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Topic: KLM Introduces Taking An Option On Flight And Fare
Username: kl911
Posted 2010-12-13 15:15:59 and read 5831 times.

About time i would say, travelagents already offered this since the beginning, but the limit of 14 days surprises me.

Quote KLM.com:

By taking an option on a ticket, we save the ticket and fare for 14 days - depending on the departure date - for you. The price is guaranteed for that period. So you can decide about your purchase in your own time.

Taking an option does not oblige you to anything, and is available for almost all fare types.

Source:

http://www.klm.com/travel/nl_en/abou...ews/Take_an_option_on_a_flight.htm

Topic: RE: KLM Introduces Taking An Option On Flight And Fare
Username: MPDPilot
Posted 2010-12-13 15:44:37 and read 5738 times.

This is a great feature, I wish more airlines would do this. If you think about it, even if the person doesn't by the ticket if they put that fare back out for sale after 14 days it is almost sure to sell as it would likely be far less than other fares (assuming we are somewhat close to departure date).

Topic: RE: KLM Introduces Taking An Option On Flight And Fare
Username: 9252fly
Posted 2010-12-13 15:56:12 and read 5688 times.

Thought I saw another recent thread that may have been deleted suggesting CO were also offering the same thing.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-1...customers-pay-to-lock-in-fare.html

Topic: RE: KLM Introduces Taking An Option On Flight And Fare
Username: kl911
Posted 2010-12-13 15:56:54 and read 5688 times.

Does anyone know what other airlines are doing this besides KLM and UA?

Topic: RE: KLM Introduces Taking An Option On Flight And Fare
Username: Aesma
Posted 2010-12-13 16:31:30 and read 5571 times.

I booked an AF flight end of November and there was also this feature, I didn't remember it from my previous flight so it must have been new (maybe from the same date as KLM).

Quoting MPDPilot (Reply 1):
This is a great feature, I wish more airlines would do this. If you think about it, even if the person doesn't by the ticket if they put that fare back out for sale after 14 days it is almost sure to sell as it would likely be far less than other fares (assuming we are somewhat close to departure date).

Well, that doesn't make economic sense. Rather, the yield management system would adjust to a "cancellation" and that's all.

Topic: RE: KLM Introduces Taking An Option On Flight And Fare
Username: BasilFawlty
Posted 2010-12-13 16:42:30 and read 5523 times.

I would be happier if KL introduces affordable one-way fares in stead of useless features like this.   

Topic: RE: KLM Introduces Taking An Option On Flight And Fare
Username: Aesma
Posted 2010-12-14 06:24:50 and read 5024 times.

Yeah that could be nice too (for AF it's the same), when I bought my ticket I took a return flight with the intention of not using the return leg because of this. In the end I'll take the return, but that's because my brother can't afford the one way ticket in the other direction so he'll ride the car I was gonna use. I can understand a higher price for one way, but here the one way was three times the return, it doesn't make sense !

Topic: RE: KLM Introduces Taking An Option On Flight And Fare
Username: kl911
Posted 2010-12-14 07:44:39 and read 4900 times.

Quoting BasilFawlty (Reply 5):
I would be happier if KL introduces affordable one-way fares in stead of useless features like this

So true! I almost never consider KLM for this reason alone. BA, SK, BD, MA and many others have oneway fare structures, why doesnt KLM?

Anyone with a list of EU airlines with oneway fares? Skip the LCC's they all have oneways.

Topic: RE: KLM Introduces Taking An Option On Flight And Fare
Username: CXA330300
Posted 2010-12-14 08:13:26 and read 4821 times.

I vaguely remember seeing a "hold" option with AA although I think that only lasts seventy-two hours.

Topic: RE: KLM Introduces Taking An Option On Flight And Fare
Username: tsugambler
Posted 2010-12-14 10:59:05 and read 4629 times.

Quoting CXA330300 (Reply 8):
I vaguely remember seeing a "hold" option with AA although I think that only lasts seventy-two hours.

There is indeed a "hold" option on AA.com, although the hold is only 24 hours after midnight on the day you hold the ticket. I've used that option many times.


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