Check-in and arrival times

Get to the airport as early as possible to allow time for check-in, baggage check and security. Some airports require a longer minimum check-in time before scheduled departure, depending on your trip. If you’re traveling on another airline, their check-in times apply.

Check-in and arrival times conditions of carriage

Recommended before your flight

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24 hours

Check in online or on our app.

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2 hours

Be at the airport for international or Hawaiian travel, especially if you’re checking bags.

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90 minutes

Be at the airport for travel within the U.S., especially if you’re checking bags.

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30 minutes

Be at the gate, ready to board. Doors close 10 minutes before departure – once they close you'll be denied boarding.

Minimum check-in times before scheduled departure

Check in by or before to avoid missing your flight

All airports have a minimum check-in time, whether you're checking bags or not. Times vary based on your trip.

Travel entirely within the U.S.

You must be checked in 45 minutes before scheduled departure.

Travel from these airports require more time:

  • San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) - 60 minutes
  • St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (STT) - 90 minutes

International travel

You must be checked in 60 minutes before scheduled departure. This includes trips starting in the U.S.

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Travel from these airports require more 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

On American Airlines Shuttle

For flights between Boston (BOS), New York LaGuardia (LGA) and Washington, DC Reagan (DCA):

  • Not checking a bag? You must be checked in 20 minutes before scheduled departure.
  • Checking a bag? You must be checked in 30 minutes before scheduled departure.

American Airlines Shuttle

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