Posted September 8th, 2016, 11:16 PM
I have a flt that leaves at 9:30 am and I'm thinking of booking by the airport, what time should I arrive? Question 2, my family leaves at 8:00 am what time should they arrive, also they are looking at a 6:00 am flt, if the customs don't open up until 4:30, is there any reason to get there earlier than 4:30 like 3 am? that's so early, any thoughts
For your flight, 2 hours beforehand should be enough - even if it's a 3-ship cruise day, nobody will be off the ship and to the airport before 8am so you can ignore the big surge of cruisers. If you're on the more nervous side, by all means abide by YVRs official recommendation to show up 3 hours early instead but you'll probably have to kill a lot of time at the gate. If you want to eat a sit-down brekkie before boarding, showing up at 6:30am would work nicely - dine after security so you know exactly how much time you have to get to the gate.
For your family, a 6am flight is challenging - I'd try to arrive at 4am if they need to check in, or 4:15am if they don't. This should get them through Security and at CBP for pretty close to when they open. Arriving at 3am will probably see them at the front of the queue, but waiting well over an hour for CBP to open!
For the 8am flight, 6am arrival is what I'd aim for. Any surge of early people should be long gone, but again they'll there be well before anyone getting off a cruise.
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