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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