I don't think many people will rush to take advantage of this opportunity, but I still think it's worth covering.
Air France first class is an incredible product. It is only available on certain routes on certain Boeing aircraft. The cabin has four seats in a 1-2-1 configuration, with each seat having a floor-to-ceiling curtain around it.
Air France is the world's single most well-rounded first class product.
Booking Air France first class is expensive.
If you want to fly Air France first class without paying for it, there is one best way to do it. Air France will sometimes try to sell first class upgrades at check-in. The people who booked an award ticket could be eligible.
I booked a family member in Air France business class from New York to Paris using Flying Blue miles. There was a note in the email about the upgrade offer and it was $2,202.50 per person.
When I clicked through, the price went from $2,220 to $2,250.
You can choose your seat when you go through the upgrade process. Three of the four first class seats were empty at the time of check-in.
We didn't take advantage of the offer, but I thought it was an interesting data point. I would love if OMAAT readers could share any upgrade offers they receive during check-in in the comments section, and also share the route and type of fare that was booked.
Air France's business class is already very good, and a first class upgrade on a seven hour overnight flight is $2,220. I am not suggesting that this should interest everyone, or that there will be widespread appeal to this.
There are a few thoughts.
Air France gives paid upgrades from business class to first class. This is usually available at check-in. A family member was offered a $2,220 upgrade from business class to first class on a recent flight from New York to Paris.
If you're a huge airline product nerd, or want to experience one of the world's greatest destinations, you should be aware of this option.
Would you take advantage of a paid upgrade to Air France first class? If you've been offered a paid upgrade, please report it back to me as I think others will appreciate the data points.