We’re breaking the news on skyrocketing airfares with a new low-cost option for West Coast travelers to France.
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AAfter restarting its San Francisco-Paris flights last fall, French Bee, the low-cost carrier from Orly Airport in Paris, is now launching a new Los Angeles-Paris route with reduced fares from $321 one way (or $642 round trip).
Starting April 30, French Bee will begin operating nonstop flights between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Paris-Orly International Airport (ORY) three times a week, Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The frequency will increase to five times a week in June and six times a week in July. Flights depart LAX at 7:45 p.m. PT and arrive in Orly the next day at 3:35 p.m. local time. Return flights depart Orly at 2:50 p.m. local time and land at LAX at 5:15 p.m. PT the same day.
Introductory fares are for French Bee’s Basic Economy class, which includes only 26 pounds of carry-on baggage and no meals. You’ll need to bring your own food or pay extra for the ultra-long flight (the flight from LA to Paris is nearly 11 hours). The fee for registering a first bag is $45 and for a second bag it is $90.
But the airline also offers a sizable Premium Economy fare class that includes two 50-pound checked bags, two meals, free drinks and priority boarding. Premium Economy tickets from Los Angeles to Paris start at $679 one way.
There is also an intermediate option, called “Smart” class, which includes a 50-pound checked bag and an in-flight meal. If you ask us, this seems like the “smart” choice among the three fare classes.
The LA flight is good news for more than those traveling from Los Angeles. French Bee has partnered with Alaska Airlines to allow travelers to purchase a single ticket when connecting from destinations served by Alaska across the United States. In addition to San Francisco, and now Los Angeles, French Bee also offers direct flights from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Paris-Orly starting at $162 each way.
French Bee flights take place on newer Airbus A350s equipped with 411 seats. All seats are equipped with adjustable head restraints, USB and power outlets, headphone jacks and in-flight entertainment on the backrest screens. Four Wi-Fi packages are available for purchase: a Hello package for texting ($4); a social bundle for scrolling ($9); a Geek package for email and web browsing ($17); and an Addicted plan to stay connected throughout the flight ($29).
For an additional $37, passengers can access the new French Bee Prime lounge near the departure gate at Paris-Orly 4. In the lounge, travelers benefit from included Wi-Fi, international newspapers and magazines, as well as as well as a selection of drinks and snacks.
Travelers can change their French Bee flight to another date free of charge provided the fare is the same; otherwise, they will have to pay the fare difference. For a flight canceled by the passenger, travelers will receive a future flight credit to be redeemed within one year.
COVID travel requirements in France
In mid-March, France moved the United States to its “green list” of countries, meaning fully vaccinated American travelers can enter without COVID testing before arrival, and unvaccinated American leisure travelers can enter the country as long as they present proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of departure (for a PCR test) or within 48 hours of departure (for an antigen test). According to the U.S. Embassy in France, the French government will also accept a positive COVID test taken at least 11 days but no more than six months prior to arrival in lieu of the negative COVID test result.
American travelers are also no longer asked to complete an online health declaration form before arrival.
Since February 1, 2022, to be considered fully vaccinated by the French government, people aged 18 and over must have been vaccinated at most nine months before their entry, or they must have received a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 19 .
Unvaccinated children under 12 are exempt from the testing requirement, but those 12 and older must undergo the same testing requirements as unvaccinated adults.
Since March 14, France has also suspended the use of its Vaccination Pass (or Vaccine Pass), which was the official proof of full vaccination required to enter many establishments, including museums, cafes, restaurants, public transport and places of entertainment. France also lifted its indoor mask mandate in March, although individual businesses can set their own mask requirements and, of course, travelers and citizens can continue to wear masks if they wish. .