In every city all over the world the trafic congestion on roads leading to airports has increased the travel time to airport by 30 to 60 minutes. When you have to spend extra 1 hour to reach even airport because of traffic logjams, over the last few years travelers have learned the benefits of online check-in from saving precious time at the airport to choosing seats.
You can do online check-in up to 24 hours before departure for most of the airlines from the comfort of your home or office.
One of the main advantages of online check-in is bypassing long check-in counter lines and hassle at the airport thereby reducing the chance for you to be late for your flight. A traditional airline check-in requires you to stand in long lines at the airline's ticket counter to get your boarding passes. Most of the times the lines are often quite long, requiring you to arrive at the airport several hours earlier and waste time standing in line.
If you're not checking luggage, you can even skip the check-in counter altogether and go straight to the security checkpoint, then to your gate and onto the plane. There are different rules for different airlines regarding this.
The other most important benefit of online checkin is that it tells the airline that you’re coming. When they know that you are coming and already have a boarding pass they cannot kick you off the flight and sell your ticket at the last minute to someone else if you are little late. All airlines have a policy that all passengers must be checked in 30/45 minutes prior to departure, if you’re not there before, then they have permission to boot you from the flight. By checking in online, the airline know that you are coming & might be just little delayed.
The other benefit of online check-in is the chance to get your pick of seats.
You just need to write your ticket number and your name as written in your ticket to login for doing online checkin. Doing online check-in is very easy and takes just 2 minutes if your travel agent has already sent your passport details to the airlines, otherwise you will also need to punch in your passport detils which may take few minutes more. You can select your seat also. You can also punch in your airpoint flyers card details.
We advise our customers to arrive at the airport at least two hours in advance -- even if you've already checked in online. Allow more time if you're city is witnessing high traffic volumes or your travel is during peak office hours when almost all roads are congested.
Travel India provides all its passengers a free service for doing online check in at our office one day prior to departure and get their boarding passes printed.