Deal Alert: US to Italy on Full-Service Airlines From $341 Round-Trip
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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.
Your dream Italian vacation is just a plane-ride away. Flights from the US to Italy are available from $341 round-trip. You can fly from Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Miami (MIA), Boston (BOS), New York (JFK/LGA/EWR), San Francisco (SFO) and Los Angeles (LAX) to Rome (FCO) and Milan (LIN/MXP) from Jan. through May 2019 and Sept. through Nov. 2019. Most flights include a connection. If you're willing to pay a bit more, flights to other Italian cities like Venice (VCE), Florence (FLR) and Genoa (GOA) can be had for around $500 round-trip.
While traveling in Italy keep in mind that cities as big as Rome and Milan have certain restrictions and regulations when it comes to tourism. For example, if you were in Milan in the summer of 2017, you could be fined for using a selfie stick. Same goes for Rome — its mayor temporarily banned nighttime eating and drinking around famous historical fountains last year due to rowdy tourist "episodes." So be on your best behavior!
For more on how to best optimize your points and miles while in Rome, check out our guide. And lastly -- to make sure you don’t miss out on what the country has to offer, check out Get Your Guide’s list of best activities in Rome, Milan and the rest of Italy.
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: United, American Airlines, TAP Portugal, Aer Lingus, SWISS, Air Italy
Routes: FLL/BOS/JFK/EWR/LGA/MIA/LAX/SFO to LIN/MXP/FCO
Cost: $341+ round-trip
Travel Dates: January 2019 – May 2019, September — November 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige Card (5x 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 Rome (FCO) for $341 round-trip on American:
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Rome (FCO) for $376 round-trip on United:
Miami (MIA) to Rome (FCO) for $382 round-trip on SWISS:
San Francisco (SFO) to Rome (FCO) for $402 round-trip on SWISS via United:
Boston (BOS) to Milan (LIN) for $426 round-trip on Aer Lingus:
New York (JFK) to Rome (FCO) for $432 round-trip on TAP via Priceline:
New York (JFK) to Milan (MXP) for $444 round-trip on Air Italy:
Miami (MIA) to Milan (MXP) for $447 round-trip on American Airlines via Iberia:
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, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier® Card, Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
H/T: Thrifty Traveler