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As previously promised, here's my review of our recent travel on Air France's Premium Economy. First let me start by saying that we thought it was money well spent and we wouldn't hestitate to book it again.

We flew from PHX to LAX on Delta and then LAX to PPT (Papeete, Tahiti) on AF. We traveled out on 4/2 and back on 4/19.

Perk No. 1 - Because we had purchased PE tickets, it entitled us to the shorter priority line through security in LAX as the tickets were marked "Sky Priority."

Perk No. 2 - Because we had such a long layover in LAX, we opted to kill time before the flight at the AF Business Club lounge. Having bought PE tickets, it entitled us to purchase a day pass at the lounge. According to AF's website this is not available if you flew in just straight economy seats. Despite some bad reviews I had read, we thought the lounge was great for a 6 hour layover. The seats were comfortable, it was quiet and they offered enough snacks such as mini-sandwiches and soup that we were comfortable food wise. The AF rep was friendly and ensured that our bags (which had been checked through to PPT on Delta when we departed PHX*) were also noted in the AF system.

Perk No. 3 - The seats themselves. We were very pleasantly surprised at the amount of legroom. Honestly - as good as some business class seats we have flown and much better than the U.S. Airways first class flight to Mexico we took in January! The cabin was configured with 2 seats then 4 then 2 with only 3 rooms of same in a section between business class and economy. During flight they curtained off both other classes so it was cozy. Going out we had Row 11, Seats K & L; coming back Row 12, Seats K&L. Someone commented that the seats don't recline like typically seats which is true, but DH still found them very comfortable. I never recline my seat regardless because I'm so short and an additional perk of the seats for me were the leg rest and foot rest offered. Food on the flight was pretty good. They offfered a snack and meal each direction. In-flight entertainment with a small screen in the seat in front of you. Good selection of movies and other entertainment.

Perk No. 4 - Because we were so close to the front, getting off was a breeze and being a lot closer to the head of the customs lines.

Perk No. 5 - Return leg from PPT to LAX - PE checks in with business class so again no long wait in the economy line to check luggage and check in.

So - yes we thought it was worth the extra cost from economy seats.

*Some may remember I did earlier posts with questions/concerns since DH and I were both on 2 different tickets (1 for Delta & 1 for AF) purchased at different times. We had no trouble getting Delta to check our bags all through way through to PPT (I simply showed them the AF boarding pass) and same with AF coming back who checked our bags all the way to PHX. Also there is in fact a domestic "recheck your ticketed bag" conveyor belt just as you clear Customs in Terminal 2. You do not have to schlep your bags to the domestic carrier if you have the bags ticketed to your final destination.

And last but not least - thanks to all of you that gave us the tips on getting through the 2 parking garages at LAX to go from Delta terminal to the AF terminal. Worked like a charm and much quicker than waiting on the circle bus.

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