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EasyJet Now Offering 'Speedy Boarding'  
User currently offlineRichardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3745 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3805 times:

...for a supplement you now get to race with the children and their prams to get to the best seats.

It is on the flight selection page at the right hand side.

'Speedy boarding
First on board, first choice of seats! Be the first to be called to board your flight for just £X.00 per person.

Yes, add speedy boarding for this flight'

Prices vary between routes.

You don't get an allocated seat.

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User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4693 posts, RR: 43
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3721 times:

Not going to work, considering how indifferent many third-party handling agents are with the boarding procedures of their low cost carrier customers. This will only produce problems and delay the boarding process.

Either allocate seats or don't allocate them at all. Everything in between will only confuse the passengers and disrupt the handling processes.



Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
User currently offlineRichardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3745 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3690 times:

Quoting TriStar500 (Reply 1):
considering how indifferent many third-party handling agents are with the boarding procedures of their low cost carrier customers

Some couldn't give a monkey's, so true, and will they enforce a no over-taking rule? I don't think so.

Early bookers from LGW will be even better off on BA.


User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3568 times:

I was once given Priority Boarding on U2 by the check-in desk at LGW. However, on arrival at the allocated departure gate they were using buses to take passengers to the aircraft that had been parked at a remote stand. The order of boarding went straight out of the window - a queue formed at the gate and you simply boarded the coach/bus when you reached the gate and the U2 agents allowed you to go through. IIRC 2 or 3 buses were used, those who did not make the first bus (including passengers with PB) were simply left behind to take the next bus.

It seems that the check-in agents do not always know which gate your flight will be using, so they will probably accept payment of the charge for priority boarding in all cases. If you subsequently find that you are not given priority boarding at the gate (e.g. passengers bused to the plane) do you get an instant refund, or do you have to apply for a refund? Knowing how difficult it is to speak to human customer service agents at U2, the time/cost of calls to obtain a refund would probably exceed the fee you paid, so the airline keeps the money for a service that they have not provided.



MOL on SRB's latest attack at BA: "It's like a little Chihuahua barking at a dying Labrador. Nobody cares."
User currently offlineGAWZU From United Kingdom, joined May 2002, 235 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3552 times:

This sounds crazy - and, dare I say it, falls far short of Ryanair.

I travelled with Ryanair last month and checked in online the night before - and was invited to board the aircraft before anyone else, even those with young children!

OK, we're not talking specifically about web check ins here, but at least Ryanair offer you an incentive to use their cost-cutting services. easyJet have announced also today that if you check in online you're now allocated to boarding group C (a slight improvement on group D), but it still falls far short of the mark from where I'm standing.

£7.50 to board the aircraft in the first group of 20?

You've gotta be kidding!


User currently offlineRichardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3745 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3535 times:

BTW October is the start of U2's financial year, they really are desperate for more revenue.

User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4693 posts, RR: 43
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3456 times:

They should come to grips with their frequent flight cancellations due to inept crew resource planning instead of dreaming about such shenanigans.

To me, it sometimes seems like EasyJet has lost its track since Stelios left.



Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3298 times:

Pointless waste of time - at NCE at least a quarter of U2 flights go from bus gates, so the whole preboarding thing is a joke. When they do go from jetbridges, more often than not they just let the pax herd through as they want - the French as a nation do not do "queueing" very well. U2 had better just suck it up and accept that pre-assigned seating is the way to go. And you can still charge for preseating at time of booking, and assign seats to all the cheapskates at the airport.

User currently offlineIMatAMS From Netherlands, joined Feb 2005, 317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3078 times:

noticed the 'speedy boarding' call together with the priority boarding call @ STN last week. Did wonder what it was. However everyone just blocks gate after the first call anyway, and before any 'speedy' passengers are through the crowd the next group is called anyway..
I can't be bothered personally. I'm almost always in last boarding group, and best seats in the house -overwing exit rows- are always wide open anyway...

IM


User currently offlineDestinations From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 203 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2963 times:

I still think this is quite a good option if it works

Anyway i looked in My Account to add it to my next few flights and the option isnt there, has anyone else got the option or not?


User currently offlineJetstream1975 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2006, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2870 times:

What happens if more passengers have 'speedy boarding' than not lol.

User currently offlineDestinations From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 203 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2801 times:

Quoting Jetstream1975 (Reply 10):

Lol, Everyone gets boarded at the same time. I am guessing there is an upper limit of say 20 or 30.


User currently offlineRaivavae From France, joined Jul 2001, 82 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2734 times:

This free boarding procedure shall be banned ! I do appreciate everything about easyJet but the boarding drives me crazy ! If they expect to turn to "middle cost", and improve their revenue by attracting more "business" passengers, then the free boarding is a non-sense, and speedy boarding is not a solution. other airlines like Vueling are giving allocated seats, and are able to perform turn around times in 20/30 mins ! Even Southwest is evaluting the seating on some routes !!!!
May be for domestic Uk flight it is ok, but for latin countries like France, Spain and Italy, forget about free seating !


User currently offlineDjmatthews From United Kingdom, joined Dec 1999, 213 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2706 times:

Quoting Destinations (Reply 9):

I'm the same, I logged in to my account and I couldn't see the option to add Speedy Boarding.


User currently offlineKazzie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2639 times:

Quoting GAWZU (Reply 4):
This sounds crazy - and, dare I say it, falls far short of Ryanair.

I travelled with Ryanair last month and checked in online the night before - and was invited to board the aircraft before anyone else, even those with young children!

This is true...

We now have to add this into boarding calls

"Those passenger travelling with young children, require special assistance and who have checked-in via the online check-in service, come right round to the far left hand side of the barriers as we will to board you first"

The 1-90 followed by 91-189... and we are VERY strict on this, at LTN anyway.

And of course, if you want pre-boarding for medical reasons, we will give it to you also..


User currently offlineLehovec From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 296 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2572 times:

Quoting GAWZU (Reply 4):
£7.50 to board the aircraft in the first group of 20?

It's 7,50 on certain routes such as SAW, RAK..., normally it is 5 quid or 2,5 if boarding is done by busses. In this case it is clearly stated that it cannot be guaranted that you will be first on.

Quoting Richardw (Reply 5):
BTW October is the start of U2's financial year, they really are desperate for more revenue.

Not really... very shortly EZY is going to announce results and this year has been the best year ever for EZY.

Quoting TriStar500 (Reply 6):
They should come to grips with their frequent flight cancellations due to inept crew resource planning instead of dreaming about such shenanigans.

This is completely other issue and it hasn't got anything to do with crew shortage. The main reason for crew shortage this summer was ID department and problems with people getting references.

Quoting Jetstream1975 (Reply 10):
What happens if more passengers have 'speedy boarding' than not lol.

There is 20 pax max in speedy boarding group.

Personally I don't like the idea, it's only adding pressure on cabin crew as well as ground staff, and I am sure in France, Spain and Italy it is not going to work and people will pay for this service not getting what they paid for. Imagine how happy will they be and who will get all the cr*p from them.
If it would work as it is supposed to, idea would be good and I would be more then happy to pay another 5 pounds to board first. Even though i work as a cabin crew, when flying as a pax i find boarding with my company very stressful and wish they would bring assigned seating.


User currently offlineRichardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3745 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2435 times:

Quoting Richardw (Reply 5):
BTW October is the start of U2's financial year, they really are desperate for more revenue

Any business wants to increase revenues, particularly during the low demand off peak winter periods.


User currently offline777STL From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 3553 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2351 times:

Quoting Destinations (Reply 9):
I still think this is quite a good option if it works

Anyway i looked in My Account to add it to my next few flights and the option isnt there, has anyone else got the option or not?

They sent me an email offering a link to buy it for a pair of flights I have coming up. Though they do go as far to say that if you pay the fee and board by bus, you're probably SOL.



PHX based
User currently offlineDestinations From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 203 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2217 times:

Quoting 777STL (Reply 17):
They sent me an email offering a link to buy it for a pair of flights I have coming up. Though they do go as far to say that if you pay the fee and board by bus, you're probably SOL.

They sent me an email with a link to my account it says "you can add **LINK"
to your booking. Simply visit
**LINK**
view your booking and add the Speedy Boarding option.

But there aint the option there at all.

Trying to contact them by email but thats doesnt even work.


User currently offlineGSM763 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2160 times:

Will priority boarding still be free for people like me who are visually impared and need it. I'm terrible with stairs and A/C stairs are worse. Although not too mad a rush 20-30 people getting on at once would be pretty bad?

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