Well, I flew the "new" UA for the first time last week and things have definitely changed a bit! I noticed they also have a new boarding procedure for all aircraft, including RJs. I am wondering how this works. Here is what I have figured out so far:
Boarding appears to be done by rows now, as opposed to the windows/middles/aisles system that the original UA used to use. Is there any special reason for this? The aircraft is divided into 8 groups. My understanding is that groups 1-4 are first class, executive-whatnots, etc. Everyone else then boards in groups 5-8, with 5 being towards the back and 8 being towards the front. (I think.)
More surprisingly, I noticed that not nearly as many carry-on bags needed to be checked (if any at all) on my recent flights. On the old UA usually the bins would fill up around group 3 or 4. (middle/aisle seats) But on several of my flights I was boarding in group 8 and there was still bin space available, though not a lot. None of the agents of any of my flights even offered to check bags. I did ask a gate agent on my BOS-SFO flight (752) if there was going to be space b the time group 7 boarded. After looking something up on his computer, he said "You should be OK." And I was! (What was he looking up on his computer, anyways?)
So... Any special reason for this, or was I just getting lucky?
Thank you and any additional information would be most appreciated!