American Airlines Web Check In Policy: Terms And Conditions

(Last Updated On: September 26, 2017)

Nowadays, people show a great interest in stuff which saves their time and energy. And when it comes to booking air tickets, multiple travelers just get mesmerized by the new online check-in service, available by the different airlines.

Well, on one side if you can book your tickets in four simple steps and need to stand in queue for hours on the other side; you will definitely pick the first option. Moreover, it is quick, simple and secure. The online check-in system also lets you print your boarding pass whether it’s from the comfort of your own home or office.

The timing related to the availability of this service is 24 hours and up to 2 hours before the flight departure time.

The other benefits in relation to this service are that it allows you to check in your luggage in advance, select your seat, meal options and much more.

Here we are discussing the American Airlines online check in process in detail.

Steps Of Check-in:

The American Airlines check in process includes the following number of steps:

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Different Check-in Options Of American Airlines:

Online or Web Check-in:

The American Airlines online check in is available 24 hours before scheduled departure till 45 or 90 minutes prior to departure for both domestic as well as international flights respectively.

  • Can you check bags with the airlines’ online web check-in: NO
  • Can you pay bag fees with the airlines’ online web check-in: NO
  • Can you select or change the seat with the airlines’ online web check-in: YES

Requirements:

Passengers can use this option only if:

  • They have an electronic ticket and the first flight is on AA.
  • They access their reservation with your confirmation code, e-ticket number, or frequent flyer account.
  • They have not requested for the special needs passenger such as an unaccompanied minor or wheelchair.
  • If the first flight of the itinerary is codeshare operated by British Airways, Japan Airlines, or Iberia Airlines.

Mobile Check-in:

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Passengers can also avail the American Airlines mobile check-in in some cities. AA provides the boarding passes on your mobile.

Requirements:

  • You need to have an electronic ticket.
  • The first flight must be of AA.
  • You need to check reservation with your confirmation code or e-ticket number
  • Don’t request for the special needs like traveling with an unaccompanied minor, infants, and pets.
  • Departs from an airport which accepts American Airlines mobile boarding pass.

Kiosk check-in:

Passengers can easily use the self-service kiosks system at the airport for getting the boarding pass.

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All you need to know is that the check-in for the AA flight at the airport self-service kiosk is available from 45 minutes to 24 hours before the scheduled departure time. It depends on your departure city and destination too and you will receive a printed boarding pass.

  • Can you check bags with the airlines’ online web check-in: YES
  • Can you pay bag fees with the airlines’ online web check-in: YES
  • Can you select or change the seat with the airlines’ online web check-in: YES

Passengers who have an e-ticket can get an access to the self-service machines. But the following stuff can also help you to access your reservation and check in:

  • Swipe a credit card
  • Scan or swipe your boarding pass or passport
  • Enter your confirmation code
  • Enter your AAdvantage® Executive Platinum, Platinum or Gold card number or Platinum Pro
  • Enter your ticket number

Features of self-service check-in:

  • You can choose from 11 different languages.
  • You can check in for up to 4 flight segments.
  • There is also the facility to select or change your seats or purchase premium seats.
  • Print or reprint your boarding pass
  • If you are eligible, you can confirm a same-day flight change
  • Purchase a day of departure upgrade

Curbside check-in:

Passengers can also avail another option of check-in i.e. the curbside check-in. The AA flight curbside is available in most of the US airport locations and the timings linked to the same are 45 minutes to 4 hours before the scheduled departure time, depending on your departure city and destination.

All you need to have is your photo ID along with your flight reservation code. Plus you should also have the flight number destination or electronic ticket number.

Ticket counter check-in:

This system is designed to expedite the passage of passengers through the security checks. Through this system, a personal representative is provided to you who will assist you all the way.

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You need to check-in for your AA flight at the airport ticket counter. The timings are 45 minutes to 4 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • Can you check bags with the airlines’ online web check-in: YES
  • Can you pay bag fees with the airlines’ online web check-in: YES
  • Can you select or change the seat with the airlines’ online web check-in: YES
American Airlines Check In Time:

Minimum check-in time in case of carry-on baggage:

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Minimum check-in time in case of checked baggage:

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Minimum Times for checking in of passengers and Baggage:

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Check-In Tips: 

  • Passengers won’t be able to check-in if their first flight is not an American flight or if they are traveling on a military fare, with a pet, etc.
  • Through the AA check-in process, you will be able to review your seat assignments and print your boarding pass too.
  • You can check-in your luggage at the airport at the curbside check-in or at the AA counter.
  • In case of an international flight, you need to retrieve your baggage at the first point within the United States.
GENERAL QUERIES:

When can I check in?

The timing related to the check-in is 24 hours and up to 2 hours before the flight departure time. The only condition is that your first flight must be with AA, American Eagle or AmericanConnection.

When can I not check in?

You can’t check-in if:

  • Your first flight is not operated by AA, American Eagle or AmericanConnection
  • You are traveling on a military fare
  • You are traveling with a pet, infant or with an oxygen container

Can I check in if I have connecting flights?

Yes, you can easily check-in if your connecting flight is an AA, American Eagle or AmericanConnection operated the flight. You just need to check-in and get a boarding pass for each flight.

Where do I drop off my luggage after checking in online?

At the airport, you need to proceed to the designated AA Bag Drop desks for the luggage. It is located at the check-in area.

What happens in case of excess luggage?

In case of excess luggage, you need to pay the fees for that and it cannot be paid online. At the airport to pay the fee, you need to proceed to the designated American Airlines Bag Drop desks located at the check-in area.

Can I go straight to the gate in case of no luggage?

Yes, you will be able to go straight to the gate if you don’t have luggage.

Do I need to print my boarding pass?

Yes, it is the main requirement to check-in.

What if I’ve checked in but I’ve lost my boarding pass?

In such a case, you need to re-print your boarding pass. All you need to do is to visit a Self-Service Check-In machine at the airport or take the help of a member of staff.

When do I need to be at the boarding gate?

Boarding closes at the following times for (AA) flights:

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Do I need to provide my U.S. Resident card information?

In case, you have indicated that your passport is not issued by the United States, then need to show proof of residency (only if you are a legal resident and hold a Resident Card).