No-frills airline Ryanair have updated their check-in policy, with changes coming in to force from 13 June 2018.
Announcing the new policy, a spokesman for the travel company said: ‘Online check-in (for those customers who don’t choose reserved seats) will be available from 48 hours to 2 hours pre-departure for all flights from Wednesday 13 June.’
Comparing the new system to other popular airlines, they added: ‘This is double the 24-hour check-in period operated by Aer Lingus, British Airways, Lufthansa, Norwegian and Iberia. This will give reserve seat customers more time to select their preferred seats prior to departure.’
Ryanair’s new check-in rules will apply to both new and existing bookings from the 13th onwards.
What will be different from the check-in process now?
Previously, you were given four days to check in for youronline or via the app for free – this will now be reduced to 48 hours.
Scaling down the check-in window is likely to make the biggest difference to passengers travelling on weekend holidays. Before, you could check in for both flights and print out your boarding passes in the UK before jetting off for the the weekend, but now the new two day system means you’ll have to access the internet abroad to check in for your return journey.
This is usually possible from your hotel, but it does mean you won’t be able to tick everything off your to-do list before your break. If you’re worried about being able to find a printer when you’re abroad, you can download the Ryanair app, which eliminates the need to print out boarding passes.
This is not the first time Ryanair have changed their check-in policy – until 2016, you could check in up to seven days before take off.
What if I miss my check-in window?
If you forget to (or for some reason, can’t) check in and miss your allocated 48 to two hour check-in window, you could face a £55 charge when you get to the airport.
Is there any way of getting around the new check-in rules?
The only way you can extend your check-in time is to – you’ve guessed it – hand over some money. Paying £4 for an assigned seat will allow you to check in up to 60 days before departure.