Qantas now offers early check-in at LAX

Qantas passengers headed from Los Angeles to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane can now check in for their flight from 2.30pm, with the airline bringing back the early check-in routine which was paused during the pandemic.

A Qantas spokesperson confirmed the arrangements to Executive Traveller, and that bit of news will certainly please many passengers making a late-night departure on the following:

  • QF16 to Brisbane, which leaves LAX around 9.35pm
  • QF94 to Melbourne, which leaves LAX around 10.05pm
  • QF12 to Sydney, which leaves LAX around 11.30pm

Qantas’ early check-in at LAX is open to passengers in all travel classes, from first to economy.

Of course, we’re not suggesting you turn up at LAX at 2.30pm and then spend anywhere from seven to nine hours sitting in the Qantas lounge.

But early check-in can be a boon once you’ve checked out of your LA hotel in the early afternoon – you could make a beeline to LAX, drop off your luggage and then spend the rest of the day exploring Los Angeles and even grabbing an early downtown dinner before returning to the airport.

Qantas also offers all-day check-in for international departures from Sydney Airport – you can turn up as early as 4.30am, which can be ideal for beating the morning peak-hour traffic and enjoying breakfast in the lounge as the sun comes up.