Just a month ago, KLM announced a couple of new routes to tropical destinations. Starting in October 2021, the Dutch flag carrier will launch three weekly flights to Bridgetown on the Caribbean island of Barbados. Offering some kind of Early Bird discount, round trip flights from Switzerland are available as low as €383.
You can either depart from the EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg, Geneva or Zurich. Please note, that the cheapest fare only includes a piece of hand luggage (55 x 35 x 25 cm) and a personal item (40 x 30 x 15 cm). The Economy Standard fare including a checked bag (up to 23 kg) is available for €475.
Currently, non-vaccinated travelers to Barbados have to quarantine for 7-8 days on arrival. Vaccinated travelers have to await their PCR-test result in quarantine (1-2 days). It remains to be seen, how these rules may change later this year.
If you no longer want to travel, all bookings with travel departing in 2021 can be cancelled free of charge. For all travel dates (including 2022), the rebooking fee is waived, but fare difference will apply.
You can use our search form below to book these flights directly at KLM’s website. For your convenience, all dates on which the mentioned fare is available (for a duration of < 22 days) are highlighted:
The long-haul flights are operated by Airbus A330 aircraft, featuring a 2-4-2 configuration in Economy Class. You can expect a seat pitch of about 79 cm.
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According to the fare rules, this offer is valid until July 22, 2021 for travel until March 2022. A minimum stay (4 days or a night from Saturday to Sunday) is required. The maximum stay is capped at 3 months.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
These tickets are issued in booking class G. A roundtrip flight from Basel would get you one of the following earnings:
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