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Old 09-29-2011, 05:19 PM
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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Since you are asking this questions I will say give it 2 hours. You are probably not an experienced traveller so get there 2 hours before.
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Old 09-29-2011, 08:16 PM
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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You never know these days with security and lines- 2 hours to play it safe and if anything, you can grab food, a cocktail or 3, and hang out ...
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Old 10-02-2011, 06:46 PM
Location: Frankfort, IN
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I'd say 2 hours also just to be safe. You never know what it's really going to be like really on any given day at any given airport. There are patterns that do usually work out, but then there are times when nothing goes the way it should. You may show up and have a long line of people checking luggage and then of course, you get behind those same people in security.

Also, as FlyMIA stated, if you're asking these questions, you probably aren't an experienced traveller so just get there and make sure you're there without having to rush.
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Old 10-03-2011, 12:25 AM
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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depends if you are checking in luggage or not, i don't check any bags so i usually give myself about 30-45 mins for the security line... unless i'm at ORD of course
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Old 10-03-2011, 05:08 PM
Location: Chicago
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go online and find your airport's site and try to find out what gate and terminal you're leaving from. make sure you know how far it is from the checkpoint to your gate. some airports have carts to get people around, but I would NOT rely on those to get me to my gate on time if my flight was leaving in 15 minutes and my gate was over a half mile away. don't underestimate how big some airport terminals are. also, leave yourself enough room in case of a gate change.
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Old 10-05-2011, 07:11 AM
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An hour early. If it is a busy flying time, two hours early.
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Old 10-05-2011, 08:37 AM
Location: Striving for Avalon
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Generally for my transatlantic flights with British Airways, the check-in desk closes 1 hour before departure. I generally arrive a half hour before that time. I've had quite a bit of luck with full flights getting upgraded from econ to business.
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Old 10-05-2011, 09:22 AM
Location: Dallas, TX
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For international flights, I try to be at the check-in counter at least two hours in advance.
For domestic, it depends on the airport but a minimum of one hour. A little more if checking baggage. A decentralized airport (multiple entry points) like DFW usually requires less time to get through versus other busy airports with fewer entry points.
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Old 10-07-2011, 06:47 AM
Location: Orlando
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I let the flight time determine how soon I get there.

I tend to prefer the 1st flights of the day so I get there approx 1 hour early.

If it's much later than that, I get there 2 hours ahead. I'm blessed to have a pretty interesting home airport so I'm never bored during the wait.
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Old 10-07-2011, 11:36 AM
Location: Louisiana and Pennsylvania
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Originally Posted by Hypnosis View Post
Should I be there to make sure I don't miss the flight? What is the very latest I can show up?
We arrive at the airport much earlier than usual to check in, get through security, grab a bite to eat,coffee, etc. I have found that getting to the airport earlier makes your journey a lot less stressful. I like being at the gate 1 hour prior to boarding for a domestic and two before an overseas flight.

You also have to take into account that the TSA checkpoints in some airports are well staffed, others may not be. You could stand in line for up to 30 minutes or more, so always take that into account.
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