Deal Alert: Flights to Italy From $286 Round-Trip

Aug 15, 2019

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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.

Say “Arrivederci!” to the US and “Ciao!” to Italy because flights to the country just dropped to $286 round-trip. And surprisingly, these deals are available to various Italian cities such as Bologna (BLQ), Florence (FLR), Venice (VCE) and of course, Rome (FCO) and Milan (MXP/LIN). Some of these fares are available as soon as November, but you’ll find most of the deals from January through April 2020.

Italy is my absolute favorite place to visit; I just can’t get enough of the charming streets, amazing food and rich culture. Once you visit, you won’t stop dreaming about your next visit back.

Atlanta (ATL) readers will be especially happy about this deal as there’s plenty of availability to various Italian cities and it’s on Delta. Note that some routes are sold by Delta but are actually operated by SkyTeam partner airlines like Air France and KLM.

All of these fares are available in each airline’s version of basic economy, so you’ll have to pay extra to pick your seats and check any baggage.

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 the airline or through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.

Airline: Delta, United, Air Canada, Air Italy, Air France, KLM
Routes: BOS/JFK/EWR/IAD/MIA/ATL/ORD/SFO to MXP/LIN/FCO/FLR/VCE/BLQ
Cost: $286+ round-trip in basic economy 
Travel Dates:
November 2019-May 2020
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Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Newark (EWR) to Rome (FCO) for $286 round-trip on United:

Chicago (ORD) to Bologna (BLQ) for $368 round-trip on Delta:

New York (JFK) to Milan (MXP) for $374 round-trip on Delta:

Miami (MIA) to Milan (MXP) for $384 round-trip on Air Italy:

Atlanta (ATL) to Bologna (BLQ) for $410 round-trip on Delta: Atlanta (ATL) to Florence (FLR) for $412 round-trip on Delta:

Boston (BOS) to Florence (FLR) for $412 round-trip on Delta:

Atlanta (ATL) to Venice (VCE) for $415 round-trip on Delta:

Boston (BOS) to Venice (VCE) for $415 round-trip on Delta:

Atlanta (ATL) to Milan (MXP) for $416 round-trip on Delta:

Boston (BOS) to Milan (MXP) for $416 round-trip on Delta:

Atlanta (ATL) to Rome (FCO) for $430 round-trip on Delta:

Miami (MIA) to Rome (FCO) for $430 round-trip on Air Italy:

San Francisco (SFO) to Milan (MXP) for $465 round-trip on United:

San Francisco (SFO) to Rome (FCO) for $465 round-trip on Air Canada:

Washington DC (IAD) to Milan (LIN) for $475 round-trip via Delta:

Washington DC (IAD) to Florence (FLR) for $481 round-trip via Delta: Chicago (ORD) to Florence (FLR) for $486 round-trip via Delta:

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 CardCiti 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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