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Air France announces its 2023-2024 winter schedule

To the point For the 2023-2024 winter season, Air France will serve 167 destinations in 79 countries. Let's take a look at the details.

After a summer season marked by strong international demand, Air France continues to expand its global network. During the 2023-2024 winter season, the French airline will offer flights to 167 destinations, including 84 long-haul and 83 short- and medium-haul. Air France will therefore return to a level of activity similar to 2019, before the pandemic.

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Air France - Long-haul flights for winter 2023-2024

On departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Air France will be increasing its service to all continents.

  • North America: 212 flights a week to 20 destinations in Canada, the United States and Mexico. The Paris-Ottawa flight will continue to operate throughout the winter. Service will be reinforced on the Boston, Dallas, Montreal and Vancouver routes. New link to Raleigh Durham (RDU) in the USA.
  • Latin America: Flights to San José (SJO) in Costa Rica will now be operated daily by A350-900. The route to Bogotá (BOG) in Colombia will also be operated by A350 to increase the number of seats offered.
  • Caribbean: A new flight between Pointe-à-Pitre (PTP) in Guadeloupe and Saint-Martin (SFG) once a week.
  • Africa: Flights to Nairobi (NBO) in Kenya will be operated daily, and services to Dar es Salaam (DAR) and Zanzibar (ZNZ) in Tanzania have been extended.

Two new routes: Raleigh Durham and Abu Dhabi

From October 29, 2023, Air France will be inaugurating a new route to Abu Dhabi (AUH) in the United Arab Emirates. This Middle Eastern destination will be served daily by Airbus A350-900s, in collaboration with Etihad Airways. At the same time, Dubai will benefit from 14 flights a week.

From October 30, 2023, Raleigh Durham Airport (RDU) in North Carolina, USA, will be added to the list of destinations. This city will be served with three flights a week aboard Boeing 787-9 aircraft. Raleigh Durham will thus become Air France’s 14th destination in the United States this winter.

Capacity increase to Asia

This winter, Air France will maintain its daily flights to Beijing (PEK), Shanghai (PVG) and Hong Kong (HKG). A second flight to Tokyo-Haneda (HND) will be added. In total, up to 16 flights a week will be available to Tokyo‘s two airports, Haneda and Narita (NRT).

In addition, the route to Bangkok (BKK) in Thailand will return to daily service, with an increase to 10 flights a week during the peak period in January and February 2024.

Air France - Short and medium-haul flights for winter 2023-2024

This winter, Air France will operate over 660 short and medium-haul flights. Scandinavia will be served with flights to Tromsø (TOS) in Norway, Rovaniemi (RVN) and Kittila (KTT) in Finland. Flights to Innsbruck (INN) in Austria and Krakow (KRK) in Poland will also be extended for the season.

Moreover, Transavia France, the low-cost subsidiary of the Air France-KLM group, will be operating flights to 84 destinations in 26 countries. Transavia is the low-cost airline operating the most flights at Paris airports.

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Air France - Deployment of new cabins

Deployment of the modernized cabins continues on Boeing 777-300ER and Airbus A350-900 aircraft. The new cabins will be offered in Business, Premium Economy and Economy.

This winter, passengers will be able to see the new cabins on board selected flights to Bangkok, Boston, Dakar, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo.

Earn Flying Blue Miles in Canada

Flying Blue is the Air France-KLM frequent flyer program. With Flying Blue points, you can book award tickets and fly anywhere in the world almost free of charge.

In Canada

The main method of collecting Flying Blue miles in Canada is with American Express Membership Rewards cards. You can transfer your Membership Rewards into Flying Blue Miles at a ratio of 1,000 Membership Rewards points = 750 Flying Blue Miles.

Here are the American Express Rewards Cards available in Canada:

The best Membership Rewards card in Canada for earning Flying Blue Miles is the American Express Cobalt® Card, since it offers :

  • 5 points per dollar for groceries, restaurants, bars, home deliveries, convenience stores
  • 3 points per dollar for streaming services
  • 2 points per dollar for travel, local transportation and gas stations
  • 1 point per dollar on everything else

If we translate this into Flying Blue Miles, we get:

  • 3.75 Flying Blue Miles per dollar for groceries, restaurants, bars, home deliveries and convenience stores
  • 2.25 Flying Blue Miles per dollar for streaming services
  • 1.5 Flying Blue Miles per dollar for travel, local transportation and gas stations
  • 0.75 Flying Blue Miles per dollar for other purchases

The second method of collecting Flying Blue miles in Canada is with American Express Marriott Bonvoy cards. You can transfer your Marriott Bonvoy points into Miles from numerous frequent flyer programs, including Flying Blue, at the ratio of 3 Marriott Bonvoy points = 1 Mile.

And if you transfer 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, you’ll earn 5,000 bonus Miles. Thus, 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points = 25,000 Flying Blue Miles.

The two Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards available in Canada are:

In France

In France, there are 3 Air France KLM American Express credit cards. Their welcome bonus is unlike anything you’ll find in North America:

Rather, their value lies in the benefits provided, including:

  • Earning Flying Blue miles on every purchase (which is rare in France and Europe)
  • Extending the validity of your Flying Blue Miles with each purchase
  • Gaining between 15 XP and 60 XP per year, making it easier to obtain or renew Flying Blue status

Bottom Line

For the 2023-2024 winter season, Air France will serve 167 destinations in 79 countries. From Paris-Charles de Gaulle, two new routes will operate to Raleigh Durham (RDU) and Abu Dhabi (AUH).

Seasonal flights to OttawaDar es Salaam and Krakow will be extended for the winter. Finally, the number of seats to Asia continues to rise, with 60% more available than in the 2022-2023 winter season.

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Always on the lookout for exotic destinations, Alexandrine shares her strategies for traveling while saving with points and miles. She's an avid cook, both at home and abroad.

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