There are so many things to remember before leaving for a business trip, but an important one to save time can be to check in for your flight before heading for the airport. That's why I always make sure to check in online when I'm flying on American Airlines. By checking in, I can confirm my seat assignment, manage my checked bags, and get my boarding pass. Checking in early may also give you a higher boarding priority, allowing you to get on the plane sooner rather than later.
If you're scheduled to fly on American Airlines, you can check in for your flight online, up to 24 hours before the flight using American's Online Flight Check-In. If you're connecting with a flight that American as e-ticketing agreements with, you'll also be able to check in for the connecting flight as well. Boarding passes for these connecting flights may (or may not) be issued, depending on American's rules.
In order to check in online, you will need your Record Locator number and well as the passenger's first and last name. The American Airlines Record Locator number is a six digit code that identifies the ticket.
When to Check In
American has specific details and rules on online check in, but basically you can check in up to 24 hours in advance, as long as its no less than 45 minutes prior to departure (for U.S., Puerto Rico or USVI airports) or 90 minutes for all other airports (internationals flights).
Be aware, that you must be checked in at least 45 minutes before your flight (or 90 for flights from or to outside the United States). Selected airports (such as Dublin, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Maracaibo, and St. Thomas) have different check in times (typically 75 or 90 minutes prior to departure).
If you are flying on an American Airlines codeshare partner, it's important to note that the check in times for that partner are the ones that you should pay attention to.
Other Check In Tips
- Note: you may not be able to check if your first flight is not an American flight, if you're traveling on a military fare, with a pet, or with an oxygen container.
- During the American Airlines check in process, you'll be able to review your seat assignments and print your boarding pass.
- Once you've checked in, you can check your luggage at the airport, at the curbside check in or at the American Airlines counter. In selected airports (such as Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Las Vegas (LAS), Orlando (MCO) and Seattle (SEA)) baggage can only be accepted four hours or less before the departure time of the flight.
- When you are arriving on an international flight, you will be required to retrieve your baggage at the first point within the United States and go through customs (so make sure to leave enough time if you have a connecting flight!).