Germanwings is Germany’s low cost airline, and has been owned by Lufthansa since 2009. They offer three economy tiers so that passengers can customise their flight experience, a service which they refer to as ‘a la carte flying.’ The fares start with Basic, which is a no-frills service, and range up to Best which includes premium services such as free hold baggage and snacks. Germanwings flies to over 100 destinations throughout Europe and North Africa, and also handle Lufthansa’s domestic service within Germany.
How to Check In
Germanwings allows online check-in between 72 and 3 hours before the flight is scheduled to depart. Travellers flying from a German airport can check-in half an hour before departure. You can also check-in via the Germanwings mobile app. If you have an iPhone this syncs with your Passbook app, meaning that you can access your boarding card offline. The pass will also appear on your phone’s home screen one hour before boarding. Handy!
Baggage Allowance and Fees
If you’re travelling on the cheap BASIC fare there is no baggage allowance, however you can bring one bag weighing up to 23kg for €15 and a second item for €75. Passengers flying on the SMART (some frills) fare can bring one bag weighing up to 23kg, and purchase a second back for €75. If you opt for the luxurious BEST fare, you can bring two bags weighing up to 23kg: and also have a reserved space in the overhead locker for hand luggage.
Seating – Leg Room, Choosing Seats
There’s a fairly standard amount of legroom on Germanwings flights, with seat pitch measuring between 29” and 32”. SMART and BEST passengers can reserve a seat free of charge, while BASIC passengers will have to pay a fee to select their own seat. Standard seats can be booked for €10, while extra legroom cost €18: and include a free snack and drink.
There’s a surcharge of €9.90 for credit card or Paypal bookings.
Meals, Snacks, Drinks
Snacks and drinks are available on board, with regional products on offer and a menu that changes each month. BEST passengers can have whatever they want from the menu for free, while SMART passengers are given a free snack, some water, a bar of chocolate, and a drink. BASIC passengers can purchase food and drink from the SkyBistro menu.
Germanwings is very punctual, with flights arriving and departing as scheduled 89.91% of the time.
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