Deal Alert: New York to Milan From $496 Round-Trip

Apr 2, 2017

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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using the American Express Platinum Card, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.

Emirates regularly runs fare sales on its fifth-freedom route between New York (JFK) and Milan (MXP) and it’s launched another one this week that runs through the end of the day on Monday, April 3. The good news is that several other carriers — American, Delta and Alitalia — have matched the Emirates price. We’re seeing nonstop flights on this route from all four carriers to Milan, Italy, for just $496 round-trip.

These fares are available with departures on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout most of the schedule except for the summer months and December. In most cases there’s a 7-night stay requirement but you don’t need any tricks to get this price, so just use Google Flights to find the dates you want, then book on Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline itself. Also, since these are international trips on mainstream carriers, you’ll get your first checked bag free and even a complimentary meal during the flight.

If you fly on Emirates, you can credit the flights to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan and get nearly 4,000 redeemable miles based on 50% of the round-trip distance between New York and Milan. On the other hand, flights booked and credited to American and Delta will earn miles based on each airline’s revenue-based accrual system.

Airlines: American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Emirates, Alitalia
Routes: NYC to MXP
Cost: $496+ round-trip in economy
Dates: April-May and September 2017-February 2018 (except December)
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

New York (JFK) to Milan, Italy (MXP) on American for $496 round-trip via Orbitz:

New York (JFK) to Milan, Italy (MXP) on Delta for $496 round-trip via Orbitz:

New York (JFK) to Milan, Italy (MXP) on Emirates for $496 round-trip via Orbitz:

New York (JFK) to Milan, Italy (MXP) on Alitalia for $496 round-trip at Thanksgiving via Orbitz:

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Platinum Card (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, or Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below!

H/T: Thrifty Traveler

Featured image of the Cathedral of Milan courtesy of Paul Biris/Getty Images.

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