Have a trip coming up? Whether it’s a family vacation, business trip or a solo trip, airport transfer is a big hassle, specially getting airport parking. Holiday season makes it even worse, one requires at least an additional hour or so, to find parking space and get a shuttle to the terminal. Apart from that, there are longer security lines and other miscellaneous events if any. This is one of the major reasons, why people miss their flights. The best way to avoid this hassle would be to avail curbside shuttle services. They pick you up at the required time, know the best routes to get to the airport and most importantly, your check-in is done before you even set your foot inside the airport! Hence, curbside check-in is becoming so popular with airlines and airports around the globe, as it is very convenient for the passengers.
What is curbside check-in?
Airlines service allows the passengers to get their boarding passes and handover their luggage at counters outside of the airport terminal building, to dedicated airport staff, or ‘skycaps’. It is a convenient way to check-in, get your seat booked and get your boarding pass done. One can use this option if one has an ‘e-ticket’ and uses a credit card to pay baggage fees.
It reduces the time required in pre-security area by the travelers and at the same time, it is more beneficial for the airlines and airports as well, because then travelers spend more time in the duty-free shops and airport cafes and restaurants.
Curbside check-in process is made as simple as possible. ‘Skycaps’ are available at airport ‘drop-off zones’ or ‘departure’ gates. You need to present an acceptable form of identification (and passport also, if travelling internationally) and also the E-Ticket or booking confirmation, if booked via the internet. The service is the same as on the check-in desk. One can also select their preferred seat and book ‘in- flight’ meals, and also pay for upgrade or baggage fees, if any. Curbside check-ins, even have the facility to print the boarding pass, so the traveler can head straight for the flight once the check-in is confirmed.
Another benefit of curbside check-in is that, you confirm that you have arrived at the airport on time, as soon as you reach the airport and don’t have to wait in long queues to do so, reducing your chances of missing your flight.
American airlines, Delta, Jet and many other international airlines are offering the curbside check-in facility. Though earlier, the curbside baggage check-in service was complimentary, most airlines have now instituted a $2 per bag fee (tip not included) for these services. So, travelers must keep the cost aspect in mind. Wonder what happens to your luggage once checked in? Watch the video below.
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