Checking in early T3 LHR for BA flight

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Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 07 Jul 2013

Total posts 77

Wondering how early you can check in with BA at T3 if you are on one of their short haul europe flights? is it all day? keen to use the QF lounge before they shut in the afternoon

Phil Young


Member since 22 Oct 2012

Total posts 253

If my memory is correct, check-in for most BA flights at LHR and at most European airports doesn't open till about 3 hours before departure.


Member since 16 Aug 2019

Total posts 25

Hi JA, The BA website has some information. You can check-in online up to 24 hours in advance. Bag drop depends on what class of travel you are taking as per the information and table below.

If you have baggage to check in, print your baggage tags at a check-in kiosk (even if you have already checked in), attach them to your bags and drop your bags at a Bag Drop desk.

The Bag Drop desks are open at the following times:

Cabin or Executive Club tier Opening times
  • First
  • Club World
  • Club Europe
  • Executive Club Gold, Silver and Bronze Members
From 05:00 on the day of departure
  • World Traveller
  • World Traveller Plus
  • Euro Traveller
From 3 hours before your flight departure time, but not before the earliest opening time of 05:00

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