I have a flight booked with KLM from New York (JFK) to Cape Town (CPT) in middle-late December. This flight includes a 3-hour transfer at Schiphol Airport (AMS) in Amsterdam. Recently my schedule has changed, and as such I am able to leave New York six days earlier. I am wondering if it would be possible to move my JFK-AMS flight earlier by a few days, so that I can stay over in Amsterdam for that time (I don't need a visa for short-term tourism). Effectively this would change my transfer in Amsterdam to a stopover of a few days, and my trip to a multi-city itinerary.
I have asked the airline about this, and I am waiting on a response. However, I am wondering whether anyone else has ever done anything similar. Some potential problems I have thought of include:
- Changing a flight that close to Christmas might be expensive, if any earlier flights are available at all.
- There would have to be special arrangements to get my luggage on arrival in AMS, and then recheck it to CPT.
Any advice is appreciated.