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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.
A very interesting group of deals are popping up for flights from the US to Rome on full-service carriers like Delta, Alitalia, British Airways, Iberia and more. Discounted departures are available from Cleveland (CLE), New York (JFK), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), San Francisco (SFO) and Miami (MIA) from $296 round-trip. And if you didn’t already have the Eternal City on your bucket list, here’s some Trip-spiration:
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: Delta, Alitalia, British Airways, Iberia, Air Canada, SWISS
Routes: CLE/JFK/FLL/MIA/SFO to FCO
Cost: $296+ round-trip
Travel Dates: January-February, April-May 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, or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Cleveland (CLE) to Rome (FCO) for $296 round-trip on Delta/Alitalia in January:
Cleveland (CLE) to Rome (FCO) for $296 round-trip on Delta/Alitalia in February:
Cleveland (CLE) to Rome (FCO) for $296 round-trip on Delta/Alitalia in April:
New York Kennedy (JFK) to Rome (FCO) for $340 round-trip on British Airways and Iberia (via American):
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Rome (FCO) for $365 round-trip on Air Canada:
Miami (MIA) to Rome (FCO) for $381 round-trip on SWISS (via United):
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, 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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