Alaska Airlines will begin giving its boarding groups names in an effort to simplify the boarding process.

The groups, named First Class, A, B, C and D, will be denoted on boarding passes beginning July 18, which is the same day passengers will be called to board under those group names.

At present, Alaska boards by row numbers and designations, such as one's elite status.

When the carrier makes the change, the A group will be comprised of Million Milers as well as flyers with both tiers of Alaska Gold status. The B group will be for flyers with Alaska Mileage Plan MVP status as well as for those who are flying Premium Class, the extra legroom seats at the front of the coach cabin. Coach ticket holders sitting in the back half of the plane will be in the C group. The D group will be comprised of coach flyers in the front half of the plane.

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