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Ryanair to Start Charging for Early Online Check-In

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Ryanair, the European low-cost carrier notorious for charging for basic amenities, will start imposing a fee for early online check-in as of November 1, 2016.

Previously, Ryanair allowed free check-in up to seven days before a flight. Now that time window has been shortened to between four days and two hours before a flight. If you want to check in ahead of time, you’ll be charged a 6-euro (~$7) fee.

Ryanair will start charging for early online check-in November 1.
Ryanair will start charging for early online check-in November 1.

Though this may not seem like a huge deal, it’s important to note that Ryanair only allows online check-in up to two hours before a flight. After that time, passengers must check in at the airport, which costs about $49 (45 euros).

And while Ryanair does allow check-in via an app, not all airports accept mobile boarding passes. So if you’re somewhere without access to a printer (or reliable internet), you may be looking at huge fees. However, if you’re willing to pay for seat selection (between ~$9 and ~$17), you can check in up to 30 days in advance.

So if you’re booking Ryanair for last-minute trips or because of the low costs, remember to budget for those extra fees (and set calendar reminders if you don’t want to pony up the additional cash).

H/T: Point Me to the Plane

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