Check-in and arrival times

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

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Arrival at the airport

It takes time to complete check-in, check baggage and clear security, so we recommend arriving at the airport as early as possible.

Since some delays may be beyond our control, we recommend an arrival time at the airport of one hour and thirty minutes prior to departure when traveling within the United States. When traveling outside of the United States, we recommend two hours prior to departure.

Check-in times

In most locations, you must be checked in:

  • At least 45 minutes before scheduled departure, for flights within the United States
  • At least 60 minutes before scheduled departure, for flights to or from airports outside of the United States

If you’re beginning travel from any of the airports below, the check-in time is longer:

Departing from: Check-in must be completed by:
(minutes before scheduled departure time)
Beijing, China (PEK) 75 minutes
Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE) 75 minutes
Caracas, Venezuela (CCS) 90 minutes
Dublin, Ireland (DUB) 75 minutes
Maracaibo, Venezuela (MAR) 90 minutes
San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) 60 minutes
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (STT) 90 minutes

In Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Las Vegas (LAS), Orlando (MCO) and Seattle (SEA), 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.

For flights operated by another carrier, including our codeshare partners, the applicable check-in time limit for that carrier's flight will apply.