KLM Airlines recently challenged our family to take part in a treasure hunt in Amsterdam. Part of the appeal was the ability to fly to Amsterdam from Birmingham airport, a swift 50 minute flight into a family city break in Holland’s playful capital. We flew out with A Mummy Too‘s family, minus Emily who was filming in London and joined us later on. The kids loved that we travelled over from Nottingham together in a minibus and had time for a Giraffe brekkie of pancakes and full and veggie English brekkies at the airport. Dads, boys and girls bonded over not being at Download festival, rock music, tattoos, pokemon and plastic giraffes and I took pictures!
The kids were so excited to hang out together and to go on an adventure out of the country together. We let them lead the way, it was a warm up for the Twitter treasure hunt!
The welcome was warm on board, the kids were all given crayons, colouring books and their own KLM passport covers by staff, a brilliant touch. The plane was clean and seating above average in comfort levels. The staff were friendly and super efficient, it’s amazing they manage to serve everyone a complimentary snack and drink package on such a short flight. I can’t remember the last time I had such a food treat on board a plane and I absolutely loved the Dutch style packaging. Look at that windmill and the houses, it was a lovely way to start talking about what we might see in Amsterdam. It was an unexpected treat on such short flight and really made the flight an experience.
On the flight out there was just time to enjoy this moist chocolate and vanilla swirl cake, a coffee and an orange juice before it was time to pack up for landing. On the return flight, on Saturday afternoon I enjoyed a mini falafel wrap and a mini bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, another very pleasurable aeroplane food experience. The views of Amsterdam out of the window were lovely, we could already spot some canals.
Schiphol airport was a very positive experience too, checking in on our return we were amazed at how high tech this hub for international transfers is, the self efficient service check in machines, the self service machines that open up to take away your check in baggage, but there were still plenty of staff on hand to help out. At Schiphol our experiences were really relaxed and efficient, a great mix of Dutch warmth, humour and efficiency.
At Schiphol we noticed everyone down to passport control spoke to the children warmly. Travelling through airports with kids can be a bit stressful for parents and intimidating for children so it makes a difference when staff have a sense of humour.
‘Now, you are going to Germany yes?’ said the KLM staff at the gate as he checked our passports and boarding passes. The kids looked at him confused.
“Only joking, Birmingham right!’ he smiled.
Another great reason to fly KLM Airlines is that Schiphol is their home base, you can reach nearly anywhere via Amsterdam via their worldwide network, although I recommend you absolutely must stop off in Amsterdam. Schipol also has a fantastic sense of humour on twitter (@Schiphol), great customer service and fabulous duty free shopping, I came home with some lovely duty free make up and the kids enjoyed the book shop and market place style snack bars.
The only downside to flying KLM was Mr A singing ‘KLM uh huh uh huh’ sporadically throughout the weekend, to the tune of the KLF classic.
On Friday I can’t wait to tell you all about Amsterdam and the treasure hunt, but in the meantime I have written about the eco hotel we stayed in over at A Residence.
We flew from Birmingham airport as a guest of KLM to their hub at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam. Our flights were complementary, return flights with KLM UK from Birmingham to Amsterdam start from just £79 per person, though with KLM you can fly from over 17 UK based airports to reach Amsterdam.