Cheapy Cheap Air France Flights Now Possible with 'MiNi' Fares
Everyone is always asking, "how can I get cheaper airfare?" Well today's your lucky day as Air France announces a bare-bones ticket that's nothing but cheaper airfare, and they're calling it the "MiNi."
One-way "MiNi" fares would start at €49 (including tax), which is around €20 less than a normal economy ticket, though MiNi means no itinerary changes, no seat selection at booking, and no mileage earning. Still, if you can keep it to carry-on only (checked baggage is €15 per piece in advance, €30 at the airport), it's a heck of a lot cheaper than taking the Eurostar from London to Paris and the TGV on to Nice.
There are 58 starter destinations, all short- and medium-haul, for example from London City to Brest, Nantes, Pau, Avignon, Toulon and Paris-Orly. If you're like, "what the heck in Toulon," then know that it's an airport much nearer to St. Tropez, Cannes and Monte Carlo than Marseille, so that's our first choice right there. Other MiNi fare hubs are Paris-Orly, Marseille, Toulouse and Nice.
At present, the launch of the MiNi fares has knocked out Air France's website, but stay tuned to begin booking them now for travel beginning February 6. Our only issue with all this is the inability to earn SkyTeam miles, but for infrequent travelers who could care less about frequent flyer status or just want to hop down to France for a weekend for some fun, the new fares are a god send.
Please allow us to say "told ya so" after this news, since we barely just named a similar initiative by Air New Zealand as the "Most Innovative Travel Idea of 2012," and it's not just AirNZ stripping fares down to the basic-basics; that's the whole concept for most tickets sold on new low-cost carrier Scoot.
Checked baggage. Growing more obsolete every day.