On a recent transcontinental flight, boarding began 50 minutes prior to departure starting with business class passengers (as this was a two cabin aircraft). I boarded with the premium cabin and took my seat and waited… and waited… and waited… About 5 minutes prior to pushback were pre-departure beverages brought.
This was on a 757 aircraft where boarding took place at 2L meaning coach passengers couldn’t walk through the premium cabin and try to take the overhead bins.
For comparison, my seat mate boarded 5 minutes prior to pushback, was one of the last passengers onboard, had time for a pre-departure beverage and then we pushed back.
Had I boarded later, would have meant more time relaxing in the lounge.
What factors should you consider when deciding when should board?
- Aircraft type
- Which boarding door will be used
- Airport lounges that you can utilize
- How full the aircraft will be
- Does the aircraft offer gate to gate wifi
- How aggressive is the airline with gate checking luggage.
Are there other factors you consider when deciding when to board?
So I ask you? When seated in the premium cabin, do you like to be one of the first passengers onboard to store your bags, or would you rather have the aircraft full, so when you get one you’re ready to push back and take off?