I took advantage of a cheap fare offered out of Algeria last weekend to confirm two trips in first class on Air France. But will Air France honor the tickets?
Flying Air France First Class on the 777-300ER was the best overall first class experience I have ever had. While Air France Business Class is a perfectly reasonable product, there’s a huge gulf between business and first and the entire experience, especially the ground product in Paris, is something very special.
Although an older product, I’ve long dreamed about flying the A380 in First Class as well, especially as Air France is one of the last A380 first class products I have not tired. Although there is some question as to whether the A380 will ever fly again, I think the answer is yes and that demand will come roaring back in the fourth quarter.
Anyway, rather than decide whether to take the luxurious four-seat 777-300ER in first class once again or take the A380, I just booked both.
There are already reports that Air France is downgrading these tickets from first class to business class. My trips, in November 2020 and January 2021, have not yet been touched. Sadly, it is likely only a matter of time.
Still, downgrading to business class would be an interesting change of pace. Last time Air France has seller’s remorse about first class, it simply cancelled tickets.
This time around, Delta issued the tickets, not Air France. Air France would have to take over the tickets and re-issue them from Delta’s 006 stock to its own 057 stock. Is it possible? Absolutely…I would not put it past Air France.
Should it happen? Fares out of Algeria have always been historically cheap. For years Air France had a very reasonable r/t fare from Algiers to Beijing filed and the current one-way tickets from Algeria to Portland and Houston were around for a month before they were pulled last Sunday morning after the deal was posted on Flyertalk and picked up by several blogs.
I’ll wait to see what Air France does with my tickets before talking about how I will proceed. Any talk of legal action is vastly premature…so save the comments. I do shake my head that three days have gone by. Imagine giving consumers the same flexility to unilaterally modify or cancel tickets…even now (especially now).