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Are You Willing To Pay For Priority Boarding?  
User currently offlineSK601 From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 976 posts, RR: 3
Posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6537 times:

At www.luchtvaartnieuws.nl, an aviation website in Dutch, there is a poll about paying for priority boarding. Some airlines, like EZY, offer this "service".

Currently at luchtvaartnieuws.nl more than 70% is NOT willing to pay...

Since Dutch people are known to be thrifty, I was wondering about the rest of the world.

Personally, I think it's nonsense. After all you end up in the same plane and depart at the same time. If you board first you might have some benefit upon arrival, however you will meet your fellow passengers at baggage claim agian....or at the train station to take the train from the airport to the city..
As for seating...the flights offered by EZY or FR are short...I don't really care where I sit...

Your votes please...Yes, I'm willing to pay...or NO WAY!

[Edited 2006-12-04 17:59:25]

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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 8021 posts, RR: 32
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6530 times:

For short haul flights such as the ones EZY of FR offer, I wouldn't be to worried about getting the seat I want, just have to be a bit "pushy" during the boarding stampede. But for long-haul flights, I wouldn't mind paying a premium for priority boarding, even if I have an assigned seat. Mainly because it guarantees me some overhead bin space for my carry-ons. One of my biggest pet-peeves is having to constantly re-shuffle other peoples belongings to try and fit my stuff into a bin. The overhead space is limited and is first come, first serve, so I find it much more relaxing being the first.

A Grumpy German Is A Sauerkraut
User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 12165 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6519 times:

Quoting SK601 (Thread starter):
there is a poll about paying for priority boarding. Some airlines, like EZY, offer this "service".

Currently at luchtvaartnieuws.nl more than 70% is NOT willing to pay...

Still though, it's not compulsory to buy this priority boarding, but on those figures if 30% of pax are prepared to do so, then that's 30-40 boarding fees which will be paid to the airline. Consider how many pax for all the Easyjet flights may pay for this and you realise it is a great money spinner for no extra incurred cost to them, smart move as a business.

I personally would not pay for it, the only time I would consider doing so is if I was travelling with elderly relatives or young family members, but obviously in those circumstances I would get priority anyway. Apart from that I really couldn't care less where I am sat, flying on LCC's within Europe is just like taking a bus to me, it's getting equally boring too.

Dan Smile

...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 67
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6513 times:

There's really not even the slightest reason for me to consider paying for such a service.. count me in the NO WAY category.

Smile - it confuses people!
User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6483 times:

why pay extra when u get on plane your seat will still be there it ain't going anywhere, of course with the exception of FR.... wher people actually RACE to the plane

Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
User currently offlineLfutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3407 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6465 times:
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doe ik niet.

i see no reason why I should. It doesn't take me long. I just throw my bag under the seat, find the nearest emergency exit, then read the magazine before pushback then watch the safety demo.


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User currently offlinePSA727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 976 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6458 times:

I wouldn't outright pay for it. However, I somewhat do because of my
elite status in a few airline FF programs. And every year-end, I have to
do a couple of "useless" mileage runs to maintain those levels. This year
I had to do 3 runs in two of my FF programs, the other two I re-qualified
the normal route.

And I would say that the priority check-in (especially when doing it for an
international flight) is much more of a benefit to me than priority boarding.

fly high, pay low...Germanwings!
User currently offline747LUVR From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 398 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 6405 times:

I think those who pay full fare, or fly BC or 1st...they do pay that premium to board first...after all, don't the airlines usually call them up first before the cattle call?

User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4960 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 6404 times:

Not at all... however, I would pay for Business Class check-in all the time. You save sooooo much time at the airport when you have decent FF status to have that. Nothing is worse than a long haul Y line crawling along at a snails pace.

I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineInfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1497 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6400 times:

I'd happily pay for it. My family flew on U2 at the weekend and said the speedy boarding worked well, it was strictly controlled at the gate (which it should be) and they were first on. And no pressure to be the first to check-in.

"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6400 times:

One of the dozen reasons or so I pay for F or C. Besides the fact that some schmuck with a way too big ass will board for Y and have a seat in row 6, then stand in the aisle for 10 minutes trying to stuff a way too large bag into a way too small overhead preventing the other 75 passengers already standing in the jet way because the CSA isn't paying attention and keeps calling seat rows from boarding . . .

While all that BS is going on I'm already in my seat, with a drink (usually), and relaxing . . .

In short - yes, I'll pay for priority boarding . . .

User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6393 times:

I refuse to pay for priority boarding. I just ask for it.

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User currently offlineZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 2019 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6381 times:

I would not pay for priority boarding, 98% of the time i travel AC anyhow and i usually wait till the final boarding call to board the airplane. Here is why. Seats are assigned, so i dont need to worry about being the first one on. I do not like having to stand there waiting for my spot. I get on the airplane, a few people in the isle, weather i am in J or Y it usually moves alot quicker. I do not need to stand in line for along time waiting for the gate agent to check everyones boarding pass, and the fact if i sit in at an isle (which i usually do not) i hate when incosiderate (or larger) passangers are coming down the isle and let there ass come right into you, i had one (larger) guy in a CRJ 200 from ALT-YYZ back up so far that he was pushing me over to the window seat. The one problem with this approach is that there is usually little overhead bin space left, when in J it is not a problem, but on a full Y flight it usually takes a little while to find a spot. With out assigned seating I'd rather wait till the end even more, because of the "rush" to get in people will be pushing even more, and thus the problems get worse.

Keep the shinny side up!
User currently offlineSlyguy From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6375 times:

Definately no to priority boarding, after all you arrive at your destination the same time as everyone else on the flight.
I also wait untill the last minute to board as there is no prizes for being seated first(now there's an idea)and I have never missed a flight.

But I have always thought what a good idea priority disembarking would be,
especially when I only travel with carry-on luggage 99% of the time.
But I can see the difficulties in this system.

Any thoughts...


never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow
User currently offlineTRVYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1388 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6371 times:

If everybody pays, it should be fun. All can have priority boarding. I think it is BS, you get your assigned seat even if you don't pay.

Now, may be airlines will get ideas to not pre-assign any seats and let the prioity boarded pax take the seats of their choice and leave undesired seats for others.

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