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User currently offlineNycfuturepilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 791 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2721 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?


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User currently offlineFlyinfroggie From United States of America, joined May 2004, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2695 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.



User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3179 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2690 times:
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CO Online check in is painless, and you get a free set of headphones (if you remember to print the coupon) when you do it- that'll save you $5!!

Its really easy- all you have to do to check bags is go to a continental kiosk on the ticketing level, press "bag drop" and print out your tags!

JBLU


User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 49
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2681 times:

Absolutely love it, since I travel roughly once every other week for work, it is the BEST!


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User currently offlineCOAB767 From Guam, joined Nov 2003, 1377 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2635 times:

CO online check-in is fast and easy. Also it gives you the option to reprint your boarding passes from an e service center machine at the airport.


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User currently offlineNcflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 482 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2607 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.


User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3179 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2596 times:
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I believe Newark has a dedicated bag-drop line as well. The terminal is certainly big enough!!

JBLU


User currently offlineCAL From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 499 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2578 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!!!!



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User currently offlineNycfuturepilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 791 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2545 times:

Are there onepass bonuses for it now?


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User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2242 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2500 times:

Also, with checking-in online 30 hours prior, they open up the premium coach seats, so if there's one open, you can select it and maybe get a seat forward of the wings. Great option for us cheapies!




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User currently offlineCOEWRNJ From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1064 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2499 times:

For a while they were running 1,000 bonus miles for using the online check in. I'm not sure if that is still going on.
Also can you pick an emergency exit or bulk head row using the online check in?


User currently offlineCOAB767 From Guam, joined Nov 2003, 1377 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2501 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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User currently offlineSpinzels From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2485 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.



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User currently offlineRamerinianair From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2461 times:

I understand that the check-in is still domestic for fights only. Will they ever have on-line check-in for international destinations. I know that BA uses it.
-S.R.



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User currently offlineOptionsCLE From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 467 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2447 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!

-Andrew


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