Today I wish to speak about online check in. You have probably heard of it. It is a feature which more and more airlines offer. Not just low cost airlines on their cheap air flights but big airlines like British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM, Virgin… It enables you to print your own boarding passes.

How to use online check in? After buying your low cost airline tickets online you will get a confirmation. Here you will see whether your flight has an online check-in option or not. This feature is available the earliest from 72 hours prior to flight departure, depending on the airline. Here is what you should do:

1. click on the online check in link,

2. check your flight information

3. fill in your personal information

4. select the seat you prefer (if applicable)

5. print out your boarding pass.

And that is it. Take your boarding pass and your Photo ID, and on the airport go directly to security and than to the boarding gate.

Benefits of online check-in. You can check-in from the comfort of your own home or office. You will be priority boarded onto the aircraft. If the airline operates free seating policy this means that you have more seats to choose from. Basically, using online check-in saves you time at the airport, by avoiding check-in and boarding gate queues. Europe low cost airlines generally offer this feature to all passengers holding an EU/EEA passport and when traveling with hand luggage only. Other airlines may offer Bag Drops and Self Check-In Kiosks for those with hold baggage.

That’s it for today. Tell me your experience with online check in. Do you like it or not?


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Ryanair is one of the biggest and most established low cost airlines in Europe. It flies from UK and Ireland to over 100 destinations around Europe. They are often the cheapest on routes where they compete with other low cost airlines. They are infamous for flying to remote and secondary airports. Consider this when calculating the price off your trip.

You can book your cheap air flights ticket through their website or by calling their Reservation Centre. Payment is done via credit or debit card. Some fees apply. Ryanair has its own Ryan.com credit card. You can get some extra free flights just for joining and later again for using it.

Ryanair does not issue tickets. At check-in you need booking reference and a Photo ID. Check-in desks close at 40 minutes before flight departure. There is a possibility of an online check-in for EEA passengers. It is very useful for those with only hand baggage. It allows you to check in (online) 72 – 4 hours before flight, so you can skip airport check-in and go straight to the boarding gate. Passengers who check-in online get priority seating.

Check-in baggage allowance is 20 kg. But note that it is not free. You have to pay 5 € per bag. Fee for excess baggage is 5.50 € per kilo. You can take on board only one hand baggage of maximum 10 kg weight.
They have a free seating policy.

Important: Same as EasyJet, Ryanair is a point-to-point airline. They don’t offer connecting flights service. If you miss your second flight because the first was late they will not accept liability or refund you any money (even if both flights were theirs).

UPDATE: I have written some update regarding hand baggage and hold baggage rules here.

Hope this helped you plan your trip and get your cheap air flights ticket. Take care and have a nice flight! :-)

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In the article about EasyJet it was mentioned that since EasyJet does not issue tickets you need a booking reference and some Photo ID to check in.

Now, question is, what type of Photo Id is acceptable?
Most low cost airlines are not very precise. They just say they accept a valid passport or national identity card. This usually means:

- A valid passport
- A valid National Identity Card issued by a Government of a European Economic Area (EEA) country.
- Valid UN Refugee Convention Travel Document issued by a Government in place of a valid passport.
Some airlines may accept valid EEA driving licence with photo on domestic flights.

The same applies for children under 16 who are travelling with an adult. There are some situations when children can travel without a Photo ID, but that depends on the airline you are using, country you are citizen of and country you are flying to.

Please check the carrier regulations for more information and when in doubt which Photo ID to use – just use your passport.


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This is the first part of the “Europe Low Cost Airlines” series.
EasyJet is one of the largest low cost airlines in Europe. They operate an ever-expanding network offering cheap air flights on 267 routes between 75 key European airports. (At least so they were on the date of writing) For this year they announced new routes for Split and Rijeka in Croatia, Marrakech in Morocco and Istanbul in Turkey.

You can book their tickets same as most low cost airline tickets - by going to their website, or by calling their sales center. On the website you can get a ₤10 discount on return flight.
Payment is done via credit or debit card and some handling fees apply. Advertised prices do not include airport taxes, which you will also pay.

Since Easy Jet does not issue tickets, all you need for check-in is your booking reference and some form of Photo ID. Check-in desks are open from two hours till 30 minutes before flight departure. Make sure you are there on time since low cost airline tickets are non-refundable. If you have only hand baggage, you can check-in online. EasyJet is introducing self-check-in kiosks. They are already operational at Nottingham East Midlands, Geneva and Berlin.

You can take only one piece of hand baggage with you. Free hold baggage allowance is 20 kg. Charge for extra baggage is ₤5 per kilo. They are very strict about it, so better weigh your baggage before you leave home.

EasyJet operates a free seating policy based on priority boarding system. This means, the sooner you check-in, greater the chance that you will find the seat you like.

Important: If you are having connecting flights leave enough time between flights to collect your baggage and check-in again.

UPDATE: I have written some update regarding hand baggage and hold baggage rules here.

Hope I helped you find some low cost airline tickets with Easy Jet. Take care and have a nice flight! :-)


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This is the first post in the “Cheap Air Flights - Travel Tips” series, which will explore some common characteristics of low cost airlines and cheap air flights.

Cheap air flights are a great way to travel, and I am not going to advise you against them. I only want to highlight some points that you must be aware of. Points, that all travelers should pay attention to, while planning their trip.

1. Price of the ticket. - Beware of advertised prices. They always exclude fees, taxes etc. The price you see in the ad is not what you will pay.

2. Departure and destination airports. – In order to lower airport fees, low cost airlines use smaller airports. These airports can be far away from the city you are going. Count on some extra expenses because of it.

3. Hidden fees and taxes. – Beside the price of the ticket, you will pay fees like, credit card handling fee, airport taxes, sometimes even fuel surcharge. Remember that if you want to change any booking details, it will cost you. In addition, there are charges for baggage, reservation for seating etc.

4. Tickets. – Most low cost airlines operate a ticketless service. All you need at check in is a booking reference number and a Photo ID. This is great, since your ticket can’t be lost or stolen.

5. Baggage allowance and excess baggage fees. - All low cost airlines are very strict about baggage allowance. Weigh your baggage before living home. Usual free allowance is 20 kg, and excess baggage fee - 5 € per kilo.

6. Connecting flights. – Leave enough time between flights. You have to collect your baggage and check it in again. You will not get refund for the missed second flight because the first was delayed.

7. Check-in, boarding and seating. – Most airlines open their check in desks two hours before departure. If you are late, there is no refund. The same happens if you don’t get to boarding gate in time. These airlines often operate a free seating policy based on priority boarding system.

8. Food. – Free food is usually not served during flight. It is available for a fee.

9. Time your booking. – Flight fares get more expansive as flight date approaches. Book your flight as early as possible. Also, mid-week flights are the cheapest.

10. Wouldn’t you get a better deal with a main carrier? – And finally ask yourself, wouldn’t you get a better deal with a main carrier. Honestly, sometimes you would. Following the competition from low cost airlines, flag carriers (like British Airways) have cut their prices on more competing routes. You can find their cheap airfares on routes like London – Rome, for instance. Point in favor of main carriers is that they use main airports, which are easily reachable.

Hope that these cheap air flights travel tips were helpful to you. Remember that it’s easiest to get cheap airfares with travel comparison sites.
Have a nice flight!


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