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Felt I should write my experiences after reading these reviews... Granted, we always fly business class, so meals are slightly better (still not exactly delicious!) And flight attendants are generally the most experienced and knowledgeable. We have flown VAN-AMS approx 9 times in the past 7 years. Never an issue with boarding. We once did not receive 1 piece of luggage on the way back from AMS, they eventually located and delivered by hand to our house on Christmas Day, approx 1 week later. We were impressed.
My one complaint would be that they allow young children (under 5 years) into business class... On one occasion a child screamed (not just cried, SCREAMED) for the better part of the 10 hour flight. When she wasn’t crying, she was colouring and playing with dozens of toys in the aisle, making it impossible to walk to the bathroom. Finally the attendant had to deal with it (parents refused to deal with it). Flight staff went above & beyond to try and calm the child so the other passengers in the class could try to sleep. Even with ear plugs in under noise canceling headphones, the screaming was audible. I realize this is not an issue with the airline itself. My point is that they tried their best, and that young children should not be allowed in business class.
On 17th-December-2017 I flew KLM from LHR to Amsterdam. From there I changed planes and flew KLM from Amsterdam to Entebbe Uganda. On arrival at Entebbe my luggage failed to arrive. I completed a Property Irregularity Report which took over four (4) hours as they are so disorganised in Entebbe. Some 57 days later I still have not received my luggage. On 08th-January-2018 I telephoned KLM's head office in the Netherlands and spoke to Ms. Inge ** the Secretary to Boet Kreiken Executive Vice President Customer Experience and explained my abysmal Customer Experience. KLM have done absolutely nothing to find my luggage or to compensate me for my loss and huge inconvenience.
I warned them that if they did not resolve my claim I would issue proceedings against them in the U.K. in the County Court which I will do this week. KLM "Customer Experience" is absolutely non-existent. They need to check out Emirates or Singapore Airlines to learn about looking after passengers. I will never ever fly with KLM again.
I had a very bad experience with KLM. I traveled from Milan to Amsterdam to connect my flight to Denmark. The flight was more than an hour late with no reason and I missed my flight. Or I could have made it but they rebooked me before I got into the terminal where the gate to my connecting flight had closed 2 min prior. Why couldn’t they hold the flight for 2 min when it’s the same company? Now I’m stranded in Amsterdam for 6 hours, missed my sister's 40th birthday tonight. I’m just so disappointed in every way by this company. After looking around online, this company gets bad reviews everywhere. I strongly recommend not to ever book a flight with this company.
This airline has become a nightmare. What is worse is that they are a bunch of gangsters who do not care about passenger safety. I had a 5 day old broken leg in Tehran Airport. I was in a boot the orthopedic surgeon had made for me. Not only I could not wear my boot to clear through the KLM gate, they forced me to give up my crutches and check them in. They then told me that I had to check in my boots too. I was left with no cast or boots and no crutches with a broken ankle bone. They told me they will prove a wheelchair, but the man at the airport told me to just walk to the gate. I was in excruciating pain and then their very rude and obnoxious gate crew at Tehran Airport made me check in my medical supplies I depended on.
It was even worse at Amsterdam. Their KLM desk is filled with untrained, rude and very unprofessional employees. They gave me a seat other than the comfort aisle seat that I had paid extra for and made me wait an hour for a wheelchair so I was about to miss my flight to Seattle. I walked about 12 gates to get to my gate on a broken ankle. When arrived at Seattle, I had a pain in my calf which turned out to be a clot as a result of my being unable to move while seated. This is because they took my crutches and my boot so I could not move once seated and I could not raise my leg that was broken. When I asked them to the price of an upgrade to business, the horrible employee (the older Filipino female at the KLM counter in Amsterdam) told me the upgrade for one way would cost me $6000.00! Unbelievable and a lie and the business class was nearly empty!
These vultures should not be sitting at the desk and pretend they are helping customers. They belong to a penitentiary not an airline. I complained, but the disgusting airline never apologized or responded. I am now taking blood thinners because of KLM's negligence and my leg fracture became a displaced fracture because of all the walking they made me do. These people took medically necessary devices from me. Lawsuit material. Please write your experiences and send complaints to FAA and Delta so they are aware who they are partnering with.
I flew from Kiev to Amsterdam on 30th December 2017. The amount I paid is the cost of a ticket I fly to Bali roundtrip from Istanbul. I travel 8 months of the year. When I came to the airport they asked for an extra 48$ for the luggage. This is not a good way to screw your customers. You have a lot of employees they should find a better way to do it so that it doesn’t hurt the customer. I will tell all my friends about this experience and never fly with KLM of course.
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KLM representatives at Mumbai airport redirecting passengers to book at own cost - This is for flight on 9 Dec 2017 from Amsterdam to Mumbai. Flight was delayed and several families like us missed the flight. The Mumbai airport KLM representative led by Rahul, asked many of us to book through Akbar Travels saying they are unable to book directly. They assured us tickets will be reimbursed. On filing KLM customer service says they cannot reimburse. How is it that your company's representative can ask us to book through other agents, even escorting us to the booking counter, and KLM can now absolve itself of its responsibility to compensate for this?
I had a flight with KLM in July 2017, where they lost my bag. I received my bag about 2 months after my trip ended, thus I spent the whole trip without my luggage. KLM asked for copies of receipts for compensation which I promptly provided. Some days later I received an email from them stating that since I 'could not provide any receipts' (which I did), they would offer me a courtesy amount of $800. I then emailed them back several times asking what was going on, as the amount shown on the receipts was well into the thousands.
Several weeks later, after several calls, emails and Facebook messages I finally got a reply stating that they had closed my case (without notifying me) which is why my emails were apparently not being received by them. They said they would now transfer a further $446 (still very short of the total amount I'm entitled to), as they "do not compensate online orders", even though I submitted receipts for these orders which showed the item, the price and the day they were purchased.
This email promising $446 was on the 17th of August 2017 and told me I had to wait up to 4 weeks for the money to appear in my bank account. It is now the 1st of December 2017 and they have not transferred the money. Even worse, they havent replied to a single email, and have blocked my polite Facebook messages asking for an explanation.
I then called customer service again, and they told me I had to wait 10 days for a follow up email with a new case number because they had (AGAIN) closed my case without notifying or consulting me. I waited 16 days, and lo and behold no email. Today I called again to report that there had been no email after the 10 days (10 days is a ridiculous amount of time to be expected to wait for an email anyway, especially when you've been waiting 106 days since they promised you the money). I told them that this was unacceptable and now I've been told they will call me back on Monday with an update, though I highly doubt they will with their track record. As this is completely illegal and unethical I am getting fair trading involved.
Our KLM flight was cancelled from Southampton to Amsterdam so we missed our connection to Abu Dhabi. We were offered a flight the following morning from Heathrow. I have been trying to get our expenses back from KLM. Their web site is very poor but I have managed to send our receipts and just get a reply that they are very busy!! I think a week is too long before getting a response. I feel as though they will not respond and it will cost me over £150 for their cancellation. I have found out KLM cancelled flights from Amsterdam on 5th October due to strong winds. However, the airport was not closed and some flights arrived on time or with some delay. Hence KLM will try not to pay EU compensation by saying the weather was too bad. The fact was that one runway was closed for some of that day and flights were encountering ATC delays.
This is the first flight I have taken for ages that was cancelled. It throw travel plans awry. You then realise that airlines are good when things are normal but not so good when things go wrong. The only good thing was that our luggage arrived OK, I do know that KLM have an appalling record with lost baggage dating back to when my wife worked for them in the 1990's.
I will never, ever fly KLM again. Their aircraft, baggage and airport security is dangerously substandard. Allegedly my two suitcases arrived in Amsterdam from Birmingham, but missed my onward connection to Sierra Leone (Freetown). This occurred on 21st September. Now, 3 days later, they have no idea where my two large and well-marked suitcases are, and neither do they care. No response from the airline (locally or via website) despite numerous attempts to contact them. Perhaps KLM consider it common practice to allow unaccompanied suitcases to vanish without trace. To me it raises serious concerns over this airline's (lack of) flight and airport security procedures - dangerous in the extreme. Never mind the sheer depths of so-called Customer Service they sink to. In writing this, I'm hoping to bring this serious safety and customer care issues to the wider public domain as a warning against using this slipshod airline.
KLM refuses to allow me to select my business class ticket until 30 hours before departure giving no reason for this. Economy passengers are allowed. I found this unacceptable as I require an aisle seat on doctor's orders and they be taken by the time I am allowed to select a seat. I live in Panama and KLM makes it very difficult to even book a seat here. They have one flight a day and it is important to be able to select your seat in advance.
We arrived on June 22 in Amsterdam from Bangkok (KL0876) to learn that, after a few hours of waiting and kept in the dark, our connecting flight from Amsterdam to Brussels (KL1733) was cancelled. This was obviously not the only flight cancelled. In fact, we gradually learned that most flights out of Amsterdam were cancelled that evening. We were advised to queue at one of the Transfer desks to get a hotel and other flight booked. Around 10.30 pm (after queueing with about 1000 other people) we were told that the desk would close at 11 pm, and that we should also try to rebook online. We would have to get accommodation organized ourselves, because most hotels were already fully booked by that time. Great service by KLM resulting in chaos at the airport, and another two-hour wait for a taxi! We were fortunate to being able to rebook another flight online for the next day (many people could not do so) and could book a hotel in Amstelveen.
Once in Belgium I tried to lodge a complaint online by logging in with my FF number and completing the form. The website refused the document after several attempts. So we were not given a 'dossiernummer'. I tried to call the service desk, again several times, but was put on hold indefinitely. On the return trip on July 16, I went to three different Transfer desks in Schiphol Airport to file a hardcopy of my complaints. Nobody was willing to accept this, arguing that it was not their job and Customer Service is independent from KLM (???. Therefore, we herewith file our complaints via email. We expect an answer and compensation.
On a flight connecting from Dublin to Amsterdam with the ultimate destination of Salt Lake City in the US, I was listed as standby from Amsterdam to SLC even though I had booked this flight months previously. It turned out that I did have an assigned seat, but the short layover and the confusion caused by KLM personnel on the ground misdirecting me (because of the STBY status) caused me to miss my flight. I had to stay the night in the airport at a cost of $125 US. I have appealed to KLM to make right on this and I have NOT HEARD A WORD!
I have plenty of documentation for the boarding pass mishap and the bill for the hotel. I forwarded all of this to them and I have not gotten even an acknowledgment of receipt of this claim. To be fair, on flight service was quite nice. It was the ground crew in Amsterdam and the IT component of this airline which is worth complaining about. My advice and a course of action I will pursue in the future, I will avoid KLM at all costs and pay a bit more for another airline. Delta, take note.
Nonsense delay on a domestic flight made me miss the big flight on connection in Paris. Luggage wasn't forwarded to alternative flight and additional connections even after they confirmed everything was ok. Got to destination next day and luggage was still in Paris!! WTF. Luggage only got to the destination 5 days later. I came back home shortly after that. Now CS that doesn't even take responsibility for any of this: "Oh it's someone else's fault." In fact it doesn't matter what query you ask them, they will always return the same robotic bla bla answer. It's a waste of time and patience. KLM was the first and last time for me.
We had a flight from Amsterdam to Salt Lake City. The boarding crew were extremely rude to us when we showed them an employee website with a listing that showed that were 11 business class seats left and we were number 4 and 5 on the list to get a seat on business class. They just said there is no room on business class and the system is wrong. We called Delta Airlines headquarters in Atlanta and they confirmed we should get seats. Well the KLM gate agents operating the Delta flight were letting on KLM employees before delta employees. Wow!!! Delta needs to do something about this!!
My flight from Amsterdam to Vancouver was cancelled. We had to get off the plane and wait in a long line for 5 hours to see our options for an alternative flight. It was lunch time but they only gave us water while we were standing there for 5 hours. Since the hotel in the airport was full, we were told to book hotel in the city and afterward airline will refund us. We still haven't received anything. Although they even didn't offer transfer to hotel from the airport.
The worst part was that somebody stole my bag pack with every important thing I had (laptop, Money and some piece of gold). It happened right before our next flight, I was so desperate and didn't know what to do. I asked KLM people who checked my ticket to help me to report to the police, but they not only did not help but also misinformed me. I had to leave it without reporting to the police. The food was disgusting and they had only one option. Every time we try to reach the customer service we have to stay online for a long time and they are not responsive at all.
KLM lost our luggage (2 suitcases). We were promised delivery the next day. One bag turned up after 2 days. The other was not found for 6 days. Eventually we went to Buenos Aires airport ourselves to collect the bag as they kept promising it would be delivered but it didn't arrive. We had to purchase some clothes to wear and had big worries about whether we would have to purchase replacement sleeping bag and other clothes and equipment before we left BA for good. We lost a day of sightseeing in BA because of chasing up our luggage.
After a 33 day tour of Patagonia in which we had limited and poor Internet access and a full program of sightseeing, and an Ecuador jungle trip where we had no Internet access, I submitted a claim for the clothes purchased, only to be told that I put the claim in too late. In talking about our problems with fellow travelers, I have come across other people who have had lost luggage with KLM (one couple in both flight directions) and not had a successful outcome with a claim. Their management of luggage is bad and their attitude to people affected by loss of luggage is bad. I will never fly with them again.
Well, they had very good service on board, but their customer service is the poorest I've got from an airline company, along with their sister company, Aeromexico. In December, I had bought a plane ticket for a trip from Oslo to Cancun with KLM. The ticket included two transits, one in Mexico City, one in Amsterdam. KLM gave me a ticket with Aeromexico for the flights between MXN and CUN.
My scheduled return date was February 22nd. Suddenly, I received an SMS four hours prior to my first flight informing me that my flight from Amsterdam to Oslo was canceled, due to a storm in Amsterdam. According to that SMS, they were working on finding a solution. Soon after this, received an email informing me that I could book another flight for free.
I clicked on the link, but couldn't get a ticket for free, the system was charging me for the ticket change as usual. Then, I tried many times to call them, but got no response. I sent them a msg about that on Facebook, but after 50 mins. I hadn't got any response and couldn't reach them on the phone either. This is the first part of my complaint.
Then, I rushed to Cancun Airport in the hope of changing my ticket there. I contacted Aeromexico, since my first flight was with them. They looked indifferent and impolite from the very beginning: they told me they didn't have access to the database of KLM and couldn't do anything for that. I ask if there was any representative of KLM in that airport, they said 'no'.The only thing the did for me was to call Delta, another sister company of KLM.
When the Delta employee who tried to help me asked for the flight number of my Aeromexico flight, I asked the employee of that company about it. She said in a rude way that she doesn't have access to my passenger information and that she couldn't help me. I told her many times in Spanish and English that I only need the flight number of the next Aeromexico flight to Mexico City. She kept on repeating that, although I was trying to make clear that she didn't need my passenger info to find that. At the same time, she wasn't working with anything else, she was playing games on her smartphone and listening to music.
In the end, I was threatened by another Aeromexico employee that he would call the police. I had to walk 30m and see the flight number myself. then, the Delta employee had hang up and I had to start over again rebooking my flight. The whole rebook took me over 45 mins in the end. This is the second part of my complaint: if KLM sells me a ticket with another air carrier, they needed to guarantee me that the other company would give the same service as KLM would give to me. This means full access to my passenger information, helpfulness and politeness.
My negative surprises don't stop there. When I would finally fly back to Oslo, on Feb 27th, got the same msg, that my passenger info wasn't available. After 10 mins, the employee finally found me. However, she gave me a new boarding pass with another seat than the one I had got the day before when I checked-in online. The new seat was much more uncomfortable for a big-sized man like me. Again: if KLM sells me a ticket with another air carrier, they needed to guarantee me that the other company would give the same service as KLM would give to me. This means full access to my passenger information, helpfulness and politeness.
My husband and I are very disappointed with this airline. Had we read the prior reviews we would have never booked with them to begin with. We had to cancel a flight and $500 in seat upgrades due to an accident my husband was in two days prior to our scheduled departure to Italy. They promised a refund for the flight and the seat upgrades less the $350 cancellation fee. They even gave us a confirmation number. We received the refund for the flight (-$350) but not the upgrades. Weeks later we called and they told us they don't refund seat upgrades. Gave them the confirmation number and names of people we spoke with and they said it means nothing. They are very disorganized and some of the people you will speak with are extremely rude. The company my husband works for constantly uses them but after this they may lose some business.
I was flying from Amsterdam to Detroit on Delta. I arrived at the gate 15 minutes before departure time unfortunately the flight (apparently they close the door 20 min before departure). I was referred to KLM customer service for an alternative flight. At the KLM service desk, I was assigned to work with one of 5 female agents, all middle-aged and blonde with no name tags. The agent was verbally abusive from the get-go and repeatedly badgering me about why I was late to my flight adding that "You made the decision to be late, so you will have to purchase another ticket".
All I was asking in the most professional way to be was to be rebooked on another flight to the United States. She then went on a rant telling me the ticket shows that the boarding time was 12:00 and why did I not show up at 12:00 (3 times). Then she moved on to whether I went through Delta security, which I assured her I did. This didn't prevent her from asking the same question again. I refocused the discussion on my request for rebooking to the US. "Yes", she said, but since "You decided to be late, you will have to pay a whole new ticket". I expressed surprise because my ticket was unrestricted and asked if I could speak to a supervisor. "We have no supervisors" she said adding that I could reach KLM via the airline website. When I asked her for her name, she told me "At KLM, we don't give names. It's company policy".
With her continuously belligerent tone, I asked another agent sitting next to her if she could help me. Her answer was no because allegedly the first agent was the only one among the five who handled credit card transactions and asked me to move to another KLM help desk because "We can't help you here". I went to the other KLM help desk and it was a totally different attitude. Very friendly and helpful. When I requested the name of the agent on this unit to compliment her on her superb service, she was very reluctant to give it but did reluctantly so (initials R.B).
In a nutshell, KLM policy of not allowing employees to give their names - so I could file a complaint about someone's terrible customer service while complimenting the most professional Mrs. RB raises serious question about management's commitment to serving their customers. They may as well delete "customer service" from their ads and website. KUDOS Mrs. RB. Thumbs down KLM.
I would like to express my disappointment/outrage for the way I was treated in the flight (Delta) DL 9438 Delhi - Amsterdam operated by KLM, Jan 30. I was not served food in the flight and when I asked the flight attendant, he told me my tray was not opened. Then I asked him twice for some water I needed for my medication. He never showed up. I then pressed the button to call the attendant, no one came to my seat for about 1 hour. I had to walk myself and get a glass of water. I will file discrimination charges against the airlines and promise never to fly KLM in my life.
Sequel to my recent report to KLM, and on social media about an incident that happened during my return from London to Lagos on 28/01/2017, I am happy to confirm that this case has now been given the proper attention it deserves and resolved in a manner that is acceptable to me.
From all indications, it appears that although KLM maintains a policy that promotes fairness and cordiality to all customers, irrespective of age, social status and race, there are however some unfortunate instances where things do not go as planned. My case was one of such cases.
From the way my case was handled and appropraitely resolved, it is fair to say that although KLM is not perfect, they genuinely have the interest of customers at heart, and are always ready to commit the necessary resources, effort and time needed to get a customer's complaint resolve. Although the process leading to the desired resolution may take time, the end results are worth the patience.
On this basis, I am happy to take back my previous comments and to encourage others like me who genuinely have a case, to keep up the faith that KLM genuinely cares, and would properly investigate their complain and get them a suitable resolution in due course.
See you in July, KLM.
Dr. Wisdom Enang
Prior to now, I have flown KLM more than 10 times, but am sure that today will be the very last due to what I understand to be a racially motivate ill treatment from one of your staff named: Valerie in Terminal 4 of Heathrow Airport. In the early hours of 28/01/2017 (4:00 am), I arrived at Heathrow airport to do my check in for a 6:30am flight bound for Amsterdam. At the check in counter I met a lady named Valerie who appeared very visually upset at the time she called me over.
As soon as I arrived, she asked me to show her my carry on, and I did, and she complained it was over weight, and advised I go and redistribute the weight. I left to do as advised and returned 15 minutes later, only for her to come up with the complain that my check-in luggages were bigger than the size limit for bags for the aircraft (Even though the bags did clearly fit tightly in to the reference benchmark for acceptable baggage size). At that point, I became confused about her juggled between weight and size constraints, which she had not mentioned before.
When I asked her for some clarifications she simply said: "You either pay for excess size and excess weight or get out of here!!!" At which point I lamented about such harsh words and called a member of her management team to lay the complain. Rather than the manager listening to the case and investigating properly, the both joined hands to continuously threaten me with the following words:1. If you keep talking, I will stop checking you in and you will not fly.
2. If you keep complaining you will run out of time, so keep quiet and pay the money.
3. Just pay the money and go.
At some point during the whole fiasco, I got very infuriated because my bag is clearly a zipper bag which is here-in attached to this message for clarifications. Being a zipper bag means the bag can be reduced in size as per needed. I offered Miss Valerie the option of reducing the bag size so I can pay only for the over weight charge and she was adamant about her claim and started being very insulting, asking me to pay 610c Euros or leave her desk. She then went on to order the immediate removal of my items from her scale. At which point, I asked her what I did wrong to necessitate such treatment, and she turned round to say: "I don't care what happens to you, if you don't want to pay the money, then leave."
The manager further added insults to injury by telling me the following: "The airport is a place for travelling, not where we cater for your baggage needs. It is either you pay or forfeit the flight." When it became clear that no one was going to listen to me, I paid 610 Euros cash for which according to her was the cost of one extra bag and an over sized baggage. My major grievances with the way I was treated this morning are:-1. Valerie was very insulting and was supported by her manager, without him bothering to understand and listen to what the issue was.
2. Even when I offered her the option of reducing the size of the bag, she was adamant about my paying the money and constantly insulted, and threatened me to that effect.
3. She felt it was not her responsibility to explain what the charges were for, nor seek to listen to other options I can explore to reduce this cost.
4. She clearly had a visual upset as soon as she realised it was me she called to serve. Right off the bat, I got a very nasty treatment from her.
5. If she was willing to stop threatening me with uploading my bags and was willing to listen to me and seek to understand that it was possible to reduce the size of that bag, my total cost would not have exceeded (300 Euros).
They were at least 4 passengers (3 ** and a Chinese girl - who literally screamed and cried for the same treatment this morning). On a summary basis, this would suggest a negative racial bias in the way your staff approaches customers. I have sincerely lost faith in the willingness of KLM management of handle my complains, and if I don't get a reasonable level of closure in this case, I will take my case to the press including the audio exchange which was recorded unknown to your ranting staff who were very abusive. This is not the right way to treat even the least of your customers. No matter way, we the customers matter.
I flew back to the UK EDI 23rd of Last Dec. My flight was via Amsterdam and due to delays on my original flight we just about made our connecting flight. When we arrived in BUD we were told our bags didn't make it but would be delivered this evening. I advised the customer service rep that I would be traveling next day for xmas and new year and wouldn't be at home, so they asked me for an alternative address. I gave them my mum's address in Liverpool. The same evening I got a call and was told the bag couldn't be delivered on the evening of the 23rd and should be delivered next day. I asked for am (before 11 am) delivery before I travel. No call or contact that day until about 2-3 pm on the 24th when I got a call from Liverpool airport advising that my bag was there and ready for me to collect.
I couldn't collect and couldn't get my mum to travel to the airport so I called KLM and this was the kicker, they told me I was mistaken my bag was in Belfast and would be delivered that evening, I said "I just got a call from Liverpool airport and they could see my bag." The woman told me "be patient sir. Your bag will be delivered this evening." As expected no delivery took place.
On the 26th I got a call from Liverpool airport saying my bag was there and ready for me to collect. I asked if they would deliver and charge KLM. They asked and their carrier refused as they said there was no agreement between KLM and Liverpool airport. I called KLM on the 26th and they advised that I'm mistaken as my bag is in Amsterdam. Despite what I said about Liverpool airport I was ignored and told they are looking into it. After that I called multiple times and was told to fill out forms online, forms that didn't actually work and they had to send me a working link. I filled out a form with details of my bag contents so they could locate the bag (at this stage I had to just play along as they stop listening when I say it is in Liverpool). Seems like they have system and process limitations preventing them from getting the bag back from Liverpool or onward delivering from there.
Then I decided to write a complaint. The missing baggage helpline said to contact the customer services dept online so I did and was referred back to missing baggage forum. So after 3-4 weeks without my bag I decided to just email every email address I could find of KLM employees. A day later I got a response from the customer services team saying "thanks for contacting our CEO and please fill out a claim form and provide receipts so we can process a claim." I then sent a mail to Liverpool airport how sent me a photo of my bag and confirmed it was there. So I mailed KLM asking for them to arrange a delivery to my home from Liverpool. Hopefully now it is in writing they can't ignore the fact anymore.
Then about an hour later my mum got a call from an unfriendly employee. I she thinks was from EDI airport and didn't get her number but the employee was basically implying we have left our bag in Liverpool and should pick it up ASAP. I have flown KLM for years for my work and this is the 1st time this has happened to me. So it seems things work well in KLM as long as process is correctly flowing. But as soon as there is an problem in the process no one at KLM can get things moving quickly and it seems to even include their CEO.
I wish I wasn't writing this review, but I feel obliged to share my recent experience with KLM. I would actively deter friends and family of flying with Delta/KLM, hence I thought I should let the general public know too. Overall, we were delayed 5 hrs on the way over, and 4 hrs on the return flight, and the outbound flight resulted in lost baggage for my brother, and the inbound flight lost luggage for all of us. It has been two days and counting, and I still have not received my suitcase.
The customer service has been appalling, nobody seems to care about your possessions' whereabouts, and keep relocating the responsibility to other departments. Upon 2 days later, they still have not been able to tell me if my suitcase is still in NYC or Zurich, perhaps both by the sound of their confusion. Excuses have ranged from Schiphol Airport being very busy, to Zurich being busy, to "perhaps it's the fault of JFK Airport." But then others say all the luggage from the airport has been cleared, and Zurich is so organized they would have send it over already.
I just wanted to make everyone aware that this airline, for which you have to pay premium price, does not provide any value. It provides you with a massive headache, and the feeling of not being valued as a customer whatsoever. I always held KLM/Delta in high regard, but I have never experienced anything like this. A 100% strike rate of losing my brother's suitcase for instance, how is that even possible? I have flown around the world, including cheap/budget airlines, and I have never lost luggage until this day. If you can help it, make sure never to fly with KLM/Delta. I have contacted them regarding remuneration, but to no avail.
I've had a very bad experience with KLM. Their customer service gave a bad advice that messed up my booking. I booked a trip from Leeds Bradford - UK to Amman - Jordan. The trip has 2 transits, 1 in Amsterdam and the other in Paris. However, I'm not an EU citizen but have UK residency. So, before I go ahead and book the flight I had worries about whether I'm going to need visa or not as I'm transiting through EU! So I called KLM customer service and I spoke to one of their agents.
I explained the trip route and my worries and mentioned all the relevant information that could affect her advice like my passport etc... She replied and said that "You can transit through EU, it won't be a problem as you are staying less than 24 hours in each transit." She said that I won't need visa and it's totally fine to book the flight. On the trip day I went to Leeds Bradford airport and at their counter, their agents refused my ticket saying that "You need visa for this trip. You can't transit through 2 EU countries," so I left the airport and now I lost the money and the reservation.
I tried to put in a complaint and inform them that my booking was based on their advice. They said "Sorry, we cannot assist you as it's a visa problem and you're responsible on it." They kept repeating the same sentence, whatever I say they just repeat it until I gave up. I'm wondering that how can you advise a customer with something and whenever I book the flight you give me a whole different rules and conditions. Where is the accuracy and professionalism in that?? In conclusion, KLM is horrible option to travel with especially within EU. It's all about surprises!!!
As was suspected my refund was held up in an old credit card account and not transferred to the newer account. This matter is now resolved and KLM has been very helpful and blameless in this matter.
My wife and I booked a return flight from Toronto to Amsterdam in January 2016 scheduled for October 1st 2016. We had to cancel so on August 31st, 2016 I immediately used their online cancellation form to get as refund minus their outrageous cancellation fee of $350 each. Two months later NO REFUND despite numerous calls to their North America call center for answers. The excuse is always the refund comes from Europe which of course I cannot access because we booked from Toronto. In the digital age of electronic payments it is inconceivable that KLM cannot provide refunds as quickly as they take your money. Do not book with KLM, they will rip you off if you cancel and expect a refund.
For all of you who cared and UNcared about our trip from Bangkok to Barcelona on Sunday 14/08/2016, we would like to share the events. We had to travel in flight KL876 at 12:05 belonging to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. As acquainted tourists, we arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport on time and at 9:50 we already had our luggage checked-in. We passed the corresponding controls, and finally, around 11 we got to passport control. Either because of weak organization, or because of the recent attacks, document processing was really slow. Around 11:20 we began worrying because of the advancing time, but our ease came from the fact that we were immediately behind a group of people from our flight. Besides, we paid attention for last calls from the company. However, they did not come!
Anyway, after a tremendous sprint through the airport, we managed to arrive at the boarding gate at 11:57, needless to say – late. The plane was there, the jet bridge too. And Mr. Punnavit ** too… He said that we were not getting on that plane because we were late. He asked for our tickets with a smile, and we still thought that we would fly. He scratched off the tickets and refused to give them back to us, although we demanded them. His explanation about why we were not flying was that he was the SUPERVISOR and he decided so, i.e. that the impossibility to fly did not come from other circumstances, but him. After this several-minute conversation, he ordered our luggage to be removed from the plane.
We charge KLM represented by Mr. ** of an absurd behavior towards their clients. Even as we were crying, which would be understandable for those who want to put themselves in our place, he was manifestly enjoying, and believe us, his smile was not provoked by his kindness, but the celebration of His Mastery. The humiliation and the impotence were crushing.
We charge KLM represented by Mr. ** of personal attitude towards us, because we were not the only ones who did not meet the deadline for boarding (as we previously mentioned, there was a group of Dutch tourists immediately in front of us who definitely did not meet the deadline either). If Mr. **’s decision was not subjective, but principle, he would have taken off our luggage before he saw us (because baggage cannot travel without a passenger).
We charge KLM represented by Mr. ** of inactivity and inflexibility in work organization in emergency situations, and disinterest about passengers. It is natural that employees know the distance between the passport control and the gate, and opportunely inform their passengers with a last call, so that they can ask for a quicker passing.
Now we are going to count the days until someone appears and humanly explains what led to this situation. The answer that we were late we have already heard it by KLM representatives in their office in Bangkok and on phone calls. Please, do not suit us with PR and jurist replies. All they can say, we had already read it in provisions. Please, give us at least one reason in order to convince us that we did not depend on the favor of one and only person: for instance, that the retention of the jet bridge for a minute costs the company a lot of money, while luggage removal is free. Or that your company policy is to discipline your much too relaxed passengers after their holidays, (by the way, aside from having travelled around Thailand, we also took part in the project “UVolunteer”).
So, we start counting the humans in KLM and their reactions. Or all of you will pretend that you have not read this and you will secretly think what your supervisor said aloud: “You are welcome!” Yet, it does not matter how much it cost us (not only financially), the formal cause – our delay, will comfort your consciousness.
Racial awful comment By KLM flight attendant for my child. Carry on baggage issue. Racial Flight Attendant. Lost our baggage - trying to locate.
KLM suddenly decided that all Indians are vegetarian... I traveled in their flight from Delhi to Amsterdam and back and in both flight they announced that they "proud" to serve only vegetarian food as if all the Indians are vegetarian, or at least if they travel in KLM they are forced to be vegetarian... KLM people please understand more than 70% people in India are non-vegetarians. You can very well make a meal where the main item you can switch from veg and non-veg. In that way you can satisfy the total group. In my trip when I pointed out this to the hostess, he rudely told me "This is the food for you... eat or starve." I am frequent international flyer, and my experience tells me that if you are a vegetarian and can tolerate racial discrimination then only think about KLM... otherwise it is better to avoid them.
I am writing this to explain the horrible experience that I faced because of your staff at Indira Gandhi international airport India. I planned to travel India via KLM Royal Dutch KL871 flight on May 27 with ticket no ** and reservation code ** with my two kids from Toronto Pearson YYZ. At the Toronto airport, staff inquired me if I wanted to take my hand baggage with me to the cabin or wanted to check it in with the other 23 kg bags. I agreed to check in my hand baggage with the big suitcases so I did not need to worry about carrying them with me.
Now all of my baggage were according to the standard measurements as explained on your site. I had no problem in check in from Toronto to India. Problem started when I was returning back to Canada on June 27, 2016 from Delhi. We took the same flight KLM ROYAL DUTCH AIR LINES KL872 and I had the same luggage with me as I had when I took off from Canada to India.
When I went to check in at Indira Gandhi airport, I found that the staff was very rude and non-cooperative with the passengers. They said that I could not carry these hand baggage in cabin as these were oversized. I told them that these bags were under measurement (25 pounds and 43 inches) and they could measure it with the measurement tape. She said they had no time to measure it. This is weird for the same flight taking off at different airports and following different policies.
The staff member also said, "Policies are different at different stations for the same flight." We were shocked to hear that. She said not to argue with her and if I have to travel then l have to pay $180 for two bags to be checked in. I told her that I was not carrying that much money at the moment. And she replied back and said, "Either pay or miss the flight." I felt being harassed by the staff. I was traveling alone with my kids and had no contact with the family at that time as I did not have any cellphones on me. I was scared and was feeling helpless. I did not want to miss the flight and did not want to spend $180 which I didn't have anyways at that time.
After a while, one passenger who was also traveling in the same flight with us guided me and said that I should wrap two handbags into one baggage and pay for one bag instead for two. He said that I have to pay anyways so why not pay less? I asked the staff person and she said yes. Thus, I end up paying Rs.350 to wrap my luggage and another 4760 rupees ($90) with receipt no **, dated June 27.2016 to get my baggage checked in. I also checked online and found that the fees for extra baggage is $75 CAD not $90. That means she could have checked in my handbags but she forced me to pay or miss the flight.
Also, I want to draw your attention on another incident. At the same time when the same staff member was harassing me, she was doing the same thing with one other family. She forced them to pay extra money for hand baggage. She was telling them that their handbag and laptop bags all in together should weigh 12 kg. As I know laptop bags are never counted in as baggage to pay. She also instructed other staff member to not give boarding passes to that family until they pay that extra money. I witnessed that the other family was even ready to take their tickets back and miss the flight because of the behaviour of that particular staff member. They were even ready to have hand to hand fight with that staff member. Their kids were so afraid to see all that. In the end, that family also ended up paying extra money.
Unfortunately, I forgot to get the name of that staff member. Time was passing by and we had to get in the plane on time by passing through immigration and security line in one hour. However, your record can tell you the name of the staff person that was working that day. This incident has led me to never choose KLM airlines for future destinations and would recommend my friends and family to not take it because of their rude behaviour and non-cooperativeness. This is one complete issue of harassment. I would appreciate if you can look into this matter and take strict actions against that particular staff member.
Since when does a major airline allow you to only check in ONE SUITCASE weighing only 50 POUNDS on a TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHT? Since KLM started to behave like a low cost airline, apparently. I paid around 800 euros (NOT low cost!) to fly from Amsterdam to Brazil round trip, and realized the night before that I was only allowed to bring one suitcase. So I had to repack everything, and was still a little over weight. So when I got to the airport, I hoped to find someone nice at the counter, but instead a computer was weighing my bag and telling me I had to pay 100 euros (!) for 2 kilos overweight. So I was forced to throw away protective packing, stuff presents for my friends into my pockets, and layer up my clothing in order to get the suitcase weight down and please the machine. I'll definitely skip KLM next time -- unless, of course, their fares are low enough to justify low cost airline behavior.
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