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#TravelTuesday Q&A: How to Fly to Italy on a Family Budget


Q: I need to bring my family to Italy, but the prices for airline tickets are making me think twice. Is there a way to get to Rome without breaking the vacation bank? — Karen D.

A: Hi Karen! Don’t despair! Although Rome is still pricey, Milan, one of my recent travel insider secrets, is a great alternative. If you book between now and August 20 on Emirates, two people can fly for just $999 nonstop, roundtrip, between October 1 and March 20.  I’ve tried out the booking engine, and you can add additional tickets for $500 per person. From Milan you can rent a car or hop on the train to go anywhere in Italy.

(Note: there are some blackout dates as well as a penalty for no shows. Business class tickets are also on sale for $3,800 for two people RT.)

This past spring, I was able to take advantage of a similar deal: $799 for two people, roundtrip, all-inclusive, from JFK to Milan on Emirates.

And, when those fares were gone, Alitalia, which is now partially owned by Emirates competitor Etihad, matched fares. Bonus: You can use American Express points on both airlines.

Emirates flies some of the newest planes in the sky, and is known for their attentive service, comfortable seats, and great inflight entertainment and dining. Alitalia’s reputation isn’t quite as positive, but Etihad has been adding new aircraft to their fleet, and food and entertainment are both good.

Buon Viaggio!

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