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Flying on Points, partner airline - treated as a 2nd Class Citizen?

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I have flown a number of times on points (Star Alliance - Air Canada). When on AC, we are treated like any other passenger. However, we have flown 4 times on United, and Continental before that, and invariably, we are the last people allowed to board the plane. This even happened to us in Maui in March, flying to SFO on United.... First Class! They held us at the check-in area, awaiting a supervisor override, which we eventually got (25 minutes later) from a fellow that was there the whole time. We had to sprint to get to the gate; they slammed the door behind us.
Another time we flew through LAX, and were advised not to board when everyone else did, but when they called us. It was a jumbo, so we were very lonely sitting there, surrounded by 400 empty seats. They eventually called us, then SLAM!
I am not claiming any kind of discrimination, I just assume that these airlines are waiting until the very last minute, to see if a "paying customer" shows up. After all, we are not THEIR frequent flyer member.
Has anyone else experienced this, or have I just been in the wrong place at the wrong time?

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