From lunches and carols to markets and meeting Santa
Air France direct flights from Cape Town
Air France celebrates with 15% off flights till 31 October 2023
Last updated: Tuesday, 17 October 2023
For 90 years Air France has been pampering its travellers by doing what the French do best: Elegant design in its cabins, along its aisles and lounges, and stellar gastronomy with menus created by Michelin-starred chefs and sommeliers. As the chic airline celebrates a legendary nine decades (it was inaugurated in 1933), you get to delight in it too, because Air France is giving 15% off your plane ticket to all destinations (including Paris) until 31 October 2023.
Explore Paris or use it as your gateway to the rest of the world. Image: Air France
15% OFF YOUR FLIGHT TICKET
You can use your ticket for any time between now and 30 June 2024, but you’ll need to book it by 31 October 2023.
The discount code is: TOELEGANCE, which you’ll use on the payment page during the booking process via the Air France website.
You won’t only get the chance to travel to the City of Love and Light; you’ll also have access to over 100 Air France destinations connecting from Paris.
That’s Christmas holidays, New Years Eve, Valentine’s, Easter, Mother’s and Father’s Day, and more momentous occasions and holidays that call for a Parisian celebration.
Because Air France connects to New York, London, Santa Clause’s home in Finland and more, you could choose to experience the Christmas lights in London or the New Year’s Eve ball drop in New York's Time Square.
You can access over 100 destinations connecting from Paris. Image: Air France
FLY DIRECT TO FRANCE & OVER 100 DESTINATIONS
The non-stop flight from Cape Town to Paris takes 11 hours and 35 minutes and, thankfully, there is little time difference between the two cities (either one hour or no time difference, depending on daylight savings). You’ll have a choice of three cabins on board: Business class, Premium Economy and Economy class.
The Cape Town to Paris flights depart around midnight to arrive in Paris mid morning. The Paris to Cape Town flights leave mid morning and land in Cape Town in the evening. Access your discount and book your ticket on the Air France website.
With Paris as your touch base, there are so many places to explore, like Monet’s Garden in Giverny. Image: Air France
WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO FLY AIR FRANCE
WHITE CHRISTMAS, ROMANTIC VALENTINE’S + MORE
December to February is France’s low season. This means that travelling for occasions like Christmas, Valentine’s Day and school holidays with the 15% discount will be even more affordable.
Bucket list sights to see include the Eiffel Tower. Imagine the light show that sees it sparkle for 5 minutes every hour from sundown with the background of Christmas snow, or the extravagant displays at Champs Elysées where over 1 million bulbs are hung on the trees.
Paris at night and over Christmas is magical. Image: Air France
There’s also the Magie de Noël Christmas Market, with an ice skating rink and stalls selling traditional festive fare like roasted chestnuts, raclette (melted cheese), crêpes and vin chaud (mulled wine). Or welcome in the New Year (or the most romantic Valentine’s Day) with dinner in the Eiffel Tower overlooking the City of Love and Light.
Air France flies to over 100 destinations across the world, so you could also see New York’s Rockefeller Centre Christmas Tree Lighting or the ball drop in Times Square on New Year's Eve. In RovaNiemi in Finland, the official hometown of Santa Claus, you can cross the Arctic Circle daily at Santa Claus Village for magical family memories.
Meet Santa Claus in Finland and see the Northern Lights. Image: Air France
EAT MEALS FROM MICHELIN STAR CHEFS
Air France's aircrafts exude French charm and excellence the moment you step on the plane; it’s one of the reasons why the airline has remained legendary. The interiors embody iconic French design as some of the brightest talents have designed Air France’s aircraft and lounges.
Notable names include Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé (iconic French designers and architects) and more recently Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance (winner of Best Design award by Time Out).
Feel like you're in France from the moment you step onboard. Image: Air France
This goes for the cuisine, too. France is one of the gastronomic hubs of the world, and the art of French cuisine is epitomised onboard Air France.
The menus created by sterling chefs alternate depending on the flight. You can expect to eat meals from renowned names like Arnaud Lallement (owner of L'Assiette Champenoise which obtained its third Michelin star in 2014), Michel Roth (two Michelin star awards), Mauro Colagreco (Argentine chef at the three Michelin stars Mirazur in Menton, France) and more.
The wine and champagne list is from a diverse array of the best French vineyards. It’s curated by sommelier Paolo Basso, who was named best sommelier in the world in 2013.
Even the crockery and cutlery onboard are thoughtfully designed. Image: Air France
AIR FRANCE ARE REDUCING EMISSIONS BY 30%
Meal time aboard Air France is plastic-free with cardboard cups and cellulose and sugarcane trays. All flights departing from Paris serve 100% French meat, dairy, and egg products, as well as fish from sustainable farming.
The airline’s 2023 planet-friendly goals include renewing their fleet with 30% new-generation aircraft and practising ecopiloting.
They also use new fuel sources like Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), a non-fossil fuel that reduces CO₂ emissions by at least 75%.
By 2030, the airline aims to cut carbon emissions by 30%, so your trip will have a lighter carbon footprint.
Taste wine in Bordeaux, while getting there more responsibly. Image: Air France
READ THROUGH THE T&CS
The discount code is TOELEGANCE.
The discount code is valid for bookings made via the Air France website.
The discount code must be entered on the Payment page during the booking process.
The 15% discount applies to the price of the ticket before taxes, service charges and surcharges.
The minimum airfare value to qualify for the discount is R1,200.00, excluding airport taxes and surcharges.
Valid on Air France and KLM operated flights. The discount does not apply to domestic carriers within South Africa.
Valid in Economy, Premium Economy and Business class travel with Air France direct flights departing from Johannesburg or Cape Town.
Valid for new bookings made between 05 October 2023 and 31 October 2023.
Valid for departure and return travel between 05 October 2023 and 30 June 2024.
The offer is valid once per person.
Depending on the fare booked, other conditions may apply.
Only the credit card option form of payment will allow for the discount.
TRAVEL WITH AIR FRANCE
Code is valid until: 31 October 2023
Price range: From R11 000 return before discount, depending on time of year and exchange rate Book a flight: Via Air France’s website
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Make sure you book your visa in time: via France-Visas
By Julia Rowley
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