Sneaky tip to avoid Ryanair charges revealed by money saving expert Martin Lewis

TV money saving expert Martin Lewis has revealed an innovative way you can avoid extra charges on your holiday after Ryanair announced changes to its early check-in policy.

The airline has slashed the time passengers are able to check-in from four days before departure to just 48 hours.

Unless you’ve paid to reserve a seat, in which case you have a 60-day window.

However, while you can check in for free online and on the app, if you miss the window you’ll have to check-in at the airport – and Ryanair will charge you a £55 fee.

However, the Liverpool Echo reports, Mr Lewis has a way to save you some cash.

The TV favourite says that, while the new short check-in time applies to people who don’t reserve a seat, it can cost as little as just £4 to reserve a standard seat with Ryanair.

So for families or friends hoping to sit together, or those who can’t check in within the 48-hour time limit, paying the £4 extra could save you a few headaches.

A Ryanair spokesperson said: "Online check-in – for those customers who don’t choose reserved seats – will be available from 48 hours to 2 hours pre-departure for all flights from Wednesday 13 June.

"This is more than double the 24-hour check-in period operated by British Airways, Lufthansa, Norwegian and Iberia. This will give reserve seat customers more time to select their preferred seats prior to departure."

How is it changing?

Money Saving Expert’s Martin Lewis explains:"At the moment, you can check in for free up to four days in advance – and this is actually measured in complete calendar days.

"So if you’re flying at 8pm on Friday, you can check in any time after 00.01am on Monday. From 13 June, the free check-in window’s being cut to 48 hours – so you won’t be able to check in until 8pm on Wednesday.

"The change means that if you don’t want to pay for a reservation you’ll have a much narrower window to remember to check in online or via Ryanair’s app – and holidaymakers returning to the UK after even short breaks will need to access the internet abroad to do so.

"Remember, if you don’t check in online and just turn up at the airport, Ryanair will charge you a £55 check-in fee – so don’t leave it until then.

"Ryanair’s latest change to its check-in window comes after it cut it from a week to four days back in October 2016."

How can I cancel?

If you do want to cancel, Ryanair says you must notify them by Saturday 19 May – you can do this by calling its customer service team on 0871 246 0000.

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