Sponsor Message:
Travel Polls & Prefs Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Ba's Online Check-in (seat Part) How Good Is It?  
User currently offlineKLM672 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2499 posts, RR: 3
Posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 11369 times:

Hello. This will be my first flight with BA in about 3 or 4 years and a first to the online check-in. I am concerned about selecting seats. We'll (my gf and I) be flying Bos-Lhr 30 Mar and I would like to get one window and one aisle, doesn't matter which side and we're in WT. Would that be easy to accomplish? I plan on getting on their website 24 hours before my flight and doing it right on the dot. Also, is normal printing paper used? How many minutes should I arrive before my flight if I checked in online and am using the drop off bag area?
thanks!

11 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 11366 times:

Hi there,

From my experiences with the BA online check-in, (which I have used for Domestic, European and International flights to the USA) I think what you are wanting to achieve should be very feasible.

I never print my boarding card whenever I check-in online. What I tend to do is check in and then exit the booking without printing. Then I go to a self-service check-in machine at the airport and print it. *Nerd* That way you get to have a proper boarding card with the stub and all.  Wink

For the BOS-LHR flight I'd suggest arriving a couple of hours before at least. I'm not sure how busy Logan gets nor am I too sure on what TSA is like there.

Have a safe enjoyable flight.

Regards,
- Justin  Smile


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 11356 times:

Quoting Jkw777 (Reply 1):
I never print my boarding card whenever I check-in online. What I tend to do is check in and then exit the booking without printing. Then I go to a self-service check-in machine at the airport and print it. *Nerd* That way you get to have a proper boarding card with the stub and all.  

Same here. Printing it off just means another thing to lose...although from the US you now have to go to a desk to pick up your boarding passes even if you printed your BP at home. Don't know why but BA sent me an email about it. Since IAD doesn't have SSCI machines and I don't print my BP at home it isn't much of a loss to me and luckily using check-in desks for me is fairly straightforward  Smile

Quoting KLM672 (Thread starter):
I plan on getting on their website 24 hours before my flight and doing it right on the dot. Also, is normal printing paper used?

Good luck with that but ex-USA it opens up 23hrs beforehand  Wink

As for printing paper anything will do as long as it feeds through and is legible for a barcode reader.

As for getting seats next to each other well the best you can do is get on at -22hrs 59mins 59secs...the flight is still a couple of months away and showing as being fairly light on my availability checker. The new seating policy works in favour of the statusless in Y who check-in early.



"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 11355 times:

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 2):
Same here. Printing it off just means another thing to lose...although from the US you now have to go to a desk to pick up your boarding passes even if you printed your BP at home. Don't know why but BA sent me an email about it. Since IAD doesn't have SSCI machines and I don't print my BP at home it isn't much of a loss to me and luckily using check-in desks for me is fairly straightforward

Ahh, well you learn something new each day. Apart from Mr Davidson being a show off!  Wink

- Justin  Smile


User currently offlineKLM672 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2499 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 11352 times:

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 2):
the flight is still a couple of months away and showing as being fairly light on my availability checker.

And where do you find that? Just curious... Yeah, I don't think I would lose the boarding passes if I were to check-in and print them at home. They'd go straight from the printer to my bag with my passports.


User currently offlineKLM672 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2499 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 11345 times:

And I still need to go into the check-in desk or can I use a self-serve one?

User currently offlineLGWspeedbird From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 459 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 11334 times:

Can i just say from a check in agents point of view, when pax select a window and an aisle it is really annoying if the flt is full, as you then end up with unhappy pax at check in cos they are left with a middle seat!!!

Im pretty sure that there is something on the systems that stops pax selecting a window and an aisle.

And also what you see on the screen is what we see on our screens for seat selection. Plus once your boarding card is issued there will be no more seat changes so choose wisely



upcoming flights LHR-LAX-HNL-SFO-LHR
User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 28
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 11328 times:

Quoting LGWspeedbird (Reply 6):
And also what you see on the screen is what we see on our screens for seat selection. Plus once your boarding card is issued there will be no more seat changes so choose wisely

I thought that was the case under the new system but at IAD a few weeks back I enquired about moving seats at the lounge because a line had developed behind me. Was issued new BPs without any problems whatsoever.



"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
User currently offlineJER757 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 350 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 11310 times:

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 7):

I thought that was the case under the new system but at IAD a few weeks back I enquired about moving seats at the lounge because a line had developed behind me. Was issued new BPs without any problems whatsoever.

Officially the rules are now once the BP has been issued, no more seat changes are allowed, except for exceptional circumstances (a/c trim, unsuitable pax for exit etc). In time the BA system will be updated to not even allow the agent to change your seats without an acceptible reason ie the ones listed above.

Supposedly this is to save time at check in but I can just see it causing more problems to be honest!



Gale force fog... don't you love it?
User currently offlineLGWspeedbird From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 459 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 11295 times:

Quoting JER757 (Reply 8):
Supposedly this is to save time at check in but I can just see it causing more problems to be honest!

Its not been to bad actually, You just have to double check with the passenger that they are happy with their seats before printing the boarding card.

It has saved me many arguments as well!



upcoming flights LHR-LAX-HNL-SFO-LHR
User currently offlineHighpeaklad From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 538 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 11254 times:

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 7):
I thought that was the case under the new system but at IAD a few weeks back I enquired about moving seats at the lounge because a line had developed behind me. Was issued new BPs without any problems whatsoever.

The check-in agents can't change it, but the lounge agents are more senior so have the authority to do it..............according to someone posting on Flyertalk (can't remember the post).

I added the source as I can't imagine that I know something about BA that Fraser doesn't  Smile

Chris



Don't try to keep up with the Joneses - bring them down to your level !
User currently offlineHighpeaklad From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 538 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 11252 times:

Quoting KLM672 (Reply 4):
And where do you find that? Just curious... Yeah, I don't think I would lose the boarding passes if I were to check-in and print them at home. They'd go straight from the printer to my bag with my passports.

Try www.seatcounter.com
or www.expertflyer.com (you have to pay)
or www.checkmytrip.com if you already have a seat allocated



Don't try to keep up with the Joneses - bring them down to your level !
Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
E-tickets And Self-check-in And Online Check-in posted Thu Aug 18 2005 19:08:54 by Pe@rson
How Good Is Virgin Atlantic? posted Mon Nov 15 2004 17:31:45 by 7E72004
AA/BA From CUR-AMS, How Is It? posted Thu Jan 12 2006 23:56:31 by A388
BA Vs. NW? Is It Worth +600€? posted Sun Oct 15 2006 13:39:10 by Rogerbcn
EVA Air Evergreen DeLuxe Class, How Is It? posted Mon Jul 10 2006 16:48:27 by LO231
Citation XLS, How Is It? posted Mon Jul 10 2006 02:16:27 by Flinhion757
KLM Shorthaul, How Is It? posted Sat Jul 1 2006 23:08:06 by FlyingColours
Connecting In SYD. Is It Really That Bad? posted Wed Mar 22 2006 01:36:20 by Don81603
What Is The Worst Flight To Check In? posted Wed Dec 14 2005 08:29:19 by RicardoFG
How Is It Like To Be A Pilot? posted Fri Nov 25 2005 17:29:58 by TV840