I booked speedy boarding in June for the first time as we were travelling sans luggage for the first time - it worked really well for us - gave us time to store hand baggage and get settled before others started to come on. Worked brilliantly in Corfu - checked in on-line so went straight to the desk, got Greek boarding card and went and sat outside in the sunshine for a while with a drink before going through security. First on the bus to board and settled in seats well before others. As there is no way I will travel with luggage again I will certainly book speedy again - we are both a bit creaky and slow these days so it was a boon to be able to take our time wandering onto the flight at Manchester. Not for everyone, but good for us.
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I think its worth every penny just for the entertainment of watching everyone else trying to get to the front of the queue and then just strolling on to the plane in front of them!!
I did wonder if it would work coming back from Corfu but they took us all to the plane on a separate bus before they brought everyone else. Go for the grey seats at the front or near the emergency exits as they have more leg room but you have to be fit enough to open the exit should the need arise!!
Speedy boarding is great...it subsidises cheaper seats for all, maybe a few more could travel overweight just to make sure the prices stay down. On a serious note I have seen large queues on the speedy boarding side, and have wondered whether its always worth it...but I guess if you are less mobile or have very young children it must surely be advantageous to book speedy boarding, I sit on the fence with this, a leg either side of the boarding queues!!
I booked speedy boarding for the first time this year as we were travelling with my elderly parents and it was well worth paying the extra. I have also been on EJ flights where they have let speedy boarders onto the bus first and then let everyone else on the same bus which meant the normal free for all at the aircraft. If it works it works well but I think if there are any delays at the airport they just try and get everyone on the planes as quickly as possible and SB becomes a joke. Just be aware it does not always work! Nevertheless I will book it again. (worth mentioning that if you are travelling with young children you do get some priority boarding anyway)!
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