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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
It would seem that most transatlantic flight deals are for economy tickets. This is usually the case as airlines aren’t too keen on discounting the tickets from which they can make the most money. There is one airline, however, that always seems to be having a sale for business class tickets to Europe. La Compagnie, an all-business-class airline based in France, is having yet another sale.
The sale fares can originate from the US (Newark) or France, specifically Nice, France (NCE). As part of a promotion encouraging travelers to book flights to the French Riveria, the first 1,000 travelers to book a round-trip itinerary from Newark (EWR) to Nice in May 2019 receive a promotional fare of just $1200 USD (or 940 EUR). Again, to reiterate, travel must take place in the month of May to take advantage of this promotional fare. In addition to dates being limited, the terms and conditions state the following: “Travel from [the] last international sector must commence no earlier than the Sunday after departure from fare origin.”
La Compagnie, as previously mentioned, is an all-business-class airline. The airline doesn’t have an economy class section, nor could you upgrade to first class. In April 2019, La Compagnie will put its two brand-new Airbus A321neos into service on its Paris (ORY) to Newark (EWR) route. TPG‘s Darren Murph reports that those planes will be outfitted with 76 lie-flat B/E Aerospace Diamond seats in a 2-2 configuration, 15.7” inflight entertainment touchscreens with noise-canceling headsets by Zodiac Inflight Innovations and unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi courtesy of Viasat.
La Compagnie’s current product, however, isn’t known for having the most luxurious business class cabin. For now, all seats are angled lie-flat seats in a 2-2 configuration, which means if you opt for a window seat, you will have to step over the passenger seated in the aisle seat. La Compagnie does not offer inflight Wi-Fi, and all entertainment is through an iPad distributed by the flight attendants. Still, it’s business class, and the service is much more polished and premium than any economy class product on other transatlantic routes.
It’s not clear yet which aircraft will be operating the flights for this deal, which is available for May 2019 — one month after the airline’s new A321neos go into service.
Nice, France, is located in the French Riviera, which boasts beautiful beaches and some of the finest resorts and hotels in all of Europe. For more on what to do and where to eat and drink in Nice, check out Get Your Guide’s list of best activities in and around the French Riviera.
To search, head to Google Flights and enter the code “NCE” for Nice, France, as the origin and type “EWR” for Newark as the destination. Scroll through the calendar function and select May 2019. From the May 2019 fare calendar, select dates that work best for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia. In this case, we recommend you use Orbitz to book as that particular OTA offers lower fares than other OTAs and La Compagnie’s website.
Airlines: La Compagnie
Routes: Nice, France (NCE), to Newark (EWR) and Vice-Versa
Cost: $1140-1200 Round-Trip (First 1,000 Bookings)
Travel Dates: Limited Dates in May 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige Card (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Nice (NCE) to Newark (EWR) in La Compagnie business class for $1140 round-trip:
Newark (EWR) to Nice (NCE) for $1200 round-trip on La Compagnie business class:
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(Featured image courtesy of La Compagnie)
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