Update: After disappearing for a few weeks, this fare is back at an even lower price. Look for flights to Milan for ~$430 through the end of schedule!
Via The Flight Deal, American is offering cheap flights to Europe this Spring and Fall on their New York to Milan flight. We’ve seen similar prices offered by Emirates in recent months, but this is this first oneworld fare I’ve seen.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Star Alliance has limited dates at ~$530, and SkyTeam isn’t matching that I can tell, but that could change, so those loyalists may want to keep an eye on this route.
Fare rules & availability
Inventory actually looks really good for this fare, but there are some restrictions:
- Departures must be Sunday through Wednesday
- Return flights must be Monday through Thursday
- A 7-day minimum stay is required
The best way to search is by using Google Flights. This fare seems to be available through mid-May, and then again September through next February.
This books into O inventory, and while we (stupidly) don’t know what mileage earning will look like in the latter half of the year with AAdvantage, at present you’d earn 7,990 miles with either American or Alaska, in addition to any elite bonuses.
Milan is convenient to all of Italy by train (or even Tuscany by car for the brave), and it’s easy to get to most of Europe by rail as well.
Milan Centrale train station
Malpensa airport is an easy 45 minutes by train from the city center, but if you’re thinking of heading into the Lake District you can go directly from the airport, which is nice.
Keep in mind British Airways still offers 4,500 Avios awards for short flights within Europe, and even longer flights can be a great deal. BA pays the bulk of the taxes and fuel surcharges on their “Reward Flight Saver” awards, so destinations throughout Europe are pretty reasonable.
What about Executive Platinum upgrades?
I see some dates with no confirmable upgrade space, and others with 5+ available seats, so it depends. You may not be able to confirm in advance, but this route shouldn’t be too tough for upgrades.
This route is operated by one of American’s reconfigured 767-300’s, which features a 1-2-1 configuration in business class:
American 767-300 business class
Hold, then discuss!
While we’ve been spoiled by ~$500 fares to Asia, this is still a very good price for tickets to Europe (particularly if you want to go to Europe instead of Asia).
These fares won’t last, so if you’re interested I’d hop on these as soon as possible. Keep in mind that in most cases American allows 24 hour holds on tickets, so you can always hold a ticket while you decide.
If I hadn’t already booked revenue tickets to Europe for Fall and used all my system-wides in the process I would absolutely be jumping on this fare.
Milan city center
Anyone heading to
gelato Europe on this fare?