Which airlines accept Paypal payments for flights?

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Over the last years Paypal has firmly established itself as a mainstream online payment provider with millions of users worldwide. An increasing number of international airlines allow Paypal to be used for flight ticket payments.

Be aware that some airlines can have various restrictions – a Paypal payment option may only be available for residents of certain countries. Sometimes only flights priced in specific currencies may be available for Paypal purchase.

When paying by Paypal do check the payment fee that the airline charges – compare this with other forms of payment that may be available. Using Paypal it is possible to make the payment via a credit card, debit card, bank transfer or using any positive balance in your account.

Finally, consider that paying by credit card directly (not via Paypal) in many countries will offer you a far higher degree of consumer protection should the airline go bankrupt. For example, in the UK paying by credit card for goods priced £100 to £30,000 makes the retailer and card company jointly liable.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Lounges (The Complete Guide)

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Aspire Lounge 41 (non-Schengen) at Amsterdam Schiphol airport

Amsterdam Schiphol (IATA code: AMS) is a major European airport hub. In this guide we will review every airport lounge available at Amsterdam Schiphol airport. There are currently 7 Amsterdam airport lounges plus a private VIP lounge facility and an international rail lounge.

We will also overview all shower facilities to be found at Amsterdam Schiphol.

So if you are looking for a lounge from a major airline/alliance or a paid-for-entry airport lounge at Amsterdam Schiphol then please read on…

The access rules for each Schiphol lounge is explained and lounges are also marked by alliance and whether entrance is possible by payment or via the Priority Pass program. Click here for a special 10% discount on annual Priority Pass membership which provides unlimited access to 2 Schiphol lounges as well as 950 other lounges worldwide.

Note that Schiphol has a slightly confusing number notation system when it comes to lounges. “Lounge 1/2/3/4” actually refers to each of the 4 main public departure lounge areas. The airline lounges have a dedicated (and seemingly random) number assigned to them – such as 25, 26, 40, 41 and 52! See the official Schiphol site for terminal maps.

Airline Lounges at Amsterdam Schiphol

Aspire Lounges (2) [PAID] [PRIORITY PASS] [STAR ALLIANCE] – Swissport runs 2 ‘Aspire’ branded lounges at Amsterdam Schiphol. There is Lounge 41 (non-Schengen, main picture at the top of page) which is found on the second upper level of the Lounge 2 departure area near the E Gates. Lounge 26 (Schengen, pictured below) is on the upper level between Lounges 1 and 2, near the D gates. Both lounges offer seating and business areas plus drinks and light snacks. Lounge 41 also has shower facilities for an extra fee (€20). Lounges can get very busy at peak hours. Opening hours are 0600-2330 (41) and 0530-2130 (26) daily.

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Aspire Lounge 26 (Schengen) at Amsterdam Schiphol airport

How to access Aspire lounge Amsterdam Schiphol:
• Paid entry, from £20/€25 for a 3 hour stay. You can book Aspire Lounge 41 (NON-Schengen) here or book the Aspire Lounge 26 (Schengen) here
• Priority Pass/Diners Club holders.
• Elite or business/first class passengers of Adria Airways/Aegean/Aeroflot/Air Astana/Air Baltic/Air Lituanica/Air Malta/American Airlines/Arke/Aurstian Airlines/Bulgaria Air/Croatia Airlines/Egyptair/El Al/Emirates/Estonian Air/EVA Air/Finnair/Flybe/Garuda/Icelandair/Iran Air/LOT Polish/Lufthansa/Malaysia Airlines/Qatar Airways/Royal Air Maroc/Royal Jordanian/SAS/Singapore Airlines/Surinam Airways/Swiss/TAP/Turkish Airlines/United Airlines
• Note, most of the Star Alliance airlines use these lounges; Singapore Airlines has a separated section within Lounge 41.
• ABN Amro Preferred Banking clients (temporary)

How To Get a Free Airline Upgrade

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A free airline upgrade to business class or first class is the holy grail for many travellers. We would all like to buy a dirt-cheap discount economy ticket and then get ourselves upgraded or ‘bumped up’ into a premium class. After all, who doesn’t want the free airport lounge access, flat seats and superior VIP service both on board and on the ground.

Now free airline upgrades happen to be a rather emotive subject for a number of reasons:

  • Airline classes have a top-down hierarchical structure with the masses mainly flying in economy (coach) class.
  • Economy class is generally cramped and uncomfortable, particularly on long flights.
  • Business class and first class airfares often sell at a significant premium to economy fares. The average flyer will happily pay £450/$600 for a coach seat on an international long-haul flight but would certainly not pay £2,200/$2,900 for a business class seat. That’s happens to be a fare ratio of almost 5:1.
  • A free upgrade to the more comfortable business class cabin is perceived as very valuable to an economy passenger.
  • However the actual cost to the airline to upgrade an economy passenger to an empty seat in business or first class is marginal, perhaps $50-$100 more – hence the reason that free airline upgrades can often happen.
  • With millions of passengers flying worldwide in different classes it is inevitable that airlines will sometimes have to upgrade passengers to a higher class.

Whilst the free airline upgrade is sought-after, the reality these days is that it rarely happens to the “average” passenger. Such operational upgrades (or “op-ups”) are mainly the result of overbooked cabins. These upgrades are often already decided automatically by computer algorithms well before the flight.

But first, let’s take a closer look at the mechanics of an operational upgrade process.

Let’s Play Musical Chairs (Airline Style)

Airlines routinely oversell seats on flights in order to maximise revenue and increase load factors. This causes some consternation amongst the travelling public however it does probably help keep airfares a little lower.

Most airlines use yield management software which calculates the predicted number of no-shows on a specific route at a certain time and date. In other words, it works out how many tickets they can oversell on a flight.

On occasion the airline miscalculates. Every so often there will be too many passengers turning up at the airport and not enough available seats on the flight.

For example, consider an aircraft with a seating configuration of 127-39-42-8 in economy, premium economy, business and first class, respectively.