When we talk about airfares under 1000 for flights to Europe, we usually talk about coach seats. The same is currently true for more comfortable seats on flights to Italy.
Right now you can find return flights to the beautiful northern Italian city of Milan for less than $1,000 in Premium Economy. The reasonable prices include travel during most of the fall, winter and early spring. If you haven’t finalized your Thanksgiving plans yet – and you should as soon as possible – it’s a great week to go abroad and take advantage of this airfare.
Offerings include a variety of SkyTeam airlines, including international airlines KLM, Air France and Italian airline ITA. Most offerings, however, take place aboard Delta Air Lines in the Atlanta-based airline’s Premium Select seats.
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When you book Delta Premium Select tickets as part of this offer, you’ll receive wider seats, more recline angles, adjustable leg rests, Tumi amenity kits, better food and beverage options, and wider entertainment screens in flight. You can also take advantage of Sky Priority at the airport.
There are many reasons to visit Milan, from its incredible restaurants to its historical sites and shopping. You’re also in a great position to visit other Italian cities, whether nearby or further afield, by train.
Premium economy seating is a great way to get there with more convenience at the airport and with added comfort in the air, without having to spend a lot more money on a business class seat.
Airlines: Delta, KLM, Air France, ITA; slightly higher price points are available on American, United, British Airways and other airlines.
Routes: New York, Boston, Washington DC, Charlotte, Miami to Milan for the lowest offers; slightly higher fares for flights from Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other cities to Milan.
Travel data: November 2022 to March 2023, including Thanksgiving but excluding Christmas.
How to book: We recommend finding your itinerary on Google Flights and then booking directly with the airline.
Thank you Scott’s Cheap Flights for flagging these great premium economy deals across the Atlantic. For premium memberships starting at $49 per year with the site, you will receive notifications of great savings. For $199 per year, you’ll receive notifications of premium offers in Economy and Business class.
The best deals we found were round-trip premium economy flights to Milan from New York, Boston, Washington, DC, Charlotte and Miami.
However, given the high prices for premium economy seats to Europe, we’d like to point out that there are a few cities with round-trip fares in the $1,100-$1,300 range that might be worth exploring.
Even if your city isn’t listed here, there’s a chance you can book a premium economy return flight in this price range.
It’s also worth noting that while Delta and its SkyTeam partners were generally the airlines with the cheapest options, if you’re loyal to American, United, or another airline, you might be able to purchase a round-trip premium economy ticket Get return flight for $1,100 to $1,300 range. It may be worth it if you’re seeking status with one of these airlines, or if the perks you already enjoy – thanks to your existing status or the benefits of a co-branded credit card – outweigh the difference in price.
Most of the cheapest routes will take you through New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) before catching a transatlantic flight to Milan. So if you’re coming from another city on the east or west coast, there’s a good chance you need to make a stop at JFK.
Here are some of the routes and prices we found for premium economy offerings at Delta:
- From New York to Milan for $985 with Delta.
- Boston to Milan for $972 with Delta.
- Washington to Milan for $1,037 with Delta.
- Miami to Milan for $972 with Delta.
- Charlotte to Milan for $1,067 with Delta and ITA.
Flights with other airlines include:
- Atlanta to Milan for $1,173 on American and British Airways.
- Chicago to Milan for $1,259 with United.
- San Francisco to Milan for $1,183 with Air France.
- Los Angeles to Milan for $1,273 with British Airways.
Let’s start with a Thanksgiving flight option from New York. Spend the holiday with incredible Italian fare instead of turkey with a Monday night departure aboard a Delta Airbus A330 from JFK. They arrive in Milan on the Tuesday morning of Thanksgiving week. It’s also a non-stop return flight, departing Milan in the late morning and arriving in New York at 3:15 p.m. on the Tuesday after the bank holiday.
Depending on where you fly from, you can even get a good deal if you fly closer to the holiday. Here’s a 5:00pm departure the night before the holiday (early at the airport) from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) aboard Delta. Again, you make the connection at JFK, but it’s a short — just over an hour — before you’re on the Delta route to Milan, pictured above.
Want to take advantage of this deal with spring break in mind? These offers extend into the early spring months. Departing from Miami requires stops in New York on the round trip, but you can get the entire Premium Select round trip for less than $1,000.
Finally, here’s an option that includes a non-delta flight. Yes, you will be on board Delta for the positioning flight, but then you will be on board Italian airline ITA – a SkyTeam partner – for the overseas flights. The eastbound transatlantic flight departs JFK at 8:45 p.m., leaving Milan in the early afternoon just over a week later for the return journey to the United States
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If you are looking for a way to visit Italy but want to be comfortable on the long flight, book this offer for autumn, winter or next spring.