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So THAT'S What All Those Codes On Your Boarding Pass Mean

Your ticket is trying to tell you something!
06/13/2016 06:00am ET

Your boarding pass may seem like a piece of paper that gets you from point A to point B, but that jumble of numbers and letters surrounding your name can actually tell you a lot about your trip.

Your boarding pass lets all of the airline employees from security to the gate know who you are, what you'll be eating and, to some extent, how well you will be treated.

For example, a person with a "B" on their ticket has a better chance of getting a free upgrade to business class than those with a "Q" or "Y".

That's because the former airfare code, as the letters are known, indicates that the ticket holder is in the economy section and is eligible for an upgrade, while the latter codes label the boarding pass as an economy class ticket. Meanwhile, a person with an "A" or "F" will get the utmost service during their travels, due to their first class status.

Want to know what other codes and airline jargon your ticket is saying about your trip? Check out the helpful infographic from travel company Boxever below.

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