American Airlines Check-in

What types of check-in options does American Airlines offer?

American Airlines offers:

  • Ticket Counter Check-in
  • Curbside Check-in
  • Self-Service Check-in
  • Online Check-in
  • Mobile Check-in

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How does Curbside Check-In work?

When checking-in curbside you can skip the ticket counter and go straight to the security checkpoint. Curbside you will be able to check bags, pay any associated baggage charges with a credit card, and pick up your boarding pass.

Curbside Check-In is available when checking bags:

  • When you have used Online Check-In
  • With electronic tickets
  • With or without reserved seats

Does American Airlines have online check-in?

Yes, American Airlines' Flight Check-in allows you to check-in from 24 hours to one hour before your flight departs. All you need is an internet connection and a printer!

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What are the requirements for using Online Flight Check-in?

  • Check-in 1-24 hours before your flight is scheduled to depart.
  • You have an electronic ticket for a confirmed reservation an American Airlines, American Eagle or AmericanConnection flight or a carrier with which AA has a domestic electronic agreement.
  • You are traveling in a group that is less than 10 people.
  • You are not a special needs passenger (i.e. unaccompanied minor).
  • The first flight of the itinerary for which a customer is checking in must be operated by American Airlines, American Eagle or AmericanConnection, British Airways or Iberia.

Make sure you leave enough time at the airport to get through security, check your bags etc.

Can I use Online Flight Check-in if I have bags to check?

Yes, you will be able to print your boarding pass at home but will have to drop your bags with an American Airlines skycap, at an American Airlines Self-service Kiosk or an American Airlines check-in counter at the airport before the cut-off time.

Can I change/select my seat with Online Flight Check-in?

Yes, when you use Flight Check-in you can:

  • Change/Select your seat.

How do I use Mobile Check-in?

To acquire a mobile boarding pass simply follow these steps:

1) Check in on (or Mobile). Choose "Email for use on Cell Phone or other Mobile Device" option and include the email address for your web-enabled mobile phone and/or mobile device.

2) Check your email from your mobile device. Follow the link on the email to retrieve your Mobile Boarding Pass.

3) Save the boarding pass to your device. Click the "Save Boarding Pass" button directly below the barcode to save it to your phone for easy access at the security checkpoint (check your phone/PDA manual to locate where the Boarding Pass will save)

4) Proceed to Security. When you arrive at security, make sure the entire barcode is visible on the screen of your mobile phone or mobile device and have the backlight setting set to the brightest mode possible. If you have any problems, you will be given the opportunity to print a paper boarding pass at the Self-Service machines.

For more information on American Airlines mobile check-in visit American Airlines FAQs

If I plan to check in at the airport, how much time should I allot?

  • If you are checking bags, American Airlines recommends you check in at least 90 minutes before your flight's departure time.
  • If you are not checking bags, American Airlines recommends you check in at least 60 minutes before your flight's departure time.
  • For travel to/from Hawaii, U.S. Virgin Islands, and other international destinations, American Airlines recommends that you arrive at the airport 2 hours before your flight's departure.
  • For travel to/from Canada, Ireland, Peru, France, Mexico, Nassau, Port-au-Prince, Port of Spain, Aruba, Honduras, or India, American Airlines recommends that you arrive at the airport 3 hours before your flight's departure.
  • For travel to/from Delhi, American Airlines recommends that you arrive at the airport 3.5 hours before your flight's departure.

American Airlines now offers Priority Check-In

American Airlines offers check-in and boarding services for customers in first- and business-class, those with full-fare coach tickets, and top members of AAdvantage frequent-flier and Oneworld alliance programs. Called PriorityAAccess, this program will give priority check-in and, at several large airports, priority security screening to eligible passengers. Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago O'Hare, Miami, Los Angeles, New York JFK, New York La Guardia, and San Francisco, among others, will offer this service.

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