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Deal Watch: 25,000 miles to Europe via Membership Rewards, Alitalia

by on Thu December 29, 2011 • No Comment

With the Euro weakening and lots of airfare sales out there this Winter, it’s a great time to consider visiting Europe during the off season. Now you can count another reason to consider it.

Alitalia is offering 50% off all coach ‘saver’ award tickets (link to their promotion page here). That means you can go from the United States to Europe for 25,000 miles roundtrip, an outstanding deal considering airfare even at sale prices is running $600 plus right now.

The catch? A few, but not deal breaking…

  • You can only fly on Alitalia flights, no partners. That means you must be able to fly from an Alitalia U.S. gateway to take advantage. Alitalia serves New York, Boston, Chicago, Miami, and Los Angeles.
  • You must book by January 15 and travel by March 24, 2012
  • Call them to put an award reservation on hold before transferring miles, since availability can change quickly.

A lot of you have Alitalia miles and don’t know it.

American Express Membership Rewards points transfer 1:1 into Alitalia miles. So if you have a Green, Gold, or Platinum Card from American Express you have points you can use. Or, if you hold the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express you have an opportunity for an even better deal. Every 20,000 Starwood points you transfer to Alitalia is worth 25,000 miles.

Thanks to the View from the Wing blog for pointing this out.

There’s also a similar 50% discount from select U.S. cities for travel on Air France and KLM here that’s also good on business class travel.

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