Back in January we entered a contest where we had to let people out there on the Internet know that Air France has launched a new class, the Premium Voyageur Class on many of their long haul flights. We thought it would be fun to do the research and write a blog post. Besides, we had a very good chance since Air France Canada only invited 20 Canadian travel blogs to take part.
As it turned out our article Air France Launches New Premium Voyageur Class won.
We were treated to a flight to Paris from Montreal on their new class. As luck would have it our flight to France had a last minute change and we were upgraded to Business Class. Lucky us!
During our flight home from France we were in our proper place in the new Premium Voyageur Class and we wanted to share what it was like with all of you.
We arrived at the Charles de Gaulle airport early hoping that we may be able to sit in the Air France Businuss lounge since we were in a premium class.
When we checked in we asked at the ticket counter if we were allowed in the Air France Lounge and they told us that they were not sure, we would have to go through security and ask once we arrived at the departure area.
That was odd, you would think that the Air France staff would know these things.
Unfortunately once we went to the lounge we were told that we could only enter if we paid 35€ Each. We decided against paying 70 € to sit in a lounge and decided to buy our dinner instead.
We have never been to an airport with such a lack of facilities as our terminal at Charles de Gaulle. There were no restaurants or even nice little coffee lounges. If only we knew before going through security that we couldn't go into the Affaires lounge, we would have waited to check in and would have eaten in the main area of the airport that actually had some restaurants.
The 70 Euro for the private Air France Premium lounge with unlimited beverages and food was looking better by the second.
When we went to board the plane, we went to premium check in that stated Premium Voyageur, Affaires Business and Premium First Class check in, but we were shooed away. Luckily the supervisor saw what was happening and called us back. “Sorry for the misunderstanding, you can check in here.”
I am sure that by the time you read this, Air France will know what to do with the people traveling Premium Voyageur.
Once we got on board the plane though, we started to feel special.
Our Premium Voyageur Class had a total of 5 people including Dave and myself sitting in the section. One woman was on our previous flight a month ago to France and we had a great chat. She just finished walking Spain over the Camino de Santiago! Another woman lived in the same town as my sister in Germany an she knew her! Can you believe it?
The world was very small that day my friends.
The Premium Voyageur Class looks very good. It has the same slightly smaller version of shelled seats as Business Class where they recline within themselves. The one problem we found with the seats is that they didn't recline enough. The woman behind us actually thought something was wrong with her seat, but that was as far back as the seat went. We felt that they could have reclined a tad more but at least they had a foot rest to allow you to stretch your legs out and there is far more leg room in front of your seat than in the Voyageur Class. It also had clever head rests that folds on either side to hold your neck straight.
They are quite comfortable and far wider than the seats in the voyageur class.
- Business class consists of a seating plan of 2 /3 /2
- Economly Voyageur has a plan of 3/ 4 /3
- Premium Voyageur has a plan of 2/ 4 /2 giving us ample amount of space and comfort.
The entertainment system is second to none with choice of movies, T.V. series and games to keep you busy for the entire flight.
We also received a little care package of toothpaste and toothbrush, hand cream, socks, eye masks and earplugs in a handy little case.
The meal was great as usual on an Air France flight, but we aren't special enough to receive metal knives and forks like the folks in business class. Do you remember the days when we all had metal cutlery on a plane? It is supposedly for security purposes that we now eat with plastic but what, are only poor people a security threat?
And don't get me started on the environment! Bring back the silverware! Round the edges, make the knife dull, give us a spork (spoon/fork combination)! A person with money has just as good of a chance at being a security threat as the rest of us.
But I digress….
Air France Premium Voyageur Class was comfortable and it looked good. It is definitely worth the extra money to upgrade from coach. Business Class can be a little too much money for the regular person to upgrade but Air France's Premium Voyageur offers the average person the chance to travel with more comfort and style for a fraction of the price.
For the cost, we think It is great value for your money. On average a flight from Paris to Montreal is about $1300. If you are looking for an upgrade with more room and comfort and extra perks like priority baggage, and priority check in. You will be satisfied. You don't have to stand in long lines and your luggage will come off the plane first making your travel experience much more pleasant.
Would we fly Premium Voyageur on Air France again? Definitely.