Going to Paris. First time for me and I'm going with my GF. Going for 9-10 days in mid May. I have 2 options.
1) I have a free ticket coming my way with UA. The day is not ideal and neither is the time and the flight is on UA (with a layover in Frankfurt for 3-4 hours) and CON (return - non stop).
2) I pay $800 for the ticket and get the day I want, the time I want and the airline I want (Air France, Luf, etc.). I'd save the free ticket for other future trip(s).
My biggest issues are the day is not ideal and the layover basically kills our first day in Paris.