The Definitive Guide to Air France’s Direct Routes From the U.S. [Plane Types & Seat Options]

Air France A380 Premium Economy

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Air France, the flag carrier of France, has some very intriguing products from an aviation perspective — and there’s no question that it’s one of the top ways to fly to Europe.

They have a huge route network due to the massive tourist appeal that France offers to America, and the market is very strong in this space since these 2 countries aren’t all that far apart.

There are quite a few options here, so let’s get started! We’ll talk about La Premiere, the different business class products offered by Air France, and the preferred economy seats to take when you fly with them.

Update: Due to COVID-19, Air France may temporarily suspend routes, frequencies, and/or aircraft flown. Please check with the airline directly for the most current information.

Air France Seat Options by Aircraft Type

Air France’s plane selection is a mess. They operate at least 6 different aircraft on flights to the U.S., and aircraft swaps are common, especially on non-flagship routes (such as between Chicago and Paris).

Just keep that in mind for when we do our analysis and ranking of seats and planes! Here are the aircraft summarized in the table below:

  1. A380 (4-class)
  2. 777-300ER (4-class)
  3. 777-300ER (3-class)
  4. 777-200ER (3-class)
  5. A330-200 (3-class)
  6. A340-300 (3-class)

Additionally, these aircraft can have different seat maps, so be on the lookout for this. Usually the configuration and seat sizes are the same — but the number of seats offered in a particular cabin could vary a lot.

Air France RoutesFlight No.AircraftCabin ClassesFrequency
Los Angeles (LAX) – Paris (CDG)AF 65/69/77AF 65: A380

AF 69: 777-300ER

AF 77: 777-200ER


A380/777-300ER: La Premiere, Business, Premium Economy, Economy

777-200ER: Business, Premium Economy, Economy

AF 65: Daily

AF 69/77:  3x weekly

San Francisco (SFO) – Paris (CDG)AF 83777-300ERLa Premiere, Business, Premium Economy, EconomyDaily
Seattle (SEA) – Paris (CDG)AF 355A330-200Business, Premium Economy, Economy3x weekly
New York City (JFK) – Paris (CDG)AF 7/9/11/23AF 7/11/23: 777-300ER

AF 9: 777-200ER

777-300ER: La Premiere, Business, Premium Economy, Economy

777-200ER: Business, Premium Economy, Economy

AF 7/9/23: Daily

AF 11: 5x weekly

Miami (MIA) – Paris (CDG)AF 99A380La Premiere, Business, Premium Economy, EconomyDaily
Washington, D.C. (IAD) – Paris (CDG)AF 55777-300ERLa Premiere, Business, Premium Economy, EconomyDaily
Atlanta (ATL) – Paris (CDG)AF 681/689777-300ER / 777-200ER777-300ER: Business, Premium Economy, Economy

777-200ER: Business, Premium Economy, Economy

2x Daily
Houston (IAH) – Paris (CDG)AF 639A330-200Business, Premium Economy, EconomyDaily
Detroit (DTW) – Paris (CDG)AF 377777-200ERBusiness, Premium Economy, EconomyIrregular (5x weekly to daily)
Chicago (ORD) – Paris (CDG)AF 137A330-200/A340-300A330-200: Business, Premium economy, Economy

A340-300: Business, Premium economy, Economy

Irregular (4x-5x weekly)
Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Paris (CDG)**AF 159A330-200Business, Premium economy, Economy**3-5x weekly

*Seasonal service

**Seasonal service with 3x weekly flights from March 31-June 30 and from September 4-October 25. July and August will see 5x weekly (M, W, F, Sat, Su)

This analysis might get a bit convoluted and confusing just because of the number of aircraft we’re analyzing — but hang in there! This information is extremely useful, and you don’t want to be sorely disappointed if your seat isn’t what you were expecting.

Best Points to Earn to Fly Air France

As a SkyTeam partner, Air France can be booked with Delta SkyMiles, Korean Air SKYPASS miles, and of course their own mileage system, known as Flying Blue miles.

For the most part, you’ll find that the best value is using Air France/KLM Flying Blue miles.

If planned properly, you can get business class flights one-way from America to Europe for only 53,000 Flying Blue miles!

Additionally, Flying Blue is a transfer partner with all the major transferable currencies: Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou Rewards, and Marriott Bonvoy.

Using Delta SkyMiles is probably the second-best option since there’s a ton of different ways to earn Delta SkyMiles as well!

Let’s get started.

Air France La Première Options

Air France 777 La Premiere
Indulge in French elegance and perfection with Air France La Premiere on the 777-300ER. Image courtesy of

La Premiere on Air France is somewhat of a unicorn in the points world — it’s very difficult to book due to their elite status and points requirements.

To even book La Premiere, you must be an Air France/KLM Flying Blue elite member. In addition to this requirement, you need to pay 200,000 Air France/KLM Flying Blue miles one-way for flights from the U.S. to France!

There are many great ways to redeem Air France/KLM Flying Blue miles — and this isn’t one of them. This price is simply unattainable for most travelers, and the elite status requirement doesn’t make it any easier to book.

Hot Tip: Want to earn more Air France/KLM Flying Blue miles? Check out our guide on the best ways to earn lots of Flying Blue miles.

Still, if you’re thinking about flying on La Premiere, it’s very useful to have information on the 2 different La Premiere products:

  • 777-300ER La Premiere (better)
  • A380 La Premiere (worse)

As you will find on other travel reviews, the fact that La Premiere on the 777-300ER is absolutely superior to the A380 is not surprising at all.

In fact, as you’ll find out, the A380 premium cabin products operated by Air France are dated compared to their newer 777-300ER products.

On the A380, La Premiere lacks privacy, is outdated, and is not the best representation of the great things Air France has to offer.

But the 777 La Premiere is a single row of 4 seats in a 1-2-1 configuration featuring private curtains, beautiful French design, tons of storage, and more space.

On SeatGuru, the 777 La Premiere seat dimensions are actually incorrect, as the seat width says 24″. But in reality, the A380 and 777 La Premiere seats have the same dimensions: 35″ wide, 81″ pitch, and 79″ bed length. 

The main difference is in the cabin arrangement. Let’s look at the A380’s seat map versus the 777’s seat map:

Air France A380 La Premiere Seat Map
Air France A380 La Premiere seat map. Image courtesy of

There are 9 seats in this cabin: 2 rows in a 1-2-1 configuration and 1 lone seat in the front.

Here’s the 777-300 La Premiere seat:

Air France 777-300ER 4 Class La Premiere Seat Map
Air France 777-300ER 4-class La Premiere seat map. Image courtesy of

The 777-300ER La Premiere product is much more exclusive than the A380. There are 4 seats aboard the 777-300ER compared to 9 on the A380, and the 777’s hard product is much more modern and private.

If given the choice, you should always opt for the 777-300ER La Premiere on Air France.

Here are the routes on which it’s offered:

  • San Francisco (SFO) – Paris (CDG)
  • New York City (JFK) – Paris (CDG) on AF 7/11/23
  • Washington, D.C. (IAD) – Paris (CDG) 
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Paris (CDG) on AF 69

If you want to fly La Premiere but need to fly on the A380 due to airport constraints, you will be able to try it on these routes:

  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Paris (CDG) on AF 65
  • Miami (MIA) – Paris (CDG)

Bottom Line: Regardless of which hard product you fly, you will experience classic luxury and exceptional service with the soft product on Air France’s La Premiere. But we recommend the 777-300ER if at all possible!

Air France Business Class Options

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Access Air France’s best seats in business class on most 777s. Image courtesy of

Let’s talk about business class options on Air France, which are plentiful.

The bottom line is there are many different business class products — but the best ones are on the 777-300ER and 777-200ER, with the exception of the 777-300ER used on flight AF 681 from Atlanta (ATL) to Paris (CDG).

Most of Air France’s business class seats are outdated, so it’s absolutely essential to get the aircraft right here! This can be difficult given their track record with aircraft swaps, but we’ll give it a shot.

AircraftSeat WidthSeat PitchBed LengthConfigurationNumber of Seats
777-200ER (3-class)21.5″61″77″1-2-1 (lie-flat)40
777-300ER (4-class)21.5″61″77″1-2-1 (lie-flat)58
A380 (4-class)24″55″78″2-2-2 (angle-flat)80
A340 (3-class)21.5″61″78″2-2-2 (angle-flat)30
A330 (3-class)21.5″61″78″2-2-2 (angle-flat)40
777-300ER (3-class)21.5″61″78″2-3-2 (angle-flat)42

As you can see above, the only seats with direct aisle access and lie-flat capability are on the 777-200ER and 777-300ER (4-class). By default, these 2 aircraft win the battle for best business class seat options, and it’s not even close.

To make matters worse for the other aircraft, the 777-200ER and 777-300ER (4-class) have reverse herringbone business class seats, so there truly is no contest to determine which Air France business class seats are better.

Hot Tip: For more details, check out our complete guide to booking Air France business class with points.

We prefer the 777-200ER in business class because there are only 40 seats along 10 rows in a 1-2-1 configuration, as opposed to 58 seats in the 777-300ER 3-class variant.

Let’s look at the 777-200ER seat map:

Air France 777-200ER 3 Class Business Class Seat Map
Air France 777-200ER 3-class business class seat map. Image courtesy of

As you can see, there are 2 mini-cabins. When flying on the 777-200ER in Air France business class, the best seats are in row 12: they’re the most private and experience the least foot traffic.

Find the “winning” Air France business class setup on the 777-200ER, which flies on these routes:

  • Papeete (PPT) – Los Angeles (LAX) – Paris (CDG) on AF 77
  • New York City (JFK) – Paris (CDG) on AF 9
  • Atlanta (ATL) – Paris (CDG) on AF 689
  • Detroit (DTW) – Paris (CDG) on AF 377
Image courtesy of

Moving over to the 777-300ER 4-class aircraft, your first choice should be seats in row 3, followed by row 20, due to their private nature. Nobody will be walking in your area, as the lavatories and galleys are located in the middle of the business class section.

These close “runner-up” Air France business class seats are on the 4-class 777-300ER, which you’ll find on:

  • San Francisco (SFO) – Paris (CDG)
  • New York City (JFK) – Paris (CDG) on AF 7/11/23
  • Washington, D.C. (IAD) – Paris (CDG)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Paris (CDG) on AF 69

The A380 comes in third, with a lackluster 2-2-2 angled-flat seating configuration. These seats, though lagging severely behind the reverse herringbone seats mentioned above, are still better than the remaining business class products.

Though the A380 is a beautiful plane and an aviation masterpiece, for some reason Air France chooses to maintain an angled-flat product on these superjumbos.

Here’s what it looks like:

Air France A380 Business Class
Air France A380 business class. Image courtesy of

These seats measure in with a 24″ width, 55″ pitch, and 78″ bed length. (The seat width is actually the best on this product, so that’s one plus if you have to fly them!)

However, that’s about it for the benefits of this seat. The 2-2-2 angled-flat configuration lacks true privacy and is outdated. Nevertheless, sitting in business class is a lot better than sitting in economy.

Here’s the business class seat map aboard the A380:

Air France A380 Business Class Seat Map
Air France A380 business class seat map. Image courtesy of

If you find yourself on the A380 in business class, it will behoove you to nab the bulkhead seats in rows 60 or 65, as you get some more legroom.

Unfortunately, the bulkhead seats are located near the lavatory/galley — if that’s something you can’t overlook, pick seats in row 73 for slightly better privacy (since nobody will be walking near you).

Find the A380’s operating on these routes:

  • Miami (MIA) – Paris (CDG)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Paris (CDG) on AF 65

Let’s move on to the A340 and A330.

The seat configurations are identical for these aircraft: 2-2-2 angled-flat seats with a 21.5″ width, 61″ pitch, and 78″ bed length.

In this case, the A340 edges ahead of the A330 due to a more private cabin size of 30 seats (instead of 40).

Here’s the A340 seat map in business class:

Air France A340 Business Class Seat Map
Air France A340 business class seat map. Image courtesy of

Since the lavatories and galleys are at the back of the business class cabin, you would want to sit as far forward possible, with row 1 being the best-case scenario.

The A340-300 is operated infrequently on only a single flight (like, once every 10 flights):

  • Chicago (ORD) – Paris (CDG) 

Honestly, chances are that you’re going to get the A330 instead of the A340 on this route. Here’s the seat map you’ll likely see:

Air France A330-300 Business Class Seat Map
Air France A330-200 business class seat map. Image courtesy of

The A330 has the same seating arrangement, but with an extra mini-cabin behind the lavatories and galley.

However, you do not want to be in row 7, because the bassinet seats directly behind this row may cause some noise during the flight. Stick with row 1 if possible on the A330 business class.

The A330 is (typically) operated on these routes (subject to change due to frequent and unpredictable aircraft swaps):

  • Seattle (SEA) – Paris (CDG)
  • Houston (IAH) – Paris (CDG)
  • Chicago (ORD) – Paris (CDG) {either the A330 (most likely) or A340 (rare)}
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Paris (CDG) {seasonal service}

Finally, the last aircraft to fly Air France business class on is one that I honestly didn’t know existed before writing this piece: the 777-300ER 3-class. 

Unfortunately, these seats are going to be the least preferable of all Air France products to/from the U.S.

Here’s what it looks like in real life:

Air France 777-300ER 3 Class Seat
Air France 777-300ER 3-class seat. Image courtesy of

The 3-class 777-300ER has business class seats in a 2-3-2 configuration, and all seats are angled flat.

It’s flown only on 1 route:

  • Atlanta (ATL) – Paris (CDG) on AF 681

The seat map looks like this:

Air France 777-300ER 3 Class Business Class Seat Map
Air France 777-300ER 3-class business class seat map. Image courtesy of

If you’re flying on the Air France 777-300 3-class business class product, sit in rows 1 or 2, because they’re going to be the quietest. Another option is row 6, but there may be some noise due to the proximity to the bassinet seats in row 5.

Here are the key nuggets to take away from our discussion of the Air France business class options: 

  1. Fly the 777-200ER first (choose row 12 if possible)
  2. Fly the 4-class 777-300ER second (shoot for seats in row 20)
  3. Fly the A380-800 third, and choose bulkhead seats in rows 60 or 65, followed by row 73
  4. Fly the A340-300 fourth, and try to choose row 1
  5. Fly the A330-200 fifth (again, look for seats in row 1)
  6. Fly the 3-class 777-300ER as your last option — and choose rows 1 or 2

Bottom Line: There are lots of discrepancies across different planes, and you absolutely need to know which routes fly which aircraft — it will significantly affect your experience and enjoyment on your business class flight.

Air France Premium Economy Options

Air France A380 Premium Economy
Air France A380 premium economy. Image courtesy of

We’ve said that the A380 lacks any sort of competitive edge when it comes to business and first class, but the A380 is actually the best case for flying premium economy!

Here’s what I mean:

AircraftSeat WidthSeat PitchConfigurationNumber of Seats
777-300ER (3-class)19″38″2-4-224
777-300ER (4-class)19″38″2-4-228

Right off the bat, we notice that the seating configuration on the A380 is 2-3-2, which is a pleasant surprise for how huge the A380 is. This means that these seats afford you more space!

On top of this, the A380 is a phenomenal plane to fly on due to the sheer size and the lack of noise in the cabin (seriously, you’ll forget you’re flying on a plane).

For these reasons, the A380 takes the cake in premium economy. Here’s the seat map:

Air France A380 Premium Economy Seat Map
Air France A380 premium economy seat map. Image courtesy of

The best premium economy seats on the A380 are 81A/B and 81K/L, so try to grab those first!

Find the A380 on only 2 routes:

  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Paris (CDG) on AF 65
  • Miami (MIA) – Paris (CDG)

Second place in Air France premium economy is tied between the A340 and A330. These are completely identical (even in number of seats), so the driving factor would definitely be the airport you’re flying out of.

I’ll only show you one of the seat maps (since they’re the same):

Air France A330-300 Premium Economy Seat Map
Air France A330-200 premium economy seat map. Image courtesy of

The best seats are at the bassinet/bulkhead, so pick row 19 on the A330 and row 14 on the A340.

The A340 is only seldom operated on this single route:

  • Chicago (ORD) – Paris (CDG)

It’s also difficult to predict far in advance if the A340 will be flown due to aircraft swaps at the last minute.

The A330 is operated on these routes:

  • Chicago (ORD) – Paris (CDG)
  • Houston (IAH) – Paris (CDG)
  • Seattle (SEA) – Paris (CDG)
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Paris (CDG)

Now, we’ll get to seats with the denser configuration: 2-4-2.

Premium economy seats on the 777-200ER and 3-class 777-300ER are identical: 21 seats in a 2-4-2 configuration.

Air France 777-300ER 3 Class Premium Economy Seat Map
Air France 777-300ER 3-class premium economy seat map. Image courtesy of

The most spacious seats are again in the bassinet/bulkhead, so pick row 14 on the 3-class 777-300ER and row 19 on the 777-200ER. 

The 3-class 777-300ER is operated on this singular route:

  • Atlanta (ATL) – Paris (CDG) on AF 681

Meanwhile, the 777-200ER is operated on these routes:

  • Papeete (PPT) – Los Angeles (LAX) – Paris (CDG) on AF 77
  • Atlanta (ATL) – Paris (CDG) on AF 689
  • New York City (JFK) – Paris (CDG) on AF 9
  • Detroit (DTW) – Paris (CDG) on AF 377

Finally, the least preferable premium economy product in our opinion is on the 4-class 777-300ER. Oddly, this aircraft has the best first and business class products  — but the least ideal premium economy seats.

They’re arranged in a 2-4-2 configuration, but the reason why they’re not ideal is because they’re so close to the lavatories.

Here’s what I mean:

Air France 777-300ER 4 Class Premium Economy Seat Map
Air France 777-300ER 4-class premium economy seat map. Image courtesy of

The best premium economy seats on the 4-class 777-300ER would be in row 26, as it is the furthest away from the lavatories.

Overall, there’s a lot less variability in premium economy products from Air France. All the seats are the same width and pitch, and the few differences that do exist lie in the seating configuration and density.

Bottom Line: If you can, fly on the A380 in premium economy in seats 81A/B and 81K/L.  

Air France Economy Options

Air France Economy
Air France economy on the A340. Image courtesy of

Now that we’ve covered the premium economy seats, let’s cover our last section: coach.

Here’s a quick summary table:

AircraftSeat WidthSeat PitchConfigurationNumber of Seats
A38017.5″32″3-4-3 and 2-4-2389
777-200ER17″32″3-4-3 and 2-4-2216
777-300ER (4-class)17″32″3-4-3 and 2-4-2206
777-300ER (3-class)17″32″3-4-3 and 2-4-2215

The clear winners here are the A330 and A340 — they have the widest seats, measuring at 18 inches! 

Between them, the A330 edges out over the A340 due to having fewer seats; the configurations and seat dimensions are the same.

There are a couple of seats on each plane that will provide the best legroom. Let’s take a look at the A330 first:

Air France A330-300 Economy Seat Map
Air France A330-200 economy seat map. Image courtesy of

Notice that 24D and 24G have extra legroom on the A330 — if I found myself flying economy on this aircraft, I’d pick them first.

You will find the A330 on these routes:

  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) – Paris (CDG)
  • Seattle (SEA) – Paris (CDG)
  • Houston (IAH) – Paris (CDG)
  • Chicago (ORD) – Paris (CDG) (A330 mostly, sometimes A340)

The A340 has the same arrangement, and the same preferential seats are located at 19D and 19G. This plan is flown rarely only on the Chicago (ORD) – Paris (CDG) route.

Next we’ll talk about A380, where seats are slightly narrower at 17.5″ and the rows are typically in a 3-4-3 configuration. The seat map is in 2 parts as shown below:

Air France A380 Economy Seat Map 1
Air France A380 economy seat map 1. Image courtesy of

As you can see in seat map 1, some of the best seats are 10C/K, 11A/L, 30B/C, 30J/K, and 34D. All of these seats will allow you to have more legroom, so be sure to have them on your radar when choosing seats on the A380.

The A380 also has another economy cabin that’s much smaller and more private.

Air France A380 Economy Seat Map 2
Air France A380 economy seat map 2. Image courtesy of

Consider 90E/F/G/H and 91B/K at the top of your list too!

Couples may also like row 92A/B and 92K/L due to its 2-seat row configuration.

Bottom Line: The A380 economy class seats are a half-inch narrower and therefore less ideal than the seats on the A340 and A330, but there are still opportunities for seat optimization.

Overall, these preferential seats on the A380 can be found on 2 routes:

  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Paris (CDG) on AF 65
  • Miami (MIA) – Paris (CDG)

On the 777-200ER, there are several good seats out of the 216 total in economy: row 23, 24C/J, and side rows 45-47 (which have 2 seats on each side).

Air France 777-200ER 3 Class Economy Seat Map
Air France 777-200ER economy seat map. Image courtesy of

You’ll find the 777-200ER on the following routes:

  • Papeete (PPT) – Los Angeles (LAX) – Paris (CDG) on AF 77
  • Detroit (DTW) – Paris (CDG) on AF 377
  • Atlanta (ATL) – Paris (CDG) on AF 689
  • New York City (JFK) – Paris (CDG) on AF 9

On the 777-300ER 3-class aircraft, your best economy class seats are 26 B/C, 26J/K, 43 E/F/G/H, and side-row seats in rows 50-53 (A/B and K/L seats).

It might be wise for couples to reserve seats in rows 50-53, as it is only 2 seats on each side. For those who need legroom most, choose seats 26B/C or 26J/K.

Air France 777-300ER 3 Class Economy Seat Map
Air France 777-300ER 3-class economy seat map. Image courtesy of

You’ll be able to find the 777-300ER 3-class aircraft on only 1 route:

  • Atlanta (ATL) – Paris (CDG) on AF 681

The very last aircraft we’ll be discussing in economy is our bottom choice for 1 reason: the fewest preferential seats available (meaning lowest chance of reserving the best seats). 

This is on the 777-300ER 4-class aircraft. Although there are some fantastic business and first class products on the Air France 4-class 777-300ER, their premium economy and economy seats are the least desirable of all.

Still, a seat is a seat…so let’s briefly talk about the best ones on the 4-class 777-300ER.

Air France 777-300ER 4 Class Economy Seat Map
Air France 777-300ER 4-class economy seat map. Image courtesy of

The best seats are 29C/J, side-seats in rows 49-50, and seats 39B/C and 39J/K. 

29C and 29J offer extra legroom due to a missing seat, so that’ll be excellent to stretch out your legs. Row 28 is not a preferential seat — although it’s in the bulkhead, a wall in front of your legs will restrict your legroom.

Side seats in rows 49-50 are ideal for couples traveling together since you’ll have a row to yourself.

Lastly, seats 39B/C and 39J/K are good because they’ve got tons of exit row space to stretch out.

The main disadvantages are that the seat width is reduced due to the inflight monitor being stored in the armrest, and the proximity to the galleys and lavatories making for a noisy background.

Find these seats on routes utilizing the 4-class 777-300ER:

  • New York City (JFK) – Paris (CDG) on AF 7/11/23
  • San Francisco (SFO) – Paris (CDG)
  • Washington, D.C. (IAD) – Paris (CDG) 
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Paris (CDG) on AF 69

Bottom Line: Overall, the 18″ wide seats on the A330 and A340 win in economy class on Air France. The A380 has lots of seats that can significantly enhance your comfort due to extra legroom and location, but they’re slightly narrower at 17.5″ wide. 

Final Thoughts

Wow! We’ve talked about enough different seats to make just about anybody’s head spin. Here are the key takeaways:

  • Fly La Premiere on the 777-300ER. Do not settle for the A380 if you can help it.
  • In business class, choose the 777-200ER or most 777-300ER’s (with the exception of AF 681 from Atlanta to Paris). These reverse herringbone seats are the best and most private!
  • Take premium economy on the A380! The spacious 2-3-2 configuration is unusual on the superjumbo, so you should take advantage of it.
  • For economy, fly on the A340 and A330. These seats are wider than the others and are less dense, making for an improved coach experience.

We’ve gone over all the Air France routes to/from the U.S., and it’s quite complicated. Keep in mind that frequent, last-minute aircraft swaps can make or break your trip, so be on the lookout for those!

Overall, though, Air France’s predictability is decent, especially on flagship routes — so 90% of the time you’ll be alright!

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Frequently asked questions

What's the best way to book Air France La Premiere?

Unfortunately, you need to satisfy 2 requirements to book La Premiere with points and miles:

  • Flying Blue Elite Status (Silver is the minimum)
  • 200,000 Flying Blue miles each way between the U.S. and Europe

So, the only way to book is when you’re a Flying Blue elite member and use 200,000 miles.

Otherwise, you would be better off searching for cheaper cash flights, but it’s still very expensive (thousands of dollars).

What's the best ways to book Air France business class?

Generally, the best ways to fly Air France in business class are by using Delta SkyMiles or Air France/KLM Flying Blue miles.

With Delta, it’ll cost 75,000 miles each-way and you’ll also get award access even before Air France! 

With Air France/KLM’s variable pricing system, it will cost anywhere from 53,000-70,000 miles each-way. However, if you land a promo award, you can bring that cost down 25%-50%!

What are the best ways to book Air France premium economy class?

Currently, one of the only ways to book Air France premium economy is with Air France/KLM Flying Blue miles.

Using their award calculator will help you calculate the exact cost of lowest-level awards.

Generally, mileage costs range from 45,500-57,500 miles each way.

What's the best way to book Air France economy class?

Delta is a great option for economy awards.

Fuel surcharges aren’t passed on, which will save you a lot of money. Awards on Air France metal cost 32,500 miles each way.

Air France is another option, but they pass on fuel surcharges, which can be counter-productive if your goal is to pay as little money as possible on your flights.

Stephen Au

About Stephen Au

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Stephen has been privileged to enjoy many premium cabin products and 5-star hotels. A petroleum engineer by trade, Stephen caught the travel bug in college when he traveled to Asia several times. After 2 years of continual promotions, Stephen quit his safe and secure career path in favor of entrepreneurship.

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  1. For LAX to CDG, I think you omitted 0069, which is a 777 with the new configuration in La Premiere (4 seat cabin, etc.). Same thing for 0072 coming back.


  2. I’m flying from Houston to Paris on July 6. The website indicates this aircraft is the 777-300ER. I will likely fly economy unless I upgrade. SeatGuru indicates there are 4 versions of this aircraft. Do you know which version it is?


    • Hi Scott, please be advised **we are not Air France** – we are Upgraded Points, a website publishing articles on points and miles as well as other travel related pieces.

      As such, we cannot confirm which version of your plane you are flying, especially since we do not know the flight number. You can try searching a site like Flight Stats to see if you can find any additional information, but again without your flight number we are unable to even get that far. If you cannot find the information there, the best option would be to call Air France’s customer service!


    • I just flew this route on April 2019. It’s the new 1-2-1 version which is great. I was in the mini cabin in row 11, which was very quite and private


  3. Plane types have changed from the post above, for example, I see a 777-300ER from MIA-CDG in October. Availability from Boston is completely missing from your “definitive’ guide and Detroit has a 787 now. Far from definitive.


    • Hi and thanks for your comment. Stephen has compiled a great deal of useful information here. And, as he mentions early on in the article, aircraft is going to be swapped out and changes made. We appreciate you reading and your suggestion.


  4. I see AF-038 (SFO to CDG) as an Airbus A380-800 on Flightaware, not a 777-300ER. Wrong info?


    • Hey LN,

      Thanks for reading. This is supposedly a temporary adjustment. Air France swapped out the 777-300ER with the A380-800 since April 12, 2019. However, this is a route that is normally operated by the 777-300ER.


  5. Dawn Lynch May 4, 2019

    Lax to Cdg Just booked my first AF A380 economy flier 🤷🏼‍♀️ Hope I enjoy it and not regret sticking with Delta planes.


  6. Hello,

    Thanks for the very informative article. I literally just booked a one way flight from CDG-MIA on Air France for June 2019. I was very surprised (in a bad way) to find that they are showing a seat map for a 2-3-2 business class on a 777-300… I’m hoping this might be temporary and we will get an equipment swap. Any idea if they are now flying this plane on the CDG-MIA route permanently?



    • Hi Chad,

      Sorry to hear this. There’s a chance that they might switch it, but given how far in advance they set the schedule, it’s unlikely. Keep watching it and hoping for a swap!


  7. Looks like there may be a change for Seattle – just seeing 777-200 when looking at flights to Paris in December/January. A pleasant surprise and praying there is not an equipment swap. Thanks for taking the time to write this article!


  8. What about the 787s? I just flew one of those from CDG to DTW and wonder how it compares.


  9. Hi there! Maybe you can clear this up. I’ve read on some reviews that in Premium Economy on AF’s A380 the first row seats (81A/B/K/L) do not have leg rests and therefore not very comfortable on a long-haul LAX to CDG flight. But then some reviews praise the leg rest! Which is it? Thank you!


    • Hi Rudy,

      It all depends on how you feel about leg rests. As it is an exit row, there is nothing in front to mount a leg rest, so there’s no leg rest.

      However, the legroom you get is nearly unlimited, so you can definitely stretch out as much as you want.


  10. Thanks for the detailed information! I am looking at CLT-CDG in June and I seem to have a few options on AF, one through ATL and two through JFK. I am looking for La Premiere, paying $ since I have no status. The ATL flight and one of the JFK flights are on A380-800s. One of the JFK flights is on the 777. The cost is $3426 o/w through ATL and $10,441 o/w through JFK. I understand why the 777 flight is more expensive but I don’t understand why the ATL A380 and the JFK A380 fares are so different. Any thoughts?


    • Hi Kelly,

      It all depends on revenue management. Simply put, flying from New York to Paris has a much higher demand due to business travelers going between the 2 hubs. Atlanta commands a much lower premium in cost for first class, due to the fact that New York is more of a financial hub than Atlanta. Thanks for reading.


  11. Starting 3/29, the IAD-CDG route (AF 55) is being switched from the 777-300 to the A380. Found that out while trying to book in early April. UGH


  12. Chris Parker February 5, 2020

    AF639 from IAH to CDG seems to be operated by an A330-200 and 777-300ER depending on the time of year. From ExpertFlyer i can see that from March 29, 2020 to October 25, 2020 its operated by a 777-300ER with business class in a 1-2-1 configuration.


  13. Wonderful overview with very helpful tips! Really enjoyed photos of the actual Seats.
    What about the A350s and 787s?


    • Hi Gio!

      We are in the process of updating all this information. As you can imagine, there are going to be tons of changes due to COVID-19.

      Please stay tuned!


  14. What about the A320 services from the US to France on AF? MIA-PTP/FDF/CAY. The MIA-CAY flight, direct on AF can be as long as 9:15 and yet the business class is horrific for a flight of that length!


  15. Flight #65 now is a 777-300ER (4 class). Very excited…Just booked LAX-CDG-DBV…rows 3,4,5 & 6 L!


  16. This is an amazing resource but really seems out of date: I think the A380 is retired, maybe the a340 too? And there are the new A350 and 787s, I think? Any chance of an update?


    • Hi Zoechow,

      You are correct on all fronts. We are currently in the process of performing a full update on this piece. Thanks for reading!


  17. It shows the A380 for flight 65 LAX to CDG, however, it seems that it’s now a 777-300 plane.
    Is that accurate and how does this new product compare to flight 69 with the 777-200 product? Thanks in advance!


    • Hi Sara,

      That is correct that the route has been replaced by the 777-300. We are currently in the process of updating all of our direct route guide articles with the most up to date aircraft information so please bear with us!


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