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When does the check in deck open in IAH for flights to Auckland

Old Jan 21, 19, 3:29 am
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When does the check in deck open in IAH for flights to Auckland

Hi everyone

Anyone thats travelled Iah to akl can tell me what time the airNZ check in counter opens

Boarding pass say check in closes at 5:50pm but what time do they open

Thank you
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Old Jan 21, 19, 9:56 am
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It will be 3hours before departure, maybe 4 hours
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Old Jan 21, 19, 11:12 am
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I've flown through there a few times (last time was 18 months ago however) and it's always been 3 hours.

On my last two trips I've ended up having to hang around for a while before it opened due to timings with dropping off a rental car and was really surprised how many people were there early.. Maybe that's normal in some places, but I normally don't get to an airport that early!
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Old Jan 21, 19, 1:09 pm
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Originally Posted by sbiddle View Post
I've flown through there a few times (last time was 18 months ago however) and it's always been 3 hours.

On my last two trips I've ended up having to hang around for a while before it opened due to timings with dropping off a rental car and was really surprised how many people were there early.. Maybe that's normal in some places, but I normally don't get to an airport that early!
I was wondering the same about ORD...(sorry to hijack a little!)

We got in on the ORD-SYD deal but are based in NYC. We're flying into ORD the night before, staying at the ORD Hilton. Because we can't get NZ BPs until the counter opens (I suspect we will not be allowed OLCI given that it's our first time flying NZ), we can't use the Polaris lounge in T1 until we have BPs in hand. Going from T5 to T1 then back to T5 is a schlep, but worth it IMO for the Polaris lounge...but if NZ check-in only opens 3 hours before flight time, that will kind of make it hard to enjoy the lounge much...
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Old Jan 21, 19, 1:28 pm
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I can't see why there would be any restrictions on OLCI just because it's your first time flying NZ - the big question is whether TSA or the lounge will accept OLCI or a phone boarding pass at ORD.
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Old Jan 21, 19, 1:45 pm
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Originally Posted by sbiddle View Post
I've flown through there a few times (last time was 18 months ago however) and it's always been 3 hours.

On my last two trips I've ended up having to hang around for a while before it opened due to timings with dropping off a rental car and was really surprised how many people were there early.. Maybe that's normal in some places, but I normally don't get to an airport that early!
So 3 hrs before departure time? So really an hr before check in closes?
hummm really doesnít give you much time to enjoy Polaris Lounge

Sbiddle, any idea how long it take to walk from terminal D to E?
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Old Jan 21, 19, 1:49 pm
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I can't see why there would be any restrictions on OLCI just because it's your first time flying NZ - the big question is whether TSA or the lounge will accept OLCI or a phone boarding pass at ORD.
Mobile boarding passes are ubiquitous in the US. This won't be an issue.
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Old Jan 21, 19, 1:59 pm
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Originally Posted by Melia View Post


So 3 hrs before departure time? So really an hr before check in closes?
hummm really doesnít give you much time to enjoy Polaris Lounge

Sbiddle, any idea how long it take to walk from terminal D to E?
That's plenty of time in a lounge, even Polaris.
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Old Jan 21, 19, 2:12 pm
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Originally Posted by sbiddle View Post
I can't see why there would be any restrictions on OLCI just because it's your first time flying NZ - the big question is whether TSA or the lounge will accept OLCI or a phone boarding pass at ORD.
In my experience, airlines want to physically see your passport the first time you fly them, but maybe I'm not remembering correctly. TSA and the lounge don't matter; they will accept a mobile BP. The issue is getting it in the first place...
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Old Jan 21, 19, 3:02 pm
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In my experience, airlines want to physically see your passport the first time you fly them, but maybe I'm not remembering correctly. TSA and the lounge don't matter; they will accept a mobile BP. The issue is getting it in the first place...
NZ are fine doing this at the gate - issue is sometimes they won't actually check you in online (had this happen last time I flew ex-SFO)
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Old Jan 21, 19, 3:24 pm
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Originally Posted by Melia View Post


So 3 hrs before departure time? So really an hr before check in closes?
hummm really doesnít give you much time to enjoy Polaris Lounge

Sbiddle, any idea how long it take to walk from terminal D to E?
walk time inside secure area is 5-10 minutes tops depending on which E gate you are going to. D security dumps out across hall from E security.
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Old Jan 21, 19, 5:01 pm
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Originally Posted by as219 View Post
I was wondering the same about ORD...(sorry to hijack a little!)

We got in on the ORD-SYD deal but are based in NYC. We're flying into ORD the night before, staying at the ORD Hilton. Because we can't get NZ BPs until the counter opens (I suspect we will not be allowed OLCI given that it's our first time flying NZ), we can't use the Polaris lounge in T1 until we have BPs in hand. Going from T5 to T1 then back to T5 is a schlep, but worth it IMO for the Polaris lounge...but if NZ check-in only opens 3 hours before flight time, that will kind of make it hard to enjoy the lounge much...
Does UA let you access the Polaris lounge from connecting airports when you're travelling on another carrier's ticket stock? Their website seems to indicate not - you may only have access at IAH.
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Old Jan 21, 19, 7:16 pm
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walk time inside secure area is 5-10 minutes tops depending on which E gate you are going to. D security dumps out across hall from E security.
Originally Posted by samyoull View Post
That's plenty of time in a lounge, even Polaris.
true but we will arrive around 2pm
so was hoping we didnít have to wait around for the counter to open for too long
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Old Jan 21, 19, 8:39 pm
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Originally Posted by kyanar View Post
Does UA let you access the Polaris lounge from connecting airports when you're travelling on another carrier's ticket stock? Their website seems to indicate not - you may only have access at IAH.
nope. Must have UA boarding pass.
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Old Jan 21, 19, 10:01 pm
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nope. Must have UA boarding pass.
I could be wrong bit I think this poster is on ORD-AKL... Not IAH-AKL. If on ORD-AKL, this poster WOULD get access to polaris lounge at ORD with a ANZ boarding pass .
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