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Minimum airport check-in & baggage times: Dom 0:45 / Int'l 0:60 (Mar 2016)

Old Aug 22, 16, 10:33 pm
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Minimum Airport Check-in Times as of March 2016
Includes checked baggage check-in


If you do not check in prior to the cutoff times listed, you may not be able to check in for your flight and you will be unable to check baggage. If you are checked in online and wish to check baggage, you must do so by the chevk-in deadline.

  • Minimum check-in time at US domestic airports: 45 minutes

  • Minimum check-in time for international flights systemwide: 60 minutes

  • Exceptions:
  • Caracas - Maiquetia, Venezuela / CCS, : 90 minutes

  • Dublin, Ireland / DUB: 75 minutes

  • Ezeiza - Pistorini Buenos Aires, Argentina / EZE: 75 minutes

  • Maracaibo, Venezuela / MAR: 90 minutes

  • St. Thomas, USVI / STT: 90 minutes
NOTE: Though previously AA listed both minimum check in and baggage check-in times, that is no longer the case. The minimum chevk-in time applies to checking in at the airport, with or without baggage.

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Minimum airport check-in & baggage times: Dom 0:45 / Int'l 0:60 (Mar 2016)

Old Jul 17, 16, 1:25 pm
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Originally Posted by echyde View Post
Thanks. I did write into CS and immediately got a reply after only a few hours. They linked me to the CoC and said it contains "detailed information" on the baggage cutoff time. Which it most certainly does not.

In the grand scheme of things this is not a hill I want to die on, but it is emblematic of the program you, yourself, just mentioned. AA has dozens of policies that are not clearly described or communicated in any way.

I've heard all the excuses:

The merger, lots of new employees, IT challenges, culture change, etc. It all goes back to one thing: you have an obligation to act in good faith with contracts and your customers. If you purposely don't disclose information, rely on its dissemination through opaque channels, and do not attempt to fix issues once they are raised - that is not acting in good faith.
None of this is going to change, so, how it is is how it is. I personally don't think a cut-off time of 45 minutes for checked bags is even remotely burdensome or unreasonable. And, as pointed out, not really all that confusing either.
Of all the complaints that one can make about the current state of AA operation/policies/lack of transparency, etc.,, this one strikes me as very trivial.
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Old Jul 17, 16, 2:43 pm
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None of this is going to change, so, how it is is how it is. I personally don't think a cut-off time of 45 minutes for checked bags is even remotely burdensome or unreasonable. And, as pointed out, not really all that confusing either.
Of all the complaints that one can make about the current state of AA operation/policies/lack of transparency, etc.,, this one strikes me as very trivial.
You are continuing to miss the point. AA changed their website's baggage policy and CoC to specifically exclude the "baggage acceptance cutoff time." Why change something that was clear and easy to understand for something vague? Again, even several Plat desks reps told me THEY are frustrated because they don't have something clear and definitive to refer to.

Not to mention you are ignoring that the policy was recently changed without announcement.

I never said 45 minutes is unreasonable. I said AA needs to communicate cutoff times clearly, not keep outdated information on their website, and if they make a change actually consider communicating.
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Old Jul 17, 16, 2:49 pm
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Originally Posted by milesandmoremiles View Post
You all can say, "AA doesn't make this clear", "AA is so bad", etc. etc. But it doesn't change the fact that checking luggage is part of the check in process and its quite clear on the website that the check in process has to be completed at least 45 minutes prior to departure. Just because you have checked in online doesn't exempt you from check in time requirements.

Don't blame the airline for not getting to the ticket counter in enough time.
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They had a very detailed and clear policy -- as Delta and United still do -- on their website. No issue with changing the time to 45 minutes. But put that in the CoC or on the baggage information page.

Gary Leff actually has a post on this from June. He didn't know about it either. Do you think Gary is uninformed when it comes to airline policies? Is he not capable of understanding their policies?

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Old Jul 17, 16, 2:57 pm
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Originally Posted by echyde View Post
...Gary Leff actually has a post on this from June. He didn't know about it either. Do you think Gary is uninformed when it comes to airline policies? Is he not capable of understanding their policies?
Also wrong:
http://viewfromthewing.boardingarea....ces-travelers/

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Old Jul 17, 16, 4:27 pm
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Also in my opinion this time-limit should manually be over-ridden with
supervisory intervention ! I can understand that for large airports the
45 minute limit is needed but for smaller airports this could be little
flexible.

I had a similar issue with Air Canada in Boston where their baggage
check-in and baggage loading is literally next to each other. They were
able to accept my baggage when I had missed the cut-off time by couple
of minutes or so.

I do understand that there needs to be time given for TSA security etc. but
in certain situations, this policy should be a little flexible when it is
possible to load the baggage without delaying the flight..

Not everything need to be controlled by computers !

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Old Jul 17, 16, 4:42 pm
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The actual policy is published on the AA website. At https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/arrival-times.jsp , it states

"In most locations, you must be checked in At least 45 minutes before scheduled departure, for flights within the United States"

This seems to be something that could reasonably be relied upon

Checking a bag in , is part of checking in.

Since the bag was not checked in at least 45 minutes before departure , then it was after the listed check in time

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Old Jul 17, 16, 11:40 pm
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Originally Posted by flyalways View Post
Also in my opinion this time-limit should manually be over-ridden with
supervisory intervention ! I can understand that for large airports the
45 minute limit is needed but for smaller airports this could be little
flexible.

I had a similar issue with Air Canada in Boston where their baggage
check-in and baggage loading is literally next to each other. They were
able to accept my baggage when I had missed the cut-off time by couple
of minutes or so.

I do understand that there needs to be time given for TSA security etc. but
in certain situations, this policy should be a little flexible when it is
possible to load the baggage without delaying the flight..

Not everything need to be controlled by computers !

F.A.
There is already an override function built into the system, but a simple late arrival like the OP's is not a valid reason to use it. And, as Gary Leff posted on his blog, there is also a 3-minute grace period.

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Since March 2016, the check-in cutoff time has been 45 minutes before departure for domestic flights regardless or whether or not you are checking bags. Although Ross Feinstein has clarified that AA can technically issue a boarding pass up to 30 minutes before departure, that is not what is published in the contract of carriage.

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Old Aug 22, 16, 7:49 pm
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Basic checked bag question

What is the cutoff time for checking a bag for domestic flight?
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Old Aug 22, 16, 7:54 pm
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Originally Posted by machong View Post
What is the cutoff time for checking a bag for domestic flight?
Check-in times
In most locations, you must be checked in:

At least 45 minutes before scheduled departure, for flights within the United States

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Old Aug 22, 16, 10:18 pm
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Old Jan 24, 23, 6:15 pm
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Sorry to resurrect an old thread
so if youre checking in for a domestic flight that connects to an international flight, so you have to be at the checkin desk with your bags 45 or 60 mins before the first flight?
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