Australian traveler charged $90 for not checking in early enough for Ryanair flight shares little-known details everyone should know
- Traveler charged €55 ($90 AUD) for not checking in for flight early enough
- Lachlan Harris was traveling with Ryanair to Greece from Croatia
- Travelers must register up to two hours before departure.
A traveler became unhappy at a European airport after being charged a fee for failing to check in online before a short-haul flight.
Lachlan Harris and two friends were traveling from Croatia to Greece with low-cost airline Ryanair, but missed their 6 a.m. flight.
After booking another flight that would leave later that day, the young Australian was charged €55 (90 AUD) for failing to check in online prior to departure.
Feeling upset, Lachlan alerted others on TikTok to the little-known detail in the fine print.
According to the ryanair terms and conditions of carriage, travelers must register up to two hours before the scheduled departure time. Boarding passes must be printed or downloaded via the Ryanair app.
Customers traveling with Ryanair cannot check in online within two hours of their flight’s scheduled departure time.
Lachlan Harris (pictured) and two friends were charged €55 (AUD 90) each for not checking in early enough before their flight from Croatia to Greece via Ryanair.
According to Ryanair’s terms and conditions of carriage, travelers must check in up to two hours before their scheduled departure time, although Lachlan was not aware of this rule.
“This is a quick hello to anyone traveling Europe with Ryanair. Check-in online ‘, he said on the TikTok video while filming himself walking through the airport.
‘We missed our 6 am flight this morning. So it cost us $1000 to get another flight later in the day to Greece. We’re at the airport now, we didn’t check in online.’
Lachlan explained that he spoke to a Ryanair employee behind the airport counter to check in and was told he had to pay a fee.
‘Here’s the damn trick: €55 (90 AUD) to get them to do their job. Let them sit there and search me even though they are employed to do so.
Then he pulls out the Ryanair receipt with a charge of €165 ($272 AUD) for three people.
“I’m already on a tight enough budget and they don’t tell you anything about it,” Lachlan said.
In the short clip, he sounded frustrated and irritated by the whole situation, but was thanked by others for sharing the information.
Does Ryanair charge for check-in?
Your boarding pass must be printed on a single A4 page or downloaded via the Ryanair app.
Unless you have a Plus or Flexi Plus ticket, if you do not check-in online more than two hours before your scheduled departure time, you will be charged the airport check-in fee as set forth in the Fee Schedule.
Check-in counters strictly close 40 minutes before the scheduled departure time, unless you are notified otherwise prior to flight departure. If you do not check-in before that date, you may be denied boarding without a refund.
You cannot check in online within two hours of your flight’s scheduled departure time.
Online check-in opens 60 days prior to scheduled departure time if you have purchased an assigned seat.
Customers can be assigned a seat free of charge if they check-in online between 24 and 2 hours before each booked flight.
But Lachlan wasn’t the only traveler this happened to; others also complained that they were also charged a fee for the same reason when flying with Ryanair.
‘This has happened to me twice in the last two months. It’s so fucked up. They literally click a button and give you a ticket,” one TikToker commented.
‘It is very bad. They charged me and my boyfriend €32 (AUD57) each,” said another.
“Thank the fuck I saw this before my Ryanair flight in August,” added a third.
Others were unsympathetic to Lachlan, with many saying he should have reviewed the terms and conditions beforehand.
“Don’t book with a budget airline if you don’t want budget service,” said one person.
“Just try reading your emails,” added another, one saying, “Reading the fine print sounds like a problem.”
A fourth said: ‘I’m happy I read your email saying it would cost you money if you didn’t register online.’