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Transiting in FRA
Hey guys, I usually travel from MUC-MAD a few times per year for holidays, however after many years of traveling LH Y, I figured I could try something new and go up to FRA and fly LAN’s 787 to MAD. I have read Lucky’s trip report, and although 2hrs and a half is a very short time to experience the true J experience, I think nonetheless it would be worth the extra time (and money). Fares seem to be reasonably well priced $235 in LAN J in comparison to the $110 I’d pay from MUC on coach. I would also pay a rt flight from MUC-FRA (most likely LH), which would add another $115.
Here is my issue: My mom does not really fancy the idea of me transiting by myself on FRA, as she dislikes the fact of me ‘being alone’ (despite flying yearly by myself). In a addition, she is also afraid there are delays which would cause me to miss my connecting flights. Apparently both (LH and LA) seem to operate @ T1. What would you say that a comfortable (not too long, nor too short) transit time would be in FRA? And based on this, what kind of argument/s could I use to convince her that I will be fine?
P.S. Sorry for the lengthy question
You didn’t mention your age so it’s hard to provide useful information that might be comforting to your Mother. That said, early morning flights normally have lower missed-connection risk and three hours is not too long not too short, provided you are not flying peak seasons or in potential bad weather.
At18 I flew to Europe alone and backpacked through 8 countries for 10 weeks prior to my freshman year in College. My mother was not happy before the trip but very proud of me after my return. Good luck!
Thanks [USER=1566]@Gia[/USER] 🙂
I am 17 years old. By looking at the flight times it seems to be a relatively late flight (Departs FRA @7:30 pm, arrives @5:50 pm). I would also be flying most likely during peak season (Late June until Mid August), thus I’d say that weather wouldn’t be too much of an issue. I also encountered another problem, as she was pointing out that the checked luggage would be an issue to since I would have to collect and check them in FRA. Is there a way I could just check my baggage in MUC straight to MAD without having to pick/check these in FRA?
Edit: I just travel with one checked bag
Roberto, it would depend on if the airlines (LH and LAN in this case) have what is known as an interline agreement. Even then however, sometimes YMMV at the check in counter so no guarantees you can check through. If you were doing this I would strongly recommend just traveling with a carry on. Good luck!
Have you considered the train from MUC to FRA airport? It’s about 3.5 hours and you would have no issues with missing connections as the trains are very reliable.
Thanks [USER=79]@Gaurav[/USER] I will take your advice of trying to fly w/o checked baggage.
[USER=1566]@Gia[/USER] , I briefly took that option into consideration, but I kind of left it aside. I will certainly look into it more further.