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American Airlines Check In

Recommended Check In Times (within US)
(includes Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands)

Arrival at Airport 90 minutes before flight departure
Check In Min. 45 minutes before flight time
Be at boarding gate Min. 15 minutes before flight time


San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) 60 minutes before flight departure
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (STT) 90 minutes before flight time


Recommended Check In Times (to/from non-US cities)

Arrival at Airport 120 minutes before flight departure
Check In Min. 60 minutes before flight departure
Be at boarding gate Min. 30 minutes before flight time


Beijing, China (PEK) 75 min
Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE) 75 min
Caracas, Venezuela (CCS) 90 min
Dublin, Ireland (DUB) 75 min
Maracaibo, Venezuela (MAR) 90 min
Milan, Italy (MXP) 90 min
San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) 60 min
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (STT) 90 min


Flying on AA Shuttle Service- Check In Times

(Flights between NY La Guardia, Boston and Washington DC Regan)

With Check in baggage Min 30 minute before flight time
Without Check in baggage Min 20 minutes before flight time


Curbside Check In

Travelers can make use of the curbside check in option at airport if they have an e-ticket and have used credit card to pay for baggage fee. You will have to show your photo ID proof and one of either confirmation number, AAdvantage number, name and flight number, e-ticket number or destination.

If you want to know whether curbside check in for AA is available for your flight or not, please let us know.

AA Online Check In

Online check in is possible by visiting the website of American Airlines. AA web check in opens 24 hours before the scheduled departure time of flight and this remains open till 45 minutes before the flight time (90 minutes for international flights).

You have to provide the first and the last name along with the record locator for online check in.

AA Self-service or Kiosk Check In

Besides using the curbside check in facility at the airport, you can also make use of the self-service or kiosk check in. You would need to have an e-ticket with you for this purpose.

As a first step, you can make use of any of the following alternatives to initiate the kiosk check in process:

  • Credit Card
  • Boarding pass, mobile barcode or passport
  • Confirmation code
  • AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro, Platinum orĀ  Gold card
  • AA ticket number

Thereafter, you can:

  • Choose from among 11 languages.
  • Get check in done for up to 4 segments of flights
  • Choose or change seat
  • Get the boarding pass printed
  • Get the bag tag printed
  • Add AAdvantage number
  • Request for a 500 miles upgrade
  • Buy additional AAdvantage miles
  • Request for a duplicate receipt
  • Confirm same day flight changes or stand by

Mobile and App Check In

AA mobile app and mobile website can also be used for checking in purpose. The mobile boarding pass is sent in email which can be downloaded in mobile. The mobile boarding pass barcode can be scanned at airports for allowing boarding. Mobile app can be used for selecting seats, standby and upgrade, knowing status of flights and other services.

AA app is also available for Apple Watch.

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