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How Are Boarding Zones Assigned?  
User currently offlineFlybyguy From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 1801 posts, RR: 1
Posted (4 years 9 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 18204 times:

I'm just wondering if boarding zones/groups are assigned by fare, seating row or other things. I don't believe I've ever figured it out.


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User currently offlineAirStairs From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 487 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 18192 times:

It seems like nearly every time I fly, there is a new policy and they are assigned differently. In some cases, it seemed as though window seats were lower zones than middle or aisle. In others, it seemed planes were actually boarding front-to-back, as I don't think I've ever sat in the back of a plane and had a low zone (I sat in 8A on a US 320 yesterday and was in zone 3).

I also noticed on US yesterday that they board First, then Plat and Golds in Zone 1 (I think), Silver in Zone 2, and so on.

I'm sure that it depends entirely on the airline.

AirStairs


User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 18172 times:

Depends on the airline. Last I flew with QF on domestic, there were no particular orders. Whoever lined up first got on first.  Smile

User currently offlineNASBWI From Bahamas, joined Feb 2005, 1311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 18126 times:

I'm going to echo the "depends on the airline" bandwagon, although I always thought it had a lot to do with when a customer checked in for their flight - relative to how many customers were booked for said flight. Example: A few months ago, I purchased a ticket on AirTran - they board by zones. Even though I purchased the lowest-fare-class ticket, I checked in early (online), and received a boarding zone of 1 (1 being the highest, 7 being their lowest).

Another time, I nonreved on FL and boarded last. The flight was light, and I was given a boarding zone of 4...which was the last boarding zone called for that flight before the "All zones, all sections, all passengers" announcement.



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User currently offlineVatveng From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 958 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 18113 times:



Quoting NASBWI (Reply 3):
Even though I purchased the lowest-fare-class ticket, I checked in early (online), and received a boarding zone of 1 (1 being the highest, 7 being their lowest).

Whenever I've flown AirTran since they started zone boarding, only Biz pax were assigned zone 1. Except for one time when they announced "Zone zero". But I only heard that once. I imagine they're continually tweaking it though. I'm almost always in zone 3.



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User currently offlineUnited1P From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 112 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 18067 times:

Different airlines use different procedures, but almost all of them depend on where you are sitting.

This should answer the question pretty well.

http://www.seatguru.com/articles/boarding_procedures.php



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User currently offlineDivemaster08 From Cayman Islands, joined Jul 2008, 334 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 17949 times:

AA Use Zones now also

First and Buisness are just as that, no Zones for those passengers!

Zone1 is used for AAdvantage members and also other OneWorld FF.

Zone2 is normally families i think with young kids,

Then Zone 3 onwards is just the rest! I dont see the point! I guess they feel it is a better way to control the masses trying to get onto the aircraft.



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25145 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 17697 times:

As mentioned, procedures vary widely by carrier. At some airports where gate areas are very congested, boarding by seat/row doesn't work as everyone is jammed together and there is no way for passengers to push themselves through the masses.

I've also seen comments that some airlines have determined that boarding is faster if they just let everyone board whenever they want and forget about trying to board by row. With many passengers not speaking English (or even the languages used in the announcements dependingon the country/carrier), they just get up and assume they can boad when they see other passengers beginning to board. Trying to stop them from boarding just wastes time and holds up the rest.

I noted a recent news item about one carrier (forget who) that was planning to experiment with boarding passengers with no carry-on bags first, since they can presumably take their seats faster and avoid blocking the aisles while they try to find room for all their stuff.


User currently offlineJamesJimlb From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1023 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (4 years 9 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 17573 times:

usually by a certain set of rows EX: rows 14-27 welcome aboard, and anyone in those rows would get onboard, in a 1st come first serve, but obviously they have their assigned seat.

As for WN, it is just when you get your boarding pass and the amount of money you pay, if you get the cheapest fare and print 24 hours prior to departure, you will be in group "a"



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User currently offlineVenezuela747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1428 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (4 years 9 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 17468 times:

I believe DL boards from the back to the front. Of course Elite and First go first but then you get the last rows on up.


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User currently offlinePnwtraveler From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 2235 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (4 years 9 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 17354 times:

AC preboards anyone "requiring additional time to board and parents flying with small children" first. In other words a nice way of saying elderly or someone with mobility problems. Immediately as part of that group it is announced that Super Elite, Elite. Star Alliance Gold and Executive Class customers can board at leisure. Then they board back to front by certain rows of seats.

User currently offlineBRJ From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 264 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 9 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 17344 times:



Quoting Vatveng (Reply 4):

My experience with AirTran is that exit rows are also included in Zone 1. At least that's how it was earlier this year when I flew AirTran.

Delta recently went from 8 zones to 4, if I'm not mistaken. There was a thread here not too long ago about the change.


User currently offlinePWMRamper From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 621 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (4 years 9 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 17277 times:

United Preboards Global Services, 1K's, and First Class Passengers, then Premier Execs and Star Gold, and anyone needing extra time. Seating Zone 1 includes Premier passengers plus Star Silver.

Seating Zone 2 is Window seats, 3 is Middle seats, and 4 is Aisle seats. Groups are alllowed to board at the lowest seating zone.

On Widebodies some Aisle seats are Seating 3, I dunno how that's determines. From what I've seen if it's a pax in a group on a Widebody it'll put them in Zone 3.


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