“Better Than Steerage”
Flight from Atlanta to Paris
- Round Trip
- Number of Stops:
- No stops
- Date of Flight:
- March 2011
- Seat Class:
When Air France promoted their international Premium Voyageur in December with low fares I decided to try it on family trip for three to Ireland. (Citi Jet partner did the CDG-DUB leg).
Getting the fare and selecting our preferred seats was easy. Not so easy was dealing with the four unrequested seat reassignments. No one at Skyteam partner Delta could or would help. Finally I admitted defeat and took the three seats together in the four seat center. Seating is 2-4-2 versus 3-4-3 in coach on their 777s. Space was OK, but certainly not close to biz class, more like biz twenty-five years ago or so. Comfort was marginal with the hard shell seats allowing little recline. Sleeping is not easy-more like coach but with leg rest and a little more leg room.
Checking all the bags without charge was a good deal since they allow two each. (Well, except on the way back when I had to carry on one for a reason not at all clear).
Alcohol is free but it's pretty hard to get a refill as the crew also handles the crowd in the back. Food was also coach fare but not bad at all.
Upshot? If it's twice the coach fare, maybe it's not a value. But at a 40% increase it's worth serious consideration, especially on daylight flights like the return, where I managed to see three movies and do a Sunday newspaper crossword in relative comfort on the nine and a half hour flight.