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    Flying with Ryanair-Help!

    Hi All, Help needed before my head explodes after booking few days away but flying with Ryanair and just downloaded their app and reading check in and boarding pass rules/regs on their website and added costs incurred if not followed! When booking I already knew about luggage and booked 20 kilo hold bag (both flights) when booking break, but didn't realise a couple of other points. Hopefully somebody here can confirm my thoughts, if there are persons who have flown with them.

    If it helps we fly at end of April (manchester to faro) and at the moment we cannot yet check in online or download/print boarding passes (we have only done this once before when we went to Amsterdam for few days but that was with Easyjet and due to lateness of booking we were able to print off all documents including boarding passes, even though we had them on the Easyjet app on mobile phone).

    However, am I correct in thinking the following with Ryanair:

    To do all free/ without further cost, I cannot check in online until 48 hrs prior to departure and would then have to print off boarding passes once I have checked in online?
    Doing it this way (at no further cost) is obviously possible, but my head will not allow me to take this option. I need all to be done weeks before I and my wife fly. So, the only way around this from the information of their website is, as they put it 'for convenience and peace of mind, customers can check-in for flights 60 days in advance of both departure flights by purchasing a seat'.

    So, this means either wait, pay nothing and panic by leaving everything until 48 hrs prior to departure flight, or purchase seats (cheapest currently are £7) for £28.00, then check in online which will then enable us to print boarding passes. Hopefully I have understood this and would be grateful for confirmation.

    If this is the only way of having all necessary documentation in hard copy form I dont mind adding £28 to cost of break overall as it is not such a bad deal, pricewise.

    Hoping a more experienced traveller than we can help with above and any added advice they can give regarding Ryanair (apart from try not to fly with them next time!) Many thanks.

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    Information is correct. The only problem I can see for free check in is that you can't do the return check in free still until 2 days before you fly back. Therefore, for return journey, you have to do it whilst you are away which could be a problem if you haven't got Wi-Fi facilities where you are.
    https://www.ryanair.com/gb/en/useful...n-information#!

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    Hi beau, TY for your response and clarification. I had also thought of the return check in etc. I think to be on the safe side we'll be booking seats on outard and return flights for £28.00 (4 x £7.00 per seat, if I can book them early enough-have already set alarm in diary for night of 19th February 7 after midnight will go ahead and book seats) which should enable us to check in and then print boarding passes in plenty of time. Seems to be the only way to have 'holiday file' prepared weeks before we go so know all is done...I cannot leave matters until last minute! TY again.

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    I don't leave things until the last minute either. Not with Ryanair but I always check in and print boarding passes of as soon as check in opens 28 days prior to flight and can do the return check in at the same time. I usually fly with JET2 who are very good with the assistance and allocate seats FOC to those who have it.

    I must admit, I am a huge fan of Jet2, legroom is brilliant without needing extra legroom seats, their help is second to none, flight times reasonable and cabin crew friendly and helpful. Lots of check in desks too so little or no queueing and they have a designated one in most foreign airports for the disabled so check in is quick. One of their customer helpers always takes my luggage off me and helps at the check in desk at home and abroad. I have paid a little more just to fly with them.

    Flight only you do pay for your luggage allowance which is 22kg standard, if you are on one of their holidays that luggage allowance is standard and factored in the holiday price. On top of that you get 10kg of hand luggage free on flight only and holidays
    No, I am not on commission just been extremely happy with them over quite a few years, done flight only and package holidays.

    Another thing, I need an adapted bathroom and if there is none available at your chosen hotel and you can't find a suitable alternative hotel they will refund all your money even if you have paid in full and even if it is a late booking. Can't say fairer than that.

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    Morning Beau, Yep, I can see why you like jet2. We did Amsterdam last year and was 1st time on plane for almost decade, that was all through Easyjet. Spend bit of time getting used to new way of doing things, checking in online, using the Easyjet app which was quite easy once got in int my head. Still printed off hard copies but then realised (if I remember correctly) that at airport as had also checked in online and had access to boarding tickets on Easyjet app, didnt need paper copies of documents, save passport. Never had any problems with Easyjet.

    The reason we are stuck with Ryanair, is due to fact that my wife (knows Albufeira like back of her hand) suggested self catering aparthotel & only through all best options booking for time we have, was through 'loveholidays' and due to timing of flights from chosen airport, stuck with Ryanair. Easyjet did a couple of flights but times weren't possible. However, few days away for the price we have paid, it is still very good value for money, even factoring in the added £28 for 4 x £7 seat booking fee to allow us to check in early and print boarding passes weeks before, not 48 hours. I also think we might be allowed to check in for return flights at same time & again print boarding passes here as oppose to having to check in 2 days before we leave Albufeira & finding internet cafe to print off board pass for return flights (I hope i have got this correct from my reading of Ryanair rules!).

    I knew Ryanair were strict but did not realise the above problems we would have. Again, due to all other factors this really was only option after spending few hours going through others internet sites and companies that offer same as 'loveholidays' (off top of head, used expedia/easyjet and 3 other sites). So, now just having to wait for night of date as in my last post above to book seats and then deal with printing all papers off at library once I know we're able to.

    I know i am probably right in thinking that if I used the Ryanair app on phone that I could probably save myself a great deal of stress and leave all until 48 hrs before we fly this end and once checked in online which would then give access to boarding passes on Ryanair app to show at airport and do same 48 hrs before we due to leave Albufeira on return trip, but too many factors could 'go wrong' and I would be worrying and not able to relax.

    So, will leave there and come back once have bought seats, checked in etc., and let you know if my concerns were ill founded or not. Many many thanks for your help and comments. If there is any futher advice you or anybody can give, please do.

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    Enjoy your holiday and hope all goes to plan and runs smoothly.

    I am off to Fuerteventura next Saturday, again with Jet2 and the hotel I am using has fantastic adapted bathrooms. Been there before. Abroad they often don't get disabled facilities quite right.

    In December I had an adapted room in Jandia, yes massive bathroom with level access shower but just a tiny shower stool that is not stable enough for me. My friend put one of the balcony chairs in it for me. Only one side bar on the loo too. At least they tried but improvements could be made. That was in a recently refurbished hotel too.

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    Hi Beau, TY and same to you but am sure you will enjoy. Never been to Fuereventura! Will have to consider this. Would you be able to name the hotel you are staying as it seems certainly appropriate (as you say, disabled facs abroad not quite right-glad have a wonderful wife who knows me better than I now myself, & my needs!). We're now trying to make up for many years of lost time due to my health and treatments, which is at least 1 thing we here understand!

    As I say, will let you know how it goes and any problems that occur (& how we got round them, if poss), or indeed if there are any problems, and apart from those highlighted. Enjoy (& 1 thing is certainly, you definitely do live and learn, and always are!).

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    This is the hotel
    https://www.jet2holidays.com/canary-...-cotillo-beach

    No lifts but adapted rooms on ground floor opposite the reception area. Bars, dining room all on the flat, no steps at all.

    Not a very commercialised resort as yet. Beach not too far away and manageable for me.

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    Many thanks Beau and for the link. Also appreciate the added info...will certainly have a look now for our next 'adventure'!

    Could I ask 1 more massive favour, if and when you get the chance, just to confirm my thoughts. Due to the new 60 day or 48 hr check in and board pass regulations, as I cannot leave matters until last minute, i have now purchased seats for outgoing flight and return flight at the cost i mentioned! The reason why I have done this is, due to my understanding of Ryanair website, until I have purchased seats I will not be able to check in 'early' and therefore not be able to print off boarding passes.

    So, am I right in now thinking that as I have now bought seats, when check in opens on 20th February, I will now be able to check in and then also print off boarding passes for outbound flight and return flight for my wife and I?

    For sake of completeness, we are away for 10 days and would also like confirmation that we will now be able to print off boarding passes for return flight, here in UK, before we actually go, on 20th April?

    Many thanks Beau if you can confirm my thoughts and understanding (why on earth all flight companies cannot stick to 1 set of rule-such as Jet2 or Easyjet-is beyond me but not so far as understanding it's all about the money!)

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    I don't know about your return boarding passes as it was years ago I flew with them and things have changed since then. Now you have purchased seats you will be able to check in and print off your boarding passes for the outbound journey when check in opens 60 days before you travel.

    Because of the uncertainty of being able to check in and print the passes for your return flight at the same time as your outbound flight my advice would be, wait until the check in has been open for 11 days then check in for both as that time scale will cover both journeys. It will still leave you 49 days to get sorted should anything go awry. Well that is what I would do anyway.

    Just a tip if you don't do it already, take 2 copies of all documentation and keep the 2 separately. I have one in my travel wallet and the other lot in my rucksack. Also take 2 copies of your passport, insurance documents and any prescriptions. Copy of passport and prescription with insurance documents to carry with you at all times and the other with flight documents.
    Copy of passport makes it easier to get a temporary one should you lose your original.
    Possibly me being over cautious but I often travel on my own and have no one to fall back on if I should be ill.


    Sounding off again, if you book a package holiday with Jet2 you are not penalised for an airport check in and they will give you boarding passes at the check in desk. All you need is your flight voucher.

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