Most of us probably check in well in advance, and now we’re even doing it online—and sometimes even automatically. However, if flights change or are cancelled, sometimes you’re checking in a little or a lot later than initially thought. That’s where a bad travel day might just turn into a nightmare travel day.
There are some exceptions to the rule, as airports like the spots in and around Atlanta, Denver, Las Vegas, Newark, and Philadelphia all require at least 45 minutes before checking in.
Obviously if you’re checking in like just 46 minutes in advance you’re probably in a hurry, so you better hustle over to the gate ASAP. Alaska Airlines reminds us that those missing the cutoff—and then their flight—can score a confirmed seat on the next available flight for $25.
To summarize, just keep on checking in well in advance, and you should be good-to-go.