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Which Airlines

Been searching several airlines for flights between Boston and France.
Air France seems to be the best rated but the cost is by far the most. Iberia and Lufthansa have more respectable cost and their schedule is acceptable but are they any good?
Is it worth the extra $150 - $200 per person (2 people flying) to fly Air France?
Hopefully someone has flown these lately and can advise.
Thanks.

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Posted by
437 posts

I have flown Lufthansa, they were very good. They are also the airline that had a crash a few years ago in france. I think that was unusual occurrence. Did you try Aer Lingus, I think you would have a layover in Dublin.

Posted by
3173 posts

Lufthansa is excellent. I flew Iberia only once between Ibiza and Paris and they were fine. With both, you will be changing planes in Frankfurt and Madrid, respectively, I assume.

Think about how much your time is worth as well as the added energy and stress that is part and parcel with adding a connection.

Norwegian Airlines flies nonstop between Boston and Paris, Charles de Gaulle. Have you considered them?

Posted by
163 posts

It may depend if you want to fly non-stop to Paris or not. Air France code shares with Delta and KLM and booking with any of these will get you a direct flight but the costs may be similar. We use Boston for all of our trips to Europe as it cuts the number of stops by at least one from our local airport. I prefer to take a direct flight any time it is available in economy class . We have not been on Air France since 2014, the last time we went to France. We have flown on Lufthansa the most and Swiss twice, which was booked through Lufthansa. We like both of these and have had no problems.

Posted by
4679 posts

I have flown from Spain to South America on Iberia and it wouldn’t be my airline of choice. The planes were old and the service was average at best.

Posted by
6694 posts

Is it worth the extra $150 - $200 per person (2 people flying) to fly
Air France?

Not to me because I won't pay a premium to fly any particular airline - it's more about price and itinerary, and whichever airline satisfies these two dimensions more closely. That is a large price differential when calculated for 2 people. I would rather spend that money on the actual trip (on the ground) - it would cover many nice meals, entertainment, etc.

It's not clear what things you're looking for or value enough to justify a wide difference in prices. "Are they any good?" is a really general question. My take is that there are a few exceptional airlines and these rest is fairly unremarkable...but they will get you to your destination (hopefully on time).

Posted by
5883 posts

I would always pick Lufthansa given a choice that did not involve extra cost, but make sure you're not looking at codeshared flights. I think schedule and connections cities are more important than brand name.

Posted by
3 posts

Air France is no better than Lufthansa or Iberia. Any of the big airlines can be fine, or they can have issues. Last year on a trip coming back from Africa with Air France, they significantly changed our booking with no warning because of an overbooked flight, leaving us stranded at the airport with no flight. So I wouldn't personally pay extra because they are "better."

Posted by
5011 posts

Probably the worst flight of my life was on Lufthansa. It was quite a surprise, since I had heard so many good things about Lufthansa and I was actually looking forward to trying them.

I'll spare you the details of my wife vomiting for hours, indifferent flight attendants who refused to provide additional air sickness bags (they suggested we use the plastic cups they were serving water in, and then refused to take the full cups to dispose of them, pointing to our seatback pockets instead...), painfully cramped seats, screaming babies, and more, but it was 10 hours of misery that upon arrival left both of us in airport bathrooms violently ill. Quite a memorable way to start a vacation.

Point being: I wouldn't count on Lufthansa guaranteeing a great experience. It wasn't for me. YMMV.

Posted by
3317 posts

I tend to look at carriers by legroom available, route, and cost. Nonstop is preferred, extra legroom crucial, and price important.

Air France has some strikes this year which many people found stressful and inconvenient. I flew them in June. The airplane was hot the entire flight and the legroom so small in coach, that they moved down on my list....

Posted by
12240 posts

Between the two Air France and Lufthansa if the price is right, I'll choose Air France, where, at least, I know the food is better. The last two times flying Lufthansa in Coach, as always, regardless of the trans-Atlantic carrier, I thought their service was pretty perfunctory and the meal mediocre, even relative to "airplane food." I wasn't impressed at all.

I always fly non-stop from SFO so that a flight of ca 11 hrs is a given. If Air France isn't plagued by the possibility of a strike, and offers the right price, I'll take them going to Paris CDG. If I want to land in London, then it's Br Air or Norwegian, (Economy), as I am planning next summer's trip conceptually now.

Posted by
6371 posts

Of course one doesn't know in advance if AirFrance is plagued by the possibility of a strike -- or, perhaps more correctly during the current management-employee troubles, they are always plagued by the possibility of a strike, only one doesn't know when the next one will be scheduled.

Posted by
1010 posts

Our favorite airline is Aer Lingus. The connection through Dublin to Paris is easy, and you go through US customs and immigration in Dublin on the way home. We have flown from Boston, but now use the flight from Hartford (Bradley) since the airport is 20 minutes from our house.

Posted by
2760 posts

The Air France strikes in June greatly impacted many people who were attending an international meeting in Bordeaux. My husband only lost the day he was planning to sightsee in Paris before flying to Bordeaux, but some people missed the meeting entirely. I certainly would not pay more to fly on such a strike-prone airline.

Posted by
2916 posts

Back when I lived in the Boston area we usually flew Air France from Boston to France. Since we moved to Maine we've continued to fly out of Boston to France, but rarely if ever on Air France. It's been Iberia, Aer Lingus, Icelandair, and Lufthansa. All have been perfectly acceptable. All I really take into consideration is price and scheduling/stops. I pay no attention to meals, since we never eat airplane meals. And while it's nice to have good service, I don't really pay any attention to that aspect; I just want to get to my destination with a minimum of hassle.

Posted by
499 posts

If you want to fly non-stop, it looks like Norwegian or Air France / Delta are the only ones. If you are willing to do at least one stop to CDG, then it opens up a lot other carriers and looks like at least =/- $200 cheaper fare. I would have no problem flying most of the carriers mentioned. Just make sure of who the actual carrier is, as there are lot of code share flights, and book with the actual carrier's website.

Posted by
1217 posts

I know it's fashionable to bash the US legacy carriers, but at least the Delta option is very, very unlikely to be strike-prone, and a standard main cabin booking still lets you pick your seats at time of purchase.

Posted by
3173 posts

Is the OP planning to return to the thread he/she started to follow up on the recommendations offered??

Posted by
4534 posts

Is it worth the extra $150 - $200 per person (2 people flying) to fly Air France?

Is the flight non-stop? How many hours will I be traveling? These are the questions that I ask myself when deciding if a more expensive flight is worth it.

For example, if I were flying to Paris, a 7 hour non-stop flight on Air France would definitely be worth more to me than a flight on Lufthansa via Frankfurt that takes 11 hours of transit time.