KLM Flying Dutchman - Connecting NW award flights are 'free' - did you know?
I didn't know about this until my phone call to the FD 'help'desk today. My FD handbook is dated Jan 2000, and I don't seem to have the one dated 2001.
Connecting NW domestic award flights are free when there is no direct international route, e.g. the DTW-ATL sector is 'free' when travelling AMS-DTW-ATL as there is no direct AMS-ATL flight. Connections have to be made within 24 hours, otherwise they are extra at the old rate of 5,000 points per sector.
Dec 4, 01, 10:20 am
If only they'd do the same with connecting flights to Amsterdam from the UK (etc) then FD would be a worthwhile programme.
[This message has been edited by sjharte (edited 12-04-2001).]
Dec 8, 01, 12:28 pm
Hi sjharte..totally agree, when did you ever see an offer for the Uk? Never.
Dec 27, 01, 3:02 am
1) Does the same rule apply to upgrades? Let's say I'm on a KLM flight from AMS to the US with a connection at MSP and I've upgraded the transatlantic part to WBC. Will the NW connection be upgraded to First for free?
2) Do I understand several other posts correctly that upgrading on KLM through the FD desk is only possible 14 days in advance (and sometimes by luck at the Biz-Lounge)? No express awards for upgrades?
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Dec 27, 01, 4:33 am
Definitly no express awards for upgrades. So 14 days before departure is the deadline (where no additional seats are shifted into the awards bucket...), unless you have luck at checkin/lounge/gate at AMS for flights departing the same day out of AMS.
Not shure on the intra US upgrade for uprades of the transatlantic segment. I would guess that this at least will not happen in an automatic way.
Dec 27, 01, 5:04 am
Thought a little bit on the outcome of this rule:
Fly Y AMS-SFO direct and pay 50.000 points return.
Fly Y AMS-DTW-SJC and pay only 40.000 points return.
Fly Y AMS-SEA direct and pay 50.000 points return, or fly AMS-DTW-SEA and pay 55.000 points return or fly AMS-SFO-SEA and pay 65.000 (as there is a direct flight available you have to pay for DTW/SFO-SEA)
Fly Y AMS-MSP-PDX and pay only 40.000 points return.
Isn't that ridiculous? But I know that I will look for those "little" differences on my next award flight to the westcoast...
[This message has been edited by ralfkrippner (edited 12-27-2001).]
Dec 27, 01, 6:33 am
Just called FD Helpdesk to arrange award flight LAX-CUN. Was offered a direct flight with Alaska Airlines or connecting via MEM with NW, but was told that I would have to pay for BOTH flights with NW because there was a direct option available; connecting flight would only be free if there was no direct flight available with NW or any partner airline.
Scotsflyer, that is new to me.
I was told a couple of times, that a connection in the US is not upgraded with the transatlantic segment, the last time a couple of days ago.They told me, that I had to spend the extra 7500 FD points, if I want to make sure to get a F seat !!
Let`s find out, what is really the case.