Do you use OLCI? Why or why not? [Merged]

 
Old Dec 23, 09, 4:04 pm
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: PDX
Programs: AS MVPG, BW Plat, Marriott Gold, IHG Plat, Hilton Gold
Posts: 8,129
Do you use OLCI? Why or why not? [Merged]

Just wondering, how many folks out there use OLCI for their UA/UAX flights? Since there is typically no bonus miles for using OLCI, even when I don't have a bag to check, I check-in with EasyChicken at the airport...when I board, most folks in the Prem Ex or First class boarding group all seem to have regular boarding passes so even if they're checking in online, they still must have taken the time to stop at EasyChicken for a regular boarding pass. Unless I am on a MR and have an immediate turn, I don't really see the point in using my own paper and printer ink to print off a boarding pass that is 3x the size of a regular boarding pass--especially when it usually takes a 30 second stop (at the non-ticket counter) Easy Chickens to check-in and print boarding passes...besides, going through all the touch screen options is a good way to pass the time and check if that middle seat is still empty
PDXPremier is offline  
Old Dec 23, 09, 4:06 pm
  #2  
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: ORD
Programs: UA Gold, Hyatt Diamond, Hilton Diamond, SPG Platinum
Posts: 113
You should always OLCI. CI time factors into your position on standby and upgrade lists.
HedgeFundie is offline  
Old Dec 23, 09, 4:07 pm
  #3  
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Redwood City, CA USA (SFO/SJC)
Programs: Last 1K flight 1/21/11; fun while it lasted, 1P in 2011, Plat for 2012,13,14,15 & 2016. Gold in 17 &
Posts: 8,533
Originally Posted by PDXPremier View Post
Just wondering, how many folks out there use OLCI for their UA/UAX flights? Since there is typically no bonus miles for using OLCI, even when I don't have a bag to check, I check-in with EasyChicken at the airport...when I board, most folks in the Prem Ex or First class boarding group all seem to have regular boarding passes so even if they're checking in online, they still must have taken the time to stop at EasyChicken for a regular boarding pass. Unless I am on a MR and have an immediate turn, I don't really see the point in using my own paper and printer ink to print off a boarding pass that is 3x the size of a regular boarding pass--especially when it usually takes a 30 second stop (at the non-ticket counter) Easy Chickens to check-in and print boarding passes...besides, going through all the touch screen options is a good way to pass the time and check if that middle seat is still empty
I check in early & often. Seriously. I do OLCI at home and then check in again at the airport. Why? Because you never know when UA might throw you a bone or provide an attractive alternative to your original itin, and I want to give them every chance to do so.
Mike Jacoubowsky is offline  
Old Dec 23, 09, 4:12 pm
  #4  
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: LAX & EWR/JFK
Programs: Fomerly UA 1K, now Gold... next year, who knows?
Posts: 1,430
Just a couple weeks ago, I had an aisle seat for a LAX-JFK, but it was in the middle of Y cabin (19C). Seat map showed the cabin full except for 2 open seats.

At the 24 hour mark, I went to OLCI, and at that moment 6-8 seats opened up, including 15D, which I nabbed.

Prior to that, sometimes I did OLCI, and other times I waited until I got to airport. Now I'm a convert.
Phil Level is offline  
Old Dec 23, 09, 4:17 pm
  #5  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: PDX
Programs: AS MVPG, BW Plat, Marriott Gold, IHG Plat, Hilton Gold
Posts: 8,129
Originally Posted by HedgeFundie View Post
You should always OLCI. CI time factors into your position on standby and upgrade lists.
All my upgrades (knock on wood) have cleared prior to 24 hours this year (typically around the 72 hour window), but yeah, if they didn't and went waitlisted, OLCI would be a must--good point.
PDXPremier is offline  
Old Dec 23, 09, 4:24 pm
  #6  
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: SFO/SJC
Programs: UA 1K, NW forever
Posts: 1,385
I always OLCI and save a PDF of the BP to my computer. Then I don't have to worry about saving the stub in case I need it for reimbursement, retro credit, etc.
dfreeman02 is offline  
Old Dec 23, 09, 4:25 pm
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: San Diego
Programs: UA Plat, HH Diamond
Posts: 6,474
The main reason I OLCI is that you never know (a) when traffic will be bad, when the train is delayed, or some other circumstances conspire to keep you from getting to the airport with that nice 1 hour cushion you thougt you'd have and (b) when there's some problem with your BP that will keep you from easily checking in. If you're going to have a problem, you want to have it at T-24 hours, not standing at a Chicken with 15 minutes to boarding, then getting a message you have to stand in line to see an agent.

Always, always, always OLCI.
as219 is offline  
Old Dec 23, 09, 4:26 pm
  #8  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: LGA/JFK/EWR
Programs: UA 1K1.5MM, Hyatt Globalist, abandoned Marriott LTT (RIP SPG), Hertz PC
Posts: 20,131
I do, but mainly for traffic reasons - you never know in the NYC area when random jams or accidents will pop up on the way to the airport. One less thing to do, don't have to be there at the 45 min cutoff either.
UA-NYC is offline  
Old Dec 23, 09, 4:28 pm
  #9  
Moderator: Hawaii-based airlines & Hawai'i forums
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Ka ʻĀpala Nui, Niuoka
Programs: NEXUS/Global Entry, Delta, United, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, and Hertz
Posts: 16,450
I use OLCI because I am a worrywart. There have been a few times when I didn't use OLCI and was late in getting to the airport (overslept, traffic, airport shuttle, etc.) A few times, I've had to have an agent manually check me in because I was cutting it too close to the cutoff and then had to hustle through security. All those times, I ended up stressing myself out and I figured I would do myself a favor and take the peace of mind that comes with doing OLCI. Thanks to FT, I know to uncheck myself if my upgrade clears and most of the time I don't bother printing the OLCI boarding pass and just use a kiosk or agent to print the cardstock passes.
FlyinHawaiian is online now  
Old Dec 23, 09, 4:33 pm
  #10  
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: FLL
Programs: AA Gold, DL Gold, Marriott Platinum, Hilton Gold, Starwood Gold, too many cruise programs to list
Posts: 655
Originally Posted by Mike Jacoubowsky View Post
I check in early & often. Seriously. I do OLCI at home and then check in again at the airport. Why? Because you never know when UA might throw you a bone or provide an attractive alternative to your original itin, and I want to give them every chance to do so.
+1

Originally Posted by dfreeman02 View Post
I always OLCI and save a PDF of the BP to my computer. Then I don't have to worry about saving the stub in case I need it for reimbursement, retro credit, etc.
What a great idea!

Originally Posted by FlyinHawaiian View Post
Thanks to FT, I know to uncheck myself if my upgrade clears and most of the time I don't bother printing the OLCI boarding pass and just use a kiosk or agent to print the cardstock passes.
FH, how do you uncheck yourself? Can that be done online? I've always had a GA or RCC CS agent do it for me if I get the EasyUpdate notice.

Last edited by FlyinHawaiian; Dec 23, 09 at 5:01 pm Reason: names were changed to protect the innocent
BurBunny is offline  
Old Dec 23, 09, 4:45 pm
  #11  
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 617
Not usually

I usually don't use OLCI and try checking in between 45-30 mins prior to the flight using the airport kiosk. My reasoning is that on several occasions when checking in using the kiosk, I've been op-upgraded. I think it's easier for them to process op-up for passengers that are not checked in. I could be totally wrong and maybe someone can clarify my logic.
djlndc is offline  
Old Dec 23, 09, 4:50 pm
  #12  
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Programs: UA1K MM, LH Senator, HH Plat, Priority Club Gold, UA RCC, Global Entry
Posts: 263
Always use OLCI. Takes away any concerns I have regarding getting to the airport on time and I usually find out if my upgrade cleared if it was still pending.
MKE 1K is offline  
Old Dec 23, 09, 5:00 pm
  #13  
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Crystal City, VA
Programs: United Mileage Plus 1K 2 MM, HHonors Diamond, Hyatt Platinum
Posts: 2,619
Originally Posted by as219 View Post
The main reason I OLCI is that you never know (a) when traffic will be bad, when the train is delayed, or some other circumstances conspire to keep you from getting to the airport with that nice 1 hour cushion you thought you'd have and (b) when there's some problem with your BP that will keep you from easily checking in. If you're going to have a problem, you want to have it at T-24 hours, not standing at a Chicken with 15 minutes to boarding, then getting a message you have to stand in line to see an agent.

Always, always, always OLCI.
++++1! I like having that upgraded BP the day before my flight, and knowing that, so far, so good. This produces a "calming" effect.
mauiUAflyer is offline  
Old Dec 23, 09, 5:11 pm
  #14  
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: RIC
Programs: AA, IHG
Posts: 239
When flying out of my favorite EAS station, SHD, I don't do OLCI. Why? Because when I do, they can only reprint a boarding pass for the first SHD-IAD leg of my journey - then I'm forced to use the receipt-paper printers at IAD to reprint the rest of my BPs. No real advantage there.

When flying out of other stations, I will only OLCI if I'll be cutting it close in getting to the airport. I just think it's more satisfying to check-in at the airport. Also, If something comes up where you need reservations to mess with your PNR, you won't run into issues where they can't change segments that you're already checked-in for.
hausrath is offline  
Old Dec 23, 09, 5:15 pm
  #15  
Moderator: Hawaii-based airlines & Hawai'i forums
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Ka ʻĀpala Nui, Niuoka
Programs: NEXUS/Global Entry, Delta, United, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, and Hertz
Posts: 16,450
Originally Posted by BurBunny View Post
FH, how do you uncheck yourself? Can that be done online? I've always had a GA or RCC CS agent do it for me if I get the EasyUpdate notice.
Yes, I believe there is now an option online that you can use (I am sure someone can confirm this or let me know if I am mistaken). You can also call Web Support on the number printed on the BP.

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/unite...ch-merged.html
FlyinHawaiian is online now  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Search Engine: