Left check-in till last minute? Here's an exact guide to check-in fees at U.K airports from EasyJet, Ryanair, British Airways and many more.

Airport check-in fees for UK airlines (including Ryanair, EasyJet, Flybe)

Airline Airport Check-in Fee
EasyJet Free
Ryanair £50
British Airways Free
Flybe Free
Monarch Free
Jet2 Free
Thomas Cook  Free
Thomson Free
Emirates Free
Etihad Free
Virgin Atlantic Free
Turkish Airlines Free
KLM Free
SAS Free
American Airlines Free
SWISS Free
Lufthansa Free
Iberia Free
Aer Lingus Free
Air France Free

What does it mean to check in for a flight?

Check-in means to register for your arrival for your flight, whether you're checking in via mobile, online, in person or using a self-service kiosk. Check-in and bag drop are not the same process.

When should you check in for a flight?

You need to check in for domestic flights (internal flights in the British Isles) at least 90 minutes before your flight. For European flights, you should arrive for check-in 120 minutes before your flight. For international flights, you'll need to check in at least 180 minutes before your flight. However, different airlines have different policies.

Ryanair's online check-in demands that you check-in between 15 days and 4 hours prior to your flight. Make sure you check your airline's policy on your chosen method of check-in.

How does the online check-in work?

Most airlines will offer the option to check in online when you book. You can do this on the website, or on their mobile app. Go to 'My Account' or 'Manage My Booking' and enter your flight reference number. You'll then be taken to a screen where you can choose to check in for your flight.

How to check in for a Ryanair flight online

What time do you have to be at the airport if you check in online?

You will have to be at your boarding gate 30 minutes prior to departure. The gate will close 20 minutes prior to departure. You should arrive at the airport at least 60 minutes prior to your scheduled time of departure, and allow more time if you need to drop bags or if the airport is particularly busy. Check out the airport guides on Skyscanner if you need more information on your airport.

How much does it cost to check a bag on Ryanair?

If you buy your luggage when you buy your flight, it costs £20 in low season and £30 in high season for 15kg. If you purchase it at the airport or online, it will cost between £25 - £50 for a 15kg bag, and £10 extra for every kilo of overweight baggage. Thinking about pushing it? Read the full guide to taking luggage on a Ryanair flight first.

How much do EasyJet charge for hold luggage?

If you book your luggage in advance, it will cost between £12 and £22 to book a 20kg bag onto an easyJet flight. If you wait until you're at the check-in desk, it will cost upwards of £32, depending on the route and the season. Read the full guide to easyJet cabin luggage and hold luggage restrictions.

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