How do you print your boarding passes for the flight home after the cruise?

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#41
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Originally posted by johnjen
In our case, leaving the ship in Barcelona in the morning for a 2pm flight back to the states. How would you handle getting the BP's printed? I'm concerned about not getting into the airport without the BP's. I'm guessing you'd just have them printed on the ship before leaving the night before?
I haven't heard of any airports that require a boarding pass to get into the terminal building. The (relatively few) airports that require some printed documentary evidence of travel tend to be in non-Western countries where some airlines are simply not able to issue boarding passes except at the check-in desk. So a printed itinerary is usually fine to satisfy any requirement of this kind.

For Barcelona, as others have said this simply doesn't apply. In all the times I've flown from there, I've never checked-in in advance, let alone had a boarding pass. So I would simply go to the airport and check-in there. If I needed to check-in early to get seats, I'd do that but not print a boarding pass. For your trip, almost certainly it simply isn't necessary to have a boarding pass in hand in advance.
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Originally posted by johnjen
Absolutely....on the last cruise I was assisting someone with a cisco router issue....laying there in bed walking the guy through the settings. What was I thinking?
Oh, come on. Anyone with cisco knowledge knows how to fix a router - turn off, wait 30 seconds, turn back on. (from a former cisco employee - back in the days when there were less than 1000 employees and I worked on Appletalk implementation for the routers. I still have a 2500 sitting in my garage - it was my telecommuting tool for years.)

I always check in online. But, I don't fret printing the boarding pass. That can be done anytime, anywhere. I could always dash to a kiosk and do it before heading to the gates. I just got my first smartphone 11 months ago. I've already used it for my passes - the wallet feature is pretty handy!
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#44
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Originally posted by johnjen
In our case, leaving the ship in Barcelona in the morning for a 2pm flight back to the states. How would you handle getting the BP's printed? I'm concerned about not getting into the airport without the BP's. I'm guessing you'd just have them printed on the ship before leaving the night before?
In our experience, US airlines won't let you check in remotely for international trips (er, trips with passport control required) - they want to see you & your passport in person before letting you check in. So don't worry about it until you get to the airport Or, if you try to check in remotely for an international flight and you get an error message, *do not panic*, it's likely the system and not an issue with your reservation.

Domestically, yes I am in the check-in-as-early-as-can camp to optimize priority for any changes that I might have to deal with...
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Originally posted by babysteps
In our experience, US airlines won't let you check in remotely for international trips (er, trips with passport control required) ...
If using the United app to check in, you can use the app to scan the passport.
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We simply print out the boarding passes when we get to the airport (nearly all airlines use the free-standing kiosk machines in the airports). If we are booked on Southwest (our favorite airline) we will pay the extra $15 per person to get an "Early Bird" number for our flight after a cruise. This guarantees an "A" boarding number....and we simply print out the actual document when we get to the airport.

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Originally posted by Hlitner
This guarantees an "A" boarding number
Except that it doesn't.

Greatly increases your chance of getting one, but not a guarantee.

If you can provide any documentation from Southwest to the contrary, please post it.
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Originally posted by FlyerTalker
Except that it doesn't.

Greatly increases your chance of getting one, but not a guarantee.

If you can provide any documentation from Southwest to the contrary, please post it.
Not documentation from Southwest, but personal experience. Last time I paid for EB, I got B boarding group for both legs of the flight. So no, definitely not a guarantee.
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Been there, did that.
I nicely let SW know about it and they refunded me the EB cost for two.
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Originally posted by babysteps
In our experience, US airlines won't let you check in remotely for international trips (er, trips with passport control required) - they want to see you & your passport in person before letting you check in. So don't worry about it until you get to the airport Or, if you try to check in remotely for an international flight and you get an error message, *do not panic*, it's likely the system and not an issue with your reservation.

Domestically, yes I am in the check-in-as-early-as-can camp to optimize priority for any changes that I might have to deal with...
I've usually been able to check in online both for departures and arrivals from/to the US on US carriers (and most foreign ones, LATAM being an exception). The one time I got an error from AA, the check in agent said that I owed an additional $200 for changing my flight, which I hadn't. That was sorted fairly quickly, but I did indeed panic when I couldn't check in from home (and the AA phone rep had no idea why not).
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