France deal alert: Nice and Paris from San Francisco from $379

Aug 1, 2022

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If you live in California‘s Bay Area, this deal alert is for you.

Flights from San Francisco to France are available at a significant discount for travel in the fall and winter, via TAP Portugal.

It’s not just Paris, either. You can plan an escape to the French Riviera since flights to Nice are also on sale for as low as $379 round-trip. There are even some itineraries that include the Thanksgiving holiday.

This sale involves economy fares, which means you’ll have to pay extra to check luggage. Checking a bag will cost you around $75 each way, so keep that in mind as you choose your itinerary and reach out to the airline before you book.

Also, these flights include layovers in Lisbon, Portugal, so be aware as you search for possible dates.

The best availability for this sale is for travel between October 2022 and March 2023.

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Thanks to Scott’s Cheap Flights for first alerting us to this deal. Its Premium membership is available for $49 per year, while the Elite tier option is available for $199 per year. The latter offers access to deals on premium economy, business- and first-class tickets.

As always, be as flexible with your travel plans as possible, as it’ll typically help you find better prices.

Deal basics

Airline: TAP Air Portugal.
Routes: San Francisco to Paris and Nice, France.
How to book: Search Google Flights and book directly with the airline.
Travel dates: Best availability from October 2022 through March 2023; some routes include Thanksgiving.

Villefranche sur mer, Côte d’Azur, Frankreich
(Photo by aletheia97/Getty Images)

Related: Off the beaten path: Tips on visiting and exploring France

Sample flights

The flights to Paris in this deal involve Paris-Orly Airport (ORY), not Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).

With that in mind, let’s start with a great deal TAP has for a February itinerary from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Orly for just $379 round-trip.

With TAP you get a free carry-on, but a checked bag will cost you extra.

(Screenshot from google.com/flights)

We didn’t find much availability at that price, but we did see it. In March, TAP has this same itinerary available for $416 round-trip, still a good deal.

(Screenshot from google.com/flights)

Want to spend part of the Christmas season in France? Book a flight from San Francisco to Paris in December for only $428 round-trip. That’s much less than normal fares during the holiday season.

(Screenshot from google.com/flights)

TAP has tickets from San Francisco to Nice Cote d’Azur Airport (NCE) in February for $516 round-trip.

(Screenshot from google.com/flights)

The same route is available in March for only $503 round-trip. This is a nice discount considering round-trip flights from the Bay Area to Nice typically cost over $800.

(Screenshot from google.com/flights)

Maximize your purchase

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Bottom line

If you live on the West Coast, this is a good time to lock in a good price on a vacation to France.

Featured photo by StockByM/Getty Images. 

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