Commercially Important Passengers

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  1. SeatBackForward

    SeatBackForward Established Member

    Jun 20, 2006
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    So I check in this morning and my usual "QC SILV ONEWORLD RUBY" line has a "CIP" above it. Now I know that a CIP means commercially important passenger.

    But I'm just silver (260 SC's to go for gold), its just a Y ticket and its just an ordinary international flight, nothing special was booked by my office.

    So whats it all mean?
     

  2. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    Remembering something I read on AFF recently my guess would be the $value your company spends with Qantas.
     
  3. bravoecho1

    bravoecho1 Member

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    When our companies previous travel agent (TQ3) used to book our flights "CIP" used to appear on our boarding passes.

    Then we changed to QBT and it hasn't appeared since.

    The only time I noticed a difference was when I made a last minute flight change and was allocated the middle seat in the last row of a 737-800. When boarding, the Chief Sandwich Maker (CSM) held me in the galley while she attempted to locate a better seat and then put me into J :mrgreen: . Hasn't happened since unfortunately.
     
  4. SeatBackForward

    SeatBackForward Established Member

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    Just to follow up, nothing of interest happened to me at all. Was seated in 50D, possibly the last row to get served meals and was in no way treated any way different to the people around me.

    How odd.
     
  5. kiwial

    kiwial Intern

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    For those of you that were getting CIP printed on your boarding passes, do you still get this printed on the BP since QF upgraded their systems.

    I am no longer seeing this despite my TA and QF Corporate Sales advising that CIP details are entered in their reservation system, the same as they have always been.

    Cheers
    kiwial
     
  6. Groundfeeder

    Groundfeeder Active Member

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    I always get the CIP for my Govt travel and it occasionally might make a difference. For example I used to ask for exit row window when none was showing available and have been generally successful.

    Also couldn't get to my exit row window once as there were two elderly and infirm people sitting in exit row aisle/middle seats. The CSM looked at the profile and said "well I could send you down the back but there's vacant seats in J, so up I went!":D
     
  7. docjames

    docjames Senior Member

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    Weird scenario, i would have thought the priority should have been to get the elderly/infirm out of the exit row? :confused:

    How could you not climb into exit row - there's heaps of room?

    Good outcome (for you) anyway:p
     
  8. FlyboyAl

    FlyboyAl Active Member

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    How on earth can they put elderly/infirm people in an exit seat? I thought that was against all the rules!
    Mind you, when its a 767 or 737, they come down and ask if everyone is ok to do what is needed if required. No one asks that on a 747 or 380 (at least not on any of the flights I've been on), so maybe the requirement to be able to help in an emergency if not required
     
  9. moa999

    moa999 Senior Member

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    On the bigger jets I think the crew is expected to operate the exits, hence no special briefing
     
  10. Groundfeeder

    Groundfeeder Active Member

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    This was a 738 and despite the extra room there were too many elderly legs to squeeze past and they obviously weren't able to lift themselves up to make it easy to pass.

    I was going to comment on the unsuitability of these pax in exit row but bit my lip when the CSM mentioned my profile and J in the same breath.
     
  11. docjames

    docjames Senior Member

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    Well, I guess "your nearest exit WONT be behind you".

    I usually have no trouble with people getting past me on a 738 (6'5" 105kg) but i guess if they couldnt even move in the seat that makes it difficult.

    Good outcome for you, glad the overwing exits werent required!
     
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