When 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 Paris hotel or apartment.
With so many hotels to choose from, you'll be able to find the right place to stay on the dates you've chosen.
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.
What we've learned is that finding cheap flights to Paris that are also comfortable is not an easy task, especially if you're not flying from a major east coast destination.
If you haven't yet, take a look at our Paris Vacation Planner, the step-by-step guide to planning your trip the easy way.
Although 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 overall service of the airline.
That's why we use Air France, and recommend it to our friends. Once we booked our first flight with Air France we never looked back. The service on is superior, the delays are less frequent, the food is better and there is free French Champagne – even in economy!
Remember that the airfare to Paris is only a relatively small part of overall vacation costs, so a few extra dollars spent on a better airline experience won't really make a huge difference.
Genuine friendliness and helpful service seem to be in their mission statement, and they live up to it. We always recommend Air France.
When you land at Charles de Gaulle airport and end up waiting in a long line to get through customs, you'll have the memory of the comfort of the Air France flight to sustain you until you see the Eiffel Tower.
Another advantage of flying Air France is that you arrive at the premier terminal at Charles de Gaulle, while the North American airlines are relegated to the "other" terminals.
One small bit of advice, though. When you are booking your flight make sure you are getting an Air France operated flight and not their "partner" Delta Airlines. (We don't recommend flying with Delta.) When you're on the booking screen, check the "Operated by" column to make sure Air France is listed.
Flying from the west coast of Canada? Rather than going through Toronto or Montreal, Air France usually routes you through their convenient (and cheap!) flights direct from Seattle. Find our more at Air France Canada »
When you think Paris airports, you're probably thinking about 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!
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