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How early can you check in for domestic flights?

Old Jan 23, 19, 7:59 pm
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How early can you check in for domestic flights?

We have an upcoming trip to New Zealand and at one point will be flying from Christchurch to Wellington on Air New Zealand. We would like to be able to check our luggage and run over to the International Antarctic Centre. Can we check the luggage far enough ahead to do this?

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Old Jan 23, 19, 9:09 pm
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They have at times had a 2 hour limit, but IME this is waived for premium members if you go to the desk
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Old Jan 23, 19, 9:13 pm
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Originally Posted by evanroberts View Post
They have at times had a 2 hour limit, but IME this is waived for premium members if you go to the desk
AKL/WLG/CHC checkin is open typically all day (of departure) never had an issue dropping backs off early.

WLG sometimes has restrictions, due to limited baggage storage during busy travel periods.

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Old Jan 23, 19, 9:34 pm
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I think before 2 hours the kisoks might say no. But the human touch might work around it.
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Old Jan 23, 19, 9:41 pm
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To explain in a bit more detail; AirNZ uses a self-service kiosk for checkin including printing boarding pass and the baggage tags, which you affix yourself, and then take to the belt to be dropped off. Air NZ Staff occupy the bag drop area and it can get congested when they might ask an overweight looking bag to be weighed.

however, there is a premium desk, usually with a person, to manage NZ/Star Gold passengers if needed.
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Old Jan 23, 19, 11:46 pm
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I've checked a bag once for AKL-WLG 6 hours before my flight.
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Old Jan 24, 19, 12:10 am
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I routinely check in at 7am for a 4pm flight ZQN-WLG. Bags checked. At the kiosk at at the premium counter
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Old Jan 24, 19, 4:04 am
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Thanks all.

We are not Air Points members, but we are *G via MileagePlus and are flying on Flexidate fares. Will we be able to use the premium counters?
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Old Jan 24, 19, 5:36 am
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Yes as *G you can use premium check in.
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Old Jan 24, 19, 7:02 am
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Originally Posted by BZNZ View Post
Yes as *G you can use premium check in.
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