- French Bee is a French airline that payments itself as “low-cost.”
- The airline flies between the Orly airport in Paris and a number of international locations.
- I flew on French Bee for the primary time. Here is my expertise beneath.
I booked a flight from New York to Paris earlier within the fall to go to mates finding out overseas. I used Google Flights and picked the most cost effective possibility I might discover among the many search outcomes. Without glancing over the fantastic particulars, I plugged in my bank card quantity, and did not take into consideration the flight once more.
The night time earlier than I left, I was chatting with my dad on the telephone as I packed. In between advising me about my tax returns and my 401(okay) he requested, “what airlines are you flying on tomorrow?”
I realized then that I had no concept and started looking out by way of my e mail for the affirmation code. “Apparently, it’s an airline called French Bee,” I mentioned.
“French what?” my dad requested, his voice cracking into a giggle. “Bee,” I repeated, “like a bumble bee.”
We each scanned the critiques on-line. “I flew this French low-cost airline from LA to Paris and wouldn’t do it again,” he learn with concern over the telephone. “That’s someone’s review.”
Trustpilot gave it 1.5 stars. “One star is too much” somebody wrote. The Tripadvisor outcomes appeared extra promising, 3.5 stars.
French Bee payments itself as a “low-cost airline” and has been working since 2016, according to its web site. It’s based mostly at Paris’ Orly airport, which is usually used for touring inside Europe as opposed to the town’s extra internationally recognized Charles de Gaulle Airport.
French Bee solely flies between a handful of locations, based mostly on its web site. Those embrace main US cities in like New York, Boston, and Los Angeles, a number of cities in France, and smaller international locations like French Polynesia, Dominican Republic, and Tahiti.
Tickets are priced in three tiers — fundamental, sensible, and premium — with an growing variety of facilities accompanying every tier. ‘Basic’ flights between main cities within the US and Paris will be as little as $250 every approach in off season months between October and March.
I ended up paying $600 spherical trip for my fundamental ticket, which solely allowed me one piece of bags. Had I chosen the premium tier, nearer to $1,400 spherical trip, I would have acquired two checked baggage, one meal, one snack, champagne, and the pliability to change my ticket earlier than departure with no hidden charges.
Here is my expertise flying on French Bee to Paris.
“You should be getting a refund of $2500 on your taxes,” he wrote. “That’s at least five French Bee tickets.”