Like to travel light? Then Air France has a deal for you. On Monday, the airline announced new one-way “MiNi” fares starting at 49 euros, including tax, for passengers who travel without checked baggage. (Who wants all that extra baggage, anyway?)
The MiNi fares come in about 20 Euros cheaper than the cheapest available economy ticket, but don’t allow for itinerary changes, seat selection, or mileage earning. If you’re able to avoid the extra applicable fees for checked bags, though (15 euros per piece in advance or 30 euros at the airport), the cost of flying on a MiNi fare is less than a journey on the Eurostar or TGV.
Air France says the new fare option is aimed particularly at the 60% of customers whose main priority is to find the cheapest way to get from point A to point B. The airline will offer MiNi fares to 58 destinations in their short and medium-haul network for travel from February 6, 2013.
A surge of customers anxious to grab a MiNi fare knocked out the Air France website on Monday, the first day the new fare was offered. Christian Boireau, executive vice president for French commercial operations told Reuters: “It (the launch) is more successful than we expected.”
Both MiNi and Classic fares can now be booked online, at travel agencies or by phone via Air France call centers.