Member since 19 Apr 2018
Total posts 4
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.
Member since 10 Jul 2018
Total posts 105
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.
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Member since 11 Jan 2011
Total posts 22
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.
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.
Member since 25 Nov 2016
Total posts 91
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.
Member since 10 May 2014
Total posts 83
Def only 3 hours prior if you have checked luggage, they can issue BP's earlier if you have hand luggage only.
Member since 28 Oct 2011
Total posts 222
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.
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...
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.
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.
Member since 05 Dec 2018
Total posts 93
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 :).
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).
Member since 10 May 2017
Total posts 55
It should be 4 days ! I've got a flight on Saturday - was hoping to "maximize" time at the airport.
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