When we talk about airline tickets under a mile for flights to Europe, we are usually talking about coach seats. Currently, however, the same can be said for more comfortable seats on flights to Italy.
Right now, you can find round-trip flights to the beautiful city of Milan in northern Italy for less than $1,000 in premium economy class. Cheap prices include travel for most of fall, winter and early spring. In fact, if you haven’t locked in your Thanksgiving plans yet — and you should do so ASAP — it’s a great week to head abroad and take advantage of that airfare.
The agreements include a variety of SkyTeam carriers, including international airlines KLM, Air France and Italian flag carrier ITA. However, most deals are onboard Delta Air Lines, in the Atlanta-based carrier’s Premium Select seats.
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If you book Delta Premium Select tickets as part of this offer, you’ll get wider, more reclining seats, adjustable legrests, Tumi amenity kits, better dining options and larger entertainment screens during the flight. You can also take advantage of Sky Priority benefits at the airport.
There are many reasons to visit Milan, from its incredible restaurants to its historical sites and shopping opportunities. In addition, you will be in an ideal position to diversify and visit other Italian cities, whether nearby or further afield, by train.
Premium Economy seats are a great way to get there with more ease at the airport and extra comfort in the air, without shelling out a lot more money for a business class seat.
Airlines companies : Delta, KLM, Air France, ITA; Slightly higher prices available on American, United, British Airways and other carriers.
Routes: New York, Boston, Washington, DC, Charlotte, Miami to Milan for the cheapest deals; slightly higher fares on flights from Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other cities to Milan.
Travel dates: From November 2022 to March 2023, including Thanksgiving but excluding Christmas.
How to book: We recommend researching your itinerary on Google Flights and then booking directly with the airline.
Thanks to Scott’s Cheap Flights for pointing out these excellent premium economy deals across the Atlantic. For premium memberships starting at $49 per year with the site, you’ll receive alerts on money-saving deals. For $199 per year, you’ll receive alerts on premium economy and business class deals.
Examples of flights
The best deals we noted were premium economy round trips to Milan from New York, Boston, Washington, DC, Charlotte, and Miami.
However, given how high the prices of premium economy seats to Europe are, we would like to note that there are many cities offering round-trip deals between $1100 and $1300, which may be worth the worth exploring.
So even if you don’t see your city listed here, it’s possible you could get a premium economy round trip in this price range.
It’s also worth noting that while Delta and its SkyTeam partners were generally the carriers with the cheapest options, if you’re loyal to American, United, or another airline, you’ll also be able to get an economy class round-trip ticket. premium in those $1,100. at $1,300. It may be worth it if you’re seeking status with one of these airlines or if the benefits you already get – through your existing status or co-branded credit card benefits – outweigh the difference. of price.
Most of the cheapest routes will take you through New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) before the transatlantic flight to Milan, so if you’re traveling from another East Coast or West Coast city, chances are you’ll have to make a stop at JFK.
Here are some of the routes and prices we found, again, for premium economy deals on Delta:
- New York to Milan for $985 on Delta.
- Boston to Milan for $972 on Delta.
- Washington to Milan for $1,037 on Delta.
- Miami to Milan for $972 on Delta.
- Charlotte in Milan for $1,067 on Delta and ITA.
Flights on other airlines include:
- Atlanta to Milan for $1,173 on American and British Airways.
- Chicago to Milan for $1,259 on United.
- San Francisco to Milan for $1,183 on Air France.
- Los Angeles to Milan for $1,273 on British Airways.
Let’s start with a Thanksgiving flight option from New York. Spend the holidays enjoying incredible Italian cuisine instead of turkey with a Monday night departure aboard a Delta Airbus A330 from JFK. You will arrive mid-morning on Tuesday of Thanksgiving week in Milan. It’s also a nonstop return flight, departing late morning from Milan and arriving in New York at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday after the holidays.
You can even get a great deal, depending on your departure city, by flying closer to the holidays. Here’s a 5 p.m. departure the day before the holiday (get to the airport early) from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) aboard Delta. Again, you’ll connect to JFK, but it’s short – just over an hour – before you’re on the same Delta route to Milan pictured above.
Looking to take advantage of this deal while keeping an eye out for Spring Break? These agreements extend until the first months of spring. Departing from Miami, you’ll need to stop in New York on the way there and back, but you’ll get the entire Premium Select round trip for less than $1,000.
Finally, here is an option that includes a non-Delta flight. Yes, you will be onboard Delta for the positioning flight, but you will then be onboard Italian carrier ITA, a SkyTeam partner, for overseas flights. The eastbound transatlantic flight leaves JFK at 8:45 p.m. and you’ll depart Milan in the early afternoon just over a week later for the return trip to the United States.
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At the end of the line
If you’re looking for a way to see Italy but want to be comfortable on the long flight, book this offer for next fall, winter or spring.