You know me and my love for trying different airlines. This time I went with the Spanish low-budget option Vueling. I went from London Gatwick to Barcelona which is just under two hours. Here are photos, opinions and an abundance of yellow.
The booking process was hunkydory (do people still say that?). I used Google Flights to find out they were the cheapest and then went on their site to pay. The instructions and user interface are simple and figuring everything out was a breeze. As it was a short flight I just took a carry-on but if you have a checked bag you would pay a small fee. At check-in I was given a window seat but if you want you can choose your seat in advance for another small fee (might be worth it if you’re in a group). The flight itself was gorgeous and the view was incredible. The yellow of the wing against the perfect blue sky was so beautiful and I took way too many photos. You’ll see a video of the shot below in my Let’s go video coming next week!
I was on the usual Airbus 320 but for some reason the legroom felt tighter and more claustrophobic. I’m putting it down to the fact I was sat next to a larger person and therefore they intruded on my area a little but maybe they’ve actually placed the seats a little tighter? The chairs are grey pleather with alternating coloured head rest covers.
No seatback entertainment but they do try to keep you busy! In their on board magazine some pages are interactive like the one below. It’s of a blank phone and instructs you to doodle or finish the drawing a previous passenger has done. There are also other pages for writing stories and doing puzzles. Food wise no free service but you can purchase the usual drinks, sandwiches, snacks etc. (there are some Spanish options thrown in there).
The Vueling atmosphere was pretty happy and the air stewards were friendly and helpful. There isn’t much ‘branding’ apart from the headrest covers. It’s a shame as their print work is really great (the magazine and safety card) and I’m sure they could flush out something stunning.
For a cheap flight look no further as they’re a similar service to EasyJet or WOW air. They are part of Oneworld but to use their miles with a partner you have to pay a little extra – cheeky. I think most of their flights are short haul and therefore the lack of entertainment/food service is understandable with the price. I probably won’t fly with them again but that isn’t due to a bad experience. They’re just very similar to other airlines that instead I could get miles/benefits with and I’m not based in Spain so can’t take full advantage of all their destinations. If you’re heading to Spain or are based there definitely check them out and my Barcelona posts will be coming up soon!