To make it easy and comfy for the flyers, there are a number of options available when it comes to booking airline tickets, check-in and other stuff. Different airlines have different web check-in options and you can pick one as per your needs and requirements.
If you are flying with Emirates, you can choose the following easy and convenient web check-in options besides checking-in at the airport counter:
- Online Check-in.
- Self-Service Check-in (Dubai only)
The option of online Check-in is available for all passengers who have an e-ticket between 24 hours and 90 minutes before departure.
Emirates provide this service to almost all destinations. You can check in online or through your mobile. After that, print your boarding pass or get a mobile boarding pass sent to your phone.
In some cases, this service is not available. It includes unaccompanied minors, one whose first flight in the itinerary is not operated by Emirates and more.
This option let you book your tickets up to 9 passengers who are traveling together on the same booking.
By using the Online Check-in option, you can check in for all eligible flights (including return and/or onward flights) and can easily manage the emirates airlines online booking.
You may even ask to enter Advanced Passenger Information (in case of certain destinations) during the check-in process.
Emirates Check-in option also let the user change the seats and also add any type of missing Emirates Skywards numbers.
Once completed the check-in process, the next step is to obtain the boarding pass.
There are a number of ways of obtaining your boarding pass:
- You will be issued an eBoarding Pass for each passenger, which is available at most of the airports.
- The next option is the Mobile Boarding Pass for the Emirates flight on your web-enabled phone or mobile device. This facility is available at selected airports only.
STEPS REGARDING ONLINE CHECK-IN:
Passengers can easily use the online check-in option of Emirates. All you need to be aware of is the surnames of all passengers you will be checking in. Plus you also need to have the Booking Reference or PNR from your eticket.
Firstly, you need to visit the Online Check-in page of the airline.
Then, enter your surname and Booking Reference or PNR to start your check-in.
Select the number of passengers who are checking in with you.
You may be asked to enter Advance Passenger Information if required by the destination country.
Requirements for using online check-in:
- The very first requirement for checking in online is the time management. You should check in 1.5 to 24 hours before your scheduled departure time.
- The next need is that you have to depart from an airport that provides the facility of online check-in.
- If you are a special needs passenger i.e. Unaccompanied Minor, then you are not allowed to check-in online.
- Make sure you arrive at the airport early so that you get enough time to get through security, check your bags, etc.
This is another extremely comfy way to book your tickets through your smartphone. You can easily check-in, choose seats and do more stuff with the help of your mobile phone. All you need to do is to visit Emirates.com.
Through this method, you can receive a Mobile Boarding Pass for your Emirates flight on your web-enabled phone or mobile device. You will receive an email or SMS on your registered number which includes a link to your Mobile Boarding Pass. After receiving the email or SMS, you must follow the link in the message to access your Mobile Boarding Pass.
Your mobile device must need an active internet connection in order to use a Mobile Boarding Pass. For iPhone users, they can optionally use the “screenshot” feature to save a copy of the mobile boarding pass to the phone. You can use this copy throughout your journey even without an active internet connection. This feature is also there on other phones and they can also take the screenshot and save their Mobile Boarding Pass.
The other important fact regarding the boarding pass is that it is sent to a separate email address or mobile phone number. If you are traveling in a group and one of the members does not have the web-enabled devices, then he/she can use eBoarding Passes.
Self-Service Check-in: (Dubai only)
If you are traveling through the Dubai International Airport, then you can avail a number of self-service facilities at Emirates Terminal 3.
Passengers can avail two options of Self-Service Check-in to check in and obtain a boarding pass without having to queue at the counter. These are:
- Standalone Kiosks: Passengers with baggage to check in who use the standalone kiosks can deposit their bags at the Bag Drop Counter.
- Integrated Counters: These come with the baggage belts and passengers can check in baggage automatically.
Following are the few queries of passengers while checking in online:
Can online check-in use for other passengers?
YES, you can use this option for other passengers too. This facility is available for up to nine passengers, including adults and children who are traveling together on the same booking.
Is the online check-in option available if I have bags to check?
YES, you can use the online check-in option if you have bags to check but you will have to drop your bags at an Emirates Online Desk at the airport before the cut-off time.
When do I reach the boarding gate?
You must be aware of that the gates will close 15 minutes prior to departure so you must be in the boarding area 35 minutes before the scheduled departure time.
What is the best time to arrive at the airport?
It involves following conditions:
If you are checking baggage:
In such a case, Emirates advices you to arrive at the airport 90 minutes before your flight’s departure time.
If you are not checking baggage:
- Emirates advices you arrive at the airport 60 minutes before your flight departure time.
If you are not checking in online:
- For Economy Class passengers, Emirates advices arriving 3 hours before the flight’s departure time.
- For First and Business Class passengers, Emirates advices arriving 1 hour before the flight’s departure time.
Can I change/select my seat with online check-in?
YES, it is very convenient to change or select your seat when you using the online check-in option. In short, Emirates provides your seat selection and seat cancellation options.
Is online check in option available for children traveling alone?
No, online check-in option is not available for the children traveling alone. Passengers under the age of 16 who are traveling without an adult must proceed to the airport for normal check-in at the Emirates desk.
What should I do if I experience a problem while checking in online?
If you experience any kind of technical problem while checking in online, then it is recommended to proceed to the airport for normal check-in at the Emirates desk. This allows sufficient time for you to complete the usual check-in procedures at the airport.
What should I do after arriving at the airport?
It involves two conditions:
- In case, you have printed out your eBoarding pass:
In such a case, you need to follow the reporting instructions for the airport on the boarding pass.
- In case, you were unable to print your eBoarding pass:
In such a case, you need to report to the Emirates check-in counters at the airport.