printing out boarding passes before flight

Old Jan 24th, 2012, 01:31 PM
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printing out boarding passes before flight

Does anyone think that printing out your boarding pass the night before a flight is a waste of time, if you are checking luggage onto the plane? I mean you still have to put your credit card into the kiosk and go through all that and then hand your bags over to the clerk. So would it stand to reason that the only time that printing out your boarding pass the night before would be beneficial would be if you’re NOT checking bags and only have a carry on?
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Old Jan 24th, 2012, 01:55 PM
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Only if you don't care if you are bumped on an overbooked flight. Last on the boarding pass list, first on the bump list.
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Old Jan 24th, 2012, 02:11 PM
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Only if you don't care if you are bumped on an overbooked flight. Last on the boarding pass list, first on the bump list.

I'm sure you have evidence of this that you can cite?
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Old Jan 24th, 2012, 03:10 PM
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Does this mean that even though I have booked an Oct. flight to Scotland weeks ago, I could get bumped if I don't print out my boarding pass at home? Maybe I misunderstood basingstoke2's post.
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Old Jan 24th, 2012, 04:06 PM
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From iFly.com

Involuntary Bumping and your Rights
To the person who is being involuntarily bumped, this could be a disaster: A missed important business meeting, a missed reunion, a missed wedding.... It is important that you state your special circumstances for the airline's consideration. However, also note that airlines are reluctant to bump their best customers, be it the ones who paid full fare for first- and business class, or even the frequent flyer class. Those economy-class travelers with last-minute reservations and/or late arrivals are usually the most likely to be targeted for bumping.

Note the last sentence which is an and/or sentence. How does the airline know who is the last to arrive - usually they go by the time on the boarding pass as the official time.

Also there is a reality show called "Airline" about Southwest Airlines. Watch a few episodes and see how many people are bumped because they had the most recent time on their boarding pass. It has happened to me.
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Old Jan 24th, 2012, 04:30 PM
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Checking in and pre-printing your BP are two entirely different things. Airlines set their own IDB policies, and "last in first out" is not always the case, otherwise it would be late-connecting pax that inevitably get bumped. Checking in early is always a good idea, printing out your BP the night before, not so much.

The levels of compensation payable to bumped pax have gone up, so it's always good to know your rights. airconsumer.dot.gov/publications/flyrights.htm
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Old Jan 24th, 2012, 05:14 PM
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gardyloo,
i agree with your last sentence on your last post. I always printed out my boarding pass at home since i saw everyone doing it and thought is the masses are doing it, it must be good. i am too seasoned of a traveler to have that mentality, shame on me!! And as for checking in early, i am all about that. I usually check in way more early than i have too. I would much rather be sitting and waiting than rushing like crazy.
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Old Jan 24th, 2012, 06:32 PM
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Spme airlines have separate lines if you have your boarding pass and just need to check luggage. We don't use our credit card--just scan the boarding pass. I think it's a bit quicker than if we had to print the boarding pass at the airport.

If the plane is overbooked, would the airline take a boarding pass away from someone who already had one or not be willing to print ant more boarding passes for the last passengers to need them once a boarding pass had been given out for every seat?
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Old Jan 24th, 2012, 06:35 PM
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dont you have to use your credit card if the airline charges for check baggages? how can they charge you by just scanning your B-pass?
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Old Jan 24th, 2012, 07:27 PM
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If you are checking a bag, then I don't think it really matters if you print out your boarding pass online at home the night before. I sometimes do and sometimes don't. And it does depend on the airline. And I suppose if you are checking your bags curbside, then it's more convenient to have the boarding pass already in hand.
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Old Jan 24th, 2012, 07:32 PM
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>>

They work hand in hand. When you go to print out your boarding pass at home look at what it says on your airline site. Is says "check in." You go online, check in and print your boarding pass. At that moment you created your check in time. If you wait until you get to the airport to check in, your check in time will be later.

In these days when a significant number of people on each flight do not check luggage, they go straight to the boarding gate. There is no way to know if they are a later arrival than someone else unless they show up after they should have boarded which is a different matter.
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Old Jan 24th, 2012, 07:52 PM
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Really not trying to be argumentative here, but you have the option when doing OLCI to print your BP or not. With the airlines I use, the act of checking in is what triggers the timestamp, not printing the BP.

But each airline has its own rules on IDBs, so not something one can generalize.
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Old Jan 24th, 2012, 07:59 PM
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I do believe we are saying the same thing.
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Old Jan 25th, 2012, 04:50 AM
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travel4425, we pay the baggage charges when we check-in/print boarding passes at home.
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Old Jan 25th, 2012, 09:05 AM
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It's not a matter of paying fees or charges. Gardyloo is absolutely correct that one should avail oneself of online check-in when it's available for a flight to better ensure seating, etc. Whether you print the boarding pass out or not is a wash and really irrelevant.

Always check in early; print boarding passes if you want or not.
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Old Jan 25th, 2012, 12:01 PM
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I always check in on line if it's an option and usually go ahead and print my boarding pass if I've got access to a printer (though I don't always, as I often check in via my smart phone). I almost never check a bag, so having the boarding pass in hand means that I can walk directly to security and skip the kiosks entirely. At my home airport (ATL) I can have my boarding pass directly on my smart phone (either via the airline's app or via text), but I like the security of having a paper back up, just in case. On domestic flights on Delta for which I've not yet upgraded I also make a point of printing my boarding pass because it usually includes a coupon for a free drink or snack.

So for me definitely not a waste of time, but YMMV.
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Old Jan 28th, 2012, 06:34 PM
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I don't have a printer at home. I do check-in online ahead of time, but then have to do it again at the airport to get the boarding pass. Doesn't matter if I have checked luggage or not, same drill.
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Old Jan 29th, 2012, 11:35 AM
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In the old days of using the phone they asked that you call and reconfirm your overseas flight a day or two in advance. These days I see printing my boarding pass as a substitute for that reconfirmation. If I print it (or check in on line w/o printing) that's my way of letting the airline know that I still intend to be on that flight the next day. I don't know if this has ever saved me from being bumped or not, but it's such an easy process I do it anyway, just in case.
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Old Jan 29th, 2012, 07:27 PM
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Okay, can we separate the issues?

I don't think anybody is objecting to do online check-in right? So, let's stop talking about that.

Second, if one's NOT checking luggage, then there's no argument too, right? Of course, print it out and head straight to security upon arriving at airport. So, let's stop talking about that too.

So, the ONLY discussion is, if one's checking luggage and already done OLCI, then is there any benefit to print out the boarding pass at home. Two issues:

1. Environment and cost. You use your own paper and ink. So, it costs you more. And depends on the airport and airline and agent and circumstance, they may just tear up your printed BP and give you a new one anyways. So, there's only downside and no upside by printing your own.

2. Convenience and time. For some airline at some airport, having a printed BP may simply means scanning the barcode off it, and then drop off your bags. No need to show ID or itinerary, no need to type in PNR. So, that can be an actual time saver. But at other times, there may be little or no difference you spend at the baggage drop, with the agent double checking everything anyways. So, there MAY be some benefit, may be not.

So, print it out MAY cost you and the environment more, but also MAY save you a little time at the counter. You decide. OR BETTER YET, use mobile BP if it's available. The BP with barcode and everything is on your smartphone, so it won't cost you or the environment; yet, it may still save you a little time.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2012, 01:35 PM
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"On domestic flights on Delta for which I've not yet upgraded I also make a point of printing my boarding pass because it usually includes a coupon for a free drink or snack."

I would be so lucky...
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