I know what you mean about ryan air, I have just booked flight with them, but why don't they just tell you how much it is going to cost up front rather than all this fannying around. It just feels like they are looking out for further opportunities to fleece you out of money. I blame it on their CEO , he looks and sounds shifty not like Stelios who seems cuddly and approachable ( is probably also shark too)
If you're away for a certain time ( I think it might be 14 days or more) you can't yet print return boarding pass. You'd need to do it during holiday.
I'm revising my views on Ryanair. It is a pain to do the fiddly booking, but they often end up cheaper, they have an excellent record for punctuality and you have to hand it to the CEO for keeping his eye on the ball, particularly during a recession.
For booking made from May onwards EVERYONE has to check in online and print boarding cards...if no they will charge you £40 per person at the airport so please read conditions on website carefully to avoid being strung. I fly with ryanair 4/5 times a year, and stick to their guidlines and you are fine. Don't and they will charge huge penalties.