Fly Business Class To Europe This Summer For Less Than The Price Of Economy

I’ve written extensively about La Compagnie, the French all business class airline which started flying between Paris and Newark last summer.

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On top of their Paris to Newark route, they’ll also be launching flights between London and Newark in a couple of weeks.

I have a lot of thoughts about the airline. Their business model doesn’t make much sense to me, and their growth model is just a wee bit unrealistic, but that doesn’t change the fact that they offer a unique product and serve a unique segment of the market which is otherwise not served.

I’ve reviewed their business class product between Paris and Newark, and as I explained, I basically found it to be a sub-par business class experience. It’s better than premium economy, but not as good as the business class product offered by most airlines in the market.

That being said, the one area where they hands down win is when it comes to value. Is their business class product as good as some of the others in the market? Nope. But they charge a fraction of the cost. In many cases La Compagnie actually charges less for business class than other airlines charge for economy.

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All that brings me to some of the great special offers La Compagnie has available for travel this summer.

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If traveling in pairs, you can fly transatlantic on La Compagnie for less than $1,500 per person roundtrip, all-in. Here are some of the special offers available:

  • New York to London roundtrip for two people: $3,090 all-in
    • Book by May 31, 2015
    • Travel between June 30 and September 3, 2015
  • New York to London roundtrip for one person: $1,798 all-in
    • Book by May 31, 2015
    • Travel between June 30 and September 3, 2015
  • New York to Paris roundtrip for two people: $2,990 all-in
    • Book by October 15, 2015
    • Travel by October 31, 2015
  • New York to Paris roundtrip for one person: $1,699 all-in
    • Book by October 15, 2015
    • Travel by October 31, 2015

There are very few strings attached here. Availability is excellent almost across the board, so you should have no trouble finding availability for your preferred dates if it’s within the window of eligible dates.

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Out of curiosity I pulled up economy fares between Newark and Paris, and La Compagnie actually charges less for business class than Air France or United charge for economy class.

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Bottom line

If you’re thinking of traveling between the NYC area and Europe this summer, La Compagnie is a value which is tough to beat. Is it the best business class product out there? Absolutely not. But for the price, it’s a bargain.

Have you flown with La Compagnie yet, or do you plan on flying with them soon?

Comments

  1. where do they actually advertise? (except this blog lol)
    i live in nyc and i haven’t seen a single ad by them here, how do they find clients?

  2. They need to start flying From/To Miami which is a much better market for profits and definitely a better deal for La Compagnie.

  3. I’m booked roundtrip EWR-London in May – $1030 pp based on the “launch” sale. Excited to not be in coach, otherwise, not expecting much.

  4. For the second time in a row my not-often-seen Best Comment of the Day prize goes to . . . Ben . . . just not Lucky Ben this time around.

    On the merits of your question, I can state definitively that, legally, you should be able to get all your money back by disputing the charge. After all, you never received the services paid for, right? Your credit card issuer likely then becomes what’s technically known as a general unsecured creditor. It’ll need good luck with all that. But you, at least, should be ok.

    The real-world answer, however, is just a wee bit more complicated. First, you might have to buy a last-minute walk-up fare from another airline to get where you’re going on time, and no one in heaven or on earth is going to reimburse you for that. And second, CreditCards.com rather distressingly quotes an American Express spokesperson as follows: “We have both a merchant dispute policy and a purchase protection policy — but this situation is a bit of a gray area.” That’s not exactly confidence inspiring, is it?

  5. @Lantean, they had a billboard somewhere that I saw. Can’t remember exactly where. I want to say it was on the Van Wyck heading toward JFK, which is kind of a silly place to advertise, all things considered.

  6. For under £1,500 (approx. $2,200) I’m flying my family of four (wife and I, and our 4 year-old and 1 year-old kids) roundtrip from Newark to London this August. Would have been more than double in Economy on a legacy airline. I’m willing to risk that they won’t go bankrupt before then. Feel like I just won the lottery!

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