The Best Ways to Fly to Paris With Points & Miles [2018]

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Europe is always a popular destination for Americans, and Paris, France is without a doubt one of the major reasons why. Fortunately, there are tons of ways to get yourself to Paris — whether flying through London or connecting in one of Europe’s other major hubs.

Sometimes, though, you just want to get from point A to point B quickly. To help you find your way from the United States to Paris as fast as possible, we’re going to discuss some of the most direct options available to you.

We’ll take a look at economy, business, and even first class flights to Paris that can be booked with miles and points. Make sure you check out the bonus option from Los Angeles for an unexpected and fun way to fly!

(Don’t forget to read our extensive travel guide to Paris so you’ll have plenty of ideas when you’re there!)

Best Programs to Book Award Flights to Paris

Fortunately, when flying to Paris you won’t have to deal with anything like the Air Passenger Duty (APD) fee that you get hit with on your trips to London, but you will want to keep an eye on fuel surcharges with each carrier.

Air France/KLM Flying Blue

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For 125,000 Air France/KLM Flying Blue miles, you can try business class on Air France when you fly to Paris. Image courtesy of airfrance.com.

Note: Flying Blue will announce new award prices for many routes in June 2018, stay tuned for updates.

Since we’re talking about flying to Paris, it only makes sense to start with SkyTeam member Air France/KLM Flying Blue. KLM is the Dutch half of the partnership, but we’ll be focusing on Air France today.

There’s a good chance this will be your go-to program when booking award flights on either Air France or Delta.

Book Awards With Air France/KLM Flying Blue (Online/Phone Booking)

Like many airline loyalty programs, Air France/KLM Flying Blue uses a region-based award chart; regardless of your home airport in the United States, the miles required for an award booking will be the same.

To book an award, you simply make an award search, find award space on dates that work for you, and complete the booking online. If you don’t have the necessary Flying Blue miles, you might be able to get a friendly phone representative to put an award ticket on hold for you for a couple of days.

Let’s take a look at round-trip mileage requirements as well as the taxes and fees you can expect to pay when booking with Flying Blue miles.

Class of ServiceAir France and Delta FlightsTaxes/Fees
Economy50,000 Flying Blue miles~$120-$240
Business125,000 Flying Blue miles~$170-$615
First400,000 Flying Blue miles~$615

You might be wondering why the taxes and fees vary so much on economy and business class awards. This is because round-trip flights operated by Delta and originating in the U.S. do not incur fuel surcharges, thus keeping your out of pocket expenses below $200 for both economy and business class award tickets.

Fair warning though: if you book an award flight from Paris to a city in the U.S., even flights operated by Delta will include a fuel surcharge.

In addition, flights operated by Air France will incur significant fuel surcharges on itineraries originating in either the U.S. or Paris. As a result, economy class awards will include roughly $240 in taxes and fees, while business class awards will include about $600 in taxes and fees.

If you want to book a first class award, your only option will be Air France (since Delta does not have a first class cabin on its flights). There’s one big caveat to booking Air France first class, though: to even be eligible to book a first class award, you must have earned Silver, Gold, or Platinum elite status.

Need help with booking? Check out our step-by-step guide on booking Delta One with Flying Blue miles to make the award booking process easy.

Hot Tip: Make sure you check out Air France/KLM’s monthly promo awards and other great ways to redeem Flying Blue miles.

25 Nonstop Routes Bookable With Air France/KLM Flying Blue Miles

Air France Paris Redemption
Air France/KLM Flying Blue has solid redemption rates. Just watch out for the high taxes and fees when flying Air France because of fuel surcharges.

Flying Blue miles can be used to book nonstop flights from a ton of cities in the United States. Remember, if you need to connect from your home airport to one of these gateway airports, you won’t need any additional miles.

Here are the 12 U.S. airports from which Air France operates:

Airports With Nonstop Air France Flights to Paris
Atlanta (ATL)Miami (MIA)
Boston (BOS)Minneapolis (MSP) – seasonal
Chicago O’Hare (ORD)New York City (JFK)
Detroit (DTW)San Francisco (SFO)
Houston (IAH)Seattle (SEA)
Los Angeles (LAX)Washington Dulles (IAD)

You can also use your Flying Blue miles to fly on Delta from one of these airports:

Airports With Nonstop Delta Flights to Paris
Atlanta (ATL)New York City (JFK)
Boston (BOS)Newark (EWR)
Cincinnati (CVG)Pittsburgh (PIT)
Detroit (DTW)Raleigh-Durham (RDU)
Indianapolis (IND) – starts May 24, 2018Salt Lake City (SLC)
Los Angeles (LAX) – starts June 17, 2018Seattle (SEA)
Minneapolis (MSP)

Earn More Flying Blue Miles

If Air France/Flying Blue has one major advantage, it’s the fact that you can transfer points from all 3 transferable points programs:

  • American Express Membership Rewards
  • Chase Ultimate Rewards
  • Citi ThankYou Points

Each of these programs transfers points to Flying Blue at a solid 1:1 ratio.

Perhaps the most popular way to earn Flying Blue miles is to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points, as there are several credit card options with lucrative bonus categories.

The Chase 5/24 rule is one of the major reasons why we often recommend people start with Chase credit cards, but American Express also offers some great ways to earn Membership Rewards that can be transferred to Flying Blue.

Sometimes overlooked, Citi cards that earn ThankYou Points are a great way to earn some more Flying Blue miles for your next big trip.

Hot Tip: Check out some of our favorite ways to earn Air France/KLM Flying Blue miles, and you’ll be ready to book your next trip to Paris before you know it.

American Airlines AAdvantage

American Airlines Business Class Seat
You can enjoy a lie-flat seat with direct aisle access on your flight to Paris when you fly American Airlines business class from one of several U.S. airports.

American Airlines is the largest airline in the world (by fleet size), and there are plenty of ways to use American AAdvantage miles to book award flights to Paris. Award space on flights operated by American Airlines can be found and booked on their website.

Book Awards With American AAdvantage Miles (Online)

Like Air France/KLM Flying Blue, American AAdvantage has a region-based award chart, so the miles required for a flight from the U.S. to Paris will be the same regardless of your starting point.

American Airlines is the only Oneworld airline that operates non-stop flights between the United States and Paris, so you can use their website to both search for award space and book your award ticket. As with Flying Blue, you can put an award on hold if you don’t have the miles in your account when you’re ready to book. These holds can be placed online and will last for 5 days.

Let’s take a look at round-trip mileage rates that American AAdvantage requires for each class of service as well as the taxes and fees you can expect. (One-way award bookings require half the miles of a round-trip award.)

Class of ServiceAmerican FlightsAmerican Taxes/Fees
Economy (off-peak)45,000 American miles~$85
Economy60,000 American miles~$85
Business115,000 American miles~$135

American Airlines does not operate any flights to Paris that have a first class cabin, so business class will be your only premium cabin option here. Fortunately, the taxes and fees for business class and economy class award tickets are quite reasonable.

When compared to booking an award with Air France/KLM Flying Blue, American AAdvantage could save you $35-$155 on economy awards and $35-$465 on business class awards. Off-peak economy awards will also require fewer miles, as will business class award bookings.

Need help booking? Check out our step-by-step guide to booking American Airlines business class.

Hot Tip: Check out some of the other amazing ways you can use American AAdvantage miles to book award flights around the world.

6 Nonstop Routes Bookable With American AAdvantage Miles

AA Paris Redemption
American AAdvantage miles can be a great way to book both economy and business class award tickets to Paris.

American Airlines operates 6 nonstop flights to Paris from the United States. As we mentioned above, American AAdvantage uses a region-based award chart, which means you can connect from your home airport for no extra miles.

Airports With Nonstop American Flights to Paris
Charlotte (CLT) – SeasonalMiami (MIA)
Chicago-O’Hare (ORD) – SeasonalNew York City (JFK)
Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)Philadelphia (PHL)

Earn More American AAdvantage Miles

While not quite as easy to earn as Flying Blue miles, you still have several options to earn the necessary American AAdvantage miles so you can book an award ticket to Paris.

American Airlines also has co-branded credit cards issued by both Citi and Barclays that earn AAdvantage miles directly. You can often earn a nice sign-up bonus from these cards if you’re able to hit the minimum spending requirement within the stated timeframe.

Hot Tip: Check out some more of the best ways to earn American AAdvantage miles in preparation for your next award flights to Paris.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) Mileage Club

Once United Airlines rolls out its new Polaris business class product, the flight to Paris could be a lot of fun. Image courtesy of view.ceros.com/united/polaris-business-class/p/1.

Though perhaps not the frequent flyer program you would expect to use when flying to Paris, ANA Mileage Club actually has some competitive redemption rates. By using ANA Mileage Club, you can fly to Paris on United Airlines from several airports in the United States.

Book Awards With ANA Mileage Club Miles (Online)

If you are looking to use the fewest miles possible on an award flight on United Airlines, ANA Mileage Club will be your best bet. You can search for and book award flights on United directly from ANA’s website.

United Airlines doesn’t have a great reputation relative to many of its competitors, but there won’t be any fuel surcharges added to your awards when flying with them.

Like the 2 options we discussed above, ANA Mileage Club uses a region-based award chart. However, unlike the options above, ANA Mileage Club requires round-trip award bookings — so you won’t be able to book a one-way award ticket.

Here are the redemption rates (round-trip) and a rough estimate of the taxes and fees to book an award to Paris.

Class of ServiceUnited FlightsUnited Taxes/Fees
Economy55,000 ANA Mileage Club miles~$125
Business88,000 ANA Mileage Club miles~$175

The economy class redemption rate is solid, but it’s the business class redemption rate that really provides the best value. The 88,000 miles required for a round-trip business class award ticket is a much better rate than United charges for these same flights.

When you run your search on ANA’s site, make sure you choose flights that are operated by United Airlines, since many other Star Alliance partners will require you to pay significant fuel surcharges. United is also the only Star Alliance carrier that operates nonstop flights from the U.S. to Paris.

Hot Tip: Make sure to check out some of the other awesome ways you can redeem ANA Mileage Club miles.

4 Nonstop Routes Bookable With ANA Mileage Club Miles

ANA Paris Redemption
ANA has solid redemption rates for both economy class and business class if you want to fly United from the U.S. to Paris.

United Airlines only operates 4 nonstop routes to Paris from the United States, so your options to use ANA Mileage Club miles are a bit limited. However, United provides options from the East Coast, the central U.S., and the West Coast, which does make connecting a bit easier regardless of your home airport location.

Airports With Nonstop United Flights to Paris
Chicago-O’Hare (ORD)San Francisco (SFO)
Newark (EWR)Washington-Dulles (IAD)

Earn More ANA Mileage Club Miles

The ease with which you can earn ANA Mileage Club miles falls somewhere between Air France/KLM Flying Blue and American AAdvantage. As a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, you’ll have plenty of options to earn lots of miles for your next award flight.

Hot Tip: Take a look at our guide to earning tons of ANA Mileage Club miles to see even more fun ways to earn!

Delta Air Lines SkyMiles

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Check out the Delta One flying experience. Image courtesy of delta.com.

Another common way to book flights on Air France or Delta is with Delta’s SkyMiles program. If you’re going to do so, you should be aware that Delta has a habit of devaluing their award chart (which they don’t publish) without even the slightest announcement prior to doing so.

Book Awards With Delta SkyMiles (Online)

If you’re able to find saver level award space on the dates you need, the process of searching and booking is pretty straightforward and can be completed entirely online.

In theory, Delta also has a region-based award chart…but they often require more miles for connecting flights. If this happens, search each segment individually since you might see saver level space on both segments.

Take a look at the table below to see what saver level award prices (round-trip) you need to find as well as a rough estimate of the taxes and fees you can expect. One-way awards require half the miles, but starting an award from Paris will have higher taxes and fees.

Class of ServiceDelta FlightsDelta Taxes/FeesAir France FlightsAir France Taxes/Fees
Economy60,000 SkyMiles~$8670,000 SkyMiles~$86
Business140,000 SkyMiles~$135170,000 SkyMiles~$135

You’ll notice that the taxes and fees will be the same regardless of whether you fly Delta or Air France. The big difference lies in how many miles are required for an award ticket.

If you want to use SkyMiles to book a flight on Air France, you’re going to pay 10,000 more miles for economy class and 30,000 more miles for business class than if you booked an award flight on Delta.

If you’ve already tried the Delta One product, it might be worth it for you to try Air France. Additionally, many of Delta’s flights to Europe are on their Boeing 767s. While these flights offer Delta One, it isn’t as nice as the reverse herringbone cabin layout on Delta’s A330s.

If you’re looking for a lie-flat seat on Air France, make sure the aircraft is a Boeing 777; their Airbus A380s have angled-flat seats. To find this the plane type once you have the search results on Delta’s site, just expand the info of a particular flight option. It only takes a couple more seconds to do this research, but it will ensure you get the experience you want.

Hot Tip: If you have a bunch of Delta SkyMiles in your account, you’ll want to take a look at some of the best ways to redeem them for award travel

25 Nonstop Routes Bookable With Delta SkyMiles

Delta Paris Redemption
You can use SkyMiles to fly non-stop to Paris from a number of U.S. airports. Just remember it costs more miles to fly with partner Air France.

As we discussed earlier, there are tons of non-stop routes to Paris from the United States since both Air France and Delta fly from a number of U.S. cities.

These are the airport from which Delta flies to Paris:

Airports With Nonstop Delta Flights to Paris
Atlanta (ATL)New York City (JFK)
Boston (BOS)Newark (EWR)
Cincinnati (CVG)Pittsburgh (PIT)
Detroit (DTW)Raleigh-Durham (RDU)
Indianapolis (IND) – starts May 24, 2018Salt Lake City (SLC)
Los Angeles (LAX) – starts June 17, 2018Seattle (SEA)
Minneapolis (MSP)

If you want to fly Air France, you’ll need to catch a flight from one of these airports:

Airports With Nonstop Air France Flights to Paris
Atlanta (ATL)Miami (MIA)
Boston (BOS)Minneapolis (MSP) – seasonal
Chicago O’Hare (ORD)New York City (JFK)
Detroit (DTW)San Francisco (SFO)
Houston (IAH)Seattle (SEA)
Los Angeles (LAX)Washington Dulles (IAD)

Earn More Delta SkyMiles

You can transfer both American Express Membership Rewards to your Delta SkyMiles account at a 1:1 ratio.

You can also earn SkyMiles directly from one of Delta’s co-branded credit cards provided by American Express. Some of these cards also come with some Delta-specific perks such as free checked bags.

Hot Tip: There are tons of ways to earn Delta SkyMiles, so check out some of our favorites to help you prepare for your next award flight.

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank

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Japan Airlines Mileage Bank miles are a great way to book a lie-flat seat with direct aisle access for your flight to Paris on American Airlines. Image courtesy of American Airlines.

Japan Airlines Mileage Bank miles can provide you the cheapest redemption option if you want to fly American Airlines to Paris. There’s a chance that American AAdvantage’s off-peak economy awards could be cheaper if you need to connect from your home airport, so make sure you give it a quick look.

Book Awards With JAL Mileage Bank Miles (Online)

Unlike some awards with Japan Airlines Mileage Bank, you can both search for and book this award online. For partner awards, Japan Airlines uses a distance-based award chart that is divided into tiers based on the number of flight miles. This means you’ll have to add up the number of flight miles of each segment on your journey to determine the mileage requirement.

Let’s take a look at some of the round-trip award mileage requirements and their taxes and fees when using Mileage Bank miles to book a flight from New York City (JFK) to Paris on American Airlines.

Class of ServiceAmerican FlightsAmerican Taxes/Fees
Economy39,000 Mileage Bank miles~$85
Business63,000 Mileage Bank miles~$135

Redemptions from the central U.S. and the West Coast will push you up a redemption tier, which will mean you’ll need more miles. However, even with the increased mileage requirement, it’s likely that Japan Airlines will still require the fewest miles.

Hot Tip: There are tons of fun ways to redeem Japan Airlines Mileage Bank miles. Make sure you check out some of the best we’ve found!

6 Nonstop Routes Bookable With JAL Mileage Bank Miles

JAL Paris Redemption
You can fly nonstop in business class from New York City (JFK) to Paris (CDG) for 63,000 JAL Mileage Bank miles plus about $135 in taxes and fees.

American Airlines doesn’t operate as many routes to Paris as either Delta or Air France, but there are still several options that could work for you.

Airports With Nonstop American Flights to Paris
Charlotte (CLT) – SeasonalMiami (MIA)
Chicago-O’Hare (ORD) – SeasonalNew York City (JFK)
Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)Philadelphia (PHL)

Earn More Japan Airlines Mileage Bank Miles

The one downside with Japan Airlines Mileage Bank is the difficulty in earning more miles.

Hot Tip: Check out some of the best ways to earn more Japan Airlines Mileage Bank miles as you prepare for your next trip.

United Airlines MileagePlus

United 767
United Airlines will be your go-to option if you want to fly with a Star Alliance carrier to Paris.

United Airlines MileagePlus might not have the most competitive business class redemption rates, but it does provide some different avenues to earn points for award travel.

Book Awards With United MileagePlus Miles (Online)

For the Star Alliance fans out there, United Airlines is the only alliance member that flies nonstop from the United States to Paris. When United finally rolls out its new Polaris business class product across its fleet, it will provide a solid premium cabin option. However, until that time, United will continue to operate with a subpar business class product to Paris.

All that being said, it’s very easy to search for and book United award flights online. Additionally, they don’t hit you with fuel surcharges, which helps keep your total out of pocket costs manageable.

You can find the round-trip redemption rates for both economy and business class, as well as estimates of the respective taxes and fees required.

Class of ServiceUnited FlightsUnited Taxes/Fees
Economy60,000 MileagePlus miles~$85
Business120,000 MileagePlus miles~$135

The economy redemption rate is relatively competitive with ANA Mileage Club’s rate of 55,000 miles, but United’s business class redemption rate is quite pricey compared to ANA.

Need help booking? Check out our step-by-step guide to booking United business class.

Hot Tip: Check out some other great ways to book award flights with United MileagePlus miles.

4 Nonstop Routes Bookable With United MileagePlus Miles

United Paris Redemption
United’s business class redemption rates aren’t great, but their economy award rates are decent.

United only operates 4 non-stop routes from the U.S. to Paris, but you can easily connect from other airports for no extra miles. The connections will often be pretty reasonable since United has flights to Paris from the East and West Coasts as well as the Midwest.

Airports With Nonstop United Flights to Paris
Chicago-O’Hare (ORD)San Francisco (SFO)
Newark (EWR)Washington-Dulles (IAD)

Earn More United MileagePlus Miles

One of the best aspects of United MileagePlus is the ability to transfer Ultimate Rewards points into your account at a 1:1 ratio. These transfers generally process instantly so you can transfer and book quickly.

Hot Tip: There are tons of ways to earn United MileagePlus miles. Check out some of our favorites.

Bonus

The options above are some of the best ways to fly between the United States and Paris, but there’s another rarely-mentioned option that we think you should know.

You can fly Air Tahiti Nui to Paris from the United States.

Fly Air Tahiti Nui From Los Angeles (Phone Booking)

air tahiti nui business class
Air Tahiti Nui doesn’t have the best business class product, but it’s an interesting award booking option from Los Angeles (LAX).

Thanks to Air Tahiti Nui’s fifth freedom route from Los Angeles to Paris, you can have a little fun on your journey across the Atlantic. As a partner of American Airlines, you’ll be able to book with your American AAdvantage miles if you can find award space.

Now, finding award space and booking this award isn’t quite as easy as the other options we have discussed. You won’t be able to find award space on American’s site; instead, you’ll need to call them and ask them to search for award space, or use our preferred method, ExpertFlyer.

ExpertFlyer is a paid service, but it makes searching Air Tahiti Nui award space so much quicker than calling and asking an American Airlines phone agent to search tons of dates.

Once you have found award space on ExpertFlyer, you can call American Airlines with the specific flight numbers and dates for a much quicker booking process.

The same American AAdvantage redemption rates will apply.

Class of ServiceAmerican FlightsAmerican Taxes/Fees
Economy (off-peak)45,000 American miles~$85
Economy60,000 American miles~$85
Business115,000 American miles~$135

If you’re looking for a fun redemption that most people won’t think of, then this is the one for you. However, if you’re hoping to fly business class, be aware that Air Tahiti Nui business class seats are not lie-flat and most do not have direct aisle access.

Final Thoughts

For those on the East Coast, Paris is one of the most accessible international destinations to visit. Beyond that, the city’s rich culture is a huge draw for Americans across the United States.

There are plenty of nonstop routes to Paris from the U.S., and it’s easy to earn the necessary miles and points thanks to airlines that partner with Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, and Citi ThankYou Points.

American’s co-branded card options make using American AAdvantage miles for economy class award flights during the off-peak timeframe one of our favorite ways to book economy awards.

If business class is more your style, we suggest looking into using ANA Mileage Club miles — the redemption rate is competitive, and you’ll have plenty of ways to earn miles between Amex Membership Rewards.

As always, make sure you consider the taxes and fees before deciding how you want to fly to Paris. While the taxes and fees aren’t as bad as those imposed when flying to and from London, you should check before you make a decision.

In the end, you won’t regret taking a trip to Paris, and using miles and points to do so just makes it that little bit better. With the information above, you’ll be booked and ready to go before you know it!

FAQ

Which airlines include carrier-imposed surcharges on award flights to Paris?

When you book award flights on Air France with Flying Blue miles, you can expect to pay fuel surcharges. They aren’t as bad as some, but they are a bit steep —  so you should keep that in mind before booking.

If you use Flying Blue miles to book an award flight on Delta, you won’t face these same steep surcharges.

ANA Mileage Club often passes on fuel surcharges when you book award flights, but these surcharges are not required when booking with their Star Alliance partner United Airlines.

What is the fewest number of miles you can use to book an economy class award flight to Paris?

JAL Mileage Bank requires the fewest miles to book a nonstop economy class award on American Airlines from the East Coast, at just 39,000 miles round-trip.

However, JAL Mileage Bank uses a distance-based award chart, so connecting flights and flights from the Midwest and East Coast could increase the number of miles required. As a result, American AAdvantage’s off-peak economy class rate of 45,000 miles round-trip could be your cheapest option.

Additionally, American AAdvantage miles are much easier to earn since you can earn American miles directly through one of their co-branded credit cards provided by Barclays or Citi.

What is the fewest number of miles required to fly business class to Paris?

Again, JAL Mileage Bank is the cheapest from the East Coast, at 63,000 miles round-trip for business class on American Airlines. The same caveats as above apply to connecting flights and flights from the West Coast.

Another cheap business class award option is using ANA Mileage Club miles to book an award on United Airlines.

Finally, if you want to fly Delta One or Air France business class, you can use 125,000 Flying Blue miles for a round-trip award.

What is the fewest number miles required to fly first class to Paris?

Booking a first class flight to Paris from the United States is a difficult task. Your only option is Air France first class, but you must have earned elite status with Flying Blue to even be allowed to book the award. As a result, this award is out of reach for the vast majority of travelers.

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