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Deal Alert: More Cheap Flights to Italy From $236 Round-Trip in Basic Economy, $320 in Main Cabin

June 08, 2019
5 min read
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We've been seeing great deals to Italy in the last few days and it looks like the sale isn't over yet. Today we're seeing low fares being offered to more cities and by more airlines than before. With this deal, you can book flights to Rome (FCO), Florence (FLR), Milan (MXP), Naples (NAP) and Venice (VCE) from just $236 round-trip in basic economy or $320 in standard economy. The deal is even sweeter if you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve as you can book through the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal and book these flights from just 15,700 points.

Both types of tickets include free meals and drinks, though you'll typically have to pay to check a bag and select a seat if you book basic economy. Keep in mind that you can combat some of the negative aspects of basic economy by using your airline elite status or one of the best credit cards for airline miles.

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To search for these fares, 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 the airline, through an OTA like Priceline or plug those dates into the Ultimate Rewards travel portal.

Airlines: American, Air Canada, Air Italy, British Airways, Iberia, TAP Portugal
Routes: BOS/LAX/LGA/JFK/MIA to FCO/FLR/MXP/NAP/VCE
Cost: $236+ or 15,700+ Ultimate Rewards points round-trip in basic economy
Travel Dates: September 2019 to March 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® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare), American 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:

New York (JFK) to Milan (MXP) for $236 or 15,700 points round-trip in American basic economy:

New York (LGA) to Rome (FCO) for $312 round-trip in Air Canada basic economy:

New York (JFK) to Milan (MXP) for $320 round-trip in American main cabin:

Boston (BOS) to Milan (MXP) for $326 round-trip in American main cabin:

Boston (BOS) to Venice (VCE) for $334 round-trip in Iberia main cabin:

New York (JFK) to Florence (FLR) for $346 round-trip in TAP Portugal basic economy:

New York (JFK) to Venice (VCE) for $393 round-trip in TAP Portugal basic economy:

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 Reserve, American 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.

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