 3 times (and maybe not any times after they introduced the red carpet). Maybe you are right...I hope you are
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Old Oct 13, 08, 4:47 pm
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Only happened to me once last year. After the normal GS/1st class/1K red carpet boarding process (less than 10 people went through), they started to board area 1 in the non-red carpet area and the line was long (as usual). Then they announced Premier Executives may also board through the Red Carpet line. Only about 5 "1P" members (myself included) switched to the red carpet line. Overall it didn't make much difference, but probably saved me a few minutes standing in line.
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Old Oct 13, 08, 4:49 pm
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I look forward to the possibility of this benefit, but I have never heard a GA do it in my prior flights.
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Old Oct 13, 08, 4:55 pm
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Just happened to me yesterday in FRA.
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Old Oct 13, 08, 5:09 pm
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I'm 1K but on BOS-SFO last Saturday they announced "First Class, GS, 1K, and Premier Executive" to Red Carpet. I thought it was strange but put it out of my mind until I saw this thread..
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Old Oct 13, 08, 5:11 pm
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interesting, I've never seen this happen (about 65K miles this year).
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Old Oct 13, 08, 5:16 pm
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Hmm, maybe there was a memo sent out to the UA GA's.

But this really wouldn't matter to me at all because out of the 75 segments I do per year, 68ish of them are on Skywest's Embraer Brasilias.
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Old Oct 13, 08, 7:17 pm
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I too heard this just yesterday at IAD. Never did like the large boarding group 1 lumping in 2 & 3P's. In some airports, it seems this boarding group accounts for just about everyone.
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Old Oct 13, 08, 7:23 pm
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experienced it at DEN 2 days ago

whats the big deal?
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Old Oct 13, 08, 7:25 pm
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Originally Posted by UAX_Brasilia View Post
Hmm, maybe there was a memo sent out to the UA GA's.

But this really wouldn't matter to me at all because out of the 75 segments I do per year, 68ish of them are on Skywest's Embraer Brasilias.
And despite having the red carpet lanes, Skywest UX agents usually don't open the lanes, and bounce any 1K/GS who try to use the red carpet lane back into the long line (with all the non-elites in the long line glaring at you for having tried to "cut"). What a pain. Seriously, UA should either tell UX to use the red carpet lane, or just remove the red carpet lane from UX gates to avoid confusion.
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Old Oct 13, 08, 7:26 pm
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Wow I cant wait to fly again now to try it out!
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Old Oct 13, 08, 7:29 pm
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I've had it happen often enough, but never noticed huge benefits unless Group 1 is heavy.
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