Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
Reward nights start at 10,000 points. Free anniversary night (no points needed) good at any IHG hotel (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, more).
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
So, 58,000 Amex points transferred gets you 80,000 Alitalia miles, enough for a roundtrip in Business Class to Europe on Alitalia.
While Alitalia recently raised partner award prices to unpalatable levels, awards on Alitalia’s own flights are still a great deal and unchanged.
Europe in Business Class is 80,000 miles roundtrip from North America (58,000 Amex points with the bonus), with only around $300 in taxes and fees, which is only about $100 – $200 more than a standard award ticket without carrier fees.
Here’s a trip from New York – Rome, all on Alitalia.
The one way price is 48,000 miles (35,000 Amex points with the transfer bonus).
And the 80k roundtrip / 48k one way pricing is even available on Alitalia’s Los Angeles – Rome nonstop.
Alitalia’s business class is one of the best available to Europe, with multicourse Italian meals, delicious wines, and private all aisle access seating.
Alitalia’s award space isn’t what it once was. It’s now using Etihad’s award pricing engine, so expect more careful management of award seat inventory. But it’s definitely possible to snag award seats at these low prices if you’re flexible.
You can find Alitalia flights from Rome to New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Boston, and from Milan to New York.
In an improvement, there’s now no login needed to search awards on Alitalia.com. It’s not the smoothest process, but you’ll see all the miles required and total taxes / fees in one display, so it’s easy to see your options before you transfer Amex or SPG points.
Alitalia will also hold awards up to one week as long as you have at least 1,000 miles in your account, and it’s been open for at least one day. You can get an easy free 2,000 miles just for registering for the program.
So while the partner price change is inexcusable, there’s still fantastic value on Alitalia’s own flights, and it’s now a lot easier to see exactly what you’ll pay upfront.
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