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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.
Craving some authentic Italian food? Well, with these deals you can get one step closer to some of the best pizza in the world. You can fly from Miami (MIA), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), Boston (BOS) and San Francisco (SFO) to Milan (MXP) or Rome (FCO) from $332 round-trip. Flights are on full-service carriers but some fares book into basic economy, so you won’t get a free checked bag on your journey. However, you can use an airline’s co-brand credit card to defeat many of basic economy’s negative aspects.
Don’t miss out on what your points and miles can do for you while you’re in Italy — make sure to check out our points and miles guide to Rome, here. You can book the best activities in Rome through Get Your Guide.
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.
Airlines: KLM, Air Canada, SWISS, United, Air Italy
Routes: MIA/JFK/EWR/LAX/BOS/SFO to MXP/FCO
Cost: $332+ round-trip in economy
Travel Dates: October 2018 – May 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Booking Link: Priceline, Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Newark (EWR) to Rome (FCO) for $332 round-trip on American:
Miami (MIA) to Milan (MXP) for $361 round-trip on Delta via KLM:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Rome (FCO) for $386 round-trip on Air Canada/Swiss via Expedia:
San Fransisco (SFO) to Rome (FCO) for $387 round-trip on United:
New York (JFK) to Milan (MXP) for $389 round-trip on Air Italy via Priceline:
Boston (BOS) to Milan (MXP) for $435 round-trip on United/Swiss:
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 Reserve, Citi Premier, Citi Prestige (5x 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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