How to get the boarding pass and check your bags

Acquiring the boarding pass and checking the bags are two important processes that must be done before taking our flight. The way to do it depends on the airline with which you travel, as each of them offers several alternatives. In this article, we explain how to get the boarding pass and check your bags without problems.

Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.

Boarding pass

Depending on the airline you fly with, you have some methods or others to get your boarding pass:


With Vueling you can check-in online from the moment you buy the ticket up to four hours before catching the flight (24 hours in some cases). However, if you want to be assigned the seat for free, you can do so seven days before the flight.

With the Optimal Rate, the Excellence Rate and the Economy Checked baggage, you will get the boarding pass at the time you make the purchase.

In this way you will get the boarding pass, which you download in PDF format for printing. You can also take it on mobile Through an SMS you will receive or download the official app.

However, if you go with a baby, you have hired the escort service of minors or you travel with a pet, you will have to check-in at the airport counter, where they will give you the boarding pass. You can also go there if you have not been able to check-in online, as the service is free.

Air Europe

Air Europa allows you to carry out online check-in between 48 hours and 1 hour before the flight. Once completed, you can print the boarding pass, although you can also carry out this procedure at the airport counter.

If your flight has its origin or destination in the United States, online check-in opens 24 hours before the flight.

In the same way, if you are going to take an animal in the cabin, an unaccompanied minor is traveling or you have a special requirement, you must obtain the boarding pass at the airport.


With Ryanair you are obliged to check-in online unless you travel with the Business Plus fare, which will provide you with the free airport boarding pass.

The online service can be accessed 60 days before the flight, but if you want to get the free seat you must do so four days previous. The service closes two hours before the plane takes off. If you get the boarding pass at the airport, you will be charged a fee.

You can also carry the boarding pass on your mobile by downloading the official Ryanair app. However, this method is not accepted at these airports:

  • Agadir-Al Massira Airport (Morocco)
  • Essaouira Airport (Morocco)
  • Fez-Saïss Airport (Morocco)
  • Marrakech-Menara Airport (Morocco)
  • Oujda Angads Airport (Morocco)
  • Rabat-Salé Airport (Morocco)
  • Tangier Airport (Morocco)
  • Kefalonia International Airport (Greece)
  • Nador International Airport (Morocco)
  • Volos International Airport – Nea Anchialos (Greece)

You can find more information about this procedure in the following article: How to bill and get the boarding pass at Ryanair.


Iberia offers three options to obtain the boarding pass: check-in online, at an airport auto check-in machine or at one of its counters.

He online check-in it is available between 24 hours and 1 hour before the flight, unless you travel to Lagos and San José, which closes 90 minutes before; or to Caracas, which is done 180 minutes before.

You can both print the boarding pass and carry it on your mobile. In it you will see to which boarding group you belong, which will get on the plane in this order:

  1. Priority: people with a Preferred or Business class ticket, or with an Iberia Singular, Iberia Plus Platinum and Gold card or their oneworld equivalents.
  2. Group A: travelers with special needs, traveling with young children or carrying a personal item.
  3. Group 1: people whose seat is in the back of the plane.
  4. Group 2: travelers going in the middle of the plane.
  5. Group 3: people with their seat in the front of the plane.
  6. No group: customers who do not have any specific group reflected on the boarding pass.


People flying with LATAM Airlines Group can check-in online between 48 and 2 hours before the flight. If you have any medical need, travel with pets or go more babies than adults, you must get the card at the airport.

You can also download your mobile application and carry the boarding pass on it electronics.

If the company responsible is LATAM Airlines Brazil or Paraguay, online check-in is available between 72 and 2 hours before (up to 45 minutes before if it is a domestic flight from within Brazil).

Also, in some airports you will find totems or machines from which to check-in.


Binter allows you to check-in online between 7 days and 30 minutes before the plane leaves. You can print the boarding pass or carry it on your mobile phone.

It is also possible to purchase the card at the airport check-in counter. At the time of boarding, if your flight ticket is subsidized, you must present the accreditation of a Canary resident or large family.


Norwegian gives the option of obtaining the boarding pass online 24 hours before the flight. It can be done both from your website and from your application called Travel Assistant.

In addition, if you have provided your phone number to the company, they will send you an SMS to the mobile two hours before the flight so that you can purchase the boarding pass from it.

You can also obtain the card at the airport self-service machines, but if you have hired the service of minors traveling alone, you need special assistance or you travel with animals, musical instruments, or sports equipment, you must go to the counter with a minimum advance notice of one hour.


Transavia also allows you to check-in online to print the boarding pass or download it to your mobile, although the latter does not work for all airports. You can also get the card at the airport counters


Jetsmart online check-in is available between 72 hours and 30 minutes before the flight, and you can take your boarding pass both in print and on your mobile phone.

On the other hand, you can get it at an airport counter between 120 and 30 minutes before takeoff, but you should keep in mind that this service has an additional cost.

air France

Air France offers four alternatives to get your boarding pass: from the website, with its mobile application, at the airport's interactive machines or at its counters.

Online check-in opens 30 hours before, with the exception of Delta Air Lines flights that leave the United States and those of Air France that do so from Atlanta or Detroit, which are available 24 hours before.


With Eurowings, formerly known as Germanwings, you can check in online after 72 hours before the flight leaves. If the plane leaves from Germany (except Friedrichshafen and Rostock-Laage), and has a stopover at one of the following airports, at the departure airport they will provide you with a boarding pass for the entire flight:

  • Colony
  • Stuttgart
  • Hannover
  • Berlin

Lot Polish Airlines

This airline allows you to obtain the online boarding pass between 36 hours and 120 minutes before the flight. You can also request that they send an SMS to your mobile with the link to the card, so that it can be saved on your device.

If you are going to take an intercontinental flight or traveling outside the Schengen area, you can also get the boarding pass at the airport.

Plus Ultra Airlines

Plus Ultra Airlines does not have an online check-in service, so you must check in directly at the airport, where they will provide the boarding pass. Therefore, the airline recommends that you show up at least three hours in advance.

Turkish Airlines

You can check-in at the airport self-service machines between 12 hours and 45 minutes before the flight if it is national. If it is international, this option is closed 60 minutes before departure. You can also go to a counter.

If you choose to obtain the boarding pass through its official website or app, you can do so between 24 hours and 90 minutes before. You can check what options are allowed at each airport by clicking in this link.

Air Arabia

If you fly from Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates, you can check in online 24 hours before the flight. For all other flights, the option is available 12 hours in advance. The boarding pass must be printed.

Travel agency

If you have hired your flight with an online travel agency, it may help you with the procedure. In the case of eDreams, you can order it if you fly with EasyJet, Ryanair or Vueling.

Logitravel allows you to check-in online from its website if you go only with a carry-on bag. This is available for many of the airlines, for example Swiss, Turkish Airlines, Brussels Airlines and KLM, among others.

Baggage Billing

If, in addition to hand luggage, you need to check in a suitcase, you should go to the counter of the company with which you fly. It is advisable to be more than one hour before at the airport to carry out this.

Technological advances and facilities are also arriving in luggage check-in. For example, Iberia has the MyBagTag service to obtain labels for checked luggage from your home and save time at the airport.

If you want to know the particular conditions of checked baggage (weight, dimensions, quantity …) of the airline with which you are traveling, it is recommended that you read the following article: Checked luggage allowed by companies.

In the event that you already have the boarding pass and do not have to check any luggage, you do not need to go to the airline counter, you can directly pass the airport security check and go to the boarding gate.

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