klm672
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Ba's Online Check-in (seat Part) How Good Is It?

Mon Jan 15, 2007 11:00 am

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?
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RE: Ba's Online Check-in (seat Part) How Good Is I

Mon Jan 15, 2007 7:53 pm

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.

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RE: Ba's Online Check-in (seat Part) How Good Is I

Tue Jan 16, 2007 1:30 am

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.
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RE: Ba's Online Check-in (seat Part) How Good Is I

Tue Jan 16, 2007 1:51 am

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

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klm672
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RE: Ba's Online Check-in (seat Part) How Good Is I

Tue Jan 16, 2007 2:10 am

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.
 
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RE: Ba's Online Check-in (seat Part) How Good Is I

Tue Jan 16, 2007 2:59 am

And I still need to go into the check-in desk or can I use a self-serve one?
 
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RE: Ba's Online Check-in (seat Part) How Good Is I

Tue Jan 16, 2007 4:01 am

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
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RE: Ba's Online Check-in (seat Part) How Good Is I

Tue Jan 16, 2007 4:42 am

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.
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RE: Ba's Online Check-in (seat Part) How Good Is I

Tue Jan 16, 2007 10:25 am

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!
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RE: Ba's Online Check-in (seat Part) How Good Is I

Wed Jan 17, 2007 2:06 am

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!
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RE: Ba's Online Check-in (seat Part) How Good Is I

Wed Jan 24, 2007 6:39 am

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

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RE: Ba's Online Check-in (seat Part) How Good Is I

Wed Jan 24, 2007 6:53 am

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
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