Deal Alert: Business Class to Italy From $1,346 Round-Trip

Aug 15, 2019

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

We just posted a deal for cheap economy flights to Italy, but we’ve now found amazing business class fares to select Italian cities, first spotted via FlyerTalk.

You can fly Delta One or KLM’s business class to Europe for as little as $1,346 round-trip — some of these flights can normally be priced north of $3,000 round-trip.

A close-up shot of my seat, 2K.
Business class on KLM’s 787-8. Image by Eric Rosen / The Points Guy.

Flights are available from New York (JFK), Boston (BOS), Detroit (DTW), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW) and Miami (MIA) to Rome (FCO), Venice (VCE), Milan (MXP) and Genoa (GOA). Not all route combinations will be discounted, so you may have to play around with your destination to find the best deal. You also may be able to knock the price down even more when booking through American Express’ International Airline Program (IAP)

Because these deals are only bookable through Delta, even though some flights are operated by SkyTeam partner KLM, you’ll still earn the regular amount of MQDs (Medallion Qualifying Dollars) for the flight. If they were bookable through the partners, they would make for a great way to boost your MQD balance for cheap. However, you will earn a bonus on MQMs (Medallion Qualifying Miles) so that makes these tickets more attractive for a mileage run.

Delta One on the Airbus A330. Image by Christian Kramer / The Points Guy

To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with Delta.

Airline: Delta, KLM
Routes: BOS/JFK/ORD/DFW/MIA/DTW to FCO/VCE/MXP/GOA
Cost: $1,346+ round-trip in business
Travel Dates:
January – June 2020, most dates available in April 2020
Pay With: 
The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier® CardChase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Boston (BOS) to Rome (FCO) for $1,346 round-trip on Delta/KLM:

Chicago (ORD) to Venice (VCE) for $1,394 round-trip on KLM:

Dallas (DFW) to Rome (FCO) for $1,415 round-trip on Delta/KLM:

New York (JFK) to Rome (FCO) for $1,472 round-trip on Delta/KLM:

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold Card Citi Premier® Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

Featured photo by The Points Guy staff.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 90,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new card in the first three months of card membership. Offer ends 11/10/2021.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 Bonus Miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer expires 11/10/2021.
  • Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Regular APR
15.74%-24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$250
Balance Transfer Fee
N/A
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.