The £55 Ryanair charge that infuriates customers – and the way to get around it

HOLIDAYMAKERS have been urged to use a simple trick to avoid the usual and annoying £55 Ryanair fee.

It comes after a woman claims her parents were hit with the fee for printing out the wrong boarding passes for their flight.

Ryanair passengers will be charged £55 if they do not check in online before their flight


Ryanair passengers will be charged £55 if they do not check in online before their flightPhoto credit: EPA

Anyone who does not check in online for their flight two hours before the scheduled departure time must pay the fee in accordance with the General Terms and Conditions Airline website.

The fee is listed as “Airport Check-in Fee” and will be paid to anyone who does not show up with their downloaded or printed boarding pass.

It states: “If you check in online no more than two hours before the scheduled departure time of your flight, you will be charged the airport check-in fee detailed in our table of fees.”

Two people targeted by the charges were a couple in their 70s and 80s who accidentally printed the wrong boarding pass.

The couple had checked in for their return flight rather than the outward journey and had to pay the airport check-in fee.

Her daughter tweeted: “Hey @Ryanair, my parents who are in their 70s and 80s accidentally downloaded the return boarding pass instead of the outbound pass.

“They charged them £110 to print at the airport. £110 for two sheets of paper which took 1 minute. Shame yourself.”

Other people were upset when they read the story and said the airline should issue a refund.

One responded and said, “You shouldn’t be allowed to charge an arm and a leg for basic needs!”

Another added: “I hope they get the money back.”

Airline staff followed the conditions listed on the website: “You must check in online at and print or download your boarding pass.”

However, there are ways to avoid paying the airport check-in fee after arriving at the airport if there are still two hours before the flight’s scheduled departure time.

As Cheap Holiday Expert points out, instead of paying a fee, holidaymakers can download the Ryanair app on their phone and access their boarding passes for free.

She wrote: “If you find you don’t have a boarding pass, download the app, enter your reservation number and you can get a digital boarding pass for free.”

The Points Guy has also previously advised passengers to download the app to avoid the fee.

They wrote: “The free downloadable Ryanair app creates an electronic boarding pass that is completely free.”

“You need access to your phone to be able to show the electronic boarding pass at security and at the gate and not have to deal with the annoying fee.”

Alternatively, passengers who pay extra for a Flexi or Flexi Plus ticket can also check in at the airport for free.

Sun Online Travel has reached out to Ryanair for comment.

There are other benefits to downloading an airline app.

Essence Griffin, a flight attendant, explained why she would never fly without first downloading the app.

she said CNN: “If you don’t have the app, you’re definitely flying blind.” I would never travel without downloading the app for the airline I fly with.

“It will tell you when to board. If you are delayed, you will know if the flight is still there and if it is delayed. You can see seat changes, gate changes, information about your boarding passes and upgrades.”

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Passengers have been asked to download the airline's app before their flight


Passengers have been asked to download the airline’s app before their flightPhoto credit: Getty

Russell Falcon

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