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Air France Downgrade- The Final Answer???

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Well, after some research based on the very good information from the brilliant Kerouac, I think I may have the answer on why Air France is saying they do not have to give the EU Compensation from Premium Economy to Economy.

I did not know about the Solidarity Tax that airlines in France have to pay. After being alerted to that by Kerouac, I did some research. It looks like economy and premium economy are both taxed at the economy rate. This means that Air France makes a bigger profit on those tickets, pays less tax and is technically off of the hook for EU Compensation for downgrades based on the fare code. While I may not agree that this is the right way to do business for their custmers, it is what it is.

My best advice to anyone flying premium economy on Air France is to do online check-in 24 hours before the flight and hopefully everything will go smoothly. Someone on my original post wrote in that they were downgraded, or reseated in AF terms, on the exact same Paris-Houston a few weeks after us.

In the end, I am thanks for all of your help!! We will be in Paris next February for another trip and I am counting down the days!!!

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