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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to travel. Additionally, keep in mind that discounted partner fares may not earn miles with US-based carriers.
American Airlines is offering a great deal on flights from New York (JFK) to Milan, Italy (MXP) during the peak summer travel season to Europe. The nonstop flights start at just $562 round-trip, which is a great deal considering tickets to Europe during the summer months are usually much more expensive. You’ll want to head over to Google Flights and select flights with a minimum stay of a week. This deal could provide a great opportunity to explore this resurgent Italian city. American operates its 767-300 on this route, which means there’s a chance you’ll be flying on a yet-to-be-refurbished aircraft that lacks personal in-flight entertainment.
Note that AA is also offering an even greater discount on flights in the fall and winter, but this deal is less appealing during the off-peak period, as fares to Milan are often available for $500 or less. If you’re looking to book fall and winter flights now, you can find nonstop flights available from $498 round-trip as part of this sale.
Airline: American Airlines
Route: JFK to MXP
Cost: $498-562+ round-trip in economy
Dates: July 2016 and September 2016 through March 2017
Elite Mileage Earning: 7,990 elite-qualifying miles
Fare Class: Q
Booking Link: Orbitz
Pay With: American Express Premier Rewards Gold, Citi Prestige or Chase Sapphire Preferred
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Here’s an example of what you can book:
New York (JFK) to Milan (MXP) for $498 round-trip on AA in November (earns 7,990 elite-qualifying miles):
New York (JFK) to Milan (MXP) for $562 round-trip on AA in July (earns 7,990 elite-qualifying miles):
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Premier Rewards Gold or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
H/T: The Flight Deal
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below! Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.