united airlines early check in/baggage check
Replies: 24 - Last Post: Nov 15, 2011 9:49 AM Last Post By: dulceamor
Nov 12, 2011 4:31 PM
united airlines early check in/baggage checkI was wondering if anyone could clarify something for me. On the United Airlines website it says that check in opens 24 hours before flights. So does this mean I'd be able to go to the airport the night before an early morning flight and check in - including baggage checked and through security?
Nov 12, 2011 4:44 PM
Nov 12, 2011 4:53 PM
2At a large airport, the airline counter is probably open 4am to midnight. I don't know if for a 6am flight, they will let you check your baggage the night before - probably best to call and ask. Though I guess they store luggage somewhere if it's not immediately going onto a flight.
Not sure what you would do if you went through security the night before. I assume you intend to sleep at the airport - then you should know the options for that are slim. And not comfortable at most airports.
Nov 12, 2011 5:03 PM
3Yes, the thought would be to sleep over in the airport, which I guess is a second part to the question: when people stay in an airport over night for an early flight (been reading,seems pretty common) is it before security they find somewhere to kip (I thought that all that is usually before security is the check in desks, and seating etc is after security)?
Sorry if these questions are stupid haven't been in a big airport in a while (it's San Francisco I'd be in)
Nov 12, 2011 5:07 PM
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Nov 12, 2011 5:24 PM
Nov 12, 2011 5:35 PM
Nov 12, 2011 11:03 PM
Nov 13, 2011 4:35 AM
9You need to phone your airline. I gather you haven't done that. Policies do vary by airline. With a US Airways flight this year, we were told we could check in our bags anytime the same day as our flight. However, that's the crunch, I gather, for you: you want to check your bags and then spend the night inside the airport. Comfort, safety and even possibility of sleeping in an airport varies by facility. I assume you've heard of sleepinginairports.com. Not all airports have baggage storage facilities, either. At at least one (LAX), there is a commercial service off-site that reportedly will pick up your bags from you at the airport (I've not used them). I'd personally find an airport area hotel before I tried to sleep in the area outside security at an airport (seating facilities are usually pretty slim pickings), but you have your own comfort level and budget limits.
Nov 13, 2011 5:01 AM
10If you have to collect their luggage between flights, that means you will have to exit main terminal, check bags, and then re-enter security, and you can not do that the day prior of a travel document, so you would be limited to staying in the Departures Check In part of the terminal, which in many airports, does not have much seating, nor does the baggage claim areas, or if there are no late arriving flights, the baggage claim will be closed off, further limiting your options.
If your inbound is a international flight, you may be able to check the luggage forward for the next flight, not sure. But you would still need to get thru security with a boarding pass, entering for the date only printed on the boarding pass.
Some international airports, like Chicago Ohare, inbound international is a separate terminal from all outbound domestic flights, or international flights, meaning you have to take a airport tram to one of three other terminals....
Nov 13, 2011 6:08 AM
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Nov 13, 2011 1:34 PM
13I'm not on a connecting flight. The underlying reason behind my question is that to get from San Francisco to Portland there's a bus but it takes 16hours covering overnight which I am really not keen to do, then there is flying which is £30 more expensive. I'm just willing to pay that extra to fly but as flying only takes 1hr40 I would end up also paying for an extra night accommodation in Portland, so my idea is to save on that by staying in the airport (I know there are people who'd say don't do it, don't sleep in an airport but I'd rather that than take a 16hour bus - I also think there's something quite exciting about the idea of spending the night in an airport). My quandary is then about where in the airport is a good place to get a seat/corner to rest. I had always been thinking about after security but then realised it would be the day before which has lead me to this point. I've searched around for reviews on sleeping over in San Francisco (which are on the large part favourable) but I'm really struggling to tell whether people are talking about before or after security. I've never been to San Fran so don't know what the airport is like.
Thanks for the replies.
Nov 13, 2011 4:15 PM
14I've had to spend a few nights at SFO airport this year due to early flights and BART does not run all night. You can't check baggage more than 3 hours early. There are many people sleeping near checkout counters. It is easy to get a seat but is hard to lay down due to armrests. Many people lay on the floor as well. It is relatively safe (as being asleep in any public place can be) but I have never seen issues. There is a Subway restaurant open all night if you are hungry. I usually end up working on my laptop but most people sleep peacefully. I usually fly United or US Airways. There is a lot of seating in the International terminal near the United terminal as well.
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