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how early can you check in (AA) at mccarran?

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by hselland81, Mar 13, 2015.

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  1. hselland81

    hselland81 Tourist

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    Flight home leaves 18.45 tomorrow (today).
    Is there any rules about when you can check in? Our first flight will be a domestic to LA.

    Is it anything "to do" at the airport? or is it no point to go out early?
     
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    You can check in anytime, really. There's not a whole lot to do there, see the above post, that about sums it up :)

    They do have a smoking lounge inside, if you're a smoker and they also have some shops... But nothing too interesting or worthy of an "early visit" :)

    Macarran is literally moments from the strip and easy to get in/out of, so you can visit on of the south end strip casinos (we like Mandalay) and play a little there, if we have time to kill.

    As an aside, the lines at maccaran can be BRUTAL! You can check the security wait times on the tsa website! They have an app and you can also use their website in your phones browser.

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    you can checkin within 24 hours of your flight with the AA.com app.
    then just get to the airport in time to get boarding pass, check bags, etc.
    we usually leave for the airport 2 hours before our flight and never have an issue. That's usually too early, but sometimes, as MrsFuri says, the security checkpoint is nuts.

    Aside -MrsFuri - that TSA app is great. thank you for sharing that info!
     
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    Great info on the TSA app Mrs Furi; thanks. You just never know at LAS; it once took us well over an hopur to get through Security. I'll be using this app in future.
     
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    Damn it; only comes up with Canadian version...will try loading American version when I'm in the States?
     
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    You're welcome, everyone!

    There's a few more that I also check, just to get a good feel (and the info is reported by users, so some may be spot on, while others may be off, so I check several just to make sure it's looking "right").

    Try:

    MiFlight APP (free)
    iFly TSA Wait Times ($2.99 on iTunes)

    I have missed flights out of LAS because of the crazy security lines... and I've gotten there insanely early thinking the lines would be crazy, but weren't, these have been a huge help!

    Lucky Travels,

    -MrsFuri
     
  8. jr7110

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    You don't need an app - if it is within 24 hours of your flight, you can usually go down to the Business Center in the hotel you are staying at and you should be able to use a computer to check in online and print your boarding passes. Be aware of the hours of operation of the Business Center so you know when you need to print the passes.
     
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    I check in using my iPad and print my boarding pass at the airport; it is the TSA app I want to load but unfortunately I'm only seeing the Canadian app when I search.
     
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    duplicate post...
     
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    If you are flying AA then you won't have a problem if you get there early - airlines with limited flights (usually the international ones) may not open their counters until 1.5-2 hours prior to departure... so getting there early in those cases just means you can get in line and wait around until they open.

    For getting there early: if this is a case where you are checking out of your hotel at 11AM and your flight isn't until 6:45PM and you don't know what to do you can check your luggage with the bell desk at any hotel (doesn't have to be the one you are staying back) so you can still spend time on The Strip or Downtown for a few more hours and not have to worry about dragging your luggage around with you.
     
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    At some airports (not sure about McCarran though or AA) many airlines won't allow you to check in your bags more than 6 hours prior to your flight. Yes, you can go online and check yourself in and print boarding passes up to 24 hours prior to your flight (most major airlines) but checking in your bags is another thing.

    I tried this at a few airports, Dulles because I wanted to go visit the nearby Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Center and some other airports where I wanted to check in my bags early so I could go out and do some other things. As Auggie mentioned, many airlines don't open up their counters until a few hours before departure but with the major airlines operating most of the daylight hours you can probably check in your bags at the main counter up to 6 hours early. (check with the airlines so you aren't surprised by their airport policy though). Morning is another story, most airlines don't open up their counter until around 4:30 - 5 am and with earlier flights given priority they may not let you check your bags in for an 11 am flight until 2 - 3 hours prior.

    I usually go 2 to 3 hours early for my flight, guess I like to make sure I get through security and get my bags checked in so I'm not rushed to get to the gate. Then I usually walk around the area, check out the newsstand and gift shops, check out my gate to make sure I know where it is and basically settle in for my flight. I bring along magazines and have a notebook or tablet to watch shows if I get bored. Some airports also provides free wifi so I can catch up with my emails or online reading.

    In LV I usually check my bags in with the bellhop at the hotel I'm staying at and go to the airport about 2 1/2 - 3 hours before my flight, depending whether I have a rental car or have to take the shuttle, with shuttle I give it a little more time since I know it may take longer to get to the airport.
     
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    Keep in mind that the wait times on the TSA app are crowd sourced.
     
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    Cant believe all the comments about long lines at LAS. I usually leave the hotel about an 1hr(taxi) before departure and never have issues. TSA is usually under 15mins for me. For the most part, I choose later flights between 10:30am - 1pm. Now philly or newark, those lines can get 1-2 hrs on holidays!
     
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    We like to arrive a bit early so we can relax and have a drink in the AMEX Centurion Lounge before our flight. Its a much nicer way to relax before the flight.

    Also, since United flights go through security at T3, we've never had issues with wait times. Even when it appears crowded, they open up more lines and everything flows pretty well.
     
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    You're lucky! The lines can be insanely long... I've had an hour+ wait and no wait...
     
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