FAQ: is it better to check in for flights online or at the airport?

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  1. rwoman
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    Telegraph: FAQ: is it better to check in for flights online or at the airport?

    What are your thoughts on OLCI or airport check in?

    The article mentions Ryanair's requirement...print at home or pay a hefty fee at the airport, Easyjet's lack of a fee, and some of the risks of not having paperwork to back up a smartphone check in...

    Definitely something to keep in mind....

    :)
     
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  2. DTWBOB

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    I always check in at home (or at my hotel) -- if I'm upgraded, I have a chance to get a better seat.

    At the airport, it's one less thing I have to do and one less line to stand in.

    DTWBOB
     
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  3. DHalltheway

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    depends really.

    even if I do online check in, for certain airlines at certain airports I still need to check in again at airports. So it makes online check in pointless.
     
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  4. cennas
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    I always check in at the airport since I collect bp stubs. Besides, most of the time I can choose my seat when booking the flight anyway and also I will still need to stand in line to drop the bags off, etc even when I check in online.
     
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  5. schnitzel
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    I always do at home if I can't, but lately I've been wondering why I bother. I suppose if you're worried about being late, it helps, but you could always do it from a smartphone in the car on the way.
     
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    Doing OLCI has given me a heads up when an airline is having computer trouble or an issue with my reservation. If I couldn't check in online, I know then I need to call or go to the airport early.
     
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    OLCI always unless I'm flying international and they want to confirm I have a visa for my destination.
     
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    You can always have them reprint your boarding pass if you've done OLCI. :)
     
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    Always online - one less thing to need to do at the airport, and protection against arriving just inside of checkin time.
     
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  10. Valentine

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    I always check in online where possible and then go to the airport to get my boarding pass printed (I'm a boarding pass stub collector too). I've had too many close calls with almost missing the baggage drop, and only making it because of having done OLCI.

    In fact, not being able to check in online possibly hints at some problem with your ticket/reservation, as I've had one such incident before when one airline refused to let me check in at the airport because of some travel agent payment issues.
     
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    I used to sometimes do OLCI depending on my schedule and whether I planned to check a bag or knew I needed to show my passport. However, since the NW/DL merger, I try hard to always do OLCI even if it will not save time at the airport. I've learned that it's better to discover early that there may be a problem with a ticket than to try to solve it at the last minute.
     
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    If at all possible, I OLCI then request a reprint of BP at the airport. Sometimes I OLCI on my cell phone so I have to line up for BPs, but it helps that once you're checked in you can show up a little late and still get your BP.
     

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