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You really canít check bags in earlier than 4 hours before a flight in Vegas?

You really canít check bags in earlier than 4 hours before a flight in Vegas?

Old Dec 25, 19, 9:18 pm
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You really canít check bags in earlier than 4 hours before a flight in Vegas?

Executive platinum flying in first class. Shocked to learn they wonít take bags earlier than four hours before flight. Agent had zero flexibility or leeway - says the computer wonít even let her attempt it. Is this another American ďenhancementĒ? Disappointed when the airport help desk said other airlines happily take bags early on quiet days like today. There goes my nice dinner on the strip.
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Old Dec 25, 19, 9:36 pm
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Seems that you are easily shocked. Not being able to check in > 4 hours in advance of a flight is pretty normal

Having EP status and class of service are not generally that relevant to it
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Old Dec 25, 19, 9:39 pm
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Originally Posted by chitraveler1975 View Post
Executive platinum flying in first class. Shocked to learn they won’t take bags earlier than four hours before flight. Agent had zero flexibility or leeway - says the computer won’t even let her attempt it. Is this another American “enhancement”? Disappointed when the airport help desk said other airlines happily take bags early on quiet days like today. There goes my nice dinner on the strip.
Vegas... and Denver, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Portland, Salt Lake City, and Seattle.

Clearly posted at this link.

What would status or class of service would have to do with this?
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Old Dec 25, 19, 9:51 pm
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This has been the policy for as long as I can remember.
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Old Dec 25, 19, 9:54 pm
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why not leave it at the hotel instead of making a trip to the airport just to drop off the bags and go back to the strip
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Old Dec 26, 19, 6:23 am
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Sorry is it just me.. or are a lot of people "shocked" at the slightest things in life?
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Old Dec 26, 19, 9:15 am
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especially when this is pretty common policy with all domestic airlines

Also...4 hrs is usually the layover limit on domestic flights for booking options
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Old Dec 26, 19, 9:51 am
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Originally Posted by dunno282 View Post
why not leave it at the hotel instead of making a trip to the airport just to drop off the bags and go back to the strip
Checking bags earlier would allow OP to arrive later to the airport, instead of leaving an extra cushion to check bags and then waiting around.
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Old Dec 26, 19, 10:32 am
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Originally Posted by Dave Noble View Post
Seems that you are easily shocked. Not being able to check in > 4 hours in advance of a flight is pretty normal

Having EP status and class of service are not generally that relevant to it
Agreed for economy non-status flyers.

However, itís completely relevant and possible on other airlines, such as BA at LHR, tied exactly to class of travel or status as the OP states! It seems like this isnít the norm for domestic airlines though.
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Old Dec 26, 19, 10:36 am
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To be clear, the 4-hour rule only applies at the seven airports very clearly listed on the AA website. At those counters, the system locks the kiosks and agents. Elsewhere, it is same day and you may check your bag as soon as the counter opens for the day.

OP may be shocked, but LAS has been on this list for as long as I can remember.
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Old Dec 26, 19, 1:47 pm
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In case it makes OP feel better, I have flown to all those airports many times, I have flown American/US Air/America West for 36 years, and I never knew this 4 hour maximum existed at those airports.
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Old Dec 26, 19, 2:16 pm
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Originally Posted by linglingfool View Post
Checking bags earlier would allow OP to arrive later to the airport, instead of leaving an extra cushion to check bags and then waiting around.
Or maybe OP is driving into Vegas after a roadtrip and not staying in town?
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Old Dec 26, 19, 2:35 pm
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Probably have limited storage available at these outposts.
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Old Dec 26, 19, 2:57 pm
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Originally Posted by william142 View Post
Probably have limited storage available at these outposts.
That's absolutely why they have the rule at FLL. It is not uncommon on Saturdays and Sundays to see people just off cruise ships sitting with piles of luggage waiting to be able to check in, especially for Southwest, not just AA. And a good percentage of them can be heard complaining about the rule and how "no other airport/airline has this rule."
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Old Dec 26, 19, 3:36 pm
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BA has a 2 hour rule at some airports including LCY, AMS, CPH and GVA so it's clear other airports and airlines have similar rules - and these are 4 airports that have a significant number of BA flights each day.
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