My family will be in Kona, Hawaii for 2 weeks in July. Our flight doesn't leave Kona until 9:00 PM, but check-out time at our hotel is Noon. I was wondering if we could check our luggage (5 suitcases and 1 set of golf clubs) around 1:00 and leave the airport, and come back around 7:30 to wait for our flight. Would this be possible?
Jim, check with your hotel also. Personally, I'm not sure how early you can check your luggage for a flight but I do know most hotels will hold your luggage in their locked storage area (usually located) behind the front desk. We've done that a few times when check-out was much earlier than our flight time. They have always given us a claim ticket for the items. If you are concerned about theft, place locks on your luggage/golf clubs while being stored. Just remember to remove the locks before checking anything or taking it as carry-on. (Or, invest in the TSA-approved locks.)
Isadora gave you the best advice.
At many airports you are not aloud to leave the check in aerea anymore.
and it will safe you also taxi coasts and time to go to the airport.
If you have E-tickets you may try to check in online that you have only to the luggage drop off counter,this gives you also about two hours to spend somewhere better then standing in line at the check in line.
Thank you both for the great advice. I'll check with the hotel to see if we can store our luggage there for a few hours.