I was initially due to fly Brussels Airlines out of New York JFK airport. I found the bag drop counter 75 minutes before the scheduled departure. On my boarding pass received by e-mail, the posted bag drop deadline was 70 minutes.
Actually, Terminal 1 in JFK is a bit of mess concerning signage on how to find a specific airline check-in area. When I arrived at the row of counters at the time above, no one was there, not even a screen showing the airline name or any sign. Afterwards, I found an agent at the ticketing counter who was not very motivated to help me out of this delicate situation.
She told me that check-in had actually closed 90 minutes before departure. Her advice was to go straight to the gate, which is not so helpful having a bag to check that would not clear security anyway, or ship the bag as freight, which would have had me miss the flight given the time required to get to the freight terminal.
I finally had to call United on my own (the original reservation was done on their website) to have an agent explaining me options to reschedule my flight. I could limit the damage as he was comprehensive; he waived the change fee, letting me pay the fare difference only. This had me shell out an extra CHF 188.
I think I respected the conditions by arriving at the counter (or what I guess would be such) before bag drop closing time as written on my ticket, thus it is the airline's responsibility of having closed earlier.
Can I get the extra expense refunded?