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Eurowings Review [2022]: The best low cost European airline?

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September 22, 2022
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Have you heard of Eurowings, the new branch of Lufthansa Airlines? This new airline focus on cheap flights, mostly within Europe. But you know cheap flights don’t always translate into a good experience, so use this Eurowings review to make sure you're not going to waste your money!

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Hearing “cheap flights” makes my heart flutter. But I’ve used enough low cost airlines to know that they are either a really good way to save money or an easy way to have a horrible travel experience!

Eurowings is a budget airline, similar to Sunwing Airlines, Vueling Airlines, and Spirit Airlines. Budget airlines can be a great option for avid travelers who want to get the most value for their money, but they are usually a hit or miss.

So to help you decide, I've listed the pros and cons of taking Eurowings flights. Learn more about Eurowings and figure out whether it's worth considering when you want to plan your next European adventure! 

Eurowings Airlines Logo
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia

What is Eurowings?

As mentioned above, Eurowings is a low-cost airline that is a part of the Lufthansa Group. They fly to over 100 destinations in more than 50 countries. The airline was founded in 1996 and rebranded in 2015 to focus on low-cost short and long-haul flights.

While Eurowings is a low-cost carrier, you only pay the lowest prices if you book the basic fares with no extras. Extras include the option to cancel, seats, and bags. If you want any of these, it may cost you a lot more than originally planned.

Where does Eurowings fly?

A majority of Eurowings flights are within Europe, specifically Germany. They also fly to select tourist destinations in the rest of the world like the Caribbean and Turkey.

Here’s the current list of Eurowings’ destination countries:

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Kosovo
  • Lebanon
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom

Remember to confirm any changes to these destinations by checking their website closer to your travel date.

Eurowings Flight Map
Image Courtesy of Eurowings

How and Where to Book a Eurowings Flight

The easiest way to book a flight with Eurowings is on their website!

Once you're on their website, you just need to input where you are flying to and from, when you want to fly, and how many tickets you need. Then, all the available flights and fares will show up and you can book your flight!

You can also search for Eurowings flights using a search engine like Google Flights or Skyscanner. These are good options if you want to compare the times and prices of Eurowings flights to other airlines.

If you choose a Eurowings flight from one of these websites, they will take you directly to the Eurowings website to complete your booking.

Eurowings Check-In

Checking in for a Eurowings flight is easy, and there are a few ways you can do it for free, even with the BASIC fare. You can check in from your computer on the Eurowings site and all you need is your booking number!

You can also use your phone and check in through your browser or the Eurowings app, which you can download on the App Store or Google Play. With the Eurowings app, you can easily access your boarding pass, or you can have it texted or emailed to you. Whatever you prefer!

The final option is to use a self-service check-in machine at any of the following airports:

  • Cologne/Bonn
  • Dresden
  • Düsseldorf
  • Hamburg
  • Hanover
  • Nuremberg
  • London Heathrow
  • Stuttgart
  • Vienna

They might charge you if you try to check in at the airport at the counter. So, plan ahead and check in before you arrive. Otherwise, you have to spend your money on airport check-in instead of a yummy airport snack!

Eurowings Airlines Airplane flying in the clouds
Image Courtesy of Eurowings

Eurowings Baggage

Eurowings has three different types of bags that they allow you to bring on a flight.

  • Small hand baggage: 40 x 30 x 25 cm (everyone gets one regardless of the ticket you book)
  • Large hand baggage: 55 x 40 x 23 cm, max. 8 kg
  • Checked bag: Up to 12 kg

Not all tickets automatically allow you to bring all types of baggage, so make sure you check what kind of ticket you booked.

Eurowings' BASIC fare allows you to bring a small cabin bag only unless you pay extra for an upgrade. You can add a small bag up to 12 kg for as little as US$14 or a larger bag up to 23 kg for as little as US$20.

SMART fares allow you to bring one of each of the three bags with the price already included in your fare. Or, you can book a BIZclass fare and bring two large cabin bags and two checked bags with you, already included in the ticket price.

So, if you overpack like me, you want to book a SMART or BIZclass fare to get more bags!

Pro tip: Always plan to purchase baggage beforehand, as it gets more expensive if you want to buy later. Needing to buy luggage at the check-in counter can really add unexpected dollars to your trip.

Eurowings Airplanes at European Airport
Image Courtesy of Eurowings

Eurowings Seats

I’m a window seat girl, and I know you probably have a preference for where you sit on planes too. 

The SMART and BIZclass fares let you choose your seat on your Eurowings flights. If you have a long flight or want an aisle seat so you can get up as much as you want, these fare types are your best option.

You cannot choose your seat with a BASIC fare unless you are willing to pay an extra fee. The fee depends on the flight and what type of seat you want. The window, aisle, and extra legroom seats all cost the most. 

Unless you are comfortable with sitting between two people for a few hours, you will have to upgrade to a higher fare or pay for your seat. Otherwise, fingers crossed that you get lucky and don’t end up with a middle seat.

If you are assigned a bad seat at check-in, you can pay more to upgrade your seat if there are any available.

The extra fee for choosing a seat is one of the ways they get you to spend more money with them or upgrade to a higher fare. It’s annoying that Eurowings do this, but it’s how many low-cost carriers make their money.

Customers around Eurowings airplanes
Image Courtesy of Eurowings

How to Cancel a Eurowings Flight

If you cannot make your flight or decide not to fly with Eurowings for any other reason, you can cancel your flight.

The easiest way to cancel a Eurowings flight is by logging into your online account or in their mobile app. You can also call the airline directly, and they will help you cancel or change your flight.

However, the amount of money you get refunded from your cancellation depends on the flight you booked.

You can only get the airport taxes and fees refunded with BASIC flights. Or, you can change your flight and just pay the difference in fare, if there is one. With SMART and BIZClass fares, you can add the Flex Premium option. This option allows you to cancel with no fees.

While this is another thing you have to pay for, it is worth it if your plans are not set, and you might want your money back if you don’t fly.

Is Eurowings worth it?

Eurowings offers a lot of cheap flights in Europe, but the prices may not be as low as you expect. If you want to choose your seat or bring more than a small bag, you have to pay much more than the advertised low fare.

After adding in all the extra costs, you might be better off booking with a more reputable airline!

But, if you are a light traveler or just want a quick weekend getaway between two European cities, Eurowings is worth it. You can fly without all the bells and whistles for cheap with the BASIC fare, which allows you to bring a small bag. So for budget-travelers, Eurowings is a popular option.

Our Rating: 3/5

Eurowings works if you just want to take a short trip within Europe, short enough to just need a small bag. Otherwise, you will spend more than you expect, and it will not be worth it to fly on a low-budget airline.

Pros:

  • Many direct flights, especially from Germany
  • Cheap fares if you travel light

Cons:

  • Cheapest fares only include a small bag
  • Extra costs add up
  • No seat selection for BASIC fares

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Originally published on:  
September 22, 2022

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