Star Alliance Business Class: New York To Paris $2,024 R/T

Star Alliance Business Class

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A couple of days ago I posted a good Upper Class (Business Class) fare on Virgin Atlantic for travel between New York JFK and Paris CDG but it would appear that LOT (the Polish airline that’s part of the Star Alliance) is offering an even better fare.

Pricing

The price of the LOT Business Class fare between New York JFK and Paris CDG is consistently $2,024 for a round trip ticket throughout the offer period.

Route

JFK-WAW-CDG-WAW-JFK

(WAW = Warsaw)

Rules

Travel dates: 13 January 2016 through to the end of the schedule

Booking: Must book 14-days in advance of travel.

Minimum Stay Requirements:

Star Alliance Business Class New York to Paris

Maximum Stay Requirements:

Star Alliance Business Class New York to Paris

What these minimum/maximum stay requirements boil down to is that you can get whatever trip length suits you best as long as you can be a little bit flexible with dates. I found numerous departure dates where the fare was $2,024 regardless of trip length (within the boundaries of the rules)

LOT-JFK-CDG-trip-lengths

Stopovers: This fare gives unlimited free stopovers which means that you could use this fare to see a bit of Poland before/after you’ve visited France – two (or more) European counties in one fare.

Example flights/routings (click to enlarge)

LOT-JFK_CDG_FLIGHTS

A downside to this fare is that you’re left with a 2+ hour on a regional jet but I don’t think that makes enough of a difference to make this fare less worth it.

Availability

Availability for the LOT Business Class fare starts off a little patchy in January….

LOT-JFK-CDG-January

…..improves in February and March…..

LOT-JFK-CDG-February

LOT-JFK-CDG-March

…and then looks like this for every month from April through to the end of the schedule in December:

LOT-JFK-CDG-April

Put simply, if this fare interests you, you’d be staggeringly unlucky if you couldn’t find dates that worked for you.

Searching Availability

I used the ITA Matrix search to find these flights (hints on using the Matrix search engine are here and here).

The search parameters to use are simple:

LOT-business-class-search-parameters

You don’t even have to specify the airline (LOT is the cheapest) or limit the travel time in the search results (the trip lengths are fine as they are).

Booking

This fare can be booked on the LOT website – which would be helpful for those with a credit card that only gives them points for bookings made directly with airlines – or, if you prefer, you can book via the consolidators.

Per the LOT website:

LOT-business-class-fare-lot-websitePer Orbitz:

LOT-business-class-fare-Orbitz

LOT Business Class 787-8

LOT’s 787-8 Dreamliners may be relatively new aircraft and a quick look at SeatGuru’s description of the seating tells you that they have a 180 degree recline and a quick look at the pictures online shows that the product is, pretty much, a lie-flat product.

LOT-business-class-seatsThe LOT 787 Business Class cabin is set up in 3 rows of 6 seats (2-2-2) so the seats are not all-aisle-access. Despite this, the reviews I’ve seen of the product aren’t bad at all.

Here’s an image of the Business Class seat and it’s features from the LOT website:

LOT-787-business-class-seatFor more pictures of the seat I’d suggest doing a Google search for “LOT 787 Business Class” – there are a good number of images out there so you should get a good sense of what the product is like.

Bottom Line

Having not flown on LOT’s 787 Dreamliner I’m not in a position to say if the product is great, good or indifferent (it’s unlikely to be bad). What I can say however is that, at the current time, this is easily one of the best Business Class fares I can see for travel between the US and Europe for 2016.

The unlimited free stopovers are definitely a bonus but the 2+ hour flight on a regional jet may not be everyone’s idea of fun – it will all come down to personal preferences. Personally, if I was based in NYC and looking for a comfortable way to get to Europe, I’d definitely be considering this option – but I’m sure there will be others who’d prefer to wait for a more premium airline to offer a good fare. The problem with that tactic is we don’t know when or if that will actually happen.

Featured Image courtesy of LordOfTheWings via Flickr

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