Emirates has extended its online check-in to 48 hours before departure, from 24 hours, effective immediately. Customers around the world can now check in online from 48 hours to 90 minutes before flight departure.
The increased lead time offers customers greater flexibility in choosing their seats, and reduces waiting times at the airport as they would already have their boarding passes before arriving at the airport.
Passengers can then drop their luggage at online check-in counters before heading straight through to immigration and security. For flights to and from the United States, while online check-in is available 48 hours before departure, boarding passes will only be issued 24 hours in advance.
The earlier check-in window will also enable more seamless communication with customers should there be unexpected flight delays or disruptions.
For members of Emirates Skywards, the airline’s frequent flyer programme, the extended check in time will also mean better availability of upgrades.
The extended check-in window is one of many features on emirates.com that aims to improve the customer experience.
Another feature is the recently introduced ‘Hold my fare’ option, which gives customers the opportunity to hold their reservations and lock in competitive Emirates fares for a nominal fee. This feature has now been extended to 72 hours.