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NEW! Red Carpet Boarding at GEG! No more First Class :-(

NEW! Red Carpet Boarding at GEG! No more First Class :-(

 
Old Oct 16, 08, 4:26 pm
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NEW! Red Carpet Boarding at GEG! No more First Class :-(

OK, I know this only affects, what, maybe three of us on FT, but it made me laugh anyway-

Just boarded on Monday and noticed a promotional for Red Carpet Premier boarding in Spokane; "coming soon, red carpet boarding for elites". They had a lovely little sample set up with ropes around it and everything. Can't wait.

Except, as of Nov. 1, all two-class service is being discontinued! No more flights to ORD and we are now being graced with TED to DEN, plus the occasional hop to SEA in UX. Oh, and boarding in little ol SpoVegas has never justified a red carpet anyway.

So I guess some marketing genius came up with this idea to give us a little luxury when they take away the front cabin. Of course this was not lost on the GA's who are a great ground crew by the way.

Used to have a front cabin to ORD, DEN, LAX and SFO, now we get TED and a turboprop...
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Old Oct 16, 08, 4:29 pm
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This must be the 1P boarding!
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Old Oct 16, 08, 4:35 pm
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Originally Posted by river_rower View Post
OSo I guess some marketing genius came up with this idea to give us a little luxury when they take away the front cabin. Of course this was not lost on the GA's who are a great ground crew by the way.
I think you might be saying this tongue-in-cheek, but I don't think the timing of Red Carpet boarding has anything to do with the schedule/equipment changes for service out of GEG.
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Old Oct 16, 08, 4:41 pm
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Originally Posted by UnitedSkies View Post
I think you might be saying this tongue-in-cheek, but I don't think the timing of Red Carpet boarding has anything to do with the schedule/equipment changes for service out of GEG.
Oh, but the irony...
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Old Oct 16, 08, 5:21 pm
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Ah but GS and 1K's can still use it.
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Old Oct 16, 08, 5:47 pm
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Somewhere, someone found an old warehouse from Galleria de Farsh* full of red carpet, and some of it was shipped to 99 stores around the country. The station agent must have thought, "Wow, for 99, I'll spring for it myself and make my premium customers happy!"


*if you don't get it, don't ask
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Old Oct 16, 08, 6:22 pm
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Ah but GS and 1K's can still use it.
And in a market like GEG, you just gotta go to SYD once a year in F
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Old Oct 16, 08, 7:52 pm
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There is an existing thread on this topic... (well, kinda)

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=875715
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Old Oct 16, 08, 9:47 pm
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Originally Posted by psubill78 View Post
There is an existing thread on this topic... (well, kinda)

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=875715
The focus here is on Spokane; I'm glad you qualified your remark with "kinda."
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Old Oct 17, 08, 1:07 am
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Having the GEG-ORD dropped is really too bad for UA. I'm surprised UA doesn't even have GEG-SFO, especially since SFO has many international flights to connect to and DEN does not.

Also, now that QX has cut non-stops to LAX, SAN, SMF, the only nonstop to anywhere in California is WN's OAK.

GEG's gateway to the world has become SEA.
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Old Oct 17, 08, 7:03 am
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Originally Posted by cstead View Post
And in a market like GEG, you just gotta go to SYD once a year in F
I do; SYD 3X/yr, GRU 3X/yr, and the occasional IST, HKG, and BOM thrown in for good measure.

I'm sleeping better now knowing that I have a red carpet to begin all those long-hauls now...
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Old Oct 17, 08, 7:52 am
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Sure wish we'd stop referring to these as Red Carpets and call them what they really are: Red walkoff mats.
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