Nycfuturepilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 791 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks ago) and read 3067 times:
I'm flying continental on thursday and every time I'm at the airport i think that I will try on-line check in the next time but never actually get around to it. What experiences have you had with the on-line check-in with bags. Is it worth it? Is there a milage bonus? What happens if I lose the print out?
Flyinfroggie From United States of America, joined May 2004, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks ago) and read 3041 times:
At first, I didn't like it... more out of principle. [whine]I didn't like the fact that Continental was raving about how many people were using the kiosks at the airports, to find out that the ticket agents here were simply refusing to check anyone in that wasn't on a paper ticket or with an international destination. I just don't like to be told that I have to do something... when I know that there is a choice.[/whine]
Now, I love it. I like the fact that I can pull up a graphical seat map and choose my seats. I can see how full the flight is, and choose a seat with more room. One time my printer at home started acting up, and couldn't print my boarding pass. I simply went to the kiosk at the airport and reprinted my boarding pass - no problems at all.
Ncflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 520 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2953 times:
NYC, here is the best thing about it. Well, I can't comment on LGA, but here at CLE it is a huge timesaver. Let's say you're leaving Saturday AM, along with everyone else in Cleveland, on one of the many flights to Florida at that hour. The airport is a zoo, and the inside and outside luggage line is an hour long. Well lo and behold, there's an inside luggage line, dedicated to folks who already have a boarding pass, and that line has nobody in it.
So at peak times, it's a huge timesaver, with or without luggage. At non-hub airports, at non-peak times, then I'm not so sure.
One word of caution. If you check in, let's say the night before, and the next day you wake up too sick to travel, I believe your ticket is considered used. I'm not sure if you can cancel the segment by telephone. One of the airline agents said the one problem they have with the system is if someone checks in but then no-shows. That's why you hear some people paged many times just before a flight closes.
CAL From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 499 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2924 times:
Yes EWR, CLE, IAH and many of the other airports have dedicated "Bag Drop" lines. It really does help speed up the check in process. And if you check in 30Hours before there is usually a lot of seats that you can go ahead and change to, check it out everyone.
PS. Don't forget to print your free headset coupon when you print your boarding pass!!!!
CAL........Continental Airlines....... Work Hard, Fly Right
COAB767 From Guam, joined Nov 2003, 1377 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2847 times:
Yes you can pick an emergency exit row or bulkhead using online check-in. I checked in my dad for his flights from OMA-SEA via IAH and gave him 1A an exit row on the ERJ-145 and 22F an exit row on a Boeing 757-300.
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Spinzels From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 335 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2831 times:
I had the same reservations about using it initially, but since then I have used it several times, and I like it a great deal.
A few comments:
(1) At EWR it is most useful if you have a "C" Concourse flight (everything but Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas). If you checked in on-line do not wait in the regular (sometimes very long) line for checking in at the E-ticket kiosks; rather look for the kiosks that are specially designated for bag drop. (They are at the very end of the line of kiosks, close to the security station where they X-ray the checked luggage). On occasion, this means that you are "cutting" in front of a very large number of people, if that makes you nervous talk to the Continental agent who is usually positioned at a lectern at the entrance to the check in area, s/he will assuage your doubts.
The "A" concourse Continental check in isn't set up as well. (that info is a little stale, I haven't flown Continental/EWR-A in the last month.)
(2) When you do this on the computer, you are checked in! There is no changing your flight on the phone, all changes must be done at the airport.
OptionsCLE From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 467 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2793 times:
I just used online check in yesterday for my flight that leaves in about 5 hours today! I was booked in 18F on a 737-800. When I bought the ticket that was the best window seat available. Since I went online almost exactly 30 hours before the flight, I had the option to move myself up to 6A (second row of the plane) or 14A (second exit row with recline). I chose 6A so I'll sleep nice an soundly. The check in was great, I got to personally select my seat which had to be the best part.
As always, check www.seatguru.com before you fly anywhere! 8A was also available and had the lower numbers been occupied, I might have taken it. BUT Seatguru lets you know that that seat is missing a window....what a site!