Skyteam member Air France has issued a pair of highly attractive business class fares from Paris. Nonstop roundtrips to Caribbean destinations like Guadeloupe and Martinique are available at €1,298. These offers are a rare chance to get a discounted roundtrip in a proper long-haul business class with lie-flat-seats to an attractive holiday destination. The offer is valid for flights in Summer 2021.
Thanks to Air France’s rebooking policies, all of these flights are fully refundable. If you cancel your booking, the airline will reimburse you with a voucher. You can choose to cash that voucher back to your bank account or use it for a different booking.
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.
- St.Maarten at €1,298
- Punta Cana, Dominican Republic at €1,297
- Martinique at €1,298
- Guadeloupe at €1,298
- Cayenne, French Guyana at €1,297
Air France operates a mix of Boeing 777-200 and 777-300ER aircraft on these routes. Both airplanes usually feature a state-of-the-art business class cabin with fully reclinable lie-flat seats, but in some cases still have the old business class with angled seats in a 2-3-2 formation.
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According to the fare rules, this deal is available until July 4, 2021 for travel from June through September. A minimum stay of three nights applied.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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