I did a double-take on this one. It actually strikes me as a really good idea. I’m just shocked Delta isn’t charging for it.
Point Me To The Plane outlines Delta Air Lines’ “Early Valet” service. A Delta gate agent walked around the boarding area looking for 5 volunteers to hand over their bag. The service was free, and the gate agent made sure the customers’ bags were loaded in an overhead bin above their seat.
I do wonder if the airlines have appropriate ground staff to perform this more broadly. If so, I love the idea.
I imagine the airlines could easily charge for this service. In fact, I’m kind of surprised Delta isn’t charging now. Maybe they’re still in test mode?
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The only reason I board a domestic flight early is if I need to get my bag in an overhead bin. There’s absolutely nothing onboard pretty much any domestic flight that makes me want to spend more time onboard. That’s what makes this suggestion so genius to me. Still, airlines and baggage aren’t always the greatest mix.
Would airlines consider coming to the club lounges to get bags for loading? That’s where some of their most loyal customers are prior to boarding.
What if they put a bag on the wrong flight? Ideally, it would get discovered when the other plane landed and nobody claimed a bag.
How do you determine which customers get to take advantage of early valet? Surely they don’t have enough bandwidth for everyone.
All kinds of questions….
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