Check-in and arrival

When to arrive at the airport

Our recommended arrival times are meant to allow plenty of time to check in (with or without bags) and clear security before scheduled departure.

  • Within the U.S. – at least 2 hours
  • Outside the U.S. – at least 3 hours

Check if your destination has travel restrictions. If your destination requires specific travel documents, remember to bring a completed copy with you to the airport.

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To speed up the process, you can use curbside check-in or self-service kiosks at most airports. You can use curbside check-in if you have an electronic ticket (can scan it from your phone).

Check-in times

You can check in online or from the app starting 24 hours before and up to 45 minutes before your flight (90 for international).

To check bags or check in at the airport, you must be there a certain amount of time before scheduled departure:

  • Within the U.S. – 45 minutes
  • To or from destinations outside the U.S. – 60 minutes

Airports with earlier check-in times

Airport location Airport code Check-in before scheduled departure
Amsterdam, Netherlands AMS 75 minutes
Aruba AUA 75 minutes
Athens, Greece ATH 75 minutes
Barcelona, Spain BCN 75 minutes
Buenos Aires, Argentina EZE 75 minutes
Copenhagen, Denmark CPH 75 minutes
Dublin, Ireland DUB 75 minutes
Frankfurt, Germany FRA 75 minutes
Georgetown, Guyana GEO 90 minutes
Madrid, Spain MAD 75 minutes
Munich, Germany MUC 75 minutes
Naples, Italy NAP 75 minutes
Nice, France NCE 75 minutes
Paris, France CDG 75 minutes
San Juan, Puerto Rico SJU 60 minutes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands STX 90 minutes
St. Kitts and Nevis SKB 90 minutes
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands STT 90 minutes
Tampa, Florida
Applies only to the Consolidated Rental Car Center
TPA 90 minutes
Tel Aviv, Israel TLV 75 minutes
Zurich, Switzerland ZRH 75 minutes

Check-in and arrival times for flights operated by other carriers, including codeshare partners, are set by the individual airline.

Airports with checked bag limits

You can't check bags more than 4 hours before departure when flying from:

  • Charleston (CHS)
  • Denver (DEN)
  • Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
  • Jacksonville (JAX)
  • Kahului (OGG)
  • Kansas City (MCI)
  • Key West (EYW)
  • Las Vegas (LAS)
  • Newark (EWR)
  • Ontario (ONT)
  • Orlando (MCO)
  • Phoenix (PHX)
  • Portland, Oregon (PDX)
  • San Juan (SJU)
  • Seattle (SEA)
  • Tampa (TPA)

You can't check bags more than 6 hours before departure when flying from Honolulu (HNL).

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