Martinique & Guadeloupe: €985 Nonstop Air Caraibes Business Class

Martinique beach

French carrier Air Caraibes offers comely business class fares to a bunch to Caribbean destinations Martinique & Guadeloupe. €1,310 €1,125 €985 round trips are available in 2021, starting in Paris-Orly.

Update

Prices have dropped for a fourth time since last week – tickets are now available as low as €985 directly at Air Caraibes’ website.

This fare is the newest chapter in an ongoing price war between French airlines. Travel to French overseas departements in all classes is discounted. While Air Caraibes’ business class offers is the most appealing, we recommend looking at Air France for economy fares and Corsair’s premium economy offer.

Info

Worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. We strongly recommend gathering detailed information about the travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to your desired origin and destination.

A good start is the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website. It provides current updates on a country’s immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.

TX ORY FDF C 985
The cheapest and most modern business class offer from Paris-Orly.

While Air Caraibes is infamous for its minimum comfort Economy class – it offers a fairly good premium cabin. Especially on its brand-new Airbus A350-1000 fleet that features lie flat seats.

Search & Book

According to the fare rules, you may find flights at this fare until September 30, 2020. Minimum duration of stay is three days or a night from Saturday to Sunday. Flights at this fare are available until September 2021, with block out dates applying during the holiday seasons.

You can find matching travel dates with Google Flights and book them through our flight search at the link above or Air Caraibes website. We strongly recommend buying your tickets directly with the airline.

Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?

More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:

  1. The Covid-19 Pandemic
    During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.

    Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
  2. Better Customer Service
    In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.

    If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.

    This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
  3. Baggage Fees
    Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.

Air Caraibes’ Business Class

While their Air Caraibes’ economy class features an as uncommon as uncomfortable 3-3-3 seating on A330 planes and 3-4-3 seating on their A350s, Air Caraibes’ Business Class is a well-designed product. Their Classe Madras branded cabin is arranged in a 2-2-2 lie flat seating grid with 17″ monitors and touchscreen remotes on their A350-1000s.

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A caption from Air Caraibes’ Classe Madras.

Mileage

Air Caraibes sells these tickets in booking class I. They will only be credited in Air Caraibes’ own frequent flyer program, resulting in 5,250 miles for flights to the Caribbean Islands.

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