Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 09 May 2013
Total posts 357
I was speaking to the Cathay check in agent in BNE, he mentioned that, the latest cut off time for international check in is 30mins. I have always thought it was 60mins. What is your experience please?
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 20 Oct 2016
Total posts 3
Member since 24 Apr 2012
Total posts 1,118
If you tell people it's 30 minutes, some people will arrive 31 minutes before their flight and complain that they're too late for check-in. If you tell people it's 60 minutes, when they arrive literally one hour before their flight, there's still half an hour to complete check-in if the 'real' cut-off time is 30 minutes. ;)
I agree with you Chris. I just wanted to know my rights/rules that's all.
Member since 11 Oct 2014
Total posts 385
Are airlines now responsible for setting this time limit?
I always understood that the setting of MCT's (Minimum Connect / Check Times) were a function of IATA? Perhaps, that has changed?
30 mins for check-in on an international flight, where 'security', immigration and baggage scanning has to be done seems unrealistically low, IMHO.
Air Canada - Aeroplan
Member since 28 Feb 2015
Total posts 10
Air Canada is 60 minutes (45 minutes domestic). The gate closes 15 mins before departure time. One might well be able to check in after that (though probably not check a bag); however, at least on international flights, any vacant business class seats (including those belonging to people who haven't yet checked in) will be given away to upgrade requests exactly 60 mins before departure time.
Member since 03 Mar 2012
Total posts 5
MCT is Minimum Connection Time and has no relation to actual check-in cut-off as it assumes the passenger will have already been checked in, either by automated through check or by the transfer desk. Each airline has a different time. 60 minutes should be taken as the minimum for international check-in and 30 minutes the absolute minimum for domestic check-in. For international security and passport control make a dash to the gate necessary if you do check-in 60 minutes before. For domestic 30 minutes is needed to get the bag x-rayed and loaded. At least you only have security to contend with. I worked at numerous airports during my 28-year airline career and I have to say Canberra is by far the worst for late check-ins.
Member since 29 Mar 2015
Total posts 15
Flights into the US seem to be "pick the number you were last told and double it". YYC to DFW, 6:30 am dep. We were initially told we had to check in and bag drop 2 HOURS before dep. Eventually we got this down to 1 hour when we proved One World Emerald status and a Nexus card. But still...
Member since 13 Jan 2015
Total posts 80
SQ is 60 i believe. One time at LHR what is normally a 50min drive ended up taking 3 hours and I just made it with 5 mins to spare. I always aim to arrive 3hrs before the flight for international just incase something like that happens. Also if i forget something it gives me time to do something about it.
Member since 02 Nov 2012
Total posts 8
In NZ I believe it is generally 45 mins. I work to 60 mins to give a bit of flex and it's been ok so far!
Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles
Member since 16 Oct 2017
Total posts 187
Check-in now seems to be app or web-based for most of us. That closes down at the deadline time. Same for kiosks.
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