Air France KLM has increased its baggage fee for passengers travelling within Europe. The Euro 5 fee increase which came in last month (from March 22, 2016) saw the fee per-one-way trip rising to €25 when purchased online and €35 when purchased at the airport.
Members of the carriers Flying Blue programme receive discounts on these charges, though in the case of the lowest tier level – Ivory, the discount has been reduced and applies only to KLM flights (not Air France flights).
Previously, Ivory members who booked their check-in baggage online with KLM benefited from a 50 percent discount on their first baggage item. This discount is now a flat €10 discount per one-way economy class flight.
Confusingly, if Ivory members book their check-in baggage at the airport they continue to benefit from a 50% discount on the regular airport fee.
Flying Blue Platinum, Gold and Silver members “will still be allowed to check in both their first and second piece of baggage free of charge” according to the airline.
Note that the exact fees and reduction seems to depend on routes. When booking a flight on KLM for London to Amsterdam, the one-way luggage fee quoted was £19.70 (£27.60 airport price). The same flight search when logged in with an Ivory account was £11.80 (£13.80 airport price).
KLM says that in addition Ivory members can use Award Miles (3,000 Award Miles per one-way flight) to pay for the check-in baggage (only available if booked online).
As indicated in the table above, the reduction in fees does not apply to Air France flights.
The increase of the baggage fee does not apply to
- Passengers travelling on and/or transferring to KLM intercontinental flights, who can bring 1 suitcase of max. 23 kg free of charge.
- Fully flexible tickets (booking class B, M or Y) within Europe.
- European Economy Class tickets booked with Award Miles (award tickets).
- Flights to and from Belarus, Georgia, Russia or Ukraine.