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Syd Checking in Business Lane for WP and GOLD

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by danielh, Oct 21, 2005.

  1. danielh

    danielh Member

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    This was new to me as I checked in this Friday afternoon for my now cancelled 12.30pm flight SYD-MLB.

    The Business line sign said it was for both Platinum and GOLD members.

    This was good because the line was a little bit long for me so I slipped under the barrier and checked in.

    Is this normal for an afternoon flight? I usually catch the 5pm+ Friday flights so never really noticed this sort of thing for a 12noon ish time period.
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    Regards
    Daniel
     
  2. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    It is new that the sign says that; I know that the sign at the business checkin used to indicate that the J queue was for business class and Platinum

    Dave
     


  3. danielh

    danielh Member

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    MELB J Queue is now Plat - Silver

    Well I just checked in through the Melb airport and the J Queue was now for Plat, Gold AND Silver.

    No one seemed to notice this though so I just walked past the 20 odd people waiting in line and checked in straight away.

    I'm reasonably confident that at least half would have been Silver or higher judging from the jaded 'I have travelled too much' looks on their faces. Kinda like mine. :)

    I'm not sure why they are doing this but perhaps as a response from the more frequent flyers trying to check-in 30 minutes early and finding that there are soooo many Bronze members in front of them that flying frequently is almost like trying to checking via the normal lanes.

    Regards
    Daniel
     
  4. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    Re: MELB J Queue is now Plat - Silver

    I know WP and SG are way more important to Qantas but is nice to see that Qantas is giving a little back to PS as well.
     
  5. serfty

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    Some things change, some things stay the same (eventually).

    It was only in November 2004 that Qantas changed the multiple premium queues at the major domestic airports from one for J/WP/SG(/PS) and another for (PS/)QP to the one for J and the other WP/SG/PS/QP. This was modified earlier this year after WPs complained to J/WP & SG/PS/QP.

    There is a little about the earlier change in the Demoted in Transit thread.

    A bit more over on FT Here

    So it looks like they have reverted after less than one year.
     


  6. stuandmel

    stuandmel Intern

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    So my recently acquired plat status has come down a notch ? :x
     
  7. stuandmel

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    Re: Some things change, some things stay the same (eventuall

    ...one other thing - Serfty where do I go on this site to understand what classes and statuses are for each of your abbreviations?
     
  8. straitman

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    Re: Some things change, some things stay the same (eventuall

    Try the ULTIMATE Qantas Guide by Lindsay Wilson: http://www.frequentflyer.com.au/discus/viewtopic.php?t=756 :D :D
     
  9. serfty

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    Re: Some things change, some things stay the same (eventuall

    I was looking for a link here on AFF, but can't find one. I thought it would be in Lindsay's forum but couldn't see one.

    Have a look on "FlyerTalk" using this link: For those New to the QF Board" as supplied by thadocta.
     
  10. oz_mark

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    I thought one of the benefits of silver was that you could checkin at the Qantas Club or Business Class checkins. So really, aside from some implementation changes at the airport, I don't think much has changed.

    At the end of the day as a platinum the rules allow you to use certain counters. Qantas Club, business or first class counters. So unless they change the rules, I don't see what stops you checking in at the counter of your choice.
     
  11. danielh

    danielh Member

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    Silver meant (a month ago) that you could check in at the QP lanes but not the J lanes in MELB and SYD airports. I'm not sure about others.

    It seems that only in the last week that this has changed a bit where:

    Sydney-Domestic (Last checked 21st Oct 2005 12pm)
    Business - For J tickets, WP, SG
    QP Lane - PS, QP

    Melbourne-Domestic (Last checked 24th Oct 2005 6.45am)
    Business - For J tickets, WP, SG, PS
    QP Lane - QP

    I asked the Melb-J check-in staff this morning about the changes to the sign and he was surprised that PS was on it but not surprised about SG.

    Regards
    Daniel
     
  12. danielh

    danielh Member

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    Well today (1st Nov 2005), the Sydney Business class line was Platinum only. The Gold word was texta'd out.

    Regards
    Daniel
     
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