Special rate on Air Frances new cabin class from L.A. to Tahiti

Special rate on Air Frances new cabin class from L.A. to Tahiti

If youre heading (or even thinking of heading) to any of the 118 islands that make up Tahiti, you might as well go in comfort. Air France is offering premium economy seats for economy-class prices on nonstop flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Tahiti’s capital, Papeete, during selected dates that start in spring and last through November.

The centerpiece of the new cabin class, launched last year as Premium Voyageur, is a “fixed-shell seat,” which allows you to recline your seat without affecting the passenger behind you (the seat actually moves within the shell). The seat is roomier (19 inches wide), adds wide armrests and has a 38-inch seat pitch (a measure of legroom), compared with 31 inches in regular economy, known as Voyageur on Air France. Other extras: a larger seat tray, a 10.4-inch video screen, priority check-in, increased baggage allowance, noise-canceling headphones and more.

The deal: You can get a premium economy seat from Los Angeles to Papeete on select dates for a fare of $798 one way for spring and fall and $894 one way for summer – about half the price usually charged for these seats, Air France spokeswoman Karen Gillo said. These fares are based on buying a round-trip ticket. They include a $120 fuel surcharge each way but not taxes, which add about $90. 

Special rate on Air Frances new cabin class from L.A. to Tahiti
















When: The spring rate applies to travel May 7 to 31, and the fall rate is good Nov. 1 to 30. The summer rate applies to travel June 1 to Oct. 30. Tickets must be purchased by 8:39 p.m. PDT  May 22. Nonstop flights from LAX to Papeete run Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; return flights run Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Flight time is about 8½ hours.

Tested: I found the deal to be widely available when I went online. While I didn’t find it on all dates, I found it on many dates.

Contact: Air France, (800) 237-2747

– Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger

Photo: (top) Air France has nonstop flights to Papeete, Tahiti, the jumping off point for places such as Bora-Bora, 160 miles northwest of the main island of Tahiti. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Photo (bottom) Air France “fixed-shell seat” is the centerpiece of its new premium economy section. Credit: Air France

By LA Times

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