A few weeks ago I wanted to book a flight from Frankfurt to Vienna. I naturally surfed the internet to find cheap fares on LH and OS. I have never flown OS before so that was my first choice. OS had special internet fares at 198 euros with Etix ticket. The problem was that I don't have a credit card nor a Miles&More card. My friend wanted to pay for me with his credit card but he couldn't. You need either a credit card or a Miles&More card to get your ticket at the airport. I thought though that it would have been possible to get the ticket at FRA counter if you didn't have those cards. It was impossible. Then I tried to get the cheapest fares for those flights. They were then between 450 and 600 euros if I purchased them via phone, travel agent or at LH/OS desk in FRA. It was uncredibly high fares for Economy class tickets!!! How can they charge as much for a merely 1h30 flight. OS even charges for food on those flights. A no frill flight should not exceed 100 euros for such a hop. I decided then to check train fares. The lowest one cost 219 euros with 9 hours journey time. I was desperate. That would have cost me 2 nights less in Vienna.
Then I got this super reflex to call Adria Airways. I knew they operate 3 flights a day between FRA and VIE. A nice lady answered and told me all fares on this route in Economy cost 232 euros. Furthermore, another person could pay for me with his credit card and I could collect the ticket just 4 hours before the flight.
We finally bought this paper ticket. I got onboard a tidy and nice CRJ200. I had a tasty sandwich, a chocolate and two drinks. The flight lasted 1 hour instead of 1h30.
So whenever you think of flying FRA-VIE or MUC-VIE try Adria Airways. They offer cheaper fares, nice catering, tidy aircraft and you get Miles&More points for those flights. It is better that OS and LH and their astronomic fares...