Please sign in to post.

Air France premium economy...is it worth the price?

I posted in France section, but it was suggested I post here. I am booking tickets for everyone (7 of us) for a family trip to France next June. We will fly from LAX and SFO. I would like more comfort, especially for a single mom traveling with two kids on a (hopefully) nonstop flight from SFO. I am looking at Air France premium economy, but some responses don't speak well for it. Any thoughts, opinions and experiences would be greatly appreciated. This is a big trip (50th anniversary and 80th birthday celebrations), so I am trying to splurge a bit for all of us. Business class is WAY TOO pricy, so your comments on the premium economy class of Air France will be welcomed. Thank you in advance.

Posted by
134 posts

We haven’t traveled on Air France but if it’s comparable to United and American premium economy, in my opinion, it’s well worth it.

Posted by
80 posts

I’m going to Paris in February and decided to just take the plunge and get Premium Economy. I’ve never flown Air France, but am hoping it’ll be similar to other airlines’ Premium Economy standards.

Posted by
22024 posts

What is the marginal difference in price? Probably not that useful for kids -- unless you have 6-2 high school seniors. At 6-2, 230 it is nice to have the extra space -- although business class is far better.

Posted by
2925 posts

Yes do some Google people don't love AF prem econ.

I did LA to Paris on Delta prem econ and it was very nice.

Posted by
365 posts

On our last trip, we flew economy but upgraded to seats with more legroom. It made all the difference. We didn't sleep flat, which, admittedly, would be nice but it was great to stretch out.

Posted by
194 posts

I last fly Prem Economy on Air France in 2017. A380 (SFO to DeG). The seats totally SUCK and are crap. I would throw a free ticket away than ever fly with them in that seat. NOW having said that...I have read that AF has since abandoned those crappy shell seats. You need to check seat guru as well as any NEW Youtube reviews to determine if that fact is true or not..

Posted by
4520 posts

As I mentioned in the France section, the replacement of the awful old PE seats by better ones is ongoing, but not completed. Since there is no 100% guarantee of aircraft model on a given flight on a given day, I would be wary of booking AF PE (unless we're talking $300 extra or less one way, but that basically never happens).

Posted by
81 posts

Lots of leg space and the premium economy section is separated from rest of economy.

Like all airlines economy is a mess. Way too cramped - but air france economy is better than others.

I would fly premium - especially for a super long flight like lax to cdg

Posted by
21 posts

I have upgraded to premium economy with AF with points. The extra legroom is nice. The other thing is that you get increased weight limit for carry on baggage. If you are carry on only your combined weight limit is 12kg. Premium economy and above is 18kg. (This size of the bags is the same.). Have a good trip!

Posted by
144 posts

Thank you all so much for the input. If nothing changes, the plane will be a Boeing 777-200. I checked seatguru.com, but reviews there are not recent. Time-wise, I may just go with Air France, because their nonstop schedule fits, and more recent reviews elsewhere (and the airline website) give me a little hope that the new seats will be there and the trip worth the extra cost. This is, after all, a one-time trip for all, and we want to splurge somewhat. The seat width and pitch difference from regular economy will probably be worth it.
Gite reserved, now just need to book air tickets, arrange car rental, and book TGV tickets (for some).
Yay!

Posted by
6647 posts

Bravo Judy. I’ve never flown Air France but over a decade ago gave up on Economy seats and booked Premium Economy on Virgin Airlines to LHR.

Have never looked back.

In fact next sojourn to London booking upper class
(Virgin’s description of first class).

Posted by
28 posts

Configuration for premium is 2-4-2 (while economy is mostly 3-4-3). You can find 2-4-2 in economy in the back but it's not a guarantee you'll get it.

For two people I'd say definitely take the premium economy since you will have aisle access and a window. Also, if you're taller than 5'9.

For seven people where there's a mom with two kids, maybe normal economy is better because all three of them can seat in the same area.

For 7 people, even in premium, someone will have to seat next to a stranger (which means aisle is preferred otherwise you have to ask every time to go to the bathroom).

Posted by
3764 posts

You can find 2-4-2 in economy in the back but it's not a guarantee you'll get it.

Not on AF, but it can be almost a guarantee on Delta, depending upon the run. Specifically avoiding AF on next summer's sojourn because of the 3-4-3 777 seating, looking just at Delta and KLM for the A330 2-4-2 seating.

For 7 people, even in premium, someone will have to sit next to a stranger

Not on a Delta A330, 2 pairs of 2 on the side then 3 in a middle section, in premium economy.

I realize that from CA a person must connect to use Delta to Paris.

Posted by
529 posts

AF is rolling out the A350 -3-3-3 for regular economy (some exceptions) and 2-4-2 for Premium.

Posted by
1287 posts

Specifically avoiding AF on next summer's sojourn because of the 3-3-3 777 seating

I think you meant to say 3-4-3 777 seating in AF Economy and 2-4-2 777 seating in AF Premium Economy, no!

Posted by
3764 posts

3-4-3 777

Yes that's right, corrected above. I was thinking of the 787 which has 3-3-3. I have done the 777 in 3-4-3 on Air NZ and it is quite the cattle car ambiance with skinny aisles which fit no normal size adult except by walking sideways. I would connect on Delta to avoid this seating arrangement.

I recall sitting in 3-5-3 on a 747 in the old days!

Posted by
1035 posts

You can find 2-4-2 in economy in the back but it's not a guarantee you'll get it.

Not on AF,

Yes, you can on AF. In the back of AF's 777's there are rows that are 2-4-2, but only because of the narrowing of the fuselage. It's the same skinny seats as in the 3-4-3 rows.

Posted by
8543 posts

We flew AF Economy on a 777 most recently on 9/8/22 from SFO to CDG and it was a miserable experience. Looked at Premium Economy seats as we de-boarded and they looked so much wider, thicker cushion on seat and back, and much more leg room… looked good to me compared to what we suffered through.

Posted by
144 posts

Again, thanks for all the reports of your experiences. Our group are not all traveling together. The mom plus two on one trip from SFO, a couple on another day from SFO, and me and hubby on a separate flight from LAX. Armed with all your helpful info, I will opt for AF premium economy on the SFO flights. The non-stop option weighs in on this decision also. From LAX, I have more options to check out.
Merci mille fois!