Ive just booked for next year Seems I can check in on line 24 hours before or go the evening before and drop our bags. Either are possible as we will stay with my in laws who live about 30 mins away. Though it would be a long journey,2 1/2 hours to Gatwick from the Midlands then to the in laws or 2 hours direct to the in laws. Just wondered how early we would then have to get to the airport for our flight, presume its not still 3 hours before or whats the point ? Thanks.