Smaller regional jets often don’t have big enough overhead bins to fit a standard sized rollaboard. Instead passengers are forced to ‘gate check’ their carry on bags, leaving those bags on the jetway and waiting for them to be returned after the flight.
With American Airlines that means one cabin planes like the Embraer ERJ-140 and 145s and the Bombardier CRJ-200s, as well as Bombardier CRJ-700s and 900s which are larger, with a first class cabin, but still not as big as the Embraer ERJ-175s.
Customers flying first class on regional jets have traditionally been given a ‘yellow tag’ for their carry on. The purpose is so that those bags get priority. In theory they’re supposed to be returned to the jetway first at the end of a flight, so first class customers – who are getting off first – don’t have to wait as long.
Starting November 11th these yellow tags will become an Executive Platinum and ConciergeKey benefit. Instead of just being available to first class passengers (on regional jets with first class), according to an internal memo they’ll also be a top tier elite benefit when those customers are flying coach.
This change will provide expedited valet bag service for ConciergeKey and Executive Platinum customers who are travelling in the main cabin on American Eagle flights operated by CRJ-200/700/900 and Embraer 140/145 aircraft.
On Monday, November 11th we will allow the First Class/Priority Valet tag to be used for all ConciergeKey as well as customers with a Group 1 or 2 boarding pass regardless of the class of service they are traveling in.
Since the yellow tag will no longer be just for first class passengers, it’s also getting a new name “Priority Valet.”