Flying with KLM - What Bike cost / experience ?

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Flying with KLM - What Bike cost / experience ?

Postby matt2matt2002 » 28 Apr 2018, 7:26pm

i'm planning to use KLM for a flight from Aberdeen to Marrakesh in July
Their site does not give a cost but says I must pay at the check-in.
Anyone any experience of using KLM and their costs?
Thanks
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Re: Flying with KLM - What Bike cost / experience ?

Postby randonneur » 28 Apr 2018, 8:48pm

Have not flown with KLM recently due to high fees for carriage of bicycles. Got stung a few years ago just after fees were introduced, despite having there frequent flyer silver card allowing additional luggage allowance.
For the record Aberdeen Marrakesh will set you back 55Euro each way. It is all available on their web site.

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Re: Flying with KLM - What Bike cost / experience ?

Postby matt2matt2002 » 28 Apr 2018, 9:54pm

Thanks
I missed seeing that on the web site.
I went to the additional luggage page.
Then bikes
And then it said unable to give price on the site. It had to be paid at the airport.
I'll check again.
Thanks.

For the record, I paid 70 Euro with Turkish airlines for Edinburgh to Addis Ababa.
I wasn't taking any other luggage apart from carry on but going out they wouldn't off set the allowance against the bike.
But coming back from Addis the check in girl immediately said the bike could go free, without me even asking!

Certainly pot luck costs with a bike.

Thanks again.
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Re: Flying with KLM - What Bike cost / experience ?

Postby simonhill » 29 Apr 2018, 10:11am

Presumably the flight is via Amsterdam. Check the charge is for whole flight and not per leg.

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Re: Flying with KLM - What Bike cost / experience ?

Postby matt2matt2002 » 29 Apr 2018, 4:05pm

Good advice. The devil is in the detail.
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Re: Flying with KLM - What Bike cost / experience ?

Postby matt2matt2002 » 2 May 2018, 7:47am

simonhill wrote:Presumably the flight is via Amsterdam. Check the charge is for whole flight and not per leg.


Just called and told it's each way.
Apart from my bike, I'll only be taking carry on luggage. I'll try my best to negotiate free bike in lieu. Managed it with Turkish airlines on the return flight from Addis Ababa to Edinburgh.
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Re: Flying with KLM - What Bike cost / experience ?

Postby Therealsouthstander » 16 May 2018, 11:43am

Hi Matt

What is your route in Morocco? I'm really keen to do a small tour here,it looks fantastic.

I would imagine July would be extremely hot and I've also heard food and water is not exactly easy to find.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

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Re: Flying with KLM - What Bike cost / experience ?

Postby matt2matt2002 » 17 May 2018, 7:25pm

Hi.
Good to hear your enquiry
I'll be following the route done by this chap.
It's on crazy guy.
A bit of off road and some tough hills.
I'll have almost twice the time he had. Although he did crack on most days.
I won't camp. Travel very light. Just 2 front panniers on the rear. And a bar bag.
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/Morocco2018

Let me know if I can be if any more help.
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Re: Flying with KLM - What Bike cost / experience ?

Postby bobbyj » 27 Jul 2018, 7:09pm

Hi...I recently enquired with KLM about a flight to Bucharest from Lds/Bfd. but they said I had to buy my flight ticket FIRST (cost over £200... not sure about cost for the bike plus having to change at Amsterdam) before booking my bike on later which left the possibility that there wouldn't be room for it on that particular flight.
I subsequently changed my itinerary and got a flight to Budapest instead from Manchester (easy to get there by train) on Jet 2 which cost me £50 for the flight £30 for the bike and £22 hold luggage fee...1/2 the price. Get there quicker as well. Good luck...enjoy your trip.
Bob. J.

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Re: Flying with KLM - What Bike cost / experience ?

Postby matt2matt2002 » 11 Aug 2018, 8:19am

Quick update.
When I checked my bike in at Aberdeen airport I asked the lady if my bike could go free since I didn't have any hold luggage.
The KLM site specifically days I should have paid.

She studied the screen for a few minutes and then said yes, but don't tell anyone.

Does this count?
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Re: Flying with KLM - What Bike cost / experience ?

Postby matt2matt2002 » 18 Aug 2018, 11:59am

Final update.

I really like KLM ! !

Flying out of Marrakech back to Aberdeen via Amsterdam I wasn't charged for my bike.

So free there and free back.

This may have been because I didn't have any hold luggage. I traveled really light. Everything I needed was either in the bike box. ( Panniers tools ) Or in carry-on luggage.

Box arrived both ways in good condition.

10/10 KLM
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Re: Flying with KLM - What Bike cost / experience ?

Postby hufty » 18 Aug 2018, 1:30pm

matt2matt: ...so you promptly posted the fact on an internet forum for posterity. Genius!
Please do not use this post in Cycle magazine

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Re: Flying with KLM - What Bike cost / experience ?

Postby matt2matt2002 » 19 Aug 2018, 9:28am

hufty wrote:matt2matt: ...so you promptly posted the fact on an internet forum for posterity. Genius!


Flattering comments indeed.
Many thanks.
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Re: Flying with KLM - What Bike cost / experience ?

Postby Winged wheels » 22 Aug 2018, 9:28pm

We regularly fly KLM/Air France never taken my bike but anecdotally I am sure that i have read that the way to fly bike is to state that it is sporting equipment?? Skis, golf clubs go free as do bikes? I have no evidence and no experience but suggest it worth an email/telephone call.