Flying cheap 'from Antwerp' by KLM
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Oct 12, 2013 10:41 AM Last Post By: wilco3
Oct 11, 2013 10:28 AM
Flying cheap 'from Antwerp' by KLMThough KLM is flying from Schiphol Amsterdam they've often special offers for travellers who start in Antwerp. You have to show your trainticket for a significant discount.
I often find these offers here: http://www.ticketspy.nl
Example: Amsterdam - Bejing about € 430 And return Delhi about € 400
Oct 11, 2013 3:08 PM
Oct 11, 2013 4:40 PM
2Interesting Arizona. I am from Belgium, but thought only local companies fly from this airport.
Oct 12, 2013 12:14 AM
3Peejee, by train to Schiphol from Antwerpen is the odd but IMO competitive construction. It's explained in the link but you forgot your Dutch the Sagrada F. shade?-)
So I consider going to Antwerpen first, to fly fom Amsterdam... (in my case: I.m often visiting neighbouring Zeeland, so no problem)
Oct 12, 2013 1:38 AM
4By train from Antwerp to Schiphol is not that odd. If you book a flight from Brussels to a non-European destination with Air France, it often includes the Thalys to Paris CDG. For people genuinely travelling from Belgium to Schiphol this construction even has an advantage, presuming that if the Thalys is delayed and you miss your flight, KLM is responsible and will issue a ticket for the next flight.
I see the construction also works for Brussels midi station. Not relevant for Dutch, but it may be for those living in Belgium. The ticket gets a bit more expensive (30 in the one I tested), but that could even be tackled by taking a regular train from Brussels to Antwerp for 6 euro or so.
Oct 12, 2013 3:11 AM
5I think these offers have been existing for several years by now.
What KLM is trying to achieve with these discounts is to steal customers from the Star Alliance group. In order to get the discount it is mandatory to really use that train ticket from Antwerp or Brussels (otherwise a heavy penalty awaits you in Schiphol i.e. your ticket becomes invalid and you may have to buy a new ticket, without the discount ) and that is how they try to discourage Dutch residents to take advantage of these offers.
The following article is interesting
Oct 12, 2013 3:50 AM
Oct 12, 2013 6:40 AM
7The conditions are similar to the situation when you fly Brussels - Amsterdam - somewhere outside Europe. That might also be cheaper than a direct flight from Amsterdam (same competition reason as mentioned above by artemis) but as a condition it is mandatory to board in Brussels.
If you live in the south of the Netherlands, it might be worth to have a look at it. And depending on the price difference, even if you live more north ;-) A train ticket Amsterdam-Brussels costs around 25-35 euro one way (subject to possible discounts), but of course a lot of additional time.
Oct 12, 2013 9:56 AM
8#Zuid-West, indeed it's a comparable phenomenon; I was sometimes flying from Düsseldorf to the USA. It was KLM City Hopper to Amsterdam and Amsterdam - ... (somewhere USA). It was cheaper than from Amsterdam.
The reason for the posting was that I was amazed by the enormous discount.
Attractive for some categories of travellers.
Oct 12, 2013 10:41 AM
9Certainly an interesting tip Arizona. As a resident of Zeeuws-Vlaanderen is flying from one of the Belgian airports or even Eindhoven for me usely the best option. Schiphol is to far to get there and tickets are most of the time more competitive outside our national (reed Dutch) airport. But in case of a long distance flight with this kind of discounts and a good connection to Schiphol from Antwerp it’s for sure an attractive option. Thanks, good idea!
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