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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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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