Suggested Arrival Times

The following information will help you know what to expect when you arrive at the airport for flights operated by American Airlines or Envoy Air Inc. Please note that our suggested arrival times have changed.

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

Arrival at the Airport

Please review the suggestions so that you have enough time to catch your flight. In addition, you can check the latest travel alerts to learn about circumstances that could affect schedules, airport operation and parking as well as flight status information for gates and times.

Within the U.S. as well as flights to Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands check in:

  • At least 60 minutes prior to departure if not checking bags
  • At least 90 minutes prior to departure when checking bags

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

  • At least two hours prior to departure
  • Exception for Honolulu (HNL) - Two and a half hours prior to departure

For flights to international destinations check in:

  • At least two hours prior to departure to complete all necessary international requirements

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

Flights departing Recommended Check-In Time
Aruba, Aruba (AUA) 180 minutes
Bermuda, Bermuda (BDA) 150 minutes
Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE) 180 minutes
Canada (All cities) 180 minutes
Caracas, Venezuela (CCS) 180 minutes
Dublin, Ireland (DUB) 180 minutes
Lima, Peru (LIM) 180 minutes
Maracaibo, Venezuela (MAR) 180 minutes
Mexico (All cities) 180 minutes
Nassau, Bahamas (NAS) 180 minutes
Paris Charles De Gaulle, France (CDG) 180 minutes
Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP) 180 minutes
Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago (POS) 180 minutes
San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP) 180 minutes
Tegucigalpa, Honduras (TGU) 180 minutes

Minimum Time for Checking In and Arriving at the Gate

To retain your pre-reserved seat on a confirmed flight, please adhere to the minimum check in and gate arrival times listed. We have suggested airport arrival times above to help you check in and get through Security with enough time.

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

  • If you're departing from our hubs or one of the cities listed below you'll need to check in at least 45 minutes prior to scheduled departure
  • For most other locations minimum check-in is at least 30 minutes before scheduled departure
  • Arrive at the gate and be ready to board at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure

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

  • Minimum check-in is at least 60 minutes before scheduled departure except in Buenos Aires, Dublin and Maracaibo, Venezuela. See table below for details.
  • Arrive at the gate and be ready to board at least 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure

Note: Particular seats on the aircraft are not guaranteed.

Please review the table for airports that require extra time for check-in.

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

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

Minimum Time for Checked Baggage Acceptance

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 stated cutoff times for the departure airport.

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

  • Check bags at least 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure. Some locations have earlier check-in cutoff times. Please see the table above for details.

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

  • Check bags at least 60 minutes prior to scheduled departure. Some locations have earlier check-in cutoff times. Please see the table above for details.

When arriving in the U.S. from an international city, you will 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.

Security Checkpoints

At the security checkpoint, present your government-issued photo identification, such as a driver's license or passport and your boarding pass or priority verification card. We offer a wide range of convenient options for obtaining your boarding pass:

  • Online Flight Check-In: Check in from your computer. Sign up for Flight Check-In now!
  • Curbside Check-In: You can check your bags, including excess or overweight baggage, and get a boarding pass right at the curb.
  • Self-Service Check-In: You can go straight to the security checkpoint without having to stop at the ticket counter.
  • Ticket Counter: If you need additional assistance such as an unaccompanied minors or pets traveling, please check-in and obtain a boarding pass at our ticket counter.

Enhanced security measures at select overseas airports
The TSA has implemented enhanced security measures at select overseas airports with direct flights to the U.S. If you intend to carry on electronic devices, including cell phones, you may be required to turn them on during security screening.  Devices that do not power on may not be permitted onboard the aircraft.  Learn more on the TSA website.

If You Are Visiting an Admirals Club® Lounge, But Not Flying

If you are not traveling but are attending a meeting in a private, reserved conference room, in the Admirals Club or Executive Center, you can go through the security checkpoint if your name is placed on the daily meetings list given to Security at least 24 hours in advance.

To have your name placed on the list, please call 1-800-237-7971 and select the club location. Club personnel will assist you and provide information for you to access the security checkpoint. For additional information regarding the Admirals Club please visit www.aa.com/admiralsclub.

Additional Information
Air carrier authorization forms for escorting minors, the elderly, etc. will still be available and valid for passage through security checkpoints. For more information regarding unaccompanied minors, please refer to our Traveling With Children page.

Further information regarding clearing the security checkpoint can be found at www.aa.com/checkpoints.

Premium Security Checkpoints

At various airports, AAdvantage Executive Platinum®, AAdvantage Platinum® and AAdvantage Gold® members, AAirpass® holders, as well as First or Business Class customers may have access to special security checkpoints entrances.

To confirm availability of this service, we suggest that you inquire at the airport upon arrival.

Premium security checkpoint access varies based in part on local TSA staffing constraints. Local operators at some airports may also restrict access to these checkpoint entrances.