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San Francisco

San Francisco International Airport

Here’s all you need to know about checking in for your flight at San Francisco’s airport. Check in online, or at the airport kiosk, located on Departures/Ticketing level (level 3).

When to arrive for your flight

We recommend you get to the airport with plenty of time to spare – it’s a good way to avoid last-minute stress! As a rule of thumb:

  • Virgin Atlantic flights: arrive at the airport at least two hours before your flight is due to leave.
  • Partner airline flights: we recommend you check in three hours before your scheduled departure.

San Francisco International - terminal map

Check in options

You can check in for your flight and pick up your boarding pass using any one of the following options.

Online check in

Online Check in

The best way to check in is online where you can pick your seat and print your boarding card. Just go to Manage your flights. If you’re travelling with carry on baggage only, you can print off your own boarding pass and we’ll see you at the gate.

Kiosk Check in

Kiosk Check in

Our automated kiosks and bag drop provide a speedy option for check in. You’ll find four kiosks next to our check in desks, which open six hours from departure. When you’re done simply drop your bags at desk 25.

Counter check in

Counter Check in

For our regular check in service head over to Zone 10 of the International Terminal, where you’ll be met with a cheerful smile and slick service from our staff. Check in opens 3 hours prior to departure.

Baggage Information
Not sure how much to bring for your flight, or want details on restrictions? Check our Baggage information pages for full details.

Additional information to help you along the way
Special assistance
If you have any worries about health and mobility, you will find the information for your journey in the special assistance pages.

Family with children
Need a helping hand? We are here to help you along your way with your journey.

Visa and health requirements
Need help with getting into the country? The Visa and Health Requirements information will help you along with your journey.

Airport details:

PO Box 8097

San Francisco

CA 94128-8097

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