Although flight deals for Cyber Monday and Travel Deal Tuesday have come and gone, that doesn’t mean holiday airfare sales are over. In fact, French airline La Compagnie is launching a new deal on its all-business-class flights from the New York area to Paris. And Francophiles dreaming of spending the holiday season in Paris are in luck, as travel dates for the discounted fares start this December.
Between December 9 and December 12, travelers can book a flat-rate deal: Fly round-trip from New Jersey’s Newark airport to Paris-Orly in a business-class seat for $1,600. Similar fares on larger airlines can go for as much as $7,000; La Compagnie says that its fares on the route normally start at around $2,000 round-trip, so with the sale fliers are saving at least $400. (If you’re wondering what to do with those savings, we recommend putting them toward a night in an opulent hotel, like the just-opened Bulgari Hotel Paris.) The fares are good for travel from December 9 through March 31, 2022. As with all fare sales, be sure to read the terms and conditions and check the country’s COVID-19 restrictions before booking—France currently requires a negative test result from all travelers for entry, regardless of vaccination status.
In true Parisian form, the experience on board the plane will be simple and stylish. La Compagnie flies single-aisle Airbus A321neo jets outfitted with just 76 business-class seats configured in a two-by-two arrangement. The limited number of seats creates what the airline calls a “boutique” atmosphere. Each seat reclines to a fully flat position and comes with a 15.7-inch entertainment screen and electrical outlet. Passengers will also receive an amenity kit with products from Paris-based beauty brand Caudalie.
While on board, fliers will be served a light dinner of seasonal French cuisine, with dishes such as roasted pumpkin soup with pomegranate seeds, salad topped with smoked salmon, and—of course—a French cheese plate. The menu also features organic wine and champagne pairings by French wine critics Bettane & Desseauve and breakfast service in the morning before landing.
Although Paris is most popular with travelers in the spring or summer, there’s no shortage of things to do during winter in the City of Light. Soak up culture at popular places like the Musée Picasso or the Center Pompidou without the crowds. In the afternoon, warm up over a mug of café au lait at chic coffee bar Hollybelly in the 10th arrondissement or a martini at the iconic Hemingway Bar at the Ritz before catching a show at Le Palais Garnier, the ornate Napoleon III-era opera house where Opéra National de Paris stages its performances. Tourists planning holiday travel can also visit the city’s Christmas markets, like the one at the Tuileries Gardens, which features handmade goods from the city’s artisans and has a massive ice skating rink. Grab some mulled wine and roasted chestnuts and take in the buzz of this festive city.