I woke up this morning to a View From The Wing story talking about wide open business class flights to Rome. Gary was citing research published by Nick from Frequent Miler about fantastic availability on ITA Airways flights to Rome.
Rome has traditionally been a tough destination to find decent award availability. Our family has been to Italy multiple times and I’ve always had to get a bit creative. Right now you can find 75,000 point one-way flights from a variety of cities on the east coast. You’ll need to book these through Virgin Atlantic, who has a distance-based award chart for ITA Airways. That means folks in places like Los Angeles and San Francisco will pay more for award flights.
The ITA Airways flights have no fuel surcharges tacked on to them. If you’re a bit short on points and/or don’t mind fuel surcharges, I’m also seeing 48,500 points plus about $300 in fuel surcharges for flights out of my home airport of Washington-Dulles on KLM via Amsterdam.
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This is a good find. Rome is typically a tough place to get to affordably using miles. ITA Airways is the current iteration of Alitalia. They were a somewhat reliable airline in their previous iteration. I haven’t heard much in the way of reports on reliability for ITA Airways.
I’m not sure how long this inventory will hang around, but Virgin is a transfer partner where you can typically find a transfer bonus from places like Chase or American Express. Add a 30% transfer bonus to the mix (the typical bonus when offered) and this is a really solid deal.
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