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Secret Boarding Codes

Monday, March 11, 2019

Secret Boarding Codes

Beyond your seat number, flight number, destination and boarding time; ‘the sequence’ or SEQ written at the bottom of your boarding pass hides lots of interesting information that can effect your journey.

Here are a few to look out for…


You’re flying economy and like any modern traveller, you were savvy enough to do your research and find a cheaper fare.

This ‘Q’ symbol indicates that the airline knows you didn’t pay full price.

You’ll be at the bottom of the list when the opportunity for a free upgrade becomes available. Worse still, if the flight is overbooked, you could be one of the first on the ‘bump’ list.

The same applies to K, L, N, M, S, T, U, V W and X depending on which airline you book with.


If you’ve opted for extra legroom, ‘E’ is used to specify passengers who have been allocated a Premium Economy seat.

The equivalent of being a VIP economy passengers, airlines will go out of their way to make sure you’re journey goes as smoothly as possible. It can even increase your chances of a free upgrade to business.

J or I

You’re flying business!

J means you paid full price, I indicades your flying at a discount rate or used frequent flier miles to offset the price of your ticket.

Either way, the chances of being upgraded to first is slim.

Yes you’ve paid significantly more than the average economy passenger, but that’s nothing compared to the price of a first class seat.


You’re an ‘A-list’ passenger, meaning you’re flying first class and will be one of the first to board the plane.


You’ve booked a multi-stop journey and probably mentally preparing yourself for a long and tiring layover.

But if the layover is long enough, ‘SPTC’ entitles you to request a free hotel room from your airline. Of course, various conditions apply.

Your whole journey needs to be with the same airline and what constitutes a long layover differs between carriers and what cabin your travelling in.

Usually, if you’re flying first class, it’s 6 hours. It’s 8 hours or more when flying economy.


The worst of all SEQ numbers, especially if your flying in the USA.

It means the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has chosen you for extra screening on arrival to customs.

Standing for “Secondary Security Screening Selection”, they have identified something fishy about you.

It could be something innocuous. Your departure destination could be a location of interest, or they want to question you about information supplied on your VISA application. Nonetheless, it’s not your lucky day.

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BLOC Magazine

BLOC-Magazine-Summer-18.jpg (466 KB)As the demolition phase of our BLOC Grand Central project nears completion, we are focusing on a number of other sites in the UK and Europe. We are working hard to expand the BLOC presence in major city centres and transport hubs.

We are keen for more discerning travellers to experience BLOC's affordable luxury and learn how we are changing the way people use hotels.

The 18th issue of BLOC magazine explores Lisbon, recent winner of 'The World's Leading City Destination'. The Portuguese capital is a city where old customs and ancient history intermix with cultural entertainment and hi-tech innovation.

We also profile BLOC-sponsored, Jamie Chadwick, who has signed for the Williams F1 team as a development driver.

Staying with the motoring theme, we showcase the stunning new Aston Martin Valkyrie and Porsche's new electric offering.

Once again we hope that this magazine provides you with some insight and entertainment on your journey.

You can view all of the articles on this site or view an online FREE version of the magazine, here.

We’ll also be adding to and updating this site with more cool stuff that we find on our travels. Jump on board!

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