KLM Introduces “Layover with a Local” in Amsterdam

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A few weeks ago, Icelandair announced its new stopover buddy service for passengers, a program that pairs guests with a local so you can get out and explore Iceland on your stopover before continuing on to your final destination. And who better to show you around than someone who lives there, right? Now KLM is following in Icelandair’s footsteps and announcing its own “Layover with a Local” service.

The program is very similar to Icelandair’s — the biggest difference being that KLM’s locals aren’t airline employees, whereas Icelandair’s buddies are. KLM’s service matches you with an Amsterdam local and pays for your train ride to the meeting place in the city center as well as the first round of drinks at a neighborhood bar.

In order to participate, you must be flying from the US, Canada or Italy between March 22 and May 31, 2016, and your layover must be at least six hours long. All planning is done through a convenient app.

Ultimately, this sounds like a great idea if you have a long layover in Amsterdam — or a good reason to go out of your way to book a long layover for future travel.

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