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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.

Top-ranked airline Emirates is offering sub-$450 nonstop roundtrip fares between New York City and Milan (MXP). We’re seeing widespread availability in sale dates, beginning as early as April and May, and resuming in September after the summer peak months, going all the way through February 2019.

Other full-service carriers are matching these fares, with comparable rates available on codeshared flights from OneWorld partners American, British Airways and Iberia, as well as SkyTeam partner airlines Delta, KLM and Alitalia.

United and Lufthansa offer a slightly more expensive partner route nonstop between Newark (EWR) and Rome (FCO), with lowest fares beginning at $482 roundtrip in November.

Airline: American, British Airways, Delta, Emirates, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, United
Routes: JFK/EWR to MXP/FCO
Cost: $448+ round-trip in economy
Dates: April-May 2018, and September 2018-February 2019
Booking Link: OrbitzExpedia or directly with the airline
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)

New York (JFK) to Milan (MXP) nonstop on Emirates for $448 roundtrip in April:

New York (JFK) to Milan (MXP) nonstop on British Airways for $448 roundtrip in April:

New York (JFK) to Milan (MXP) nonstop on Iberia for $448 roundtrip in April:

New York (JFK) to Milan (MXP) nonstop on American Airlines for $448 roundtrip in September:

New York (JFK) to Milan (MXP) nonstop on codeshare Delta/KLM for $448 roundtrip in September:

New York (JFK) to Milan (MXP) nonstop on Emirates for $448 roundtrip in November (over Thanksgiving!):

New York (JFK) to Milan (MXP) nonstop on Emirates for $448 roundtrip in February 2019:

Newark (EWR) to Rome (FCO) nonstop on United for $482 roundtrip in January 2019:

Newark (EWR) to Rome (FCO) nonstop on Lufthansa for $482 roundtrip in January 2019:

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, American Express® Gold Card or Citi Prestige (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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The Platinum Card® from American Express

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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
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  • $550 annual fee.
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