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Southwest To Offer Priority Screening!  
User currently offlineLuv2cattlecall From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1650 posts, RR: 2
Posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2129 times:
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Just read that WN is going to start offering priority security to A-list members and Business Select pax - starting at LUV, DEN, PHX, SFO, LAX, BNA

http://www.btnmag.com/businesstravel...play.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003870222


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User currently offlineElBandGeek From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 753 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2115 times:

No MDW?....well that's dissapointing (not really since I wouldn't qualify anyway)

but in general....another reason WN has turned into the premium service carrier in the nation


User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22726 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2092 times:



Quoting ElBandGeek (Reply 1):
No MDW?....well that's dissapointing (not really since I wouldn't qualify anyway)

I assume that's because of the self-selection process currently in place at MDW (where pax choose the extra time, novice traveler, or expert lines).

Quoting Luv2cattlecall (Thread starter):
BNA

That may go away once WN's semi-private checkpoint closes (I don't know what the timeline is on that).



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User currently offlineLuv2cattlecall From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1650 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1965 times:
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Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 2):
That may go away once WN's semi-private checkpoint closes (I don't know what the timeline is on that).

I always wondered how that works...United has their priority line that clogs the system at Dulles for pax of other airlines....



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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22726 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1918 times:



Quoting Luv2cattlecall (Reply 3):
I always wondered how that works...United has their priority line that clogs the system at Dulles for pax of other airlines....

Many checkpoints have shared (i.e. multiple airline) priority lines; the problem is that pax frequently have to display a F b/p to get access to that line. I'm not sure how that'll work with WN.



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User currently offlineCatdaddy63 From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 296 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1855 times:
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Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 4):


Quoting Luv2cattlecall (Reply 3):
I always wondered how that works...United has their priority line that clogs the system at Dulles for pax of other airlines....

Many checkpoints have shared (i.e. multiple airline) priority lines; the problem is that pax frequently have to display a F b/p to get access to that line. I'm not sure how that'll work with WN.

WN has issued an ID card for it's A-list customers. Mine came in the mail late last week.


User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8894 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1852 times:



Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 4):

Many checkpoints have shared (i.e. multiple airline) priority lines; the problem is that pax frequently have to display a F b/p to get access to that line. I'm not sure how that'll work with WN.

Simple. Pretty much every airline puts the FF's status right there on the BP. I'm sure WN BPs say Business Select or A-List right there on it so a checker can't miss it. It shouldn't be hard at all to do.

Not surprised by this at all - WN has been moving toward this with the implementation of A-List and Business Select fares. Big thumbs up to WN for adding this.


User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22726 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1840 times:



Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 6):
Simple. Pretty much every airline puts the FF's status right there on the BP. I'm sure WN BPs say Business Select or A-List right there on it so a checker can't miss it. It shouldn't be hard at all to do.

 checkmark The trouble is that, even when status is supposed to get you access, checkers almost invariably look at the service class. I think it's a training issue (and it really shouldn't be the airlines' problem), but it's something WN will have to deal with.



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User currently offline737DAB320 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1739 times:



Quoting Luv2cattlecall (Thread starter):
starting at LUV

huh? what airport is LUV? Do you mean DAL?



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User currently offlineHatbutton From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1500 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1712 times:



Quoting ElBandGeek (Reply 1):
but in general....another reason WN has turned into the premium service carrier in the nation

AS and QX have been doing offering priority security lanes in ANC, SEA, PDX and GEG for MVP Gold members for years and years...this is nothing new to carriers that already know how to treat premium pax well.

Albeit not as many cities as WN is going to do. But AS doesn't have nearly the route system as WN. I don't ever remember there being this much hooplah over AS introducing this service long before anyone else thought this would be a good idea...

[Edited 2008-10-06 21:32:54]

User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8894 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1697 times:



Quoting Hatbutton (Reply 9):

AS and QX have been doing offering priority security lanes in ANC, SEA, PDX and GEG for MVP Gold members for years and years...this is nothing new to carriers that already know how to treat premium pax well.

Yup - this is the case with every major airline. Delta lets Golds, Platinums, First, Business and Crown Room Club members all use the First Class line. Northwest is Golds/Plats/First/Business. Continental is EliteAccess (all elites, plus Business/First plus Full-Y). American is Platinum/ExPlat/First/Business/AAirpass. US Airways is First/Envoy/Elites. United (depends on airport) can be all elites and premium customers. What WN is doing here is nothing out of the ordinary - what this does though is puts them in play a bit more for some frequent travelers. The biggest gripe to many of us who travel 25+ times a year is having to deal with lines - I hate waiting in lines to check-in and then security. What WN is getting to the point of having is premium privileges for these types of customers, so they don't have to wait. It only makes them so much more appealing to the business customer, which is where the money is more often than not.


User currently offlineLuv2cattlecall From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1650 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1682 times:
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Quoting Catdaddy63 (Reply 5):
WN has issued an ID card for it's A-list customers. Mine came in the mail late last week.

Sorry, I should have worded that better..I meant I wasn't sure if an airline has to pay the airport/TSA more or something, since it's not fair to the other carriers and their pax (who pay the same 9/11 fee as F/J pax) who don't have a 1st class that share the terminal. I too was pleasantly surprised by the A-list card, but it had burrs on it so it poked a hole in my wallet...I politely mentioned it to a phone rep as I was making a reservation..next thing I know, I'm getting a few drink coupons sent my way!



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