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Best Flaunting of Airline Status

by on Dec.24, 2008, under Airlines

I recently was at London’s Heathrow airport waiting to board my flight to Seoul.  When I arrived at my gate near boarding time there was already a huge line of people.  Then they called boarding for first class, business class, and Star Alliance Gold members.  I bypassed the line to board the plane.  I had my economy class ticket in my hand, which is a different color than first and business class.  One airline employee apparently saw this discrepency and came up to me.  In a somewhat rude tone he said to me, "Will you please wait in line?"  I then proceeded to flash my Star Alliance Gold card and he responded with an apologetic, "Ah… ok."  That’s right, homie.  

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3 comments for this entry:
  1. NYC Travel Expert

    So you are suggesting we bring our FF cards with us all the time? I know it does help you get through security in certain airports.

  2. statusmonger

    Yes, I suggest always have your airline frequent flier cards handy, especially if you are flying partner airlines. It can potentially get you lounge access when traveling internationally and access to elite status security and boarding lines.

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