Buy in bulk: save with KLM’s Flight Bundles

Sep 8, 2019

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If you regularly attend meetings abroad or visit family or friends multiple times per year, you might recognise the frustration that comes with booking the same ticket for wildly varying prices. KLM now offers an option to mitigate that price variation: Flight Bundles.

KLM claims a Flight Bundle can offer advantages if you fly the same intra-Europe route more than three times per year. With it, the carrier offers a flat fee per return journey, with a great range of flexibility options. As long as a seat is available on a flight, you are allowed to book it with your Flight Bundle, not depending on booking class. On Flight Bundle flights, you will earn Flying Blue miles as usual.

You can customise your Flight Bundle in a couple of different ways, all impacting the price per trip:

  • Destination
  • Number of flights
  • Validity period (from one to 12 months)
  • Number of passengers
  • Booking flexibility (eg. how far in advance can you book your flights?)
  • Minimum stay

Buying a bundle can be practical for a number of reasons, for example, by making future cost predictable. That is a major plus for businesses, but could also provide ease of mind when flying for leisure. Also, you will save the €10 booking fee you will normally pay for KLM flights if departing from Amsterdam.

To put KLM’s Flight Bundle to the test, we are looking at two examples: one for business and one for family visits.

The Business Traveler: London to Amsterdam

Assume you attend a client meeting in Amsterdam at least once a month, which means 24 flights per year. We set the following parameters:

  • Travel in economy class; LHR to AMS; one passenger
  • 24 flights, validity 12 months
  • Seven-day booking cutoff — clients will ask you to fly in on short notice, but usually not closer in than a week
  • Light tickets — for just a meeting, you are not taking luggage
  • Flexibility in minimum stay — you want to be able to take same-day flights

These trips will cost you a fixed £295 each. Booking an Amsterdam same-day return on a weekday only seven days in advance usually hovers between £200 and £500, so in certain situations, this could make sense.

Family Visits: Amsterdam to London

You started a great new job in Amsterdam, but you visit family and friends back in London once a month on average.

  • Travel in economy class; AMS to LHR; one passenger
  • 24 flights, validity 12 months
  • 30-day booking cutoff, since you can plan in advance
  • Light tickets — traveling with just hand luggage will suffice
  • Minimum stay of three nights/one weekend night — you always stay over back home to make the trip worthwhile

These return trips will cost you a fixed £174 each. As you can see, this is much cheaper than the business option due to less flexibility. Once again, any flight with a free seat is bookable providing more flexibility than usual. With these parameters, however, £174 can be a little steep. When visiting friends and family you will probably be more flexible, so it should be possible to find flights for less than that price most of the time. On the other hand, if you mainly visit on or around holidays, regular ticket prices can be very high. In that case, the flight bundle price can provide some savings.

As you can see from the examples, a Flight Bundle can prove to be a great option, mainly for business travelers. For leisure travelers with a relatively flexible schedule, there might be better alternatives. It all depends on your personal preferences and flexibility.

Ready to bundle up? Check out the KLM Flight Bundle website.

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