How early can you check your bags?

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  1. Aktchi
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    I have an ~1:00PM flight in a few days. It would be convenient for us to check our bags with AA early morning and take care of some stuff around ORD before returning for our flight. So, in principle, how early could one check their bags before a flight?

    Added Later: According to post #9 below, Advance Bag Check In is available in Chicago at McCormick Place and Kiss & Fly. Anybody used either service? For example, are they operational all the time, restricted hours, etc?
     
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    My experience has always been that if you can check in for a flight, you can check your bags. This for me has usually been 24 hours in advance.
     
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    Having been down in the hold aka baggage area during the SMD4 airport ops tour, a better idea would be to have bag check your bags at the Hilton ORD until you're ready to check into your flight.
     
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    While 24 hr is correct for OLCI, I am almost sure that it is not correct for checking bags because I have been told once or twice that I was "too early." It might depend on the airport but 4 hr comes to mind as the earliest that one can check luggage (this also presumes that a check-in counter for the airline is even open, which is not always the case at some airports). Like with most such things, however, exceptions might be possible depending on the circumtances...
     
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    I've experienced Southwest limiting it to like. 3 or 4 hours but of course that doesn't effect ORD.
     
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    UA and B6 also have similar limits. I do see a reference to 4 hours at MCO on the AA site but nothing more than that. I wouldn't expect to be able to drop them earlier than that.
     
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    I have previously checked in bags more than four hours in advance. I don't know if it was a special favor or the norm. It was many years ago and prior to 9/11 so things may have changed since then.
     
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    Doesn't directly answer the question (how early bags can be checked), but AA has 40 locations where bags can be checked in, in advance, remote from the airport. This service seemed to have started w/ cruise passengers and expanded to resort hotels, convention centers.

    In Chicago, they offer two locations:

    Chicago, IL McCormick Place Convention Center
    Kiss N Fly


    https://www.aa.com/i18n/urls/advanceBagCheck.jsp
     
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    @ LHR, bags can be checked same day once check in opens. My niece is currently over the USA on her LHR-LAX flight....left LHR at 1200, but we checked her bag about 615am.

    :)
     
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    Paranoia ran higher in the US than elsewhere after 9/11/01. I would not be surprised to find overseas airports that would check luggage for a legit flight if the counter is open for business, regardless of departure time.
     
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    I just did 8+ hours before flight departure time in Bangkok, but with Thai Airways and on an international itinerary. Let us know what your final verdict ends up being with AA @ ORD!
     
  13. Aktchi
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    When I called AA, they said it would be 4 hours before flight. I probably won't take the chance on simply driving to the airport and finding out the final verdict there. :)
     
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    It seems that for most US airports and airlines ~4 hr is the cutoff point. I am sure that for foreign carriers and intl airports rules vary even more...
     
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