Good Deal Alert: New York JFK – Milan MXP $438 Roundtrip on Emirates and Alitalia in March – April

Mar 10, 2014

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Economy tickets from the US to Europe tend to hover around the $800-$1,100 mark, but right now, there’s a decent airfare deal to Europe this spring where you can score tickets on either Emirates or Alitalia on their competing New York JFK – Milan MXP route for as low as $438 per person including all taxes and fees. The catch is, you have to be traveling in a pair because single tickets are pricing out at about $620.

I checked out the route on dates during the last week of March and the first week of April using the ITA Matrix‘s calendar search for trips between 3-8 nights, and it looks like there are several dates where these fares are available:

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 8.14.59 AMITA showed that these fares were available on both Emirates and Alitalia, so I went to each airline’s site to try actually booking them (since you can’t book directly on the ITA Matrix). Here’s what came up on Emirates:

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 8.10.32 AMAs you can see, quite a few dates in there work for trips between 4-11 nights if you’re looking to make a big trip out of it. The tickets book as a Saver Fare class, which only earns 50% mileage, so it’s not really a mileage run deal on Emirates.

On Alitalia, there were also plenty of dates available, though looks like the lowest-priced tickets might already be drying up for that first week in April, but I was able to price it out on several days including the ones below:

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 8.24.53 AMSo a total of $875.40 for two people – or $437.70 per person. Again you’ve got to book for two passengers since the price is closer to $630 for just one person. These tickets book into L class on Alitalia:

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 8.17.54 AMWhich earns 100% miles and MQM’s on Delta per Delta’s partner airline earning chart:

Screen Shot 2014-03-10 at 8.23.50 AMRoundtrip, that’s 7,990 miles for $438 per person, coming down to 5.48 cents per mile. The one major downside is that it doesn’t look like these fares are pricing out on, and when I tried calling the airline to see if I could book them over the phone, the agents couldn’t find those fares either. The airfare isn’t pricing out as a Delta fare on OTA’s like Orbitz either, so it doesn’t look like you’ll be able to earn Medallion Qualifying Dollars on these fares, unfortunately.

So while this isn’t an mind-blowing fare sale for mileage-earning or elite-qualifying purposes, if you’re looking for a quick, easy spring getaway to Europe at a low price, this is a pretty good deal, and Emirates has a great economy class on the 777-300ER from everything I’ve seen, so it should be a pretty pleasant experience.

Milan is a beautiful destination in Europe.
Milan is a beautiful destination in Europe.

I visited Milan last May and had a fantastic time staying at the Park Hyatt and eating in wonderful restaurants, so I’d highly recommend it. Let us know if you are able to book any of the fares in the comments below.

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