Planning a trip from the United States to Paris might seem overwhelming. Here have compiled a comprehensive list of different flights options that you have. With the hundreds of airlines that are boasting about their low rates, unbeatable service, or their stellar reputation, a vacation in Paris can seem awfully far away. Even buying a flight to Paris from the United States can be quite the daunting task. Here, you will find a list of ways you can begin planning your trip to Paris and to help find the flight that is right for you.
Finding your Flight
Flights are always less expensive if you buy them in advance. Therefore, one of the first things you want to purchase is your flight to Paris. Websites such as Expedia, Orbitz, TripAdvisor and Kayak can help you find the cheapest flights. Keep in mind that the cheapest flights might take the longest or have layovers and transfers. If you don’t find what you like on those sites, check out specific airlines online.
Some of the major airlines that offer flights to Paris are Air France, American Airlines, British Airways, and United airlines to name a few. Smaller airlines to mention are Aer Lingus, Delta, and Iberia.
Prices for flights out of the United States will start at $500 at the lowest and can go up to $2,000 per way. Of course this depends on the flight, airline company, and class choice. Prices tend to fluctuate as the seasons change, so be mindful of when you plan to travel and how that will affect the cost of your flight.
Interested in First Class? Many airlines offer First Class as an option when flying to Paris. First class options tend to provide direct routes to Paris without the layovers and transfers and offer more amenities, including meals, full menus, and most importantly: more legroom.
Don’t forget, this will cost more than an Economy seat! Air France, British Airways, SWISS and American Airlines all offer first class options. Typically, first class seats start at $1,500 and get higher from there.
Economy and Cheap Seating
For those of us who aren’t made of money, economy seating is the way to go. Economy seating generally tends to have the lowest fares attached to them. While these flights offer less legroom and fewer dining options, they will help your flight to Paris, and your Paris vacation do less damage to your wallet. Most airlines offer economy, or “coach” seating as an option. Airlines like Air France, WOW Air, Iberia and Delta offer first class as well as economy options, and are frequently boasting their affordable prices.
Economy seating can start as low as $250 one way, but on average cheap flights to Paris cost around $500. These flights may include long layover and transfers. Overnight flights to Paris also can help reduce the cost, as they are often purchased less, and are in lower demand.
Checking your luggage
Checking luggage onto the plane will cost extra, especially if the luggage is over a certain weight limit (usually around 50lbs or 22.6 kilos). Generally this fee is around $25-40 depending on your airline’s regulations. Carry-on luggage is generally less expensive, however, airlines are strict about the size of the carry-on and will not allow the luggage to be carried onto the plane. Be sure to budget adequately for the amount of luggage you are planning on bringing.
Again, the sooner you purchase your flight, the cheaper the flight will be. So plan early and book now!
Recent data, articles and studies show that the optimal time to book your flight is between 112 and and 21 days before you are planning on taking your flight. This is when the prices have been statistically their lowest. Studies show that those who wait until the last minute, between 13-0 days, before booking their tickets pay on average $200 more. All the more reason to start planning your trip to Paris today.
Most travel agencies recognize the seasonal “travel deadzones”, where people generally are not traveling as much as other times of there year. These “deadzones” are generally within the first weeks of December (before Christmas), the first few weeks of January (after the New Year), and the middle of spring and fall seasons.
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