Day 1 in our itinerary started in Kuala Lumpur, a late night flight out to Amsterdam, Netherlands.
As usual, I was pretty chill when I travel due to my level-headed self. ZE, my super-excited niece was really excited for the trip, and her excitement was infectious.
This post is everything about our flight KLM, encompassing booking process, fare, flight experience, food, check-in, etc. So, you it is like a review and tip posting.
KLM’s online booking system allows one to choose flight according to fare. I thought that mainstream / national airlines’ fare is ‘one price for all‘, but I was wrong. This means advertised fare is only valid if you choose flight with lowest fare, otherwise you’ll need to pay more.
That was exactly what happened to me, and I ended up paying approximately RM 300 more than the fare that caught my eyes.
Someone asked me about how much was the child fare. My niece received a 25 per cent discount on adult base fare.
I paid RM 2,635.90 for adult fare, and she paid RM 2,374.90 for child fare.
Paying using credit card will incur additional RM 80 per pax!; I opted for online transfer.
My booking was made on a Friday afternoon. And I had to transfer money within 48 hours, and I had no idea whether these include weekends. I was anxious for few days, as KLM will take up to five days to issue ticket. So, please buffer in additional days, to prevent unnecessary anxiety agony.
Free seat selection and also pampered with special meal option. Ordered a special lacto-octo vegetarian meal for ZE.
Baggage alowance for economy class: 23 kg check-in baggage allowance, and 10 kg for hand-carry.
We were given a refreshment pack on board, which made my niece very, very happy. It includes an eye shade, ear plug, wet tissue, a toothbrush with toothpaste set and a small drinking water.
Check-in was a looooong process at KLIA. We didn’t check-in online, because I wanted to make sure that there is a paper boarding pass for my niece’s travel journal, which I think she’ll appreciate.
Our flight was full, so it was a long wait. We made sure that we checked our check-in baggage weight, in preparation for our RyanAir’s flight later on, without check-in baggage.
We were pleased with our 10 kg and 8.9 kg check-in baggage weight respectively for myself and niece.
In-flight experience: Cabin crew
Hat off to the superb crew on duty. Service with a smile, coping with the whims and fancies of passengers from all walk of life.
In-flight experience: Entertainment
My niece and I had fun chatting with each other, via screen. Not on Whatsapp, but on a bigger screen! ‘Seat chat‘ helps to kill boredom on long flight.
I managed to watch a Dutch movie, whilst niece played some games. She was hoping for ‘Just for Laugh Gags’, but it was not part of the entertainment’s selection.
In-flight experience: Food
I mentioned earlier that I had pre-book meal for my niece. Cabin crew had difficulties delivering special meal to the right passenger. There were some confusions, but that was because of passengers making seat change, i.e not following their assigned seat. Tsk tsk .. please stick to your seat if you have pre-booked special meal.
Supper was served around 12.30am Malaysia time. Breakfast around 4.00am Netherlands time / 10.00am Malaysia time.
My niece only had breakfast, and she loved her meal. I had both supper and breakfast, but didn’t enjoy it much. I find that the wrap was tasteless, and didn’t like blueberry sauce on my pancake.
So used to budget flight, that I am just grateful for the abundance of drinking water. And also .. my first introduction to Dutch’s stroopwafel (syrup waffle).
In-flight experience: Others
Able to charge my phone, yay!
We arrived Amsterdam after 12 hours and 40 minutes direct flight from KL, and will continue with my Day 2 post when I have time.
Hoi Amsterdam. Hello Amsterdam.
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