Your complete holiday checklist

Jetting off soon? – we’re not jealous at all. Before you step foot on your plane, take some time to read through our essential holiday checklist to make sure your holiday runs smoothly. We’ve detailed everything you need to know about flights, hotels and any extras you may need. Once your done, all you’ll have to worry about is getting the perfect spot by the pool – bliss…

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Flights
Online Check-In
Visas
Paperwork
Ryanair Paperwork
Flight Times
Hand Luggage
Hold Luggage
Airport Terminal
Hotels
In Resort Charges
Hotel Booking
Transfers and Extras
Are On the Beach protected?
In Resort help

Flights

Aircraft flying in the sky

Make sure you research your airline and check in on time 

Online Check-In

The below airlines require online check-in. You can do this by logging on to your airline’s website and printing off your boarding passes. Please remember to bring your passport and double check that you have all your paperwork handy for when you get to the airport.

  • Ryanair
  • EasyJet
  • Jet2
  • Albastar (we will send you an email with the link for online check-in)

Visas

If you are travelling to an EC (European Community) country and have a valid UK Passport you will not require a visa – phew. For all non-UK passport holders, you will need to contact the embassy of the country you are travelling to. These details can also be found on the FCO website.

If you are travelling to Turkey, you will be required to purchase their entry visa via the Turkish Government website prior to travel. Further visa and passport information can be found on the FCO website.

If you are travelling to Egypt or the USA, UK passport holders usually require a visa. Further visa and passport information can be found on the FCO website.

Paperwork

A key element to ensure a smooth holiday is having all the important paperwork printed for your holiday. If you are flying with an airline that uses online check-in you need to have your boarding pass printed off to take with you to the airport. If it’s an airline that uses airport check-in you will need to print off your flight voucher.

After your flight you will need to have your transfer information to hand. When you arrive at your destination airport, follow the instructions on the transfer voucher to find your transfer. The paperwork will also give you instructions for your return transfer.

Once you have arrived at your chosen hotel, you should show your printed hotel voucher at reception.

Ryanair Paperwork

If you are travelling with Ryanair for both legs of your flight you will need to check in online for each reference number you have been provided with, as each number represents one leg of your flight.

Online check-in details can be found on your booking confirmation, under the flight voucher section. Online check-in for Ryanair opens 4 days before each flight is scheduled to depart unless pre-allocated seating has been purchased. In this case, online check-in will be available up to 30 days before the departure date of your flight – so plenty of time.

**Please note that failure to check in online with Ryanair and print your boarding passes in advance of your travel may result in charges at the airport.**

Flight Times

To avoid any confusion, it is always best to double check your flight times before you travel. You can find all the relevant information you need on airport websites, or on live flight trackers. If there is ever a change to your flight, we will always let you know the details in advance of your travel. Any updates will come through in the “My Bookings” section of our website, in “My Messages”.

Luggage

Before you pack your essentials, whether it’s 10 pairs of shoes or a collection of books, you should make sure to check your luggage allowance before arriving at the airport for your outbound flight. The weight allowances for hand luggage and hold luggage vary from airline to airline, so we have put together airlines allowances below. Remember to check both if you are travelling with more than one airline.

Make sure you check your luggage allowance before flying

Hand Luggage

  • easyJet – Passengers can take a cabin bag with a total maximum size of 56cm x 45cm x 25cm with no weight limit, except you must be able to lift it into the overhead locker. Infants travelling on your lap do not receive this allowance; however you can bring an additional under seat bag with the maximum total size 45cm x 36cm x 20cm.
  • Ryanair – Passengers can take 2 cabin bags, one 10kg bag with the maximum total size of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm and one small bag with the maximum total size of 35cm x 20cm x 20cm. Infants travelling on your lap do not receive this allowance, however you can bring an additional baby bag weighing up to 5kg.
  • Thomas Cook – Passengers can take a cabin bag of up to 6kg, with the maximum total size not exceeding 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Infants travelling on your lap do not receive this allowance, although they do receive hold luggage. (See hold luggage section)
  • Thomson – Passengers are able to take a cabin bag of up to 5kg, with the maximum total size not exceeding 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Infants travelling on your lap do not receive this allowance, although they do receive hold  luggage. (See hold luggage section)
  • Monarch – Passengers are given two options of how they opt to take cabin luggage. The first option is one 10kg bag with the maximum total size of 56cm x 40cm x 25cm. The second option is two separate cabin bags that have a combined maximum total size of 56cm x 40cm x 25cm and combined weight of up to 10kg. Infants travelling on laps do not receive this allowance.
  • Jet2 – Passengers are able to take a cabin bag of up to 10kg, with the maximum total size of 56cm x 45cm x 25 cm. In addition, passengers are able to bring a small item such as a handbag, laptop bag or airport purchase. Infants travelling on laps do not receive this allowance.

Hold Luggage

If you requested hold luggage with your booking here is what you need to know:

  • easyJet – A standard hold bag has the maximum weight limit of 20kg. The maximum total size (length + weight + height) should be under 275cm.
  • Ryanair – A standard hold bag has the maximum weight limit of 15kg. The maximum total size (length + weight + height) should not exceed 319cm.
  • Thomas Cook – A standard hold bag has the maximum weight limit of 20kg. If an infant is travelling on your lap you may take a free 10kg hold bag.
  • Thomson – A standard hold bag has the maximum weight limit of 20kg. If an infant is travelling on your lap you may take a free 10kg hold bag.
  • Monarch – A standard hold bag has the maximum weight limit of 20kg. If you have opted for a hold bag and travelling with an infant on your lap, only then will infants receive a free 10kg hold bag.
  • Jet2 – A standard hold bag has the maximum weight limit of 22kg.

Airport Terminal

If you’re flying from London Gatwick, Manchester or Glasgow you will need to know which terminal you are travelling from:

  • easyJet (London Gatwick – North Terminal) (Manchester – T1) (Glasgow – T1)
  • Ryanair (London Gatwick – South Terminal) (Manchester -T3) (Glasgow – T2)
  • Thomas Cook (London Gatwick – South Terminal) (Manchester – T1) (Glasgow – T2)
  • Thomson (London Gatwick – North Terminal) (Manchester – T2) (Glasgow – T1)
  • Monarch (London Gatwick – South Terminal) (Manchester – T2)
  • Jet2 (Manchester – T1) (Glasgow – T2)

Hotels

Arenas del Mar

Make sure you have all the necessary paperwork needed to check in (Image: Hotel Arenas del Mar, Tenerife)

In Resort Charges

Malta and the Balearic Islands now have a Sustainable Tourism Tax in place which means that you will have to pay tax when you stay in tourist accommodation. The government imposed tax is payable when you check-in at your accommodation.

Visitors to Malta will be charged 50 cents per night with a €5 cap for persons over the age of 18 who visit the island.

Visitors to the Balearic Islands will be charged according to the type of accommodation ranging from 1-2 Euros per night per person (plus 10% VAT). Check with your accommodation to find out the exact cost.

Hotel Booking

You should check the board basis of your hotel before you arrive and see what is included so you know what to expect when you arrive and whether drinks are included with meals.

You should also check your paperwork or with the hotel directly to see what time check-in is available from and when you are required to check out. You could also see if the hotel offers early check-in or late check out if needed.

Some hotels can require a security deposit at arrival which is fully refundable subject to inspection of the room at the end of your stay so check with your hotel.

Transfers and Extras

Airport parking

Don’t forget to book any holiday extras before you travel

If you didn’t book any transfers or extras during the time of your booking you still have time to create your ideal holiday from start to finish. Click here to book any holiday extras including transfers, car hire, airport lounges, airport parking or airport hotels.

Are On the Beach Protected?

Don’t forget that all On the Beach holidays are ATOL protected. This means that if we, or one of our travel suppliers has a problem, customers won’t lose money paid for a holiday or flight abroad, and are not stranded in a foreign country. So time for you to relax and wait for your perfect holiday.

In Resort Help

We are sure that you’ll have a great holiday but if you do need to contact us while you are on holiday, our In Resort Support line can be reached on 0333 033 1934. The line is open from 8am to 7pm (9am to 5pm on Sundays)  and we are more than happy to help you with anything the hotel reception cannot assist with.  Outside those hours the same number is diverted to an Emergency line.  This is for emergencies only and you will be asked to leave a short voicemail with your details.  We will then endeavor to call you back as soon as possible.

 

We hope that you found this checklist helpful and have a wonderful holiday.

 

Written on 22nd May 2017 by

Hannah McBain