To make the experience of their customers more comfortable and pleasing, the majority of airlines attempt to innovate to ensure that their services will be used again. Online check-in is one of such innovations that became an essential and sometimes even an obligatory part of the flights back in 2010. However, if you haven’t traveled in a while or if you have never used planes at all, you might be confused or even completely unaware of certain intricacies. Let’s examine what airport online check-in is and what options it offers.
Online Check-In: How to Use It
The process of using an online check-in for your flight is pretty easy. If you’re traveling in the Economy class, this is what you have to do.
Depending on the airline — and you should check it as soon as possible, 24-40 hours before your flight, the checking-in process commences. Go to the site of your chosen airline. Check thoroughly if this is indeed the legitimate site, the one you need. If it is, look for ‘online check-in’ option, it is usually immediately obvious. If you can’t find it, just search for the ‘online check-in’ word combination on the site itself.
Afterward, you’ll have to fill in the online form with your data. In particular, you’ll need to point out your name, your flight number, and your ID; in addition, either your email or phone number (sometimes both). In return, you’ll get your boarding pass. There are several ways in which you can receive it.
- Print it immediately;
- Receive it via email and print it later;
- Download it on your smartphone;
- Take it at the airport.
That’s it! Your boarding pass is with you and you’re ready to go as soon as the flight time comes. Just don’t forget your pass if you have chosen to print it out and make sure your smartphone has enough energy if you’ve downloaded the pass on it.
If you’re using any class other than Economy, you’ll be able to use other perks of the online check-in process. The entire checking-in process will open earlier for you, as early as 14 days in advance. This is done so you could choose your seats in advance. So, if you want to have a seat next to the window to enjoy the view and you can allow a higher flight class, make sure to use this function in time.
Why Online Check-In Is Useful
Online check-in makes your life and the life of the airport employees easier by facilitating the entire process of flight registration. Instead of wasting time at the airport and being forced to wait in the long queues, you can skip the entire process by going through it without waiting, right at your home, in your room.
If you’re among the tourists who aren’t used to traveling by plane, keep the rules of the online check-in in mind. Get your boarding pass at home instead of waiting in queues, print it out now or later, download it on your smartphone — whatever option you prefer. Afterward, don’t forget to take the pass with you.