New York & Miami: €1,301 Nonstop Business Class from Milan with Air Italy

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Ambitious Italian carrier Air Italy seems to engage in competitive pricing for Milan to New York Business Class tickets, a route with fierce competition like American Airlines, Delta and Emirates. Air Italy charges €1,301 for a roundtrip, by far the cheapest offer of the four. The airline has added Miami to its list of discounted nonstop US destinations, selling tickets at €1,423.

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A good deal for transatlantic business class flights.

Air Italy operates these flights with Airbus A330-200 aircraft. These feature angled flat seats in a 2-2-2 configuration in their premium cabin. The angle might be an inconvenience on the overnight flights back to Europe.

Search & Book

Air Italy’s fare rules give almost no restrictions for this fare, missing a sales and travel period as well as a minimum or maximum stay. Availability is excellent, the lowest fare is available almost daily through November 2020. Flight dates to Miami are more limited – only singular dates are available before September. Afterwards, you’ll find more flights at the lowest fare.

Google Flights displays all fares mentioned. You can easily retrieve prices for your favorite travel dates there (instructions) and choose the best offer from our flight search to book them. While OTAs may offer lower prices, we recommend booking directly with the airline.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
Info

There are rumors about financial difficulties as well as the long term sustainability of Air Italy. Due to financial backing by Qatar Airways, there are no short term problems looming. We still advise you to proceed with caution when booking deep into next year.

Mileage

Air Italy tickets will be booking class D. Unfortunately, we have no information which frequent flyer programs will acknowledge any award miles earned.

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.

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Promotional picture of Air Italy’s business class seat. © Air Italy

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.

Currency

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.

LaGuardia Airport

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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