Air France offers space available upgrades from business class to first class at check-in. This is true even for customers flying business class on an award ticket.
I recently wrote about a reader taking advantage of this, San Francisco – Paris, and noted something interesting: the buy up cost is eligible to earn miles.
Another reader, Steve, shares that he too bought up from a business class award ticket to first class flying Washington Dulles – Paris. He detailed the first class experience.
- Personal escort from check-in to the lounge. At Washington Dulles there’s a separate La Premiere section of the lounge, and you’re taken into “a private dining room/bar with a 5-course menu ” and he describes is as “very very good.” The lounge has views onto the tarmac.
- They actually give you the sit down dining menu at check-in and can take your order there. They ring the lounge so that your meal is ready by the time you arrive.
- The buy up of course provides not just lounge access at the departure city, but connecting onward as well there’s the La Premiere lounge at Paris Charles de Gaulle which is well-covered and one of the world’s best.
Steve was kind enough to order an appetizer, all three mains, and fruit and cheese in order to sample and share photos.
Lobster and shrimp roulade with saffron aioli
Filet mignon with truffle demi glaze, confit tomato, green been and potato
Menu Says Risotto But This Looks Like Another Pasta
Pecan crusted red snapper with cafe’ de Pais butter, sweet potato puree, carrot and squash