Check in and arrival times

Special notice

For the busy holiday travel season, please arrive at least 2 hours before your departure (unless your airport requires more than 2 hours) to allow extra time to check your bags and go through security as TSA lines will be longer than usual. Also, check terminal and gate information before you leave for the airport.

Know when to arrive and what to expect at the airport and on flights operated by American Airlines or American Eagle.

You can also check the latest travel alerts and get flight status information for gates and times:

Arrival at the airport

Within the U.S. and Puerto Rico, check in:

Departing Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands check in:

For flights to international destinations check in:

Recommended check-in times for cities that exceed two hours:

Departing city 150 minutes 180 minutes 210 minutes 240 minutes
Antigua (ANU) available
Aruba, Aruba (AUA) available
Asuncion, Paraguay (ASU) available
Barbados (BGI) available
Barcelona, Spain (BCN) available
Belize City (BZE) available
Bermuda, Bermuda (BDA) available
Bogota, Colombia (BOG) available
Brazil (all cities) available
Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE) available
Cali, Colombia (CLO) available
Canada (All cities) available
Caracas, Venezuela (CCS) available
Curacao (CUR) available
Dublin, Ireland (DUB) available
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (GCM) available
Grenada (GND) available
Guatemala, City, Guatemala (GUA) available
Guayaquil, Ecuador (GYE) available
La Paz, Bolivia (LPB) available
Lima, Peru (LIM) available
Madrid, Spain (MAD) available
Managua, Nicaragua (MGA) available
Maracaibo, Venezuela (MAR) available
Medellin, Colombia (MDE) available
Mexico (All cities) available
Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ) available
Montevideo, Uruguay (MVD) available
Nassau, Bahamas (NAS) available
Panama City, Panama (PTY) available
Paris Charles De Gaulle, France (CDG) available
Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe (PTP) available
Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago (POS) available
Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP) available
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (POP) available
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ) available
Quito, Ecuador (UIO) available
San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) available
San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP) available
San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL) available
Santiago, Chile (SCL) available
Santiago, Dominican Republic (STI) available
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ) available
St. Kitts (SKB) available
St. Lucia (SLU) available
St. Maarten (SXM) available
St. Thomas (STT) available
Tegucigalpa, Honduras (TGU) available
Turks and Caicos (PLS) available

Minimum time for checking in and arriving at the gate

To better ensure an on-time departure, our goal is to close the jetbridge door 10 minutes before departure time. This allows all customers to board and stow their belongings.

To retain your pre-reserved seat on a confirmed flight, make sure to follow the minimum check in and gate arrival times.*

For flights within and between the U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands:**

For flights originating outside the U.S. or flights departing the U.S. for an international destination:

*Particular seats on the aircraft are not guaranteed.

**In St. Thomas (STT) the minimum time for checking in with or without baggage is 180 minutes (3 hours) before the scheduled departure.

Minimum time to check baggage

To help us get your bag on the same flight with you, present your bag to an airline representative for check-in no later than the cutoff time.

For flights within and between the U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands:

For flights originating in airports outside the U.S. or flights departing the U.S. for an international destination:

Airports that require extra time for baggage acceptance:

Departing city 45 minutes 60 minutes 75 minutes 90 minutes
Atlanta, Georgia (ATL) available
Austin, Texas (AUS) available
Boston, Massachusetts (BOS) available
Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE) available
Caracas, Venezuela (CCS) available
Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT) available
Chicago O'Hare, Illinois (ORD) available
Cincinnati, Ohio (CVG) available
Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (DFW) available
Denver, Colorado (DEN) available
Dublin, Ireland (DUB) available
Honolulu, Hawaii (HNL) available
Jacksonville, Florida (JAX) available
Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS) available
Los Angeles, California (LAX) available
Maracaibo, Venezuela (MAR) available
Miami, Florida (MIA) available
Newark, New Jersey (EWR) available
New York (JFK) available
Orlando, Florida (MCO)* available
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PHL) available
Phoenix, Arizona (PHX) available
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PIT) available
San Francisco, California (SFO) available
San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) available
Seattle, Washington (SEA) available
St. Croix, U.S Virgin Islands (STX) available
St. Thomas, U.S Virgin Islands (STT) available
Tampa, Florida (TPA) available
District of Columbia (IAD) available

* In Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, baggage for confirmed flights may only be accepted up to four hours prior to confirmed departure.

When arriving in the U.S. from an international location, claim your checked bags at the first stop within the U.S. and proceed through Immigrations/Customs. If you're flying internationally and connecting to another airline, check the applicable country's Customs procedures to determine whether checked baggage needs to be re-checked with the other airline upon arrival into that country.