I wonder what the Airlines will do to lure business travelers now that the economy is slowing, and business travel is decreasing. I don't see that they will add much more to the frequent flyer programs...and they can't add much more to First and business class....maybe they will have to increase service in coach...haha
As a Premier, I honestly think you are treated better any time you have to come in contact with CSRs. Something just makes you more legitamite in there eyes...maybe I am just percieving this. I first achieved premier when I was sixteen....and they ALWAYS asked to see my membership card when I would check in at the premier desk, or when I had a special request. As soon as I would show it, they became very cooperative, even outgoing...wow.....gotta love it.
I have never flown shuttle, but on regular United flights....I have been upgraded to first several times without even asking. But the others are probably right, you usually just get to board three minutes before the others.