Flying With Germanwings

Germanwings was founded in 1997 as the low-cost carrier of the larger Lufthansa group. However, as of 2016 this subsidiary merged with Eurowings, which has travel hubs in Cologne (CGN), Dusseldorf (DUS), Hamburg (HAM) in Germany and Vienna (VIE) in Austria. Germanwings has now ceased operations, and there will no longer be flights operating under this branding.

For more information, on the Eurowings fleet, check in details, baggage allowances, and in flight services, please see our Eurowings Airline page here.

Why Fly With Germanwings

Ways To Check-In

Complete your check-in online in a few simple steps, either on your web browser or the new Germanwings smartphone application. Key in your confirmation or e-ticket number together with your last name to receive your electronic boarding pass via email or SMS. Print out your electronic boarding passes from home or screen your boarding passes off your smart mobiles at the gate. You can check-in online via the internet or the mobile application from 72 hours to three hours before scheduled departure. Mobile and web check-in services are available to passengers on all flights except for flights to Algiers, Tel Aviv, Turkey, Moscow, Pristina, Sarajevo, St. Petersburg, Olbia (Sardinia), Nador and Tunis. If you are departing from Berlin, Cologne/Bonn, Hanover, Hamburg, Nuremberg, Dresden, Munich and Stuttgart airports, you can save time by checking in via the automated check-in machines. For all other passengers, you may approach the airport check-in counters to verify your travel documents and hand over your luggage. Counters generally open two hours before departure. It is recommended for passengers to be at the check-in desk at least 90 minutes before flight time.

Baggage Allowances & Fees

With Germanwings, passengers are only allowed one piece of hand-carry baggage. The hand-carry can weigh a maximum of eight kilograms with maximum dimensions of 55 x 40 x 20 cm. It must be stowed under the seat or stored in the overhead compartment. Germanwings levies a charge on all check-in baggage except for BEST fare and SMART fare customers, who are entitled to free check-in of one luggage with a maximum weight of 23 kilograms. You can register for baggage allowance during or after booking your flight via the website or the mobile application. It is strongly recommended that you reserve your baggage space online instead of purchasing it over the airport counters as it costs considerably more. Do note that charges are applied per piece per way and each additional piece of luggage costs more than the previous. If you are traveling with any sporting gear, do check with the Germanwings’ website for relevant charges as they differ depending on the type of equipment you are checking in.


Germanwings seats are in all-economy layout. Aboard their Airbus A319/A320, the seats are arranged in a 3-3 configuration and each seat is approximately 18 inches wide with a seat pitch of 29 or 32 inches, depending on specific aircrafts. Their Bombardier CRJ-900, a smaller aircraft, has seats in 2-2 arrangements and each seat is 17.5 inches wide with a pitch of 30 inches. If you prefer to have more legroom, you can opt for SMART fare and BEST fare. In addition to baggage allowance and complimentary inflight refreshments, SMART and BEST fare comes with preferential seating that boasts more legroom. BEST fare even offers you an additional adjacent seat for free. If you wish to purchase the standard BASIC fare, you can still select preferred seats with more legroom at a small fee. General seat selections outside of preferred seat zones are available free of charge- you can reserve them when checking in online or using a check-in kiosk at the airport. You can also make a request at the check-in desk.

In-Flight Services

Passengers can purchase freshly prepared meals, snacks and beverages at affordable rates. Payment for these items can be made using cash or credit card. For BEST fare and SMART fare passengers, refreshments are complimentary. Germanwings inflight menu, Skybistro, includes savory sandwiches, salads, rhubarb compote, waffles, muffins and much more. To keep you entertained, Germanwings publishes a new edition of their inflight magazine six times a year, in both German and English. The magazine, available in your front seat pocket, contains a mixture of travel, leisure and business articles.

Booking Fees/Payment Methods

Germanwings accepts payment via credit cards, PayPal and cash. The applicable credit cards are VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, AirPlus, and the Germanwings credit card. Your card must be activated for payment by telephone or over the Internet. Cash payment is available only for bookings made in person at a Germanwings desk. Do be mindful that German Wings levies a surcharge on payment via credit card and Paypal.

Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.