Are there any secret seating perks for EBG?

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  1. Malu
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    The last months I have been on a number of Swedish domestic flights where I have not had the time (or even cared about) to make a seat selection before boarding. However, most of the times I end up in the first few rows and often even in the seat I have indicated as my "favourite" in my SK profile. In fact, I don't think I've been seated futher back than row 5 the last year!

    This makes me think - is there some kind of priority seating for EBG, or have I just been lucky? Not that there is any real difference between the front and the back within Sweden (other than in the MDs...), but it is always nice to be able to step outside early. Thinking about the seating on my intra-europe flights, I've been "lucky" there as well. In there cases it might have more to do with my active seat selection, however...
     
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    Interesting, I'll give it a try next time I'm flying domestic in Norway... usually have one leg with alot of free seats, then one with almost always full cabin.. we'll see where they place me :)
     
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    My experience is that when the color of my card changed from blue to gold - it opened up for choosing between all the seats on Danish domestics even flying on discounted economy. And I have tried the same as you – with no seat choosing I always end op in one of the first 10 rows

    So yes, I believe EBG gives you some seating perks….
     
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    I'm also wondering if the EBG-bagtags give any priority on the conveyor-belt. Since I started using them my bags have been of the first on the belt, but I haven't used them long enough to say it's anything more than a coincidence..
    Also, it might be a case of my bag being easy to stow (first on the trolley -> last in the plane, thus first on the belt :D) or something..
     
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    Priority tags on the bag is a hit-and-miss. I receive it late as much as I receive it early when it is priority tagged. It definitely has no effect in CPH and generally not in Europe in my experience. In Asia and USA it seems to work though.
     
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    In fact there are. The domestic flights in Norway, Sweden and Denmark are one class, but the seats in front of the cabin are reserved for passengers with a businessticket(Flex) and EBG/Stargold.
     
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    Ah - that explains a lot!
    Has this ever been officially marketed in any way?
     
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    Not that i know of, but it is not a big secret either. Passengers on economy class ticket without stargold will not be able to pick the seats in front.
     
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    Same experience here with Danish domestic .With a gold card the seating options open up in the front of the plane, except for the first 2 or 3 rows.
     
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    With EBG (or Star Gold) you can also select your seat at time of booking on all SK/KF-flights, or was this covered already?
     
  11. Malu
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    Unfortunately I don't do all bookings myself.
    Somehow I always manage to add my EB-number to the reservations, though. [​IMG]
     
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    I agree when it come to seat selection at booking. But when i do OLCI it’s quite often possible to choose the first 3 rows as well (I was in 3F on last night - front row on CRJ900) .

    Especially in the "minivan" CRJ 900 with only one door - it’s quite nice to be seated in front.

    In my "pre-gold" period I often would choose a seat in the back (on MD80 or A319). That would 9 of 10 times give me the same head start - the last 1 of 10 would be when we parked at gates A19-A23 in CPH... They are equipped with bridges...
     
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    At the moment I'm flying once weekly OSL-KRS (usually on flex-tickets and are not yet EBG....missing a whooping 20 points [​IMG] ), and row 1 seems to be blocked until OLCI opens. However, the rest are open.

    When not having a flex tickets (or *G), the first 5-9 rows usually are blocked, depending on the flight
     
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    I'm still hoping for an official "middle-seat-blocking-policy" that would enable SK*Gs to have the middle seat free if seated at the aisle or window.

    Sometimes, especially in the first two rows on domestic flights, you get this inadvertently, since very few flex-customers or SK*Gs prefer to be cramped up in between two other pax....:cool:
     
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    I’m not sure, but if I have understood seatguru.com correctly some of the Boeing 737 used in Sweden domestic has one extra inch pitch for rows 1-7... So there is a perk even though it’s barely noticeable...
     
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    Are SK*G able to pre-select seats on *partner airlines as well?
     
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    All or most of the Norwegian based 737s have more legroom in the first 3-7th rows, although it varies a lot between each aircraft
     
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    Maybe not a perk but you get lifetime Gold if you are over 60 years old and have been Gold for 10 years..;).
     
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    Ah, the golden years... [​IMG]
     
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    actually just noticed today that my print-out bagtags were marked priority as well, doesn't look like it's listed as an official gold-benefit - but seems to work fine in norway, my bag was the first on the belt.
     
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    Yes, the tag itself also have a "P" or "Priority" printed.It is an official gold benefit.
    Great that it worked for you today - you got lucky :) I have never seen it work consistently anywhere in Europe. Admittedly, I rarely travel through Norway so it may be different there.
     
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    Row 1 and 5 is blocked until web-checkin opens on domestic in Norway.
     
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    I would agree to the statement that it's a hit and miss in terms of the luggage tags. Even on domestic Norway I would say that it's a hit and miss. Also flying into Norway it's a lottery, however the Priority seems to help in terms of always getting the luggage. For the past 10 years, I think SAS only missed to deliver my bag twice, while on other Airlines I have a worse trackrecord. One of the reasons that I do NOT fly KLM and Airfrance!
     
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    Yeah it's true, although I think it helps with the priority when they put the orange priority-sticker on in check-in as well.. it's really visible, but not everyone does this.
    I lose my bags with SAS as much as anyone (although not yet since SK*G!), but I must say that what happens after you lose it really makes or breaks it for me with an airline, and SK has always been outstanding for me there. They seem to have good connections at least all over Norway, and they're usually able to reach you either with their airport-shuttle, their own drivers, or a taxi wherever you are, and usually on your doorstep the same day. My experience with ie. DY has not been the same, on 2 occasions I've had to get a car to drive about half an hour to meet the bus or whatever, and then pay the driver myself for the delivery of my bag. Annoying!
     
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    for me the 1st row is still blocked until 24hours or so before the flight on domestic flights, but the rest are open..
    Got an intra-euro flight with SK today and the first 6 or so rows are still blocked, so I guess seating benefits only applies to domestic? :(
     

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