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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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As summer draws to a close, the autumn issue of our magazine looks forward to some exciting events that are taking place in our nation's capital, London and second-city, Birmingham.

London is easily accessible from our Gatwick hotel and Birmingham is soon to be home of a second BLOC. Behind the scenes, we're working hard to add other locations where you can sample our affordable luxury.

At BLOC, we have distilled the finest ingredients into a package that provides perfect, yet affordable conditions for any overnight stay in prime locations. It's about no-nonsense style and function.

BLOC magazine embraces this theme. We've curated some of the favourite things we have discovered on our travels including the wonders of the Emerald Isle, Bentley's new concept, travel tech and apps as well as food and drink destinations.

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We hope that this magazine provides you with insight and entertainment on your journey.

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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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