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USAir vs. AF/Delta: Worth the savings?

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I'm planning a relatively last-minute trip to Paris at the end of March. This opportunity came up a bit out of the blue so I'm planning much more quickly than usual, which means my flight options are a little more limited and are getting more so by the day! My brother is going for work and I'm tagging along for kicks, but need to wait to get the green light from him to buy tickets in case his travel doesn't get approved. Hopefully I'll be able to buy in the next day or two.

In the meantime, of course I'm doing some searching. Right now my best options seem to be either a USAir itinerary for around $815, or a combo Delta/Air France itinerary for about $920. (This is after taking into account too-short or too-long layovers, etc.) With the latter, the overnight from Atlanta to CDG would be an AF flight, and the CDG-ATL return would be a Delta flight. My one experience with USAir in 2007 was okay, in that they got us there and back, but not memorable. I've heard Air France is very good. My question: Would you pay the $100 and enjoy the overnight flight, or is the moral of the story "let's face it: you're in economy class and won't sleep well regardless, so put your money toward something else"? Basically - is AF that much better? If they are, I'd be willing to shell out the money, but as it's a surprise trip the cost is definitely a consideration. If they're equivalent, I'd rather put that money toward experiences.

Thanks in advance for your input!

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