Wondering about the definition of check-in? Keep reading to learn the meaning of checking in, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!
What is Check-In?
Check-in is the process where travelers confirm their arrival at a hotel, airport, event, etc., or their immediate intention to arrive.
When referring to transportation and luggage, check-in may also mean giving baggage to the carrier (whether plane, bus, or other form of transport) to be carried in the designated cargo area rather than taken with the passenger on board. For example, you might check in your heavy suitcase or anything over the baggage allowance at the airport before a flight, in which case you then have “checked luggage.”
More on Checking In
When you check in for a flight, you are confirming your intention to travel and are then able to receive your boarding pass. The check-in process might also require you to prove your right to fly, such as by checking your identification, passport, or visas.
When checking in at a hotel, you are confirming your stay at the hotel, signing your name to official documents, and subsequently able to receive your room key.
Check-in or check in? The verb phrase is two words: “check in.” Both the adjective and the noun are one hyphenated word: “check-in.” For example, you check in (v.) at the hotel’s check-in desk (adj.), a process also called simply “check-in.”
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