Why We Love Twilight Check-In Services and Where to Find Them

Who doesn’t want some extra ZZZs before an early flight? I know I do because I am not a morning person. The thought of waking up at 3 am to be at the airport at 4 am for a 6 am departure makes me cringe.

On occasion I’ve even thought to myself, I’ll stay up, grab some food and then sleep on the plane. It has never happened. Nor am I very good at going to bed early to get some extra rest the night before, and the rest I do get isn’t excellent quality.

I usually travel with just a carry-on on short flights. It’s usually a breeze since online check-in has become the norm, and baggage fees are often an added cost I try to avoid. With just a carry-on to worry about, I can afford a little extra sleep in the morning.

But what happens when you need to check your big suitcase in for a long-haul flight, and your flight leaves at 6 am?

New twilight check-in services could save travellers a lot of time and stress.

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PHOTO: Virgin Atlantic

What is a twilight check-in?

A twilight check-in is a full check-in where you can drop off your luggage the day before your flight. You get to arrive at the airport the next morning with no suitcases and head straight to security. That means more sleep, less stress, and better travel experience!

Where can you find twilight check-in services?

1. Manchester Airport in the UK

Manchester Airport’s twilight check-in service is available for select airlines including Thomas Cook, Thomson and Jet2 at Terminal 2 between 4 pm and 8 pm the day before you fly.

2. Gatwick Airport in the UK

At Gatwick Airport several airlines operate a day-before check-in service, including British Airways, EasyJet, Thomas Cook, Thomson, TUI and Virgin Atlantic. Check-in times vary.

3. Jet2 in the UK

Jet2 operates a twilight check-in service from 3 pm to 8 pm the night before. The service is available seven days a week at Birmingham, Edinburgh, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, London Stansted and Manchester airports. You can read their three-step guide here.

4. Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris

Air France, KLM and HOP! Airlines offer a twilight check-in service at Terminal 2F in check-in area 3 between 3:30 pm and 7 pm the night before your flight.

5. Aer Lingus and Ryanair in Ireland

Aer Lingus offers an “evening before” check-in facility at Dublin Airport between 5 pm and 8 pm if your flight leaves between 6 am and 8 am the next day, and at Cork Airport between 4 pm and 7:30 pm if your flight leaves between 6 am and 8 am the next day.

Ryanair offers a similar night-before service at Dublin Airport after 8 pm the day before you fly.

6. Frankfurt Airport in Germany

Frankfurt Airport operates the night-before check-in for Air France, Austrian Airlines, Condor, Croatia Airlines, Egypt Air, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, and SWISS.

7. Condor and Thomas Cook in Germany

Condor and Thomas Cook operate a late night check-in the day before between 6 pm and 8 pm at several airports throughout Germany, including Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Hamburg, Hanover, Leipzig and Stuttgart. Berlin also offers the service from Condor too.

8. Lufthansa in Germany

At airports in Berlin, Bremen, Cologne, Dresden, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Hof, Leipzig, Munich, Munster, Nuremberg, Paderborn and Stuttgart, Lufthansa will check your bag in for you the night before.

9. Zurich and Geneva airports in Switzerland

At Zurich Airport, a few airlines allow you to check in your bags the night before. These include Air France, Austrian Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Edelweiss, Helvetic Airways, KLM, Lufthansa and SWISS.

SWISS and Edelweiss operate the service at Geneva Airport too.

On the morning of your flight wouldn’t it be nice to drift gently through security with no bags, lines or check-in problems to worry about? It’s about as close as you can get to the most stress-free airport experience without paying for Business Class.

Have you tried using a twilight check-in service? Know about another one we haven’t listed here? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!

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Cristina Alcivar

Founder and Editor of Vane Airport Magazine. Passionate about everything well-being, love travel, the ocean and the sun.

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