Gulf carrier Emirates, one of the largest and most influential airlines in the world, is currently selling tickets for its non-stop flights from Milan to New York at a very reasonable price. You can get a round-trip from Italy to JFK airport for only €343. This fare includes a checked bag up to 23 kg and is subject to Emirates’ generous rebooking policy during the Covid-19 pandemic.
This offer has a new expiration date, adding a month to its validity. It is now set to expire on May 31, 2020.
On almost every day this fare shows up, SkyTeam member Delta Air Lines sells tickets for their Milan to New York nonstop service for €310. However, this price does not include a checked bag and Emirates’ famed board service. Further, Emirates’ current rebooking policy is probably the most generous industry wide, allowing free changes to dates and destinations over 24 months for travel dates before November 30, 2020:
The airline will operate an Airbus A380 on this route (which isn’t that big of a surprise since Emirates owns almost half of all A380 out there). So, if you haven’t been on board of the largest passenger aircraft every build and it’s still on your bucket list: just another reason to go for this offer.
We expect major shakeups in the airline industry over the following months. Some services might be cancelled, aircraft changed or downgraded. The schedule we describe was planned under different economic circumstances and may very well change.
Search & Book
Tickets will be sold until May 31, 2020, according to the fare rules. The offer is valid for travel commencing within the following periods:
- September 15 through December 17, 2020
- January 11 through February 28, 2021
You have to stay for 4 days or at least spend the night from Saturday to Sunday in New York, before flying back to Europe. If you want, you can spend up to one month in the USA. Availability is fairly good within both travel periods.
Unfortunately Google Flights (instructions) does not preview travel dates accurately. In this case, the ITA Matrix is your best friend (instructions). Search for flights with the following parameters:
While prices drop up to €30 when booking via online travel agencies, we strongly recommend booking directly on emirates.com. This way you can take advantage of their rebooking policy and have a much easier time getting your money’s worth if you have to cancel your trip.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend to book with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
Information & Tips for New York
It is THE dream destination in the USA. The 5 districts of New York City offer more than any other metropolis in the world. And due to the high number of flights to New York, it is usually the cheapest way to get to the USA.
Best Time to Travel
The best travel time with moderate temperatures is from April to June and from September to November. Summers can bring heat waves with high humidity. Winters are often snowy and very cold.
From the airport to the city
New York City is served by three commercial airports: John F. Kennedy Intl. Airport in Queens (probably the most famous), Newark Intl. Airport in Newark, New Jersey (which is not located in NYC, but serves the metropolitan area just like the others) and LaGuardia Airport also in Queens (which is closest to the city).
John F. Kennedy Intl. Airport
Public transport: From Manhattan by subway or LIRR to Jamaica (price varies from $2.75 – $10.00), continue with AirTrain to JFK ($6). Travel time 45 – 60 minutes.
Taxi: To Manhattan $52.50 (+ $5.50 toll), 45 – 90 minutes depending on traffic.
Newark Intl. Airport
Public transport: Almost $20 with a combination of AirTrain Newark and NJ Transit to Penn Station. Almost 45 minutes drive.
Taxi: To Manhattan $50 – $70 (+ $8 toll), journey time 35 – 60 minutes depending on traffic.
Public transport: LaGuardia is only served by buses, these are slow and don’t have much space to store luggage, but with $2,75 they are very cheap.
Taxi: To Manhattan $20 – $30, journey time 15 – 30 minutes depending on traffic.
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