For 477. you will be happy with the levels of service you paid for, and I'm not joking.
normal, boring long flight on a A319. Don't expect anything but a free drink. However, your baggage allowance will be free, so that's good.
: I hope you'll be impressed with the NW
Worldgateway. It's pretty big, and likely you'll get parked at one of the gates at the end of the terminal. Try to take the train the runs above you. Your FRA
flight will leave from the middle of the concourse, and remember "Detroit is in the Eastern Time Zone." DTW
has a lot to offer in terms of food and places to go. If you're into cars, go to the GM
store and there is also something to do with Henry Ford. There is also a decent duty free shop if you're into that. There is something for everyone to eat, Sushi, McD's, Chilis, Coffee, etc.
: probably the best experience you'll have flying on board a US airline. The planes are well taken care of, and there is AVOD in every seat. I'd ask for seat 10H or J (the exit seats upon check-in) because you have the most foot room, and you can talk to the FA
. They're really nice if you start talking to them, but don't bother them unless they're busy. Not the youngest FA
's you'll see in your life either though. The trip is about 8 hours. You land in FRA
pretty early, into Terminal 2, the newer one.
: The airport is super clean and quiet. No announcements are made on the intercom. It's got lots of steel, granite floors and glass. Follow the hallways down the stairs to passport control. It usually goes quickly, but they could be short-staffed, at which point EU citizens will have the advantage. Waiting in line is a good indicator of how many Europeans fly on board with you.
Once through, you'll go to baggage claim. You'll be the only ones there. Again very quiet, no noises. Watched the baggage carousel, because when the baggage is off-loaded the belt will not dump the baggage onto the carousel until there is a free spot. VERY GERMAN and over-engineered. Once you've picked up your baggage, you can go through customs (usually without any problems) into the main arrivals hall. Go straight for the taxis, but follow the signs for the "fernbahnhof" (long-distance trains) if you're trying to go someplace far, and to the bahnhof if you taking the S-bahn into Frankfurt.
I hope this helps.
BTW, do not be late for the flight leaving FRA
, and be in the departure zone for the flight early, as they usually leave early. I remember being pages while trying to get my tax free up to 45 minutes before departure, because the plane was already fully boarded.