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How early must you arrive at the airport when leaving SJ?

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How early must you arrive at the airport when leaving SJ?

We'll be flying from SJ to Miami. What are the airport requirements in terms of how early we must arrive for our flight? Thank you.

San Jose, Costa Rica
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1. Re: How early must you arrive at the airport when leaving SJ?

3 hours...but with 2 will be ok...depending on departure time...early flights ok 2 hours!

But most airlines ask for 3....at elast at SJO!

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2. Re: How early must you arrive at the airport when leaving SJ?

2 hours for me

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3. Re: How early must you arrive at the airport when leaving SJ?

You should check with the airline for that information to be sure. Most require you to be 3 hours ahead of your flight. Sometimes it takes a long time if your flight is full or has a lot of passengers or if there are other flights leaving at the same time (or if the airline doesn't put on enough agents for checking in). It kind of depends on how you feel about it - if you are the type to worry and fret as you are standing in line, then arrive earlier. If you are the type that just doesn't sweat it and figures it will all turn out OK, two hours is probably enough. Of course, if you bring only carryon and pre-print your boarding pass, you could probably get away with 1.5 hours.

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4. Re: How early must you arrive at the airport when leaving SJ?

We just flew from San Jose to Miami last Wednesday -- the flight left at 11:50am and we arrived at the airport at 9:30am. The American Airlines line was very long and slow moving, and we had two bags to check. Security was efficient but there was also a line. By the time we were done with all of that, it was 11am, and I was glad we still had time to use the restroom and eat a snack (since American doesn't even provide free pretzels!) before the plane began boarding.

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