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Qantas first class check-in area at Melbourne Airport

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Jack S

Member since 19 Apr 2018

Total posts 4

Hello


Has anybody had any experience checking in through the Qantas first class check in area?


I am hoping to maximise time in Qantas first lounge as a platinum. Therefore wondering if the first check in area allows check in earlier than 3hours ahead of departure.


Thanks

Brandon Loo

Member since 10 Jul 2018

Total posts 87

I haven't used the First check-in area, but my understanding is that Melbourne Airport as a whole doesn't allow early check-in beyond three hours (or so) for any airline.

Sydney Airport does allow it, so Qantas has all-day check-in there for international flights.

wjhu

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 11 Jan 2011

Total posts 21

The MEL F checkin is ckosed if there is not a QF flight within 3 hours, which is a fair part of the day. If it is open, you may be allowed to checkin more than 3 hours prior.

Austman

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 09 Jan 2013

Total posts 15

I've been at the QF First Class check-in when it was open for other flights but they still would not accept checked luggage until 3 hours before the flight.

Metoo

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Nov 2016

Total posts 90

That's unfortunate you cannot check in prior to 3 hours. In Sydney I've been checked in 5 hour earlier to enjoy the spa, food, visit other lounges etc without having to worry about time. In Changi with Singapore Air I made a mistake with my departure time and checked in 8 hours earlier. The Private Room makes it easy to overcome such an error. You may want to call Qantas Platinum Service and see what is available as there are conflicting comments posted.

Austman

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 09 Jan 2013

Total posts 15

I can't see any conflicting comments?

I've been at the QF MEL First Class check-in a few times recently and the 3-hour rule for checked baggage applied each time. We were only 5 minutes early on one occasion but still had to wait. And I can confirm that the staff told me that the 3-hour restriction was due to MEL airport requirements.

*Possibly* the check-in staff could hold on to your luggage, check it for you at the 3 hours point and then send the baggage receipt up to you in the lounge? But I doubt it.





Ross

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 10 May 2014

Total posts 74

Def only 3 hours prior if you have checked luggage, they can issue BP's earlier if you have hand luggage only.

John Phelan

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 28 Oct 2011

Total posts 197

I checked in at the F check-in last year, and was about 15 mins earlier than the 3 hours prior mark. No problem with being checked-in and given BPs and baggage receipts.

Austman

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 09 Jan 2013

Total posts 15

Maybe it's a crack-down since last year? I've had 2 knock-backs so far this year. Both times it was only minutes to the 3 hours mark. But both times I had to wait those minutes...
Last editedby Austman at Apr 29, 2019, 06:01 PM.

kylebb

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 12 May 2018

Total posts 1

I've checked in with Singapore Airlines around 3.5 hours before departure with oversized checked baggage in January this year. I think the official rule is 3 hours but not all carriers seem to enforce it.

silentiger86

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 23 Dec 2017

Total posts 90

Used F check-in in March this year, allowed to check in 3:15 hours before flight departure.

Aidan

Member since 05 Dec 2018

Total posts 84

Not sure why they don't open the time up-to 4 hours before check-in. Takes about 1 hour to clear then get to the lounge if you are claiming TAX refund on goods :).

heathcor

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 14 Oct 2012

Total posts 20

I traveled very recently and whilst the first check in was open for a prior flight I was told I had to wait until the 3 hour window opened up for my flight (about 10 mins).

346

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 10 May 2017

Total posts 52

Not sure why they don't open the time up-to 4 hours before check-in. Takes about 1 hour to clear then get to the lounge if you are claiming TAX refund on goods :).

It should be 4 days !
I've got a flight on Saturday - was hoping to "maximize" time at the airport.

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