Air France La Premiere: €1,811 USA – Istanbul First Class Roundtrip

Air France La Premiere First Class Boeing 777

The chances for “cheap” Air France first class tickets have always been low in the last few years. Even when there were so-called Error Fares, they were often later on downgraded to business class, and refunds were hard to get. This deal is rather unclear as a first class roundtrip for €1,800 is nothing that unusual for other airlines such as British Airways or the Lufthansa Group. Thus, though it is a cheap La Premiere ticket, it may not be downgraded later on.

If you want to try your luck, you can currently book a roundtrip from New York to Istanbul for €1,811. Alternatively, you could also depart from Los Angeles for €2,175. The long-haul flights are then in La Premiere first class onboard a Boeing 777. The connecting flight to Istanbul, however, is in economy class after spending the night in Paris.


This deal is no longer available.


Before booking this deal, you should consider the following aspects:

  • The USA still has an entry-ban going. It is unclear when it will be lifted.
  • This is probably an economy class fare, which is mistakenly being displayed as a La Premiere fare. On Air France’s website, however, it clearly shows La Premiere. If you’re downgraded, you’d be entitled to a compensation of 75% or a full refund.
  • In the last years, similar Air France deals were almost always canceled.
  • The flight from Paris to Istanbul is in economy class.
  • Cancelations are not permitted. You can merely rebook the flights as part of the Corona goodwill policies, without paying a rebooking fee. Changing the route or travel class is also possible, but you’ll have to pay the fare difference.

Multi-stop-flights are also possible (e.g. New York – Istanbul – Los Angeles) for roughly €2,000. You can find these by using the multistop-search on Air France’s website.

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The fare rules do not state an expiration date for this deal. It is, however, likely that this deal won’t remain available for long. There’s availability from February until November 2021.

The minimum stay requirement is of 3 days, without a maximum limit. You could thus plan a long “stay” in Istanbul and fly back to the USA many months later.

You can find available dates quickly and easily using Google Flights. You can then book on Air France’s website. You can’t use Google’s link to Air France, as this brings you to an economy connection.


The long-haul flight is issued in booking class P, while the connecting flight to Istanbul is issued in booking class L. At Flying Blue, the roundtrip from New York would get you:

  • 110 XP (status points)
  • 6,400 award miles (revenue-based, depending on the status with up to 100% bonus)

Alternatively, you could also credit your miles at the following programs:

  • 23,140 Award Miles + 17,278 MQM on Delta SkyMiles
  • 23,132 Miles on Aeroflot Bonus
  • 23,132 Miles on Czech Airlines OK Plus
  • 23,132 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
  • 23,132 Miles on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
  • 19,720 Miles on Aeromexico Club Premier
  • 19,720 Miles on China Eastern Eastern Miles
  • 19,506 Miles on Saudia Alfursan
  • 19,278 Miles on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
  • 15,878 Miles on MEA Cedar Miles
  • 15,878 Miles on Air Europa Club
  • 14,066 Miles on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
  • 13,340 Miles on Korean Air Skypass
  • 12,252 Miles on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
  • 12,252 Miles on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
  • 11,978 Miles on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
  • 6,450 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
  • 600 Miles on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
Data provided by Without guarantee on correctness.

Source: Flyertalk

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