French airline offers unlimited flights between Paris and New York for $40,000
La Compagnie has an interesting story that’s ultra-niche.
The startup airline, based in Paris, operates only two Boeing 757-200s, each with just over 70 seats, and offers two flights daily strictly between Charles de Gaulle and Newark Liberty airports (a US-UK route was dropped).
The seats are all business class, and round-trip tickets can be had for as little as $1,500 (versus $4,000-5,000 a pop for other international carriers).
However, from September 19 consumers can pay $40,000 on one of ten “L’Unlimited” annual passes and hop on one of those 757s whenever they want. They will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from the airline’s website.
The airline typically charges about $1,700 for the route, so you have to be shuttling between the New York area and Paris more than once a month to make the deal worth it.
At Newark and Charles de Gaulle, passengers have access to contract lounges and on the plane, entertainment is provided by personal tablets.
La Compagnie has sweetened the offer by building in its concierge service to assist with bookings and making a “don’t think about it” argument — there’s just one price, and it’s a nice price.
The combination of low cost, lounge access, the airline’s relatively capacious and comfy seats, good in-flight food and drink, and a boarding and deplaning process that consumes about ten minutes is an attractive deal.
However tempting it may be to go wild and book all the flights to Paris, La Compagnie will charge $2,500 for every flight you don’t show up for. It’s possible to change or cancel reservations up to three hours before departure. The pass is activated for one full year from the holder’s first flight.