Air France downgrade

Old Mar 29th, 2013, 06:19 AM
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No I paid $1800 each for those seats. So they owe me upwards of $1300 each for at least 2 seats. After conferring with the flight attendants who offered to write a statement for us, I asked for all 3. I may not get that but they owe for 2 seats. I know that this was supposed to be done within 7 days and they were also supposed to let us know before walking on the plane and they were supposed to let us know our rights. The only thing the gate crew said was to ask Houston for a refund.

After posting on twitter we received a $200 voucher as a goodwill gesture for how badly we were treated, but legally they owe us a refund. I have read that AF has been hit a few times for trying to skirt the EU rules so I don't know why they are making this so hard. I just want to get my money back, put it behind us and plan another trip next year.
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Old Mar 29th, 2013, 08:58 AM
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Have you filled out anything like this? https://www.airfrance.fr/FR/fr/local...eclamation.htm

If you can't do it in French, maybe there's an English equivalent or you can get someone to translate for you.

Actually, this might be more useful:

http://onyoursi.de/wiki/airline/air-france/
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Old Mar 29th, 2013, 03:11 PM
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Thank you StCirq. Yes, I actually filled out the American version of that form on the Air France US site. That is where they refunded $840 and said if I had any more claims to contact customer service. Customer service is Delta. Delta had me fill out a form for EU compensation and told me I would get an automatic reply and would get a case number. Nothing yet. I understand companies want to pay the least possible, but this is a problem of AF's making and I just want my money back and to move on. But i am not going to just give up and take the $840 when they owe us a lot more. Since we started going to Paris in 2006 we have used them every year sometimes twice a year and we were treated poorly this time.
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Old Mar 29th, 2013, 05:32 PM
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But look at the second website and contact the Florida (???) office, and the CEO.

Do you want me to write a kick-ass letter to the CEO in French? My French translators can do that. It's imperative that you get to the higher-ups!
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Old Mar 29th, 2013, 05:55 PM
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I can call the Florida number for customer relations. Every number i have called so far has been a Delata person as they take all AF call in the US. Delta acts like they know nothing about EU regulations. Af has made it impossible to talk to anyone at all.

We are planning a February trip to Paris. If I let you write ah letter for me will I still be allowed to fly AF? HaHa!
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Old Apr 1st, 2013, 04:20 PM
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St Cirq is right - you have to get to the senior leaders. Reality is they will never see the letter. Every major company has a team of people that deal with nail to the senior execs. Look up names for Delta execs on yahoo finance. You may find some info on AF if you google...... and for good measure I always CC in a lawyer...... I just make one up.....
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Old Apr 1st, 2013, 04:32 PM
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<<I just make one up>>

AIR FRANCE HEADQUARTERS
45, rue de Paris
95747 Roissy-CDG Cedex, France
ph: 33 (0)141567800; toll-free ph: 1-800-237-2747
website: http://www.airfrance.com
JEAN-CYRIL SPINETTA, Chairman and CEO
PIERRE-HENRI GOURGEON, President and Chief Operating Officer
PHILIPPE CALAVIA, Chief Financial Officer
AUGUSTE GAYTE, Executive Vice President - Coordination
PATRICK ALEXANDRE, Executive Vice President - International Commercial Affairs
ALAIN BASSIL, Executive Vice President - Air France Industries
CHRISTIAN BOIREAU, Executive Vice President - Commercial France
MARC BOUDIER, Executive Vice President - Air France Cargo
JEAN-FRANCOIS COLIN, Executive Vice President - Social Policy
PASCAL DE IZAGUIRRE, Executive Vice President - Ground Operations
BRUNO MATHEU, Executive Vice President - Marketing and Network Management
JACQUES PICHOT, Secretary General
GILBERT ROVETTO, Executive Vice President - Flight Operations
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Old Apr 1st, 2013, 06:22 PM
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StCirq,

Should I mail letters or e-mail if I can find e-mail addresses and are you still willing to help with a kick ass letter in French? I got a really crappy response from Delta for Air France that said that Premium Economy was not a different class than economy, just a more expensive seat and that the $420 refund is all we are entitled to. We only get Eu compensation if we are downgraded from Business to economy. However, there are 4 distinct classes on their website and if you google classes on AF Premium Economy is a different class than economy. They are trying to skirt the issue and not pay Eu compensation.

When i spoke to someone at Delta who finally told me to fill out a claim form on their site, she told me she knew nothing about EU compensation. Now they are experts. Crazy
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Old Apr 1st, 2013, 07:37 PM
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lrock: I would send certified letters by mail (though quite honestly, I'm not sure how certified international mail works - you might check on that). And yes, I can help with the French translations (wouldn't do it myself, because I'm not a certified translator, though my French is good, but I have friends/colleagues who can).

It would be helpful if you could post/re-post the actual language of the AF or other rule that defines the classes and the actual amount that is required to be compensated, so that we could refer to that (preferably in French) in the letter(s).

I agree that AF defines Premium Economy as a separate class from Economy. It would also be helpful if you could find a URL that defines the classes (I'll look for it in French as well).
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Old Apr 3rd, 2013, 05:05 AM
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StCirq,

I will get all of this together this weekend. I need to get all of my documentation together and work is crazy. Is there any way to send this to you privately? Also, when I type in Air Farnce Premium Economy and then Air Farnce Economy, they both come up as different classes on google.

The letter from Delta that defines what compensation we are to receive is full full of inaccurate information. They have my sister-in-law's name wrong (different last name altogether0 and they refer to conversations that they say I had with the refunds department. I haave never spoken to anyone in refunds. Air France makes it almost impossible to contact anyone by phone. Every e-mail they send you has a non returnable address so you cannot respond. The letter from Delta also has the different classes on Air France listed incorrectly. They refer to Business Class as La Premiere although Premiere is first class.

They are just looking for a way to get around EU rules. Eu rules say that a downgrade is a class that is less than the class for which you paid. Air France advertises Premium Economy as a better class than economy. It is a separate cabain, like business, the seats are bigger, like business, and the food is different and better.

Why on earth would anyone pay 7 to 8 hundred dollars more for a Premium Economy if they can just bump you and their are no consequences for that bump. The Eu tried to enact rules to stop bad behavior but AF is defining is trying to wiggle out as I have since read they have tried to do in the past also.

All I can say is buy Premium Economy at your peril. When it works it is great. When it doesn't it is a pain as they don't want to pay EU compensation. I also hope if it happens to someone else, they let you know before you are walking on the plane.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2013, 09:30 AM
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irock - an expensive lesson to learn.

i suspect that all of the people in St. Cirq's list would understand a pithy english letter setting out your complaint a note that you're returning to France soon and if you don't get a refund and compensation you'll be instructing a french lawyer.

you might also copy your letter to the EU commissioner for transport.

in case you haven't seen it, I'm copying you a form which you can use to register your complaint with the relevant french authority.

good luck!
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Old Apr 3rd, 2013, 10:36 AM
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Annhig,

Very expensive for 3 Premium Economy seats. I have no problem filling out whatever form I need to and complain. I may not get anything back, but I definitely won't if I don't try. Our plan is to return to Paris next February for a week. Hopefully, we can use our miles to book at least part of the trip. I will probably just use what I can now as my days of loyalty to Air France are over.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2013, 11:37 AM
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lrock5:

My email address is StCirq at aol dot com. Can't promise to get through it all this weekend, as I'm on a deadline for a project, but I'll at least get started or get back to you with suggestions or questions.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2013, 11:44 AM
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Thanks a bunch. I am going to start this weekend too as this has been a busy week hee as well.
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Irock - do keep us posted with how you get on.

they rely on people not doing anything so they can get away with this sort of thing.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2013, 01:20 PM
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I most certainly will. Thank you for the support!
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Old Apr 7th, 2013, 01:12 PM
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StCirq,

I just e-mailed all of the info to you. Hopefully it all makes sense.
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Old Apr 7th, 2013, 02:57 PM
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It isn't just google, I'm pricing an Air France ticket now for next summer, and I've bought many before -- right on their website, they list 4 classes, economy, premium economy, business and La Premiere (or first). So whatever they advertise, their own website lists it as a separate class of ticket. If you use their website as if you lived in France, they list 5 categories: 2 classes of economy (the cheapest ticket and one more flexible), as well as premium economy, business and Premiere. They still use those words on the French website (economy and premium economy). They used to have something they called Tempo or voyageur for economy, as I recall.
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Old Apr 7th, 2013, 04:00 PM
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Christina,

I bought ours on the AF website and they have 4 classes on there listed. They just don't want to pay EU compensation for them after they downgrade you. As per their e-mail premium economy is just a better seat not a different class. However, on the plane it is a different and separate cabin, better and different food, the cabin is curtained off, etc. They are saying what they have to not to pay the compensation.
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Old Apr 7th, 2013, 05:49 PM
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Groan. We're flying Air France (hopefully in) premium economy LAX-CDG-LAX in the fall. This is the first time in 15+ years that I've bought tickets (as opposed to using miles) and specifically wanted premium economy seats, so I hope I don't get burned.

I'll be watching this thread with interest and hope to see that you got your full refund.
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