(Closed) Priniting out boarding pass?

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Most Airlines have a separate airline for people that have their boarding passes but just need to drop off luggage.  Often it’s just a long, but I think it’s worth it.  When you say “print out”, do you mean you would have checked in online either way?  Because you should definitely do that, of course.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Check in online and print out the boarding passes.  That way you have the option to get into whichever line is shorter.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Checking in confirms that you are going to take the flight, and protects you against your seat being given away if you happen to run late. ALL airlines oversell their flights (sell more tickets than they have seats on the plane). They plan on a certain amount of no-shows, cancellations and changes, and want their planes to be completely full before they take off. So they will sell more tickets than the number of seats, and the late-bookers will be given a seat assignment on the day of travel based on who has not checked in yet. There is a cut-off, usually 30 minutes before the flight, where if you’ve not checked in, your seat is up for grabs. The airlines also use check-in time as one of the (many) ways they decide who to bump off a flight if they have oversold and don’t get enough volunteers to switch flights.  I would strongly recommend you check in online to protect against this.

I’d also print the boarding pass and leave it at home if you plan to collect frequent flyer miles. If you’re flying your “primary” airline then it doesn’t much matter as long as your frequent flyer info is on the reservation. But if you normally fly United for example, and are taking a trip on USAir and want to get United miles for it, a copy of the boarding pass is critical in trying to get credit for that flight if the credit doesn’t happen automatically. If you’re not claiming mileage then that part doesn’t matter as much.

Most airlines do not allow you to print a boarding pass without checking in.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

It’s the same as checking in at the airport.  It tells the airline that you are confirmed to be “at the airport”. It’s a little funny since you do it at home, but that’s how  they interpret it if you were checking in at the counter and it has the same effect.  If you weren’t checking in luggage, you could go straight to the security line when you get to the airport so it saves time.

All airlines have a some time limit where you can’t check in to your flight once it’s X minute before the flight (often 30 or 40 min and depends on whether it’s international or domestic).  So, if you get stuck in traffic on your way to the airport you’ll be really happy that you are already checked in. For airlines that don’t allow you to reserve seats when you book your flight, this is also when you choose your seat. The earlier you check in, the better the seat options.   It’s good for peace of mind.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@fishbone:  I think the overbooking issue is an American trait.  I’m only familiar with Canadian and European airlines so it’s good that you mentioned it 🙂

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Not sure about Canadian airlines but the European ones will overbook too, but due to the EU regulations, the overbooking penalty/compensation the airline must pay the passenger is a lot higher than in the US.  So the European airlines usually keep a tighter overbooking margin than the US carriers do. It’s a lot less common to get bumped off of an EU flight but it does happen.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

As well, it is my experience that some International Flights don’t allow for “off-site Check or Mobile Check-Ins”… can only be done at the Airport / Airline Counter (example Air Canada doesn’t offer Mobile Check In Serivces for flights between Canada & the USA or vice versa)

Best advice…

For the most current info ALWAYS read the Website for the Airline / Airlines you’ll be flying… there are lots of great Traveller Info there including this kind of stuff (example… Airlines have different requirements for Luggage and Baggage Fees… which differ by Airline, and sometimes also by Destination… Domestic vs International)

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I also print my boarding passes off at home.  Even if I’m checking luggage I don’t have to wait at a kiosk to print my ticket at the airport.  Anything to save a little time.  🙂

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

You can usually check in 24 hours before your flight.  Not sure if you selected your seats when you booked, but if you didn’t, you’ll want to do it early to ensure that you are both together.  It takes less than 5 minutes.  If you can’t fit it in, give your flight confirmation to a trusted person and ask them to do it and print your boarding passes for you.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would still encourage you to check in online in advance.  Things go faster at the airport.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Do you have a smart phone?  Many airlines have an app that you can check-in through (or you can use the web browser). Otherwise, I think that’s a great task to ask a friend to take care of for you (delegate!).  Just give them your flight details.  Even if you don’t physically print the boarding passes (ie just checked in but didn’t print), you can go through the “already checked in” line at the airport.

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