It has been a while since I’ve written about La Compagnie, the all business class airline flying between New York and London/Paris.
Now that their operations seem to have stabilized quite a bit (unlike when they were flying chartered planes between New York and London, and offering a milk run to serve both of their routes with one plane), I do think it’s worth pointing out some of the great fares they have:
- New York to London for two roundtrip — $2,200
- New York to London for one roundtrip — $1,300
- New York to Paris for two roundtrip — $2,900
- New York to Paris for one roundtrip — $1,600
That New York to London fare in particular is a fantastic deal, at just ~$1,100 per person.
The fare is valid for bookings through February 29, 2016, though travel can be on subsequent dates, through the end of the schedule. While not every date has availability for the fare, in general there’s really good availability.
For those of you not familiar with La Compagnie, they’re the airline which has been around for less than two years, and has been operating with an interesting business plan which historically has never worked, though low oil prices are keeping them alive and (I suspect) profitable. I took one of their first flights between Paris and Newark, and found the ticket to be an exceptional value, though La Compagnie does offer a somewhat sub-par business class product. Still, for the price, it’s absolutely unbeatable.
I’d have more faith booking La Compagnie now than in the past. When they launched their routes between Paris and New York, and then later between New York and London, they were a disaster operationally. However, they seem to have smoothed things out quite a bit, so I’d feel comfortable booking with them.
Furthermore, they launched operations when oil was $100/barrel, and I thought they had no chance in hell of surviving. However, with oil prices where they are, I’d feel fairly confident in them continuing to operate and probably even turn a profit given the current environment. It’s tough for airlines to go wrong with oil prices as low as they are.
While we sometimes see great business class fare sales from major airlines, they’re usually limited time and pretty restrictive. The business class fares being offered by La Compagnie are consistently excellent, and this ~$1,100 per person roundtrip fare between New York and London is especially good.
As a point of comparison, if you redeem American or British Airways miles between New York and London, you’ll pay $1,150+ in taxes and carrier imposed surcharges. So redeeming miles for British Airways business class between New York and London costs more than a paid ticket on La Compagnie.
Is anyone considering flying La Compagnie with these great business class fares?