Greetings to all from the U.S.A – After 17 days around Spain, I am now back home for a short time. I am happy to be back and being able to update the site with some fresh and exciting content from my trips. One thing I wasn’t happy about is that I wasn’t able to blog as much as I wanted to throughout the trip. One of the main reasons why was the poor Wifi connection in the room and of course – I was out all day exploring and touring around Spain. My first destination out of the US was Barcelona in which I flew with American Airlines. Once in Barcelona, I used an intra Europe carrier known as Vueling, it was my first time flying them and I didn’t know what to expect – but regardless I was excited to try something new and see what they are about. On Today’s blog post, I will share with you all my experience flying them and overall thoughts throughout my trips taken with them although the flights were extremely short.
My Flights with Vueling were as follow.
- BCN – IBZ
- IBZ – BCN.
- BCN – GRX
- GRX – BCN
My ride to Granada & Ibiza – A Vueling A320 Airbus.
Once I arrived to the airport – I noticed the long lines at the Vueling terminal as people were checking in and getting their boarding passes while also checking their bags which cost 35 Euros. To avoid you all massive wait time, I recommend using their iPhone mobile app and claim your boarding pass through it, it is much better and of course – no need to wait in line. Also, Vueling has the “Carry on” check policy but it’s not mandatory – if you are a frequent flyer and have been on the Airbus A320 before and your carry on bag fits, avoid doing the carry on check because it will not fit (it was super small). Once you have your boarding pass, you can proceed to security – simply show the officer your boarding pass and passport (a must have), you will then be clear into security screening. It has been a while since I’ve had to remove my laptop, belt, watch and other accessories because TSA Pre-Check or FastTrack is nowhere to be found here (as expected). Nonetheless, the process went smooth and I cleared in matters of minutes.
My Boarding pass via iPhone.
Once you have cleared security – you can just relax at the airport because the departure gate is not announced until at least 40 minutes until departure, traveling around Europe can be exhausting because if you are far from the gate – you will need to run to catch the flight but if you are in a small hub like IBZ or GRX you will be just fine. Not too many gates and everything is close by. Keep an eye on the airport monitors often and also if any gate changes happen they will be announced by the airport. Vueling has a codeshare with Iberia so you will see two different flight #’s, Iberia and Vueling so don’t get confused if you see that.
GRX – BCN
Once the departure gate is announced you can make your way to the gate and start lining up to board the aircraft. Vueling has two policies prior to boarding such as: Priority Boarding and adults flying with kids board first, once those passengers have boarded the aircraft the boarding process continues on passengers seating from row 15 to row 30 and then rest of the passengers are allowed to board. In my opinion, the boarding process was extremely fast and organized and I truly appreciate that and most of all, we started boarding ahead of schedule which is always a good thing. Once on board you will be greeted by the kind Flight attendants and cabin crew, they were all very attentive, friendly and helpful so don’t hesitate to ask for help if needed, they will be right there for you.
The A320 Air Bus cabin features a 3 and 3 configuration with 180 simple economy seats, for those wanting better seats with more leg room you will have to pay a little extra for those. The pitch of the seat is 30 and the width 17.0. The food service goes as follow: Sandwiches, chips, as well as various other snacks in addition to beer and other beverages are availble for purchase onboard. Seats in row 12 and 14 are the XL seats and exit rows which features more leg room and the DUO seats right in front of the aircraft features more leg room as well with a blocked middle seat.
Cabin Overview and seats.
Carry on space on the A320 & Overhead bins.
- First thing first, I loved flying Vueling because everything went flawless. All of my flights were on time and we landed on time. The boarding process goes smooth and everything is well organized.
- The cabin crew were all very friendly and attentive which I always appreciate. Having a good crew will always determine how the inflight service will go.
- Due that the flights were so short, they don’t go around to serve drinks but if you would like something to drink – you can simply press the FA button and your drink will be delivered to your seat.
- The pilots were great on letting us know the flight time, flight route and estimated time of arrival plus they were also very friendly as well.
- The seats in Vueling were comfortable, I haven’t flown economy in a long time and to be honest – I was comfortable.
- The aircraft doesn’t feature Wifi which is to be expected on intra carriers with short flights but you can keep your phone on airplane mode with no problems.
- Right after take off, the flight attendants will make an announcement to stay in your seat (which is obviously a must). But they do it anyway and that was a first to me getting an announcement literally seconds after take off.
- If you don’t need to check a bag, avoid doing so. I find the price for checking a bag expensive so simply travel with your carry on and make sure it fits – that will help you avoid the paying fee.
Final approach into Granada:
If you are anywhere in Europe and wanting to fly between Europe at a low cost, I highly recommend flying with Vueling which will now be one my main airline to fly at a low cost incase I cannot find a good rate from the OneWorld partners. The service is different from any other carrier I have flown in the past, but I didn’t find it bad – I would like to fly fueling on a route that its at least 2 hours long to see how their service compares to a very short flight to the ones I took.
You can book your flights via: www.Vueling.com & see their recent specials on flights.