UPDATE: This fare is no longer available.
Always dreamed of flying in first class on Air France? Now may be your chance…but you need to act quickly.
Delta/Air France have filed a cheap one-way fare from Algiers, Algeria (ALG) to Portland (PDX). You can score first class for as little as $566.65 between Paris (CDG) and either Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO). The San Francisco flight is (currently) operated with a 777-300ER featuring Air France’s most modern and luxurious first class cabin. The LAX flight is operated by an A380-800 (though I am not convinced the A380 will ever return) with an older seat and less spacious and private cabin.
Search for fares using ITA Matrix, then book using BookWithMatrix. Delta is the ticketing carrier and you can choose to book directly with Delta or on Priceline (you’ll see these options on the blue drop-down box on BookWithMatrix).
The default results have you leaving Algeria at 6:00AM, but on some days you can take an evening flight to Paris, overnight there, and then have more time in the stunning La Première lounge in the morning before your flight. (check out my full review of this lounge here).
I ticketed a couple reservations on Priceline. Note that if you are booking on Priceline your initial screen will show business class on all segments. Don’t let that deter you: you’ll be able to see on the final page prior to booking that the fare is actually in first class on the longhaul segment.
So when you see this, don’t worry:
You’ll later see this:
And yes, it tickets in first class. I was already able to assign seats. The tickets book into J and F class and are also fully refundable if you change your mind later on and decide not to travel.
This may be a rare opportunity to enjoy Air France First Class for a very good price. Since the ticket is fully refundable (even in today’s environment), I would book now and think about it later.
(H/T: To Spencer from Straight To The Points for altering me to this deal)