One thing that is gradually becoming more common is being allowed to check your baggage in the night before your flight. The Irish airlines have been doing this for years, with Aer Lingus introducing the service as far back as 2013.

The advantage for passengers is quite straight forward. Since the early morning is one of the busiest times of day to fly, you completely avoid the queues. Going straight to security without the long check-in line is lovely… as is not having to heft all your bags!

Check-In The Night Before With British Airways

People flying British Airways may check-in their luggage the night before. As of August 2022, this is available at London Heathrow Terminal 3 and Terminal 5 for those flying before 10:00 the following day. You can head to the airport to surrender your bags between 16:00 and 22:00 the day before.

It is also available for those departing from London Gatwick airport. You need to be flying before 13:00 the following day and you can drop your luggage between 18:00 and 21:00 the evening before.


This used to be available previously at Edinburgh, but this is no longer the case. You can drop off bags for other people travelling with you, but they must be on the same booking and you must bring their passports and travel documents.

The other great market for this is the families with children. Get all the bags gone the night before and you can avoid the hassle of having both them and toddlers in tow. The British Airways web site shows the information formally here.

Overall Thoughts

I’ve checked my bag in the night before once with Ryanair. I just decided I couldn’t face any type of queue in the morning, so decided to try out the service. Naturally it worked a treat, and I’d use it again if I had baggage and a flight in the morning.

Have you ever used the overnight bag drop service with any airline? Did you find it took the hassle out of things or is there a downside I haven’t mentioned? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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