For the insatiable Star Wars fan who needs to see The Force Awakens before everyone else, France has you covered.
If you, like the rest of the world, are eager to see the movie in December and you didn’t manage to get tickets for opening night, then you’re in luck. Well, if you have obscene amounts of spare cash and live in San Francisco, Los Angeles, or New York. From those three cities, Air France is offering special flight packages called “Star Wars VII: See the Movie 2 Days Before” that allows fans to take advantage of the movie being released in France on December 16 — two days before the rest of the world.
That’s two whole days to rub it in to your friends that you’ve seen the movie before them. Except you’d be out of hundreds of dollars and their patience would literally pay off since they only spent somewhere under $20. This is truly the dark side versus the light side.
For the promotion, Air France teamed up with French theater EuropaCorp Cinemas, the multiplex designed by French director Luc Besson. The package includes a plane ticket, a free transfer from the airport to the movie theater “in a dedicated Star Wars shuttle,” and a movie ticket to the EuropaCorp Cinemas outside of Paris. How convenient.
Air France stipulates that all travel must be on December 15th — just to cut things close — and the promotion is good only with a select group of flight numbers. After you book, you fill out an online form for confirmation, after which Air France will presumably explain how they’ll ferry you directly from Charles de Gaulle Airport to the theater and everything in between. Good luck with the jet lag.
So just how much is this going to set you back? If you take flight 009 from New York to Paris on December 15, the Air France flight automates your return date to December 20, no doubt to give you a few extra days to take in the movie but also let it set in that you spent this much money to see a movie that, by then, would be playing at your local movie theater. The cheapest economy seat from New York at this point will set you back $582 for the five-day trip. An economy seat on Air France flight 083 from San Francisco is $699. The package doesn’t seem to include any hotels or other transportation besides the shuttle, so tack that on to the price of the flight and you’re probably pushing close to $1000 or more.
Is it worth it? Some would say yes, but that may the dark side clouding their judgment.