Save the Best for Last?

Q. I feel like I am travel fairly often, and I try to stick to the same airline when possible. Still, I am never included in the first few zones called to board the plane. Usually, I'm among the last to be called! How is this stuff even determined?

A. Procedures will vary slightly by airline, but generally, the airlines board passengers who need help and families with young children earlier. First and Business Class next. After that, frequent flyers with elite status and those who've paid extra for early boarding and premium economy seats. Passengers who are holders of the airline's issued credit cards are also often given earlier boarding privileges. After that, depending on the aircraft and the airline's policy they will board back to front, but this can also vary.