How to Check-In Online By Airline
What do you do when you want to get to the airport with your boarding pass all ready without waiting in long lines? Are you travelling light with only a carry-on? Did you know the majority of airline companies offer the possibility to check-in online, allowing you to print your boarding pass from home? The process is simple, only the how and when vary between airlines.
Below we explain the steps you need to follow to know how online check-in works with some of the most popular airlines in the business.
Ryanair Online Check-In
If you’re traveling with Ryanair it is obligatory to check-in online. All passengers must check-in online on the Ryanair website and print their boarding pass. This service is available from 15 days to 4 hours before the estimated time of departure.
All boarding passes must be printed on a single A4 sheet of paper. If you have not printed your boarding pass in the allowed time frame you will be charged 60 €. Then you just go to the gate with your boarding pass and a valid form of identification.
British Airways Online Check-In
If you are flying with British Airways, you can check-in online starting from 24 hours before the flight. On the BA website go to “manage my booking” where you can select the amount of bags you will be checking (if any), confirm your seats, and print your boarding pass. Remember, if you are traveling in a group you can check-in online for a maximum of 9 people (including infants).
Once you have your printed boarding pass you just need to head to the security check-point or drop your bags off at the British Airways desk, if you selected that option during online check-in.
Vueling Online Check-In
Vueling lets you print your boarding pass from the time of purchase up to 4 hours before the flight. Note that online check-in is not required, but recommended, especially if you are not checking luggage and instead choosing to fly with only a carry-on bag.
If you have already printed your boarding pass you just need to show up at the gate at least 30 minutes before departure and show your ID and boarding pass, skipping the lines. You also have the possibility to save your boarding pass to your mobile phone, an environmentally friendly option.
easyJet Online Check-In
As of April 30, 2013 all passengers aboard easyJet flights must check-in online, airport check-in will no longer be available. So skip the lines and go straight to the security check with your boarding pass and valid ID. If you are traveling with checked baggage you must stop by the easyJet Baggage Drop desks at the airport.
You can print your boarding pass 30 days before your flight up to 2 hours before the scheduled departure time. Remember, the gate closes 30 minutes before departure, if you arrive late they will not wait just as easyJet states on their website.
Lufthansa Online Check-In
If you’re flying with Lufthansa and want to check-in online you can do so starting from 23 hours before your flight. Choose your seat and print your boarding pass online, or request that they send it to your mobile phone. Please note that online check-in is not available on flights flying out of the following airports: Italy (Cagliari, Olbia, Pisa), Croatia (Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar), United Kingdom (Guernsey, and Jersey Inversness) , Portugal (Faro), Spain (Ibiza), Romania (Cluj), and Hungary (Balaton).
With the boarding pass on your mobile phone or printed through online check-in you will save valuable time: if you are traveling with cabin luggage only, you can go directly to the security checkpoint and boarding gate without lines. If you travel with additional baggage, just drop it off at any of the Lufthansa counters and head to the boarding gate.
Iberia Online Check-In
If you want to avoid lines and go straight to the gate, reserve your seat and print your boarding pass on Iberia’s website from 1 day up to 1 hour before the flight’s departure. For flights to Lagos, San Jose, and Caracas, the limit is 90 minutes before departure.
It’s simple to do, just enter your name, reservation code, and your departure city. After you select the flight and seats, if you would like, choose the option to check luggage or not, and the last step is to save your boarding passes on your mobile phone, print them, or request that they are sent by text message to your phone.