Will You Bid For A Seat On Air France's Shiny New A380 From JFK?
Details are finally here for that Air France auction we gave you the heads up on in August. Starting today and going through October 21, Air France will be auctioning off tickets for the maiden voyage of their new A380.
The flights will go from NYC to Paris on November 20th and then back on November 21st, but of course the auctions are starting well in advance. Each round of bidding will last 3, 5, 7, or 10 days and all proceeds will go to Air France Foundation charities. You can go to the main auction site for more details.
Ticket winners will be eligible for an array of perks collectively described as an "itinerary of cultural activities and shopping." For the NYC-Paris flight that basically means they'll take you to all kinds of small stores where you can drop your devalued USD's, the upshot being you can tell people their Christmas presents came from "Parisian boutiques." The Paris-NYC flight will also have three "key figures in the world of art and culture," the presence of which will presumably be a boon to star-struck passengers.
The A380 tickets are of course one-way, both because they're going to be incredibly expensive and because it makes no sense to just fly overnight. Winners will be given a return ticket on a regularly scheduled Air France flight, with promises that it'll be in the same class of service as the A380 leg. The deal even comes with discounted hotel rooms at Air France's hotel partners Accor and Marriott, with details on that getting worked out case-by-case.
The auction is via eBay because of course it is, and on that note we hereby file this in the "Things We'll Never Be Able To Afford" folder.
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