How can I check in for my Delta Airlines flight? 

Delta Airlines allows you to check in for your flight using these options: 

  1. Web check-in 
  2. Mobile app check-in
  3. Airport curbside check-in
  4. Airport self-service kiosk check-in 
  5. Airport ticket counter check-in 

Delta Airlines Check-in Time Before Flights

By when should I check in for my Delta Airlines flight? 

Delta Airlines check-in rules require strict adherence to the check-in deadlines, which are as follows:

  • Check-in time for international flights. Delta recommends that you reach the airport: 
    • At least 4 hours before departure and check in at least 60 minutes before departure if you’re checking in from an international (non-U.S.) airport (for most flights).
    • At least 2 hours before departure and check in at least 60 minutes before departure if you’re checking in from a U.S. airport (for most flights).
  • Check-in time for domestic flights within the United States, you should reach the airport at least 2 hours before departure and check in per the recommended time. The minimum check-in time at U.S. airports varies by airport and is never less than 30 minutes prior to departure—and earlier at some airports—so do check in advance.
  • Check-in time for Delta Shuttle service. The check-in time ranges from 15 – 30 minutes before departure depending on the city of departure, but do check in advance.

Delta Airlines Check-in Time

  1. Online Check-in Time

You can check in online (i.e., perform a web check-in) at Delta Airlines: 

  • For international flights. From 24 hours to 1 hour before departure—unless your airport requires an earlier check-in (refer to the Minimum Check-in Times at International Airports on this page). 
  • For domestic flights (within the United States). From 24 hours to 30 minutes before departure, unless your airport requires an earlier/later check-in (refer to the Minimum Check-in Times at U.S. Airports on this page).
  1. Mobile App Check-in Time

You can check in with the Fly Delta mobile app: 

  • For international flights. From 24 hours to 60 minutes before departure—unless your airport requires an earlier check-in (refer to the Minimum Check-in Times at International Airports on this page. 
  • For domestic flights (within the United States). From 24 hours to 30 minutes before departure—unless your airport requires an earlier check-in (refer to the Minimum Check-in Times at U.S. Airports). 
  1. Curbside Check-in Time 

You can check in (with your baggage) at the airport curbside per the following starting and closing times at most U.S. airports:

  • For international flights. From 4 hours to 60 minutes before departure—unless your airport requires an earlier check-in (refer to the Minimum Check-in Times at International Airports on this page). 
  • For domestic flights (within the United States). From 4 hours to 30 minutes before departure—unless your airport requires an earlier check-in (refer to the Minimum Check-in Times at U.S. Airports on this page). 
  1. Self-Service Kiosk Check-in Time 

You can check in at a self-service kiosk (at most airports): 

  • For international flights. From 4 hours to 60 minutes before departure—unless your airport requires an earlier check-in ((refer to the Minimum Check-in Times at International Airports on this page). 
  • For domestic flights (within the United States). From 4 hours to 30 minutes before departure—unless your airport requires an earlier check-in (refer to the Minimum Check-in Times at U.S. Airports on this page). 
  1. Airport Ticket Counter Check-in Time
    You can check in at an airport ticket counter: 
  • For an international flight. Reach the airport at least 3 hours before departure and check in at least 60 minutes before departure—unless your airport requires an earlier check-in (refer to the Minimum Check-in Times at International Airports). You must be at the boarding gate no later than 45 minutes before your flight’s departure time.
  • For a domestic flight. Reach the airport at least 2 hours before departure and check in before the deadline. The minimum check-in time varies by airport and is never less than 30 minutes before departure—and earlier at some airports—so always check in advance. You must be at the boarding gate at least 15 minutes before departure.
  • For Delta Shuttle service. The check-in closing time is: 
    • Without checked baggage—15 minutes before departure (30 minutes for Chicago, IL). 
    • With checked baggage—30 minutes before departure. 

Delta Airlines Online Check-in


How to web check-in on Delta Airlines 

You can check in online from Delta’s website as explained below:

  1. Go to Delta.com 
  2. Now click on the tab marked Check-in 
  3. Find your trip by providing your: 
    1. Confirmation Number, or
      Credit Card Number, or
      Ticket Number, or
      SkyMiles Number 
    2. Last Name 
    3. The From Airport name 
  4. Click on the 🡪 button  
  5. All the flights on your trip will appear 
  6. Follow the prompts to : 
    1. Select your flight 
    2. Select the passengers to check in
    3. Select the number of bags and pay for excess bags (if any)
    4. View, change, or upgrade your seat 
    5. Print or download your eBoarding Pass

On the day of travel

  • Proceed directly for your security check if you don’t have any bags to check in. 
  • Go to the baggage counter to drop off your bags, then head for security check, and finally to the boarding gate. 

Exceptions 

You will have to check in at the airport physically if:

  • Your flight is operated by a codeshare partner.
  • You’re holding an unconfirmed booking.
  • The online check-in facility is not available at the departure airport.
  • You have booked a wheelchair/special service. 
  • You are a minor travelling alone.
  • A pet is traveling with you.

How to Check in with Delta Airlines’ Mobile App (Fly Delta)

To check in with Delta Airlines’ mobile app for your domestic or international flight:

  • Download the Fly Delta App 
  • Check in as a guest, or log in, or register for a SkyMiles account
  • Add your trip confirmation number to access your trip

You’ll automatically be checked in when you log in. 

Use the Today mode to view your boarding pass, baggage tracker, etc. 

Passengers Not Eligible for Mobile Check-in

You won’t be able to check in with Fly Delta if:

  • Your flight is operated by a codeshare partner.
  • You’re holding an unconfirmed booking.
  • The departure airport does not accept mobile check-ins. 
  • You’ve booked a special service. 
  • You’re travelling alone and you’re a minor. 
  • A pet is traveling with you.
  • You don’t have a confirmed booking.

You can use Fly Delta to plan your trip, use it at the airport, and use it during and after your flight. The Fly Delta app allows you to:

  • Plan Your Trip 
  • Book flights
  • Pay for upgrades (incl. through SkyMiles)
  • Manage your travel preferences and payments
  • Seek assistance via Live Chat 
  • Use the app the Airport on your day of travel (via Today) 
    • Check in and download your boarding pass
    • Receive flight updates and gate change notifications
    • Navigate through the airport with Airport Maps 
    • View your place on the standby/upgrade list
    • Scan your passport when checking in
    • View, change, or upgrade your seat
    • Reserve Preferred Seats 
    • Access your boarding pass offline
    • Pay for excess baggage 
    • Track your checked bags
    • Add Trip Extras like Mileage Booster or a Wi-Fi pass (if available)
    • View your flight status 
    • Rebook missed/cancelled flights 
  • During and after your flight
    • Get bag tracking alerts in real-time 
    • Map your flight when flying
    • Use and store mobile drink vouchers

How to Check in at the Airport Curbside 

Passengers holding a confirmed Delta Airlines reservation can check in their bags at a curbside desk located at the passenger drop-off points at most U.S. airports. However, if you’re carrying oversized bags, you will have to bring them to the airport’s oversized baggage area. 

To check in at the airport curbside desk, you will need to: 

  • Identify yourself
    (you will need your photo ID, confirmation number, flight number, or e-ticket number and destination) 
  • Hand over your checked baggage to the Skycap

The curbside service is free of charge. 

Does Delta Offer Self-Service Kiosk Check-in? 

Yes, you can check in for your Delta flight at the airport’s touchscreen kiosks. This service is available from 4 hours to 30 minutes before departure, and can also be used to select a seat and print your boarding pass at the time of checking in. 

Using Delta’s Self-Service Kiosk 

  • Find a kiosk.
  • Access your trip by entering your e-ticket number, confirmation number, or SkyMiles number.
  • Use the self-explanatory prompts on the screen to:
    • Change, select, or upgrade your seat 
    • Upgrade your cabin 
    • Pay for excess baggage 
    • Choose an earlier flight 
    • Add Trip Extras like Mileage Booster or a Wi-Fi pass (if available)
    • Check in
    • Receive a printout of your boarding pass 
Flignt Check-in Policy

Does Delta Offer Airport Ticket Counter Check-ins?

Yes, you can check in for your Delta flight physically at the airport ticket counter from 3 hours to 60 minutes before departure for most international flights, and from 2 hours to 30 minutes before departure for most flights within the United States. 

When you present yourself at the airport ticket counter, you will need to show your ticket, valid travel documents such as identification papers, passport, visa, and any other papers required by the country you’re visiting. 

When you receive your boarding pass, ensure that all the information is correct—such as your flight number, your name, and your destination. 

When you drop your checked baggage, ensure that your bags are properly tagged, you’ve collected your baggage receipts, and your baggage complies with Delta’s baggage rules.

After paying your airport tax and service charges, you must: 

  • Proceed for security check. 
  • Reach your boarding gate at least: 
  • 30 minutes before departure if you’re catching a domestic flight.
  • 45 minutes before departure if you’re catching an international flight.

Delta Airlines Boarding Priority

The boarding priority at Delta is typically as follows:

Boarding ZoneEligibility Criterion 
Pre-BoardingPassengers requiring assistance or more time to board
Active-duty military personnel of the United States with ID
Delta OneDelta One passengers
Diamond Medallion members
First Class/Delta Premium Select Delta Premium Select passengers
First Class passengers
Diamond Medallion members for aircraft without a Delta One cabin
Passengers travelling with strollers and car seats 
Delta ComfortDelta Comfort+ passengers
Sky PriorityPlatinum Medallion members
Gold Medallion® members
SkyTeam Elite Plus members Flying Blue Platinum/Gold members
Virgin Australia Platinum/Gold members Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Gold members
LATAM Pass Black Signature/Black/Platinum Elite membersWestJet Rewards Platinum and Gold Elite members
Main Cabin 1Silver Medallion members
Delta Corporate Travelers
Delta SkyMiles Gold/Platinum/Reserve American Express Cardholders
Flying Blue Silver members
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Silver members
Virgin Australia Velocity Silver members
Sky Team Elite
SkyMiles Select members
LATAM Pass Gold+ Elite members
WestJet Rewards Silver Elite members
Main Cabin 2Main Cabin passengers
Main Cabin 3Main Cabin passengers travelling on T, X, V fares
Basic EconomyBasic Economy passengers (E)
Silver Medallion members travelling on Delta Airlines’ flights from Amsterdam (AMS) and Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) will not have Priority Boarding zone privileges due to the boarding policies of Air France-KLM.

Frequently Asked Questions on Delta Airlines Check-in

The arrival time suggested by Delta is as follows:

  • For a domestic flight in the U.S., reach 2 hours before departure.
  • For an international flight, reach 3 hours before departure. 

The online or web check-in at Delta Airlines for international flights starts 24 hours before departure and closes 60 minutes before departure—unless your airport requires you to check in early. For details, refer to the check-in deadlines at international airports.

Delta Airlines’ web check-in time for domestic flights starts 24 hours before departure and closes 30 minutes before departure—unless your airport requires you to check in early. For details, refer to the check-in deadlines at U.S. airports.

You should complete all your check-in formalities before the check-in counters at the airport close—which is: 

  • At least 60 minutes prior to departure for an international flight. 
  • Never less than 30 minutes before departure for a domestic flight within the United States.
  • At least 15 – 30 minutes before departure (depending on your route) for Delta Shuttle flights.

Delta Airlines’ web check-in is the same as online check-in, meaning that you check in through Delta Airlines’ website (Delta.com). The biggest benefit of checking in online is that you no longer have to stand in a line at the airport to check in for your flight.

Delta Airlines’ online check-in time for international flights starts 24 hours before departure and closes 60 minutes before departure for most flights.

Delta Airlines’ curbside check-in typically starts 4 hours before departure and closes 60 minutes before departure for international flights, and 30 minutes before departure for domestic flights.

Delta Airlines’ kiosk check-in typically starts 4 hours before departure and closes 60 minutes before departure for international flights, and 30 minutes before departure for domestic flights.

Delta Airlines’ online check-in is open to most passengers, except:

  • Passengers flying on codeshare partner flights.
  • Passengers who do not have a confirmed booking. 
  • Passengers travelling from airports where the facility is not available. 
  • Passengers who have booked a special service at the airport. 
  • Passengers who are unaccompanied minors. 
  • Passengers travelling with pets.

Delta Airlines’ airport counters close:

  • International flights. 60 minutes before departure
  • Domestic flights. 30 minutes before departure
  • Delta Shuttle flights. 15–30 minutes before departure

The check-in deadlines can vary by airport, so always double-check in advance.

Yes, you will be able to pay your baggage fee at Delta’s check-in counter.

Yes, you will be able to select or change your seat the airport check-in counter. However, seat availability will be quite limited at this stage.

Yes, you will be able to check in your bags at Delta’s self-service check-in kiosk.

Delta Airlines does not have a pre-defined terminal at Hong Kong Airport (HKG). If you’re travelling on a codeshare flight operated by another airline but your flight is labeled as a Delta Airlines flight, your departure terminal for most such flights will be Terminal 1. However, you should check your departing flight’s details from here

Delta Airlines’ online check-in time for most domestic flights within the United States is 24 hours to 30 minutes before departure, and 24 hours to 60 minutes before departure for most international flights. However, do check the check-in deadlines at U.S. airports, as the check-in deadline varies by airport.

You can check in as early as 24 hours before departure if you’re checking in online or with the mobile app and your airport accepts online/mobile app check-ins.

The minimum check-in time if you’re travelling with checked baggage is:

  • 30 minutes before departure for domestic flights within the United States. 
  • 60 minutes before departure for international flights to/from the United States.

After you’ve checked in online for your flight, your boarding pass will be automatically sent to you by e-mail. You can then print it and bring it along to the airport. You can also check in at a self-service kiosk at the airport and obtain a printout of your boarding pass from the machine.

You can check in for a Delta Airlines flight at Atlanta Airport (ATL) from 2 hours before departure to:

  • 30 minutes before departure for domestic flights (without checked baggage).
  • 45 minutes before departure for domestic flights (with checked baggage).
  • 60 minutes before departure for international flights. 

If you require special assistance at check-in, you can call Delta’s Customer Service at 1-404-209-3434.

Delta Airlines’ online check-in time for most international flights is 24 hours to 1 hour before departure. The online check-in time for most domestic flights within the United States is 24 hours to 30 minutes before departure.

Delta Airlines check-in time for most domestic flights is: 

  • 24 hours to 30 minutes before departure if you’re checking in online.
  • 4 hours to 30 minutes before departure if you’re checking in at curbside or a self-service kiosk.
  • 2 hours to 30 minutes before departure if you’re checking in at an airport counter.

Remember, the check-in time varies by airport, so you should check it in advance. 

Delta Airlines allows certain types of food items as checked baggage if they do not violate the agricultural restrictions imposed by the destination country. These items can include fresh/frozen foods, fruits and vegetables, meats, fish, poultry and baking products, and vegetable plants. 

If you’re carrying an approved food item in your checked baggage, you will need to sign a limited liability release form at the airport. Also, Delta will not accept any responsibility if the food item spoils in transit. 

You can check in online (or with Delta’s mobile app) at Guatemala for your Delta Airlines flight from 24 hours to 60 minutes before departure, and at the airport from 3 – 4 hours before departure till your flight’s check-in deadline.

Delta Airlines operates out of Terminal T3 at Heathrow Airport London. You can check-in online for your flight (or with the mobile app) from 24 hours to 60 minutes before departure, and 4 hours to 1 hour before departure if you’re checking in at the airport. 

Delta Airlines Internet check-in is open to most passengers travelling on domestic and international flights. The online check-in time (though Delta.com) opens 24 hours before departure and closes 60 minutes before departure for most international flights and 30 minutes before departure for most domestic flights. 

Remember, the check-in deadlines at international and domestic airports vary by airport, so always check in advance. 

Delta Airlines’ passenger check-in time at most international airports is 4 hours to 60 minutes before departure. Plus, you must be at the boarding gate at least 45 minutes before departure.

No, online check-in is not mandatory. You can check in for your Delta Airlines flight at the airport curbside, a self-service kiosk, or at the airport check-in counter.

Yes, there are a few exceptions. You will not be able to perform a web check in if:

  • You’re travelling on a flight operated by a codeshare partner.
  • Your flight booking is not confirmed.
  • Your airport does not accept online check-ins.
  • You’ve booked a special service, such as a wheelchair. 
  • You’re travelling as an unaccompanied minor. 
  • A pet is traveling with you.

Delta Airlines does not have a pre-designated terminal at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN). However, many codeshare flights operated by other airlines labeled as Delta depart from Terminal 1, so you always check your departing flight’s terminal in advance from this page.

Minimum Check-in Times at U.S. Airports

Although Delta recommends that for flights departing from the United States, you should: 

  • Reach the airport at least 2 hours before departure.
  • Check in at least 30 minutes before departure.
  • Be at the gate at least 15 minutes before departure.
U.S. AirportDomestic Flights in the U.S. with Checked Baggage
Domestic Flights in the U.S. without Checked Baggage
International Flights from the U.S.
Atlanta, GA (ATL) 45 minutes30 minutes 60 minutes 
Allentown, PA (ABE)45 minutes45 minutes60 minutes
Baltimore, MD (BWI)45 minutes30 minutes60 minutes
Aspen, CO (ASE)
45 minutes
45 minutes
60 minutes
Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW)45 minutes30 minutes60 minutes
Cincinnati, OH (CVG)
45 minutes45 minutes60 minutes
Denver, CO (DEN) 45 minutes30 minutes60 minutes
Honolulu, HI (HNL) 45 minutes45 minutes60 minutes
Hilton Head Island, SC (HHH)45 minutes45 minutes60 minutes
Juneau, AK (JNU)45 minutes45 minutes60 minutes
Jackson Hole, WY (JAC)45 minutes
30 minutes 
60 minutes
Los Angeles, CA (LAX45 minutes30 minutes60 minutes
Las Vegas, NV (LAS) 
45 minutes
45 minutes
60 minutes
Moab, UT (CNY)45 minutes45 minutes60 minutes
Miami, FL (MIA) 
45 minutes
45 minutes
60 minutes
Nashville, TN (BNA) 40 minutes30 minutes60 minutes
Nantucket, MA (ACK)45 minutes45 minutes60 minutes
New York, NY (LGA)45 minutes45 minutes60 minutes
New York, NY (JFK)
60 minutes
45 minutes
60 minutesRecommended: Arrive at least 90 -120 minutes before departure.
Orlando, FL (MCO) 45 minutes30 minutes60 minutes
Newark, NJ (EWR)
45 minutes
30 minutes
60 minutes
Philadelphia, PA (PHL)45 minutes
30 minutes
60 minutes
Raleigh-Durham, NC (RDU)45 minutes30 minutes60 minutes
Portland, Oregon (PDX)45 minutes30 minutes60 minutes
St. Croix, VI (STX)60 minutes
45 minutes
90 minutes
Reno, NV (RNO) 
45 minutes
30 minutes
60 minutes
Salt Lake City, UT (SLC)40 minutes30 minutes60 minutes
St. Thomas, VI (STT)
90 minutes60 minutes90 minutes
San Francisco, CA (SFO)40 minutes30 minutes60 minutes
San Diego, CA (SAN)45 minutes30 minutes60 minutes
Seattle, WA (SEA)40 minutes30 minutes60 minutes
San Juan, PR (SJU)
45 minutes
30 minutes
60 minutes
Tallahassee, FL (TLH)45 minutes45 minutes60 minutes
Syracuse, NY (SYR)
45 minutes
45 minutes
60 minutes
Washington-Dulles (IAD)45 minutes30 minutes60 minutes
Vail, Colorado (EGE)45 minutes 45 minutes 60 minutes
Washington-Reagan (DCA)
45 minutes
45 minutes
60 minutes
West Tisbury, MA (MVY)45 minutes45 minutes60 minutes


Courtesy: Delta.com

Minimum Check-in Times at International Airports

If you’re travelling on Delta Airlines outside of the U.S., Delta recommends that you: 

  • Reach the airport at least 4 hours before departure. 
  • Check in at least 1 hour before departure. 
  • Be at the boarding gate 45 minutes before departure.

If you can’t find an airport in the chart below, the above-mentioned times will apply.

Exceptions for Minimum Check-in Times at International Airports
International Airport
Minimum Check-in Time Before Departure
Minimum Time at Boarding Gate 
Athens, Greece (ATH)2 hours 60 minutes 
Accra, Ghana (ACC)
3-4 hours—even without checked bags
2 Hours
Brussels, Belgium (BRU)2-3 hours 60 minutes 
Bogota, Colombia (BOG)2 hours
45 minutes
Dublin, Ireland (DUB)4 hours—even without checked bags60 minutes 
Dakar, Senegal (DSS)90 minutes—even without checked bags
60 minutes
Moscow, Russia (SVO) 3 hours 45 minutes  
Lagos, Nigeria (LOS) 
75 minutes—even without checked bags
45 minutes  
Nassau, Bahamas (NAS) 2 hours 45 minutes   
Mumbai, India (BOM)75 minutes—even without checked bags 60 minutes   
Regina, Canada (YQR) 2 hours 60 minutes    
Providenciales, Turks & Caicos (PLS)
2 hours
45 minutes    
St. Lucia (UVF) 2 hours—even without checked bags45 minutes   
Bermuda (BDA)
90 minutes—even without checked bags
45 minutes    
Toronto, Canada (YYZ)90 minutes 45 minutes   

Courtesy: Delta.com 

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