BA Boarding Group 0

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    Travelling BOS/LHR tomorrow and boarding pass shows Group 0. I didn’t get anything from BA about this but apparently a trial to allow Gold Guest List members to board even before First Class, who I believe are still in Group 1.

    Nice touch I guess but obvious question, especially out of T5, would a GGL member be able to make it though the usual chaos of Group boarding to take advantage of it, and will the gate agents know what a Group 0 traveller actually is?


    It would be a bit surprising, I think. Another possibility would be group 0 to be an equivalent to group PRE at Lufti: Pre-boarding. I got this as I was seating on the exit row earlier this month.


    No it’s definitely a status thing. Similar to what AA does for Concierge Key or United does with Global Services.

    I read on another site, that because the number of GGL holders is reducing post Covid, BA can ‘afford’ to do more for the few thousand GGL holders globally?

    Currently a trial on a small number of long-haul routes.


    There is already Group 0 boarding in another guise. On Tuesday I flew CE LHR to ATH so was in group 1. The flight was very full so we had the inevitable announcement about checking in cabin bags at the gate. Everyone who was happy to check-in their cabin bag was ushered past the passport check to an area behind the desk so that baggage tags could be attached. This meant that they all got to board before Group 1 which makes a mockery of being in Group 1. Anyone else come across this scenario?

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    Yes CAI, all the time at T5


    I also experienced this twice in the last week.


    I have to say, that in my past experience, BA couldn’t make groups 1-9 work, so I am skeptical that they will be any better with 0-9.

    Fortunately, I won’t be in a position to observe, as I have made other choices.

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    Yes, ironically to the same destination – In response to CAI’s reply, ATH.

    Estimate 35% of pax dropped off their bags – some of which looked suspiciously large and had they have been asked if they fit the requirements may have been struggling.

    As somebody who travels incredibly lightly/ if I do need luggage I will check in, my Group 1 boarding turned out to be about Group 6.

    May be fighting my own personal campagin on this, but wish BA/others would introduce the EasyJet policy of paying for the seocnd larger piece of checked lugagge, with Bronze Exec (or equivalent) allowed as standard – Club Europe 2 pieces as standard.

    Would speed up boarding, disembarkation etc., may not like them, but always found boarding process with LCC’s to be much more efficient – providing you stick to the clear, enforced guidelines.


    Yes I fly to Glasgow and Edinburgh a lot from LHR and it is a well known “hack” to get early boarding to bring a carryon through that you want to check in. Been happening for years. Very frustrating they then get to board first. I have seen groups of 10/15 do it regularly.

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