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Longhaul check-in times

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BecauseImWorthIt Tue 23-Aug-11 12:16:50

Can anyone advise re check-in times for British Airways flights to Boston? Am I right in thinking that they will be 3 hours?


AttilaTheMeerkat Tue 23-Aug-11 12:35:56

If you have suitcases you will need to be there 3 hours before departure.

You can print off your boarding pass 24 hours prior to departure if you have access to a printer. If not, this can be done at the check in.

BecauseImWorthIt Tue 23-Aug-11 12:41:49

We're only going for a short time - probably Weds - Mon - so can manage with carry-on bags. Can also check in/print off boarding pass 24 hours in advance - but do we just turn up as per any other flight? For some reason I had it in my head that we needed to be there hours beforehand for the US.

CMOTdibbler Tue 23-Aug-11 12:45:59

Usually they want you to be at the actual gate an hour before departure, so at Heathrow you need to be at security 2 hours before tbh

Don't forget you need to have done your ESTA well ahead

BecauseImWorthIt Tue 23-Aug-11 13:30:21

What is ESTA - is that supplying them with extra info about us?

CMOTdibbler Tue 23-Aug-11 13:38:10

ESTA is where you get the approval to travel and inform them of where you will be staying.

You do it online here - costs $14 each, but lasts for years - you just update each time

BecauseImWorthIt Tue 23-Aug-11 13:44:25

thank you - I realise I could have Googled, so appreciate it!

EldonAve Tue 23-Aug-11 13:44:38

If you check in online & have bags to check you just need to be there before the bag drop closes which is usually 1 hr beforehand

But the airport is such a nightmare that it usually takes 2 hrs just to get from the bag drop to the gate so best to allow more time

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