“BA will introduce a new boarding system on all its flights on December 12 2017.
From then, passengers will be assigned a group numbered between one and five when they check in. The priority group; group one, will be given to First Class passengers and Gold members of the BA Executive Club. Groups four and five will be the lowest tier economy passengers, with the latter reserved for those buying the cheapest hand luggage-only fares, who will board last.
The new system raises the potential problem of passengers who had paid the lowest hand-baggage only fares having no room for their carry-on because all the space in the overhead lockers has already been filled. Bags will then have to be taken off them and put into the hold.”
I am sure we all have different views on this boarding system. Personally, it seems BA are deliberately moving from a so-called full-service airline to an operation where many items are now at a supplement. At the end of the day, the differential between them and the so called low-cost airlines is narrowing.
I fully understand you give advantages to your loyal card holding members, this makes total sense, but to basically say those who paid the least board last and you and your hand luggage could be many rows apart does not strike me as being a particularly well thought out idea. The next move might be to introduce a supplement for speedy (earlier) boarding, something EasyJet have operated with some success.