American Airlines Online Check-in

Check-in and arrival

Arrive early and come prepared

American Airlines – We recommend you arrive to the airport at least 3 hours before your scheduled departure for international flights.

Check if your destination has travel restrictions. If your destination requires specific travel documents, remember to bring a completed copy with you to the airport.

When to arrive at the airport

Our recommended arrival times are meant to allow plenty of time to check in (with or without bags) and clear security before scheduled departure.

  • Within the U.S. – 1.5 hours
  • Outside the U.S. – at least 2 hours


To speed up the process, you can use curbside check-in or self-service kiosks at most airports. You can use curbside check-in if you have an electronic ticket (can scan it from your phone).

Check-in times

You can check-in online or from the app starting 24 hours before and up to 45 minutes before departure (90 for international).

To check-in and check bags at the airport, you must be there a certain amount of time before scheduled departure:

  • Within the U.S. – 45 minutes
  • To or from destinations outside the U.S. – 60 minutes

Airports with earlier check-in times

Airport location Airport code Check-in before scheduled departure
American Airlines Barcelona, Spain BCN 75 minutes
American Airlines Buenos Aires, Argentina EZE 75 minutes
American Airlines Caracas, Venezuela CCS 90 minutes
American Airlines Casablanca, Morocco CMN 75 minutes
American Airlines Dublin, Ireland DUB 75 minutes
American Airlines Georgetown, Guyana GEO 90 minutes
American Airlines Madrid, Spain MAD 75 minutes
American Airlines Maracaibo, Venezuela MAR 90 minutes
American Airlines Paris, France CDG 75 minutes
American Airlines San Juan, Puerto Rico SJU 60 minutes
American Airlines St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands STX 90 minutes
American Airlines St. Kitts and Nevis SKB 90 minutes
American Airlines St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands STT 90 minutes
American Airlines Tampa, Florida
Applies only to the Consolidated Rental Car Center
TPA 90 minutes

Check-in and arrival times for flights operated by other carriers, including codeshare partners, are set by the individual airline.

Airports with checked bag limits

You can’t check bags more than 4 hours before departure when flying from:

  • Denver, Colorado (DEN)
  • Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
  • Las Vegas (LAS)
  • Orlando (MCO)
  • Portland, Oregon (PDX)
  • Salt Lake City (SLC)
  • Seattle (SEA)

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