Now On Sale: Unlimited Business Class Flying On La Compagnie

As I first wrote about several weeks ago, La Compagnie is offering a one year “all you can fly” business class pass. The pass is on sale as of today, and is supposedly only available for up to 10 people. As a reminder, La Compagnie is the French all business class airline that operates flights between New York and Paris as well as New York and London.

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La Compagnie’s L’Unlimited Pass

Exclusively between July 21 and July 30, La Compagnie is selling unlimited flying on them for a year at the cost of $35,000. The pass is only valid for the first 10 people who purchase it, and you can start the process of purchasing a pass by calling them at 800-218-6820.

Here’s how they describe the offerings:

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To recap the basic details:

  • The pass is on sale July 21 through 30, but only to the first 10 buyers
  • The pass is good for a year from the date of your first flight, though will expire no later than December 15, 2017
  • There are no capacity controls (as long as a seat is available, a pass member can catch a ride)
  • You can only reserve up to two roundtrips at a time
  • If you don’t cancel more than three hours before a trip and no show, you’ll be charged $2,500
  • You earn points in La Compagnie’s loyalty program for flights you take

You can find the full terms & conditions of the deal here.

Is unlimited business class flying for $35,000 a good deal?

La Compagnie is known for their cheap business class fares. For example, at the moment they have promotional fares of as little as ~$1,400 per person for roundtrip business class between New York and London. Here are the deals at the moment:

  • Two business class seats between New York and London for $2,790
  • Two business class seats between New York and Paris for $2,990

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It’s worth noting that these aren’t walk-up fares, though. If you’re planning more last minute, the fares may be $5,500+ roundtrip (in those instances I probably wouldn’t choose to fly La Compagnie, though).

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To break it down, you’re basically paying $670 per week for such a flight pass. If you fly transatlantic every single week (shockingly there are some people who do that), it’s an incredible deal.

If you fly every other week, you’re still paying only ~$1,340 for roundtrip business class, which includes if you’re planning last minute.

If you fly every three weeks, we’re getting closer to the breakeven point of this deal, as you’d be spending ~$2,000 for each roundtrip. That’s probably a bit more than you would otherwise pay if planning well, though this pass has the advantage of allowing you to book very last minute, in which case you’d otherwise end up probably paying significantly more.

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Bottom line

This is a unique offering on La Compagnie’s part, and I’d be very curious to know if they sell out. Unfortunately I doubt we’ll actually find out, given that they probably won’t make it public. Something tells me they’d be willing to sell a lot more than 10 of these passes if the interest was there.

For the right person this can represent a good deal, given that you can plan last minute travel between New York and London/Paris using this offer. However, for those of us who plan in advance and don’t exclusively travel between the above cities, this probably isn’t a very wise investment.

What do you think demand will be like for La Compagnie’s L’Unlimited plan?

Comments

  1. This is a unique offer, but I see this as the writing on the wall for the airline is in deep finance issues. You’ve stated a long time ago in a blog post they have mis-managment issues with mistake after mistake. No airline would sell such a deal out of the goodness of their heart.

    Refer to American Airlines. They sold unlimited passes for thousands of dollars because of their desperate attempt to gain some sort of cash infusion. This might be a similar case. They’re selling a something with a high rate of return and even includes the reward points. They publish nothing from finances on their site nor any corporate information. This deal is screaming red flags for their stability.

  2. I mean this would appeal to the old fashion Concorde NY-LON travellers.
    Clever move, especially when calculating the travel costs of a frequent transatlantic traveller.

  3. I’m still amazed they picked Luton for their London destination. Of the 5 London airports this is by far the worst of the 5 for all travelers, particularly business travelers. Everything about it is designed to save money for airlines – its inconvenient, cheap, dirty, time-wasting, frustrating and unpleasant If Ryanair can obtain slots at Gatwick it makes no sense that an ‘all-business’ airline could not. Hell, even Tianjin airlines got a slot at Gatwick.
    I cannot imagine ANYONE travelling to Luton every single week to commute. You would seriously be questioning your life choices if you did this. Why does this airline continue to market itself as an airline for business travellers? Why not rebrand as the worlds best Y+ leisure airline? Everything would make much more sense.

  4. Just call on July 30 and see if they’ll sell you a pass. With your charm I’m sure you can even ask the rep how many are left…

  5. When you do your calculation, don’t forget that you get miles on another carrier, and if you fly every two weeks, and you have status, you can probably have one free Return every 4 flights, which decreases the prices of the ticket by 20%…

  6. I have seen this time and again in the aviation industry – just before an airline fails. I can, off the top of my head, think of at least 5 carriers who did these sorts of things just before they went under. Of course, that might not be the case here, but in any case, personally I wouldn’t touch it.

  7. I know this sounds crazy but couldn’t someone almost live on their planes with this deal? You get a bed, booze, food, and entertainment! Miles too! I know crazy but then again Lucky just about lives on a plane. Just saying.

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