There's a lot of research and information collecting around planning your trip. One of the first things you'll do is look for airfare to Paris. Booking your flights should come even before booking your hotel or apartment. With so many hotels to choose from, you'll be able to find the right place to stay to correspond with the dates you've chosen to fly, especially if you start with out handy Guide to the Best Hotels in Paris…
You're more likely to find cheap flights to Paris if you fly outside of the high season of June to September and Christmas. We travel to France a lot, and it's a long trip from the west coast. Over the years we've tried them all — milk-runs, layovers and seat sales. Our conclusion? It's worth it to find the most comfortable flight.
Although rock-bottom cheap flights to Paris may save you a few dollars up front, it can end up costing you more in other ways — in fatigue, in time spent in airports and in the overall service of the airline.
That's the reason we recommend Air France.
This section has been through changes over the past few years — up and down, yes and no.
We've always preferred to fly to Paris with Air France, but our enthusiasm had cooled after a couple of not-so-great experiences. However, now we're happy to report that Air France is back on our "best" list.
We loved Air France because it offered far superior in-cabin service, better food and, the clincher for us, lots of free champagne. But, on a couple of trips we weren't happy with the food, the plane, or the champagne!
Here's what turned us around — Air France listened. After our unsatisfactory flights we complained, telling them what we thought should be improved. Then, during our most recent flight, the Air France staff came to interview us, to follow up and to find out how they were doing! This is unheard of on any other airline. Both surprising and gratifying.
Air France Warning. Air France has "partnered" with Delta, which we think is a huge mistake since Delta is one of the airlines we always try to avoid. So, when you book make certain your flight is operated by Air France and not by Delta.
Most important, though, the serve and the food had improved. The food was actually good. The champagne was the real stuff, the cabin was in great shape, and the entertainment system couldn't be beat.
There are a few other advantages to flying Air France. When you land you arrive at the premier terminal (2E) at Charles de Gaulle, while the North American airlines are usually relegated to the "other" terminals. Air France also has one of the best in-flight entertainment systems out there, which can be pretty important on flights lasting up to thirteen hours. Plus, Air France has some pretty darn good fares from the west coast.
For most Paris Insiders Guide readers, the main airport in Paris is Charles de Gaulle (CDG), where North American flights land.
It's the biggest airport in Europe and one of the busiest in the world. Use our complete guide to learn more about your destination before you fly and what to do after you arrive.
When you arrive at Charles de Gaulle airport it will be at the end of a long and tiring journey.
You have to find your luggage (easy), get through customs (easy), and then get from the airport into the city.
There are a quite a few choices in airport transfers. We review them all and tell you about our Paris Insiders secrets. We call it our "complete" guide for a very good reason! Plus, we share our very best Insiders Secret.
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