Since Lufthansa has started pushing many of their short-haul flights over to the germanwings subsidiary I figured it was time for me to try the product out and my recent trip to Hamburg gave me the opportunity to do so. Partly because I wanted the new line, partly for the new carrier and partly because I figured there was a better chance of the upgrade clearing I booked my return flight as Hamburg-Stuttgart-Newark. The upgrade cleared a few days out for the longer segment but I knew there was no chance of that on the short hop. Mostly because germanwings doesn’t offer business class, but also because my upgrade instrument wouldn’t cover that even if it was available. And so I few in coach. It actually wasn’t all that bad.
The Hamburg airport is easy to get to on public transit from town which was nice. Finding the check-in counter was a bit more challenging and a bit of a schlep but I got there eventually. And the agent was polite enough in checking my bag through to the United connection. No priority tags as they’re not a Star Alliance member but that worked out OK at Newark anyways. And the agent was willing to move me to a window seat which ended up having an empty middle next to it. No complaints there, really. No priority screening at security either, but the lines moved well and I didn’t have anywhere really to go; I wasn’t going to be in the Lufthansa Senator Lounge for this flight (again, not a Star Alliance member).
I did duck in to the Airport Lounge (yes, that’s really the name) thanks to Priority Pass and it was fine. Nice views and some snacks but that visit was mostly just about getting some photos to add to the Lounge Guide site. Other than that I spent my time out in the terminal, awaiting the slightly delayed inbound and our similarly slightly delayed departure.
Once on board I walked past the “Best” seats (their version of premium seating) and back to my seat well behind the wing. I chose to go further back to get my window option and I’m completely OK with that decision. The seats are Recaro slimlines, just like the NEK product on Lufthansa. I’m not a huge fan but they are wide, there was knee room and I slept half the flight so it couldn’t have been that bad. Or I really was that tired (a bit of both, honestly).
Food & Drinks
Essentially everything in the cabin is buy-on-board so be ready to pay for most snacks, drinks or anything else. The food choices for sale looked decent enough and that had me slightly optimistic. See, I was on a relatively higher fare class which meant I I received a complimentary snack during the flight. And the flight attendant had my seat marked as such on her checklist as she came down the aisle.
Alas, I was given two specific choices, not any snack in the menu. And, while it was cute in the little bag, the snack is not something I’d likely want to eat again.
There is no in-flight entertainment unless you count staring at the ad in the seat back in front of you. For this particular flight I filled my time reading and sleeping, like I do on most trips. I looked out the window a lot, too.
And then, some nap-time later, we landed in Stuttgart. It was a hard stand which I very much enjoy in good weather as it means different views of the plane. For this trip that included using the rear door to leave. I’m generally a fan of such; it makes for fun photos.
In the end it was fine. I certainly won’t go out of my way to fly on germanwings but they still provide connectivity for many cities on award trips which otherwise might not happen so that’s a benefit. And it was worth the connection for me this time to be able to get the upgrade on the way home.
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