I keep seeing these crazy ideas that don’t actually work such as . . . .
Board the Plane Last
The idea is; you don’t have to get in line and queue, and if the plane is full you might get an upgrade.
Here are three reasons why its a bad idea
Nowhere to put your carry on bag
These days airlines don’t seem to enforce their carry on policies.
That means its likely the luggage lockers near your seat will be full.
If you are really unlucky they will put your carry on in the hold.
You May Not Get On The Flight
Until you have got on the plane you are a candidate to get bumped if theplane is full, or the airline suddenly needs to get crew to another location.
Once you are on the plane these days you are unlikely to be removed. (You may remember United Airlines got a lot of bad publicity when they forcibly removed David Dao Duy Anh, a Vietnamese-American passenger, in 2017)
You’re Not Getting An Upgrade!
I have had many upgrades over the years. . . . . but not one of them was after I boarded.
When it has happened it has been:
- At check in.
- At the Airline lounge desk.
- Called to the gate desk before boarding.
- As the gate desk as boarding.
Airlines have sophisticated computers and they plan upgrades carefully.