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With a connection time of slightly under an hour, you're right that it's a possibility your bags won't make the connection. It's quite likely that your bags will be labelled (or marked in the electronic tracking system) as "hot", meaning "get this bag off the plane and onto the connecting flight ASAP". Re-checking your own luggage at Atlanta probably ...


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The "minimum stay" is only important before you buy the ticket, or when you change a plane ticket. You would not be able to buy a ticket without your itinerary meeting the relevant requirements. The "minimum stay" requirement is part of the technical construction of a plane ticket. It means the minimum time at the fare destination you must spend, according ...


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Your best source of this information is your airline's website, even if you didn't book with them. For example, the KLM page on intercontinental meals says: Economy Class intercontinental On all KLM intercontinental flights, we welcome you on board with a beverage of choice. You are then served your choice of one of our two Delicious hot meals. After ...


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Yes, it is possible for you to leave the airport in Amsterdam. You will clear Schengen immigration controls there, whereby your passport will be stamped. After that, there will be nothing preventing you from leaving the airport. Be sure to leave plenty of time to get back to the airport, pass through airport security, and find your gate. There will be no ...


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Train segments are handled differently to airline segments, and the implications for skipped segments are slightly different. Unlike air segments, the airline has no real way of knowing if you actually boarded the train, only that you picked up the tickets. So as long as you pickup your train tickets (not just your boarding passes!) at Schiphol then your ...


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I do not think this is a concern: transferring luggage is easy going, especially as your luggage will not have to be screened again since you are a domestic arrival. Moreover DL and KLM have a highly integrated system, and the airport in Atlanta handles more than 100 million passengers a year: barring some unexpected event if you can make it to the flight - ...


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You can skip the train ride after the flights, but not the other way around. For example, KLM sells flight tickets starting from a train station in Belgium, where you have to check-in in Belgium already, therefore you cannot just show up in Amsterdam and try to board on the plane. It may still be possible somehow, but it's not guaranteed, hence not ...


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I have now made the trip and can therefore answer my own question. Yes, they do let you take the earlier Thalys train, but you will not have a seat reservation, so the trip may be less comfortable. Taking the earlier train may be seen as a trade-off between time and comfort. Getting to the earlier train in time was easy as I suspected. It took me less than ...


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Frankly, there's not much you CAN do, and I would advise against re-checking your own luggage as this would make your connection tighter. Personally, I have had some really tight connections at busy hubs (50 min at DUB in Dublin, 1 hr at JFK in New York, and 1.25 hr at LHR in London) and I have never had any issues. Missed connections for luggage are the ...


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Short of arranging a longer connection (which may involve the payment of change fees) or shipping your luggage ahead (which, itself, may be result in it becoming delayed or lost), there's not really anything you can do as a passenger to ensure your bags are transferred at your connection. They're supposed to be, and airlines generally do a pretty good job of ...


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No, you will not need to pay any additional fees. Any applicable airport tax will be included in your ticket and is irrelevant to whether you spend the entire 6 hours inside Schiphol's security zone or if you use some of it to venture outside the airport. It is entirely at your discretion how you spend that time. Just make sure you are back in time to ...


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It is very easy, thirty hours before the flight, in this case, the line disappeared and was replaced by the invitation to check in now. So it was not about it being on a national holiday, it was just the flight not yet being open to be checked in. Of course, not all KLM flights open for checking in 30 hours before departure, in the case it is a different ...


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There are basically three options: 1. Check excess baggage on the flight(s) you are taking. 2. Use a plain-old courier service to send the baggage. 3. Use a "Baggage Service". Of course, there are pros and cons to each mainly with respect to cost and convenience. Cost Comparison The cost of checking excess baggage is usually dramatically less expensive ...


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What you are referring to is "short-checking" of bags - where your bags are only checked to an intermediate point along your journey. Some airlines do allow short-checking of bags, although most will only allow it under specific circumstances, such as longer or overnight connections. Even airlines that used to allow it are starting to disallow it - for ...


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Emirates, hands down. Emirates ICE has a huge TV in every seat with 600+ channels including a big kids section, and they only have new planes. On KLM, if you end up on their ancient MD-11s, you'll be squinting at a screen the size of a postage stamp in the front of the cabin (and that's in business class!). In general, Emirates is the better airline in ...


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Usually not. What will happen is that you will not get a seat assignment when you check in online and will be told to get the seat assignment at the gate. At the gate, the gate agent will give you a seat vacated by: a no show a regular discount economy seat that is opened up by upgrading another customer to premium economy Only rarely will you get a ...


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Just back from my trip to Amsterdam / Brussels and I can share my experience. My Thalys ticket was not checked until the train had left Rotterdam. As a result, the earliest opportunity I had to disembark was Antwerp. Doubling back to Amsterdam from Antwerp took substantially more time, and was much more expensive. However, YMMV. It was not clear whether ...


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The exact rules and implementation of stopovers varies a bit between airlines. I don't know the KLM specific answer, but at a high level the answer is the same for most airlines. Price In general, you pay the same price for the airfare, plus the extra for the stopover. However there can be cases where the airfare will go up due to the addition of the ...


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You can change the frequent flyer number for earning prior to each flight. Make sure you get a new printed boarding pass so that you can send it in if there is a problem crediting the flight. Alternatively, if you don't have status in any of the airline programmes and are not using your frequent flyer number to gain benefits such as lounge access, you can ...


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As the commonts say, check seatguru to see if you're likely to have at-seat power. I don't recall every being on a Delta or KLM flight that had at seat power in economy, they most likely will in business. If it's got a newer version of the in-seat entertainment it might have a USB socket and that might be powered, although it depends (again, check seatguru) ...


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The minimum connection time (MCT) at the Detroit airport for international to domestic connections is 1h30 (source), so with your 1h47 connection you should be fine. Note that for Delta-Delta connections (which is probably the case for you itinerary), the MCT is even lower, 1h20. Note also that immigration, customs, bag re-check, security, etc. are already ...


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Passengers who arrive at Schiphol from a country with trusted airport security do not have to pass through transfer security. This includes all EU countries. You'll need to pass through the Schengen outbound border control, but that is quick and painless for EU nationals. 1h25 will be plenty if your inbound flight is not too much delayed.


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Is there a reason for this? Yes, it's very straightforward. In the "old days" you'd buy one "combined" ticket from one source. These days it's quite common that sites like Kayak, rather ingeniously "put together" various tickets from various sources. (I recently had to urgently fly to London from the Americas, and saved - I shit you not - three thousand ...


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Typically, long-haul flights will have two or even three meals, possibly with snacks, although this of course depends on the airline and which cabin class. On a multi-meal flight, usually the first meal is the main one (larger and with more choices), and is usually started around one hour after take-off, with a smaller and lighter meal typically around two ...


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There's these guys: Excess Baggage I'm in the process of using them to send some stuff internationally, and have friends who have used them with no problems. It appears they do most countries, and DO offer a sea-freight option.


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With an upgraded ticket on a KLM flight you won't get the additional Miles or XP award points that a normal business class ticket would earn you. You only get the business class seat and the associated business-class services, like the priority check-in, additional luggage (and probably lounge access where available). https://www.klm.com/travel/aw_en/...


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I would say it is likely possible but it is fairly short. It often takes more than 15 minutes between landing and getting to the airport buildings. EasyJet does not often use bus transport from the plane to the building but it can happen. And when it does it may add more time. As you say you will need to leave the secure area of the airport, collect your ...


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If you are holding a type (D) visa issued by another Schengen state (in your case Germany), then you do not need a via to transit via Amsterdam airport. Actually you can use your type (D) visa to visit any other Schengen state for not more than 90 days. This is the case for all type D visas since a 2010 regulation modifying the Schengen Convention (article ...


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If KLM Ticketed your itinerary, meaning they processed the payment and issued tickets for the flights, you're fine. They check all these rules beforehand and would not even let you book an invalid fare.


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