A variety of domestic and international airlines offer online check-ins, allowing travelers to secure boarding passes on their phones or computers. Some airlines that provide this service include Southwest Airlines, Delta, and British Airlines.Continue Reading
Many airlines allow online check-ins that begin 24 to 30 hours in advance of the flight. In order to check-in online, most airlines require travelers to enter a confirmation or ticket number on the company's website, along with other varying personal information.
Checking-in online allows travelers a time-saving advantage in that they will already have their boarding passes before they arrive at the airport, or shortly thereafter. While some airlines, such as Delta, allow paperless boarding passes that travelers can use on their mobile devices, other companies allow online check-ins but require travelers to print their passes before boarding the plane, whether at home or at the airport.
Additional services that may be included with online check-ins range from choosing a seat in advance, such as on the Air France website, to securing boarding passes with an app, such as with the Fly Delta App. Although online check-ins do streamline the boarding process, most airline companies do state that boarding times can fluctuate depending on a flight's destination and departure location.Learn more about Geography