I hadn’t known of this change until grabbing the flyer below last weekend at LAX, but United Airlines rolled out new minimum check-in times that became effective June 15, 2011. It looks to me like they’ve aligned things with Continental’s timelines and while still requiring 45 minutes at most major airports when checking bags (30 minutes without), it’s personally welcome for me that some of the smaller stations now have a 30-minute cutoff, like Burbank and Reno. I’m not sure I’d want to gamble with only 30 minutes at larger airports like New York’s JFK, Philadelphia and Phoenix, but your mileage may vary.
The list of airports requiring 45 minutes are:
- Chicago O’Hare
- Houston (IAH)
- Las Vegas
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
- Washington Dulles (IAD)
Non-stop international flights require one hour, with 90-minutes for some departures from Micronesia and 75-minutes for Lima, Peru.