(Closed) I bought my plane tickets online

posted 5 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
139 posts
Blushing bee

You can print the boarding passes if you choose to check in before going to the airport, but you don’t have to. At the very least print your booking info to take with you if you’d rather check in at the airport. 

I usually just wait and check in at the airport because you’ll still have to check in your luggage, so I really don’t find that it saves any time. 

Post # 4
11166 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@jb20:  It depends on the airline. Some airlines let you check in and select a seat around 24 hours in advance, other discount airlines like Southwest let you check in 24 hours in advance and assign you a letter and number which indicates when you can board. In other words you definitely want to check in online before you head to the airport.

As for printing boarding passes it really don’t matter. As the PP said if you are checking baggage it doesn’t really save any time as you can print passes at the same time.

Post # 5
3256 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@jb20:  If possble, be sure to bring the card that you used for booking.

Post # 6
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@jb20:  They have this really cool thing on some airlines where you can use those square barcodes from your smart phone to scan. I’ve used it a few times, and although there’s still some kinks with the technology, the airline seemed happy I chose the paper free option (and let me through the gate when it didn’t scan once 😛 )

Post # 7
867 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

When checking in online, you get to choose your seat (with most airlines) which is nice, especially for longer flights. You can check on seatguru.com for the best seats (emergency exits, toilets, and what have you are all marked there).

Post # 8
9954 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

It depends on WHERE you live / are flying from.

The info that @Redroc_13: has given above is good for Canada… but the USA for example is quite different when it comes to checking in etc

(The USA not only has both Pre-Flying On-Line Check In and Terminal Check In at the Airport… be that in person or at a kiosk… but they also have Curb-side Luggage Drop / Self-Check In, which we don’t have here in Canada)

Hence, WHY most Canadians usually opt for what @Redroc_13: mentioned and do our Check In when we get to the airport.


Post # 9
512 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@jb20:  I always check in for the flight online 24 hours before because if the flight is oversold you are less likely to get bumped than a passenger that isn’t checked in particularly if you’re running late to the airport.

Post # 11
9954 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

To @Redroc_13:  Lol, yes I was quite taken back when I discovered curb-side check in in the USA & her territories … I don’t recall seeing that anywhere in Canada post 9/11

And infact, if you take a Cruise in the USA, you can actually make arrangements on some Cruise Lines to have your luggage picked up the last night from your Stateroom and have it checked all the way thru… not seeing it again until you arrive home and pick it up at your Home Airport.

I have to said I was SHOCKED… in light of all that the USA says / does otherwise when it comes to their heavy duty Airport Baggage Security.


Post # 12
2808 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

it depends on the airline. most will let you do “online check-in” 24 hours before your plane leaves. so if you leave at 9am on tuesday, you should check in at 9am on monday. once you check in, you print your boarding passes.

Post # 13
7271 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I always check in online 24 hours in advance so I can choose my seat. What airline are you flying with?

Post # 14
2433 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

If you’re flying with an airline with first-come/first-serve seating (Southwest), definitely check-in online 24 hours in advance to give you better ranking for boarding. 

Post # 15
3370 posts
Sugar bee

@jb20:  When I buy tickets from Expedia they don’t do boarding passes anymore really. I just check in at the kiosk in the airport and it prints out one slip for each leg of the journey which I guess is supposed to count as my boarding pass. It sucks because it printed on like CC machine paper and the ink fades over time. No memoribilia.

Post # 16
11271 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@MsquareM:  +1.  gotta love seatguru!

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