SkyTeam member KLM is selling cheap tickets for its new route to the Caribbean, flying to Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago. Prices start at only £316 (~€373), and you can fly from either Southampton, Manchester, or London for similar prices. Luggage is only included for SkyTeam status holders. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay £60 (~€71) more.
All Air France and KLM tickets issued for flights until December 2021 are fully refundable. You’d receive a voucher which can be refunded to your bank account. You can read more about this here. Flights in 2022 are not refundable.
To Bridgetown, Barbados:
To Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago:
After flying to Amsterdam, you’ll get on an Airbus A330, which flies to Bridgetown, then continues to Port of Spain, and then returns to Amsterdam. This means that, depending on your destination, you will either have a short stop on your outbound or inbound flight. You won’t have to leave the plane, though.
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This deal expires on October 3, 2021. You can fly between September 1 and December 14, 2021, or in 2022. You need to respect a minimum stay requirement of 4 days (or a Sunday), though.
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.
The flights between the UK and Amsterdam are issued in booking class L, while the long-haul flights are issued in booking class G. Starting in London, you can expect the following number of miles:
- 4,062 Miles on Czech Airlines OK Plus
- 3,354 Miles on Aeromexico Club Premier
- 3,312 Miles on Saudia Alfursan
- 3,280 Miles on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- 2,890 Miles on Alitalia MileMiglia
- 2,890 Miles on Aeroflot Bonus
- 2,617 Miles on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
- 2,548 Miles on MEA Cedar Miles
- 2,548 Miles on Air Europa Club
- 2,548 Award Miles + 10,562 MQM on Delta SkyMiles
- 2,412 Miles on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
- 2,412 Miles on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- 2,084 Miles on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
- 2,084 Miles on Korean Air Skypass
- 2,084 Miles on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- 2,084 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 2,084 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 600 Miles on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- 564 Award Miles + 35 XP on FlyingBlue
- 370 Miles on China Eastern Eastern Miles
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