SkyTeam member Air France has put a very attractive price tag on flights from Barcelona to Mexican leisure destination Cancun. Between October 2021 and March 2022, you have the chance to cross the Atlantic twice (with a stop in Paris) for €315. Drinks and hot meals are included in this price, while a checked bag up to 23 kg increases it by €100.
In case you have to cancel your flights for whatever reason, you are entitled to a full refund in form of a voucher when booking directly on Air France or KLM’s website. This is part of the airlines’ good will policy for the trips that start in 2021. If you select flight dates in 2022, the fare becomes non-refundable.
Air France uses a Boeing 777-300ER in the long-haul segments between Paris and Mexico. Their economy cabin is equipped with a 3-4-3 seating pattern.
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According to the fare rules, this offer expires on June 23, 2021. Since availability is already down to a minimum, it might expire earlier. To get the cheapest tickets, you need to stay at least six days or a night from Saturday to Sunday in Mexico.
Our availability calendar points out flight dates for trips up to three weeks. You can find additional flight dates on Google Flights. While we recommend booking directly with Air France or KLM, you can also try to find tickets with online travel agencies. These offer prices below €300.
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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