I got, at a very early AM time, a tweet from a reader asking what I thought about the new Delta test boarding procedure that was stated also very early on FlyerTalk.
First off, there is nothing like waking up to a tweet about something brand new you have not even been told about from Delta Corp. Especially when it is an item I have personally sent Delta a request that this would be a great way to reward medallions with no cost to the company. But I digress.
So today on my UBER discounted 1st class fun run I am having a blogging gold mine. First I get to fly the 717-200. The Captain was amazing and let me board 1st and get lots of photos (blog on the way tomorrow). Then I get, due to few signing up, 3x10Min chair massages in the A17 Skyclub. After that, I get to see the new test boarding process via medallion level.
I have long been a proponent of 1st class and DM boarding 1st. There are not that many DM’s on a flight that do not get upgraded to begin with so letting them at least board the jet before everyone else is just a good thing.
Well, as you can see by the card and by the video (and the FT thread) this is a nationwide test at many locations.
I love it. The FA s did comment they have never seen the boarding go so fast. I have to agree. After all, “most” medallions know how to get onboard, shove their stuff out of the way, and get into their seats; it is the casual flyer who takes his/her time to board, stow their stuff, and get out of the way.
What do yo think? Do you like the idea of medallions first boarding by “rank”? – René