Premium Economy tickets from Paris-Orly, that include checked bags, lounge access (w/Corsair), more seat space and width are available at extremely low prices. While Corsair sells tickets at €592, Air France charges €580 for their premium economy product. Flights at the lowest fare are available all the way through June 2021.
Air France and Corsair have both lowered their already very cheap price by another €100!
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.
Air France plans to use a Boeing 777 on these flights, with a 2-4-2 pattern in premium economy. Corsair schedules an Airbus A330, with pictures of the hard product (see title) resembling more of a low-end business class than actual premium economy.
By the way, this isn’t our only deal from Paris:
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Both airlines offer similar fare rules. Flights are available at this fare until September 20, 2020. It is restricted to the following travel periods:
- September 1 – December 11, 2020
- December 30, 2020 – February 5, 2021
- February 23 – April 16, 2021
- May 4, 2021 – June 24, 2021
Further, a minimum stay of at least three days or one night from Saturday to Sunday applies. Corsair tickets show way better availability than Air France flights.
Google Flights is the fastest and easiest way to gather all possible flight dates. You can consult our flight search to see what online travel agencies have to offer, but we recommend booking directly with Corsair or Air France.
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.
While earning opportunities with Corsair are severely limited, Air France issues its tickets in booking class A. This is quite an attractive booking class, with most SkyTeam partners crediting 100% or more of your travel distance:
- 17,120 on Aeromexico Club Premier
- 13,700 on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- 13,700 on China Eastern Eastern Miles
- 12,760 on Alitalia MileMiglia
- 12,760 on Delta SkyMiles
- 10,640 on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 9,360 on MEA Cedar Miles
- 8,510 on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- 8,510 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 8,510 on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
- 8,510 on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
- 8,510 on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- 8,510 on Czech Airlines OK Plus
- 8,510 on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
- 8,510 on Saudia Alfursan
- 8,510 on Air Europa Club
- 8,510 on Aeroflot Bonus
- 8,510 on Korean Air Skypass
- 4,250 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
You can also get 2,000 – 3,000 miles at FlyingBlue, as well as 40 XP.