We have an early (for me) domestic flight out of SeaTac on a Saturday morning. Departure time 7:30am. We'll be at a hotel near the airport.
Officially SeaTac suggests arriving at least 2 hours early for a domestic flight, so that's our target for now, but I'm wondering anyone who has experience flying out of SeaTac is 2 hours about right to get checked in and through security, or is it way too long? I'm not too keen on having to get there before 5:30am but will if we have to. But if typical is to get there an hour early then that suits me better!
How early should we arrive for a domestic flight out of Seattle?
The minimum required check-in time with checked baggage with Delta is 40 minutes before the scheduled departure time for US domestic flights from SEA (30 minutes without checked baggage), so arriving at the airport one hour before is more than enough, unless perhaps if you're bringing some TSA-unfriendly items or have reduced mobility.
When you’re traveling within the United States, we make the suggestion to arrive at the airport at least 2 hours prior to departure. For most airports, you must be checked in at least 30 minutes before your scheduled departure time (airports requiring additional time are listed here, [copied below]) Additionally, you’re required to be at the gate and ready to board 15 minutes before scheduled departure.
Exceptions Minimum Check-In Times by Airport, where the check-in time deadline is >30min:
Checked baggage, visit to check in counter (depending on status)
Personally I shoot for 1 hour on domestic flights and that has always worked.
Officially SeaTac suggests arriving at least 2 hours early
IMO these recommendations are not worth the paper they're written on. On a recent international departure I arrived early (I had lounge access and wanted to get some work done). Recommended arrival time was 3 hours before departure but the check in counter only opened 2 hours before, so there was a huge line of people standing in front of the closed counter.