Which Time Zone Do I Use When Checking-In for a Flight?

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Million Mile Secrets reader John writes:

I’m a United Airlines Premier Silver member.  When checking-in 24 hours before a United Airlines flight, can I check-in from a different time zone?

Next year, I will be in Florence and my sister-in-law, using my points, will be leaving from Chicago on a 4:00 pm flight.

Can I check her in from Florence at 4:00 pm Florence time?

Which Time Zone Do I Use When Checking In For A Flight

What Time Can John Check-In for His Flight?

Regardless of their current locations, John or his sister-in-law can check-in 24 hours before the departure time, in the departing airport’s time zone.

Why Does Check-In Time Matter?

Because John is a United Airlines Platinum elite member, the time at which John’s sister-in-law checks-in for her flight is 1 of several factors that can play into getting an upgrade including status, and the class of service you booked (i.e. Business, Economy Plus, or coach), and the date your flight was booked.

Which Time Zone Do I Use When Checking In For A Flight

Checking-In on Time Can Help Folks With United Airlines Elite Status Get Upgrades

What Time Zone Do You Use for Check-In?

United Airlines will allow John to check-in up to 24 hours before his flight is scheduled to depart.

So it doesn’t matter what time zone he is physically in.  That’s because you can check-in starting 24 hours before your flight leaves in the departing airport’s time zone.

Which Time Zone Do I Use When Checking In For A Flight

John Can Check-In 24 Hours Before the Flight Departs

For example, if the flight leaves Chicago at 4:00 pm Central Standard Time on November 15, 2015, John can check-in starting at 4:00 pm November 14, 2015 Central Standard Time.

4:00 pm Central Standard Time is 11:00 pm in Florence, Italy, on November 15, 2015.  So John can check-in for the flight starting at 11:00 pm Central European Time on November 14, 2015.

A Tool to Help You Check-In on Time

Link:   Timeanddate

When checking-in for different time zones, a timeanddate is a great site that will convert the time for you and then add it your calendar.

Which Time Zone Do I Use When Checking In For A Flight

TimeandDate Will Convert Your Check-In Time to the Appropriate Time Zone and Add a Reminder to Your Calendar

Bottom Line

You can check-in for United Airlines flights up to 24 hours before your flight is scheduled to depart in the departure airport’s time zone, regardless of the time zone you’re physically in.

If you’re checking-in from a different time zone, timeanddate is useful a site that will convert the time for you and add a reminder to your calendar.

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3 responses to “Which Time Zone Do I Use When Checking-In for a Flight?

  1. This has to be a joke.

  2. Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  3. I hope this is a joke as well. Early April fools…