First Time Flying Vueling
It’s been a hot minute since the last time I posted a blog post and today, I am sharing with you our experience flying first time with Vueling - from booking flights, take off, landing and back. This blog post is the first post of a series that will cover our laid back vacation in Barcelona, Spain.
Before I even begin telling you about our flight, I just want to preface by saying that Barcelona, Spain is my all-time favorite city in the entire world. I’ve been to quite a few places, but nothing beats my time every time I visit good ‘ol Barcelona *insert Ed Sheeran, Barcelona song here*, so if you feel like I’m a little biased, well, because I am lol.
If you’re new here, I want to give you a little bit of background by letting you know that we are currently living in Europe and some of the cheapest airlines we can fly with are Ryanair, easyJet, Volotea, Vueling, etc.
Now, I’ve heard so much about Ryanair and easyJet, but never Vueling. So, when I looked into flights to Barcelona, I found that Vueling was actually very reasonable and I was able to find a roundtrip (RT) flight for 2 people. But, you’re probably wondering why I didn’t just book with Ryanair or easyJet as it is some of the more popular options and here are a few reasons:
As mentioned, no one has personally recommended Vueling to me and I wanted to see what it’s all about.
After research, I found the Vueling has only been operating for 15 years and is a Spanish airline. So why not book a flight to Spain on a Spanish Airline, right?
Prices were actually very reasonable, especially for an RT flight for two.
Carry-on dimensions were more forgiving compared to other airlines.
I wanted an airline that was upfront with no hidden fees.
When I booked our flight, it was as easy as one, two and three. I paid for them, nothing more. Then, I made a mistake.
I DID NOT READ THE FINE PRINT ABOVE THE TOTAL AMOUNT THAT SAYS, “FARE CONDITIONS”.
And that’s when I was surprised by an extra charge by the time I was confirming my booked and paid flight 7 days prior to departure. Turns out, if I read the fine print that was actually very straightforward, I would have not been surprised about having to pay to save our seats before the flight.
But onto the seat charges. The seats were actually very reasonably priced. The cost range from €4 to €28 per person for each flight. So yes, you read that correctly -- you have to pay for your seats per person TO and FROM.
I wanted to save as much as I can, so I actually picked the €4 seats which is located towards the back of the plane. While some may think the back of the plane sucks, it usually doesn’t, especially in Europe when a lot of times the plane does not go all the way to the gate. When a plane does not arrive at a gate, both front and back doors are usually opened!
After living in Europe for just a little over a year, we are more understanding about the way Italy operates. I can’t say that all of Italy operates like this, but our flight was over 1 hour and 30 minutes late of departure. While my patience was running low because I can only sit for so long, it’s just how it is.
The flight TO Barcelona had a lot of turbulence. My husband is not fond of flying, but I thought the pilot did a great job dealing with the turbulence. Often times when there’s turbulence, the plane ascends or descends randomly to avoid the clouds that are causing turbulence. However, I felt like our pilot knew what he was doing. It just felt like the plane was doing a hula dance, shaking left and right at a fairly good tempo (sorry, I don’t know how else to explain it lol).
The flight FROM Barcelona was fairly smooth. The flight took off and landed when it was supposed to. Usually flying into Venice can be a little bit “bumpy”, but I thought it was not at all.
WOULD WE FLY VUELING AGAIN?
100% yes. I even asked the husband (who I mentioned isn’t the biggest fan of flying) and he had nothing negative to say about the airline. But before I end this blog post, I just want to share a few tips to make your flight a little less stressful.
Don’t pick a seat near the toilet.
When you’re trying to nap and you’re uncomfortable with your head on the seat, put the tray table down and lay your head on it.
Unlike the States, snacks and drinks (including water) will cost you on a flight. Make sure to bring some euros.
If you have any more questions about our experience with Vueling, please do not hesitate to reach out!