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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.