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Are elite status members granted special airport privileges?

Q: Are elite status members granted special airport privileges?

A: Usually, elite members are allowed special check-in privileges (use of the business- or first-class line even when traveling on a coach ticket), and preferred boarding (being among the first onto the aircraft, which means best access to overhead bins for stowing luggage). In certain airports, they also can take advantage of priority security screening.

With the development of global airline alliances, such as Star, Oneworld, and SkyTeam, elite members of an alliance partner can increasingly expect to receive elite benefits from other airlines in the same alliance, including airport lounge access on the day of the flight.

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