Jet 2 are my preferred carriers. Check in at the UK airport is always painless, and the seats usually have more room, without paying extra, than the competition.
On the way home, those hotels offering resort check in are a brilliant idea. The morning of departure, you surrender your luggage at the hotel. The next time you see it is back at your home airport. No guarding you stuff until the bus arrives, queuing up to get your bags on the bus, off the bus and into the queue for check in, nudging your kit along with your foot. Just take your hand luggage and stroll.
The hotels are good too.