I have in the past talked about many ways HERE and HERE that you can avoid bag fees. This one does not always work but since you only get one bag FREE going to Europe in coach, why not look at this possible workaround to save $100 for your second bag internationally.
Now as you can see from the screen shot above, you can sign up for the KLM Flying Blue golf where your clubs go free (i.e. an extra bag over the one free you normally get).
Is there a downside to this? Yes, there are some real downsides for example if earning Skymiles are your main concern for the trip. Officially you need to have your Flying Blue number in the reservation and you must print the voucher for each direction to get the perk. You could, after check-in, try to change your number online but it will be a YMMV situation (or risk before or after printing your bag voucher). Also, it could be a good idea to have “that special putter” in with your other things in your “hard case” golf bag that may have things inside other than just your putter (you should pack things around it to keep it safe anyway). Then there is transporting your hard case in a taxi etc.
So maybe this idea is not the perfect solution to avoid the $200 round trip extra bag fee. But if you are on a cheap ticket, and don’t care much about points and mostly are worried about cost do keep this little gem mind as an option if you really want it! 😉 – René
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