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phil94028 Jun 7, 13 11:28 pm

MEX (Mexico City) Checking Questions
 
Anyone know how long before the flight the checkin opens at MEX?
As usual Alex on the united site has no clue.

Does printing a boarding pass at the hotel get you through security to the lounge? I don't have checked bags obviously!

It is an afternoon flight to SFO tomorrow and there are several flights out in the morning so was hoping the desks stay open.

Had a bad experience in Bogota where the desks didn't open until 2 hrs prior.

Thanks!

akonradi Jun 7, 13 11:36 pm

MEX check-in opens at 4:30a on Saturdays. UA has a fair stream of departures until around 3:00p, so there should be someone around whenever you check-in (assuming you don't arrive 10+ hours early :eek:).

phil94028 Jun 7, 13 11:44 pm

Thanks
Never sure at thin airports with probably contracted checkin!



Originally Posted by akonradi (Post 20885811)
MEX check-in opens at 4:30a on Saturdays. UA has a fair stream of departures until around 3:00p, so there should be someone around whenever you check-in (assuming you don't arrive 10+ hours early :eek:).


lixiaojuventus Jun 7, 13 11:47 pm


Originally Posted by phil94028 (Post 20885830)
Thanks
Never sure at thin airports with probably contracted checkin!

I just went through MEX last year. Interestingly the premier line was actually guarded by a staff. Upon showing my premier credentials he lifted the bar and let me through. Pretty impressive.

SeamusSA Jun 8, 13 12:09 am

Not generally a bad place
 
We fly to MEX several times a year to visit family. Check in at MEX is actually pretty good for elites. They do monitor the line to keep out non-elite pax, and the agents are usually friendly and helpful, IME. The club is acres away from the gate, so be sure to allow time to hoof it.

channa Jun 8, 13 6:01 am


Originally Posted by phil94028 (Post 20885830)
Thanks
Never sure at thin airports with probably contracted checkin!

It's not a thin airport by any means.

They have flights to SFO, LAX, IAH, EWR, IAD, ORD and sometimes DEN. And in some markets, multiple flights a day.

And I think UA has their own staffing there. They wear UA uniforms.

sam007 May 13, 15 9:37 pm

Mexico city airport
 
guys

fying united from MEX to EWR on a sunday morning. How much time in advance of the flight should I arrive given its an international flight and are there long lines expected on a sunday at 8am?

Thx

TomMM May 13, 15 9:48 pm

My last time down there I got there 2 hours before my departure and things were busy but I had plenty of time. Will you have access to the Premier check in line? That was a big time saver.

sam007 May 13, 15 9:52 pm

no premier access. Just got the explorer card but don't think it gets me that

NoLaGent May 14, 15 12:03 am

I flew out of MEX awhile back and 2 hours should be quite safe, although it wasn't on a Sunday a.m.

I'd be more concerned with making sure you have a large buffer with your travel time to the airport as traffic can be horrendous, even during times that you wouldn't expect it to be.

channa May 14, 15 12:48 am


Originally Posted by NoLaGent (Post 24812962)
I'd be more concerned with making sure you have a large buffer with your travel time to the airport as traffic can be horrendous, even during times that you wouldn't expect it to be.


That's the real crapshoot. MEX is only some 6-7 miles outside the city, but traffic can make the trek anywhere from 20 minutes to over an hour.

For giggles, next time you're in a taxi there, count the number of times you hear the phrase "mucho traffico" on the radio. It can be staggering.

1KHI May 14, 15 3:57 am

Mexico city airport
 
Agree with posters. 2hrs in advance is enough, even if you don't have premier access. Traffic can be bad, but should be alright on a Sunday morning.

UA-NYC May 14, 15 6:20 am

As long as you're not a Mexican national, no need to wait in any lines for exit immigration either...just like leaving the US

Have rarely found security there to take more than 5 minutes


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