Capicuuu From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2001, 53 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 19084 times:
Hmm, for me it really depends on how I am flying. If I am on a Rev ticket then I like being there at least 2 hours prior so that I can get a good seat. Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not. Usually I am able to secure a good seat so it makes it worth the time spent. As others, I also like spending time at the airport and just seeing plane movements and takeoff/landings if possible.
On standby however (Delta) I get there whenever I can. Going to NY the other day I showed up about 45 min before the flight. As I have no choice of seat (or even getting on the plane) I don't bother with getting there too early. Coming back, I did get there early to see what LGA-ATL flight I could jump on. I arrived at LGA at 10:35 and was in the air by 11am. It also helps that I don't check in bags unless I am away for more then 15 days.
Glidepath73 From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 1020 posts, RR: 48 Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 19064 times:
Same for me!
Try to be always two hours or more before departure at the airport. Early check in makes it easy to get the seats you want.
Then got to the shops and look out of the windows. The cafeteria in MAD is very nice to watch the traffic, even ZRH with the new Airside Center is brilliant.
HT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6509 posts, RR: 25 Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 19060 times:
About 60 min for business trips w/o luggage to check.
90 min for other flights with luggage to check.
60 min again if I checked in (luggage + boarding card) the evening before (available from several charter operators in Germany).
This all is valid only for my homebase at HAJ with its very short distances; at some other airports I´ll show up about 2h before departure (with luggage to check).
Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
BCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 18 Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 19054 times:
I have a regular travelling companion who likes to arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before the recommended check-in time, often having to wait for the check in desk to open. That way, he says, he has a greater chance of getting an exit-row seat.
I cannot understand why he endures waiting in the airport check-in queue for 2 hours, yet cannot endure 2 hours sitting in a normal row on the aircraft.
MOL on SRB's latest attack at BA: "It's like a little Chihuahua barking at a dying Labrador. Nobody cares."
Evan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2 Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 19046 times:
Every single time we are cutting it from 1 hour-30 min. Most of the time it is 30 min. even with checked bags. And I am always the one who has to be dropped off at the curb so I can run as fast as I can to the kiosk and get us there before the 30 min. deadline. Gets kind of tiring, but atleast I don't have to sit around for hours waiting for the damn plane especially if it were delayed. This is on Delta Non-rev BTW.
The proper term is "on final" not "on finals" bud...
FLAIRPORT From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 18966 times:
2 hours is my goal...if i'm in atl 2 1/2-3 hours...if i'm at FLL T1 1 1/2-2 hours...FLL T2 2 hours...BDL 2 hours...this way I can see the sights etc...T2 is my favorite terminal, so I like to spend time there, but 2 hours, longer if its a hub.
Jeffry747 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 963 posts, RR: 2 Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 18947 times:
I like to get to the airport anywhere from two to four hours early. Get checked in, get my luggage checked, get through the checkpoint, find my gate, and then mess around for a few hours. I will get something to eat and drink, check out the shops (found a shop at IAD that has some nice airplane models), load up my camera, and then do some spotting. I sometimes wander the entire terminal trying to find the best viewpoint.
However if I am flying WN, it's a different story. I am anal about getting an A-class boarding pass. I will check in at the earliest possible time, and go straight to my gate. I am in line the moment my gates previous flight leaves, so I can be first on board when my plane arrives. This way I have the seat I want and enjoy my flight SO much more.
DENplanenut From United States of America, joined May 2005, 205 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 18942 times:
I try to be at the airport about 90 minutes before departure... never know how long security lines could be. For the most part, I'm running late. So, when I fly non-rev on F9 I have to be at the check in counter 45 prior to departure, other wise ticketing is denied.
I kinda miss the good old days when I would arrive at my former home airport (DCA) 20-25 minutes before departure and still make the flight.
UAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 18858 times:
I'll usually get to the airport between 3 hours to 90 minutes before my flight leaves. But it depends on the carrier I'm flying. When I fly UA 2 saturdays from this saturday my flight leaves at 7:24AM so I'll probobly get to the airport around 6AM, maybe a little bit later. Also on a side note- the drive to JAX from my home is about 45 minutes.