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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 Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the 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.

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 a carrier’s co-branded credit card.

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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 Premier CardChase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold CardCiti Prestige Card (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) 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), Chase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold CardCiti Premier CardCiti Prestige 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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