American Airlines Boarding Gets Faster For Some Passengers With No Overhead Luggage


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American Airline infrequent flyers may notice a new boarding being rolled out.

Customers without overhead compartment luggage will now be allowed to board before Group 2. The table below illustrates the pecking order for the boarding process.

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This may be welcome news for the infrequent flyer who doesn’t place a carryon in the overhead compartment. Most frequent American Airlines flyers won’t be effected. For example those with PriorityAAccess, the Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® Visa Signature® Card, AAdvantage Platinum, or First Class passengers will still be able to board prior or with Group 1.

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Comments

  1. The most common reason I hear for someone wanting to board in an early group is to find overhead space. If you didn’t need overhead space, I’m not sure what the incentive is to board early? This isn’t a criticism of the policy at all since giving passengers more flexibility (in this case, to board early) is always a welcome policy change in my book, but I am a bit curious.

  2. This has been talked about for a while and in BOS the gate agent announced it..will it go live everywhere not sure why everyone thinks this is new

  3. Becky – Glad to hear others share my same method/madness, as I thought I was an outlier. Short of the benefit of getting settled into my seat for the flight, if I do not have prime seating and no need to “fight” for overhead space, I tend to not board until I must, i.e. minimize my time in a tight seat as much as possible. What’s the rush? (Cue: George Carlin’s bit on “pre-boarding” a plane.) Chalk it up partially to the “me first!” mentality?

    Have airlines gone to a more “Steffen Method” of airplane boarding?

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