What is the best first class bargain from the Washington DC area to Paris?

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  1. solrebel

    solrebel Silver Member

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    I am trying to determine what the best first class traveling bargain is from the Washington DC area to Paris in the Fall or Spring 2015. Any recommendations?
     
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    Just for grins, I checked the Air France website. April 1-15, 2015 departure, IAD-CDG. First class = $11,752 pp, Business class = $4,752 pp, Premium economy = $1,872 pp, Economy (changes allowed free) = $4,012 pp, Economy = $1,302 pp
     
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    For clarification i was looking for the best frequent flyer bargain. I have a variety of different miles accumulated in different programs and I am trying to decide which mileage program i should focus on for the best award bargain.
     
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    Having just flown Air France to Paris, their Premium Economy is pretty sweet and in my opinion, worth the extra bucks!
     
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    The easiest would be United, with Chase Cards...

    First Class is about the same, I find it best shared,

    Not much fun in the front...alone.
     
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    You're right about sharing first class seating with someone. However, at 6'5" I always enjoy sitting in first class! ;)
     
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    IMO, bargain TATL first class might be the wrong approach here. The premium experiences that are really nice (LH, LX, AF, BA) are going to cost the most in miles/fuel surcharges/needing elite status. The one that's the cheapest nonstop (UA) arguably offers little if any premium over business class- somewhat improved hard product, a little bit nicer lounge at IAD, an extra soup course at dinner, and that's it, not a lot of the premium lounge/good champagne/caviar ruffles and flourishes that distinguish F from C.

    AA F (your other option) means flying IAD/DCA-ORD/DFW/JFK/MIA-LHR-ORY/CDG. Ugh, unless you're into flying for flying's sake...

    Also, remember that a TATL flight from the East Coast of the US is pretty short (8-9 hours), so the real advantages of F in a longer flight don't come out as much, as say, East Coast of the USA-Asia.

    So my recommendation is if you're worried about efficient use of miles while being in relative comfort, just fly C on US out of PHL or UA out of IAD on a flat bed. You'll be able to fly it more often. ;)

    However, if you're really into "I'd like a premium experience with champagne, caviar, the swank lounge, a car driving me to the plane, damn the expense", probably LH, unless you can swing elite status on AF... then AF, maybe. ;)

    I disagree I find First Class longhaul quite fun alone. But I live alone. :)
     
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    I was single for 40 years after my first marriage, and had fun alone and sharing many a good times,

    I agree with you, and I can not even remember the names of the ones shared with...I took my mother and her sisters on many trips, I will visit her grave today, not a good trip.

    I'd say we are leaving, someone would say who is WE

    Me myself, and I, so one is never alone.,
     

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