Here’s how to get to the “city of love” for less. 💖
Paris is calling you?
As one of the world’s most popular travel destinations for decades, a new service to the “City of Love” always creates a buzz in the travel industry.
And while there’s no shortage of flights to Paris from cities in North America, not all of them are easy on the wallet.
For people who live in Miami, or those planning to vacation there, a new route to France’s iconic capital was recently announced. Travelers will fly with French Bee – a low-cost airline formerly known as French Blue – based at Paris Orly airport and serving several cities in France, the United States and French Polynesia, as well as Saint- Denis (RUN) on Reunion Island and in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.
Over the past 10 months, the airline has launched two Paris routes from Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (EWR). Flights from Miami will begin on December 15, with three weekly nonstop flights to Paris. By April 2023, this number will increase to four weekly flights.
From Miami to a Paris hotel
French bee’s introductory fares from Miami to Paris include three levels of à la carte ticketing (Basic, Smart and Premium); they can also book air and rail packages for routes beyond Paris.
Direct travel from Miami International Airport on February 16, 2023 and returning from Paris on February 27, 2023 costs $$592.97 including taxes and fees. Based on the current exchange, this equates to approximately C$763.43.
Keep in mind, however, that the lowest fare class will not offer great flexibility. One carry-on bag is included in the Basic fare, but you’ll need to upgrade to the Smart fare if you want it to include checked baggage or a meal. That said, French Bee allows changes before travel, regardless of the fare class you are booking; you only have to pay the difference in the ticket price, if there is one.
Only the Premium class ticket is refundable.
French Bee classification and inclusions
The airline has been rated three stars by SkyTrax – the international airline rating organization. While the airline’s premium class is a good premium economy standard, it notes that economy seats “are high-density and cramped.” All food and beverages must also be purchased from the economy section.
The service on board is described positively but the staff is not always present, adds the organization.
French bee’s flights are entirely operated by five Airbus A350s, equipped with mood lighting that mimics sunrise and sunset with 100% LEDs, which improves sleep quality and reduces jet lag.
All leather seats include adjustable headrests, USB and power ports, headphone jacks and unlimited in-flight entertainment on extra-large HD touchscreens.