LHR earliest possible check-in?

Old Jan 9, 18, 11:41 pm
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LHR earliest possible check-in?

What's the earliest I can check my baggage at Heathrow? I don't have much to do and wouldn't mind sitting at the airport. All information I find is for LGW or that I should be there at least 3hrs in advance. Flying CW to Tokyo.
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Old Jan 9, 18, 11:44 pm
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Originally Posted by Amateurflier View Post
What's the earliest I can check my baggage at Heathrow? I don't have much to do and wouldn't mind sitting at the airport. All information I find is for LGW or that I should be there at least 3hrs in advance. Flying CW to Tokyo.
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as you are in club world , you can check in any time from 0500

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Old Jan 10, 18, 4:49 am
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Welcome to flyertalk and the ba forum
as you are in club world , you can check in any time from 0500

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Just to add, you can also check in at 0500 if you are BA Silver or above (or the one world equivalent).
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Old Jan 10, 18, 4:54 am
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Originally Posted by DYKWIA View Post
Just to add, you can also check in at 0500 if you are BA Silver or above (or the one world equivalent).
And if you are Bronze. Or Blue, Or a Refusenik. In any class of travel. Anyone can now check in at T5 or T3 on the day of departure, anytime. They actually switch on the self serve machines from 04:45 onwards, but security doesn't open until 05:00 or a minute or two thereafter. This was changed last year with the introduction of the self serve machines.
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Old Jan 10, 18, 6:30 am
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If you have to have a visa check(ie flying to USA) does this still apply, or do you have to stick to the 3 hr rule if you cannot use the check in machines.Travelling in Y with hold luggage.
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Old Jan 10, 18, 7:30 am
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If you have to have a visa check(ie flying to USA) does this still apply, or do you have to stick to the 3 hr rule if you cannot use the check in machines.Travelling in Y with hold luggage.
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You can still go ahead and do the visa check at any point. I don't think that was problematic for HBO travellers without status before, it was just baggage check which had a 3 hour maxima.

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Old Jan 10, 18, 7:39 am
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And if you are Bronze. Or Blue, Or a Refusenik. In any class of travel. Anyone can now check in at T5 or T3 on the day of departure, anytime. They actually switch on the self serve machines from 04:45 onwards, but security doesn't open until 05:00 or a minute or two thereafter. This was changed last year with the introduction of the self serve machines.
Ah, yes! Now I recall the thread a while back. Get everybody airside spending money rather than clogging up the check-in areas

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Old Apr 4, 18, 7:25 am
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Hello,

This seems to be the best thread to post this question as it part answers it.

Travelling with a colleague on an ex eu itinerary thru OSL. He has now said he needs to take hold luggage. Doing a B2B in OSL with hold luggage is a no no by all accounts. So...

As per the info above he can check in his baggage for the LHR - HKG leg from 0500 that morning but this relates to a direct LHR - XXX itinerary, does this definitely apply to an ex eu as well?

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Old Apr 4, 18, 7:30 am
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As per the info above he can check in his baggage for the LHR - HKG leg from 0500 that morning but this relates to a direct LHR - XXX itinerary, does this definitely apply to an ex eu as well?
There are few reports (and none recently that I can remember) of there being any real trouble with this.

However, if he is going to OLCI before going to the airport, it will be worth him selecting "Not sure" for the number of bags, so as not to impede the creation of a bag tag that is for LHR-HKG only. Selecting the wrong answer during OLCI is the only thing I can think of that's recently caused any problems, and that's only because the creation of redundant and unwanted bag tag records during OLCI has prevented the creation of new bag tag records without the system demanding payment for excess bags.
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Old Apr 4, 18, 7:33 am
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Originally Posted by Kernow View Post
Hello,

This seems to be the best thread to post this question as it part answers it.

Travelling with a colleague on an ex eu itinerary thru OSL. He has now said he needs to take hold luggage. Doing a B2B in OSL with hold luggage is a no no by all accounts. So...

As per the info above he can check in his baggage for the LHR - HKG leg from 0500 that morning but this relates to a direct LHR - XXX itinerary, does this definitely apply to an ex eu as well?

Regards,

Kernow
yes this should be fine. there are a few reports which occasionally surface of agents being difficult but there haven't been any recently so perhaps less of an issue now. in the worst case scenario your colleague could leave the bag at left luggage (ground floor landside opposite Giraffe) and retrieve it after return from OSL to check it in.
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Old Apr 4, 18, 7:41 am
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Thank you Gents. Informative and super quick as ever.
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