Qantas does many things well, but priority boarding on domestic flights is not considered one of them.
Any frequent flyer will regale you with tales of it being poorly organised, poorly enforced and often presenting little advantage over the standard boarding queue.
This could be about to change for the better, with the airline planning to reboot the process from Monday November 25.
It'll have a new name – 'premium boarding' – and a new procedure which will see business class passengers and top-tier Qantas Frequent Flyers (QFF Gold and above, and their Oneworld Sapphire and Emerald equivalents) board before the hoi polloi.
This will prove especially useful when it comes to snaring overhead space for your cabin bag before the luggage bins look like a game of Tetris gone wrong.
"There will be a dedicated boarding time for priority customers," a Qantas spokeswoman tells Executive Traveller. "General boarding will not open up until all queued priority customers have boarded the aircraft."
Travellers eligible for premium boarding who arrive once general boarding has begun will still be able to skip the queue and fast-track through the dedicated priority boarding lane.
The revamped premium boarding system will debut at the domestic terminals of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and Perth airports, and Qantas pledges to "work with staff across the domestic network to ensure these benefits are enforced, and provide a consistent experience with our international boarding process."
The airline plans to expand premium boarding "across all domestic airports in 2020."
We welcome reports from Executive Traveller readers on their priority premium boarding experiences at these major airports from next week.