17 Responses

  1. bo
    bo at |

    If you had a same day J ticket out of STR on UA why would you not be able to visit the LH lounge at Hamburg airport? I’m under the impression that same day *A tkt + Gold will get you into a *A lounge anywhere in the world as long as you manage to get to it?

  2. James K.
    James K. at |

    First of all, thanks for the review. I think I shall fly the airline several times next year and I appreciate the writing.

    Secondly, this is a dumb question, but for flight log purposes, would you count Germanwings as a separate airline or Lufthansa? I count flights on things like Delta Connection and American Eagle as Delta and America, respectively, but they’re marketed as being Delta flight 4858 or what have you. Is Germanwings the same, or should they be considered their own airline?

  3. Grant
    Grant at |

    I flew German Wings LHR-HAM and I got the same snack as you, actually I think everyone got a snack. The sandwich was a bit iffy, but the German passengers liked it. The Airport Lounge was ok, they don’t get many Lounge Club guests (Chase Ink freebie) but it all worked out. I thought the seats were pretty good, planes seemed pretty new.

  4. jim
    jim at |

    thanks for the review. So I am guessing no extra luggage? Would be hard if you are connecting to international flight with 2 luggages…

  5. Phudnik
    Phudnik at |

    I flew germanwings for the first time on the same day and my experience was entirely consistent with yours.

    A couple of things that are worth mentioning:
    (1) A SMART fare, which you must have been on if you were given the free “snack,” would have allowed you to sit in rows 4-10 (I think) which offer a bit more legroom.

    (2) UA status does not count for much with 4U, but (assuming one has a UA *G card) 4U offers access to priority check-in (the BEST line).

    (3) 4U’s baggage rules are more restrictive than LH’s: in addition to the 8 kg maximum for hand baggage, they allow only one item of hand baggage regardless of fare. LH allows two items in C.

    It will be interesting to see whether LH fares are valid on 4U. In the past, I have often flown on several-segment LH tickets that include sectors now flown by germanwings (e.g., CDG-TXL or HAM-MAN). If they are not included, that would make such tickets more expensive, even though 4U’s fares are much lower on a per-segment basis than LH’s are.

  6. turgutebey
    turgutebey at |

    what’s the best way to search award space? does it come up on UA’s search engine?

  7. LarryInNYC
    LarryInNYC at |

    In my family we call that bread “fingernail bread”. It’s not an insult, either.

  8. LauraPDX
    LauraPDX at |

    We just booked a ow flight VIE-BER on their cheapo fare (non-BEST) and had to pay extra for our carry-on suitcases as I know they will weigh more than 8KG (for our 2 weeks in Europe). It does look as though you can credit the miles to LH, but no one else. From the commenters above, it sounds as though my *G card should get us priority checkin, but not much else? Also have the Lounge card, so if we end up having time to kill in VIE will check out their lounges.

  9. Drew
    Drew at |

    Seth thanks for your review of Germanwings! I’m actually taking my first flight on them this weekend to MXP from DUS. They have a feature called ‘Blind Bookings’ which is exactly as it sounds — you don’t know where you are going until you pay. For €75 I’m game in that decision and it is still a mileage earning ticket which you can bank to Lufthansa’s Miles & More. Anyways, I’m excited to see how this blind booking works out.