File this under “Something I’ll probably never use, but had no idea and find kind of interesting.”
Brussels Airlines chauffeur service
I’m not sure if this is currently on offer or not (due to the pandemic) but it appears that Brussels Airlines is offering chauffeur service when you arrive and depart from Brussels airport. Am I the only one who had no idea about it?
The conditions of participation are interesting. Instead of being tied to booking Business Class at full price, it depends on how much your ticket costs. You are entitled if:
- You are a single passenger with a minimum price of € 2,500 excluding taxes
- You are two or more passengers traveling to or from the same European address with combined fares of € 2,500 excluding taxes
- Flights must be marketed and operated by Brussels Airlines and your ticket must be booked through the airline
- You have to travel long distances to and from Africa or the USA
The new A330 Business Class from Brussels Airlines
With this service, you can both be picked up on arrival at Brussels Airport and driven to Brussels Airport on departure.
According to Brussels Airlines, the chauffeur service can take you to one of the following locations:
- Aalsmeer, Amsterdam, Breda, The Hague, Dordrecht, Eindhoven, Haarlem, Hilversum, Maastricht, Rotterdam, Tilburg, Terneuzen, Utrecht, Zaanstad, Zoetermeer and all other Dutch cities between Brussels and these cities.
- Lille, Arras, Cambrai, Abbeville, Amiens, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Douai, Dunkerque, Maubeuge, Calais, Saint-Quentin and all other French cities between Brussels and these cities
- Luxembourg and all other Luxembourg cities
- Bonn, Cologne, Leverkusen, Solingen, Krefeld, Düsseldorf, Mönchengladbach, Duisburg, Essen, Wuppertal, Dortmund, Bochum and all other German cities between Brussels and these cities
In some cases, these are shockingly long stretches. For example, Brussels to Dortmund is about 270 km long and this journey takes about three hours.
To book this service you need to contact the Brussels Airlines Service Center.
It is not entirely clear what type of car you will be driven in, but it is called chauffeur service so I would assume you will not be put on a bus or train. If so, this is quite a generous offer. If you look at Blacklane for example, the cheapest chauffeur service from Brussels to Dortmund would cost over € 500 each way.
This is a bit surprising …
We used to see some airlines offering chauffeur service. However, over time, this is a benefit that many airlines have removed, and those who still offer it have largely added many limitations.
This offered service surprises me on many levels:
- In Europe, traveling by train is largely efficient and civilized, requiring less car service to and from Brussels than many parts of the US, UAE, etc.
- Brussels Airlines has historically been considered the lowest award among the long haul airlines in the Lufthansa Group (the others are Austrian, Lufthansa and SWISS). So it is interesting that it is also the only airline that offers this service in Europe
- Most airlines link chauffeur service eligibility to booking a specific fare, while Brussels Airlines depends on how much you spend on your ticket. This is an interesting metric, especially since you can combine multiple passenger fares
Brussels Airlines A330
Brussels Airlines offers a chauffeur service for long-haul pilots who together spend at least € 2,500 on tickets. In some cases, the chauffeur service applies to journeys of up to a few hours, which is certainly generous.
Currently, Brussels Airlines is one of the few airlines in Europe that still offers this service, which you would not expect as it is not a particularly premium airline.
Has anyone ever used the Brussels Airlines chauffeur service?