Oneworld member American Airlines and Air Italy seem to engage in competitive pricing for Milan to New York Business Class tickets. While American Airlines tickets are as low as €1,419; Air Italy charges €1,492 for a roundtrip. Emirates offers similar Business Class fares on the route.
American Airlines is no longer offering these flights at this price. You can now only book this deal with Air Italy.
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Both airlines issue matching fare rules, stating that travel must commence either between July 1 and August 13 or between years from December 26 through December 30. Minimum stay is one Sunday, while the maximum stay may not exceed one year.
Oneworld tickets are issued in booking class I. Since multiple Oneworld members offer these fares, your mileage output might vary. Examples are given for an American Airlines fare:
- 19,230 on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- 16,030 on LATAM Pass
- 16,030 on Finnair Plus
- 11,950 on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 11,950 on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 11,950 on Etihad Guest
- 11,950 on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 9,960 on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 9,960 on British Airways Executive Club
- 9,960 on Iberia Plus
- 9,960 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 9,960 on Asia Miles
- 9,960 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 7,970 on Qatar Airways Privilege Club
Air Italy tickets will be booking class D. Unfortunately, we have no information which frequent flyer programs will acknowledge any award miles earned.
American Airlines’ Business Class
American’s Business Class is generally well received. Their food and beverage service gets positive feedback as well as their lie flat seat. In contrast, their lackluster lounges and bulky air bag seat belts are main points of criticism. You can read a more detailed review in English or German.
Air Italy’s Business Class
After a rebranding in 2018, current day Air Italy has nothing in common with the leisure carrier operating under the same name before. With financial backing (and some planes) from Qatar Airways, the airline set high goals to overtake Alitalia as Italy’s premier airline.
Because their A330 fleet used to belong to Qatar Airways (QR), their Business Class product shows flashes of QR’s premium cabin, like printed menus and 160 degree reclinable lie flat seats. Reviews of this product have been generally positive, like this one.
Information & Tips for USA
The USA offers many sights, natural wonders and cultural significance. Thanks to numerous airlines offering flights across the Atlantic, it is always pretty inexpensive to get there. Alternatively, you can also cross the Atlantic by boat.
Immigration, ESTA & Visa Requirements
The USA has one of the strictest entry regulations in the world. Most EU citizens citizens, among others, are lucky to be able to participate in the so-called Visa Waiver Program. If you get an electronic entry permit (ESTA) for about 12€, you don’t need a visa for entry.
Best Time to Visit
Due to its sheer size, the perfect time to visit the USA varies greatly from region to region. In winter, Florida is very popular due to the mild temperatures. In the summer the West and East Coasts are flooded by tourists which drives up the prices for hotels and flights and during the Indian Summer in late autumn New England is a very popular destination. The hurricane season between July and September can be dangerous in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. Florida and the southern states are regularly struck by these tropical storms. Blizzards occur from the East Coast to the Midwest during the winter months and regularly put air traffic and public life on hold.
The US dollar is widely used throughout the world and accepted as a currency in most tourist hotspots worldwide. That being said, carrying cash isn’t necessary in the US, all you need is a credit card! These are very common in the USA and are accepted pretty much everywhere without any issues. If you already have a credit card in your wallet, you should make sure that it does not charge a foreign currency fee if possible. Carrying a few dollars in cash doesn’t hurt though. You might need cash e.g. for the bus ticket if you want to buy it directly from the driver. Most of the time you even have to give exact change.
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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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