Here's an update to our plans, with a request for some help with in-airport navigation to plan our route through Schiphol...
Overall plan remains the same: we're flying SEA-AMS on a Delta FF award ticket, then upon arrival in Schiphol we're changing airlines/planes to go out on AirBaltic AMS-VNO (paid). These flights are on two separate tickets (a complication) and the connection time in AMS is tight: 1 hour 50 minutes, assuming both flights run as scheduled (a challenge, but one I have accepted). A minor detail or two have changed (our original routing had us starting SEA-PDX on Delta then with a short connection there to PDX-AMS for the TATL flight; due to a Delta schedule change, I was able to switch to an equivalent non-stop flight from SEA-AMS, which will streamline things a bit for us, but ironically the scheduled arrival time into AMS is exactly the same, so it won't help us with the tight connection in AMS).
My questions, for those more familiar with Schiphol than I am, are about planning my route through the airport once we step off the plane.
Im trying to figure out where in the airport my inbound Delta flight will arrive (I'm finding lots of conflicting info on that - no two sources seem to agree on even what "terminals" or "concourses" are called there, and every source seems to use it's own terminology...). It seems that there's really just one sprawling "terminal" with about 6 (or maybe 9) "piers" (depending how you count them). The "Piers" (perhaps what some of us might call a "Concours" or section) are usually (but not always) designated alphabetically: Pier B, C, D, E, F, and G, with G having been sub-divided into "Platforms" confusingly designated as G, H, J and Y. OK, fine (the designer/planner in me just does eye-rolls and forehead smacks, but OK, I don't get to design the world)...
Then I'm looking for where my next flight departs from. And what choke-points I'll need to get through on the way. I'm surprised and dismayed at how difficult this task is - not the actual navigation, just getting a picture of where these places are. And I'm sitting here at a computer connected to the internet with lots of time and resources - god help the exhausted traveler stumbling off a red-eye trying to find their way...
I'm trying to get a sense of where to go when we charge off the plane, so we're not running around like headless chickens. I'm a map guy. I can follow a diagram. Even without a GPS, I usually know which way is north. But so far I've been stymied trying to get a picture of where I will begin in this airport (Delta arrival gate) and where I need to exit it (AirBaltic departure gate).
As best I can tell, it appears that Delta's international flights from North America generally arrive in "Pier D" or maybe "Pier E", although most official-looking (or at least somewhat credible-looking) sources claim these flights arrive in "Terminal 3" (gee, thanks).
It appears that AirBaltic, the flight I need to connect to there, departs from "Hall 2" (oh, great, yet another designation....hey, why don't they designate some departure gates using Roman Numerals, Binary or Hexadecimal? Yeah, just head for Gate LVIII, in Concourse 0b111001, that's in Terminal 0x11...)
Can anyone here provide real-world details on 1) where Delta flights from North America typically pull up, and 2) where AirBaltic flights depart from?
Once armed with those seemingly inscrutable details, I may have some questions about the most efficient path to follow between them.
Thank you for the assistance!