ITA Airways is the largest airline in Italy, and is currently in the process of being integrated into the Lufthansa Group.
In July 2023, it became possible to book award flights with ITA Airways through Virgin Atlantic Flying Club. However, you can also now book flights with ITA Airways with Air France KLM Flying Blue, which gives you another opportunity to use miles for direct flights between North America and Italy.
ITA Airways Now Bookable with Air France KLM Flying Blue
As of November 20, 2023, flights with ITA Airways are now bookable with Air France KLM Flying Blue. This is the latest partner redemption to become available through Flying Blue, although it’s unclear how long it will last, given the upcoming integration of ITA Airways into the Lufthansa Group.
ITA Airways has a network that’s largely centred around Europe; however, the Rome-based airline also flies to a handful of international destinations, the majority of which are located in North America.
In the United States, ITA Airways currently offers flights to Boston, New York JFK, Washington Dulles, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, mainly from Rome, but also from Milan.
Air France KLM Flying Blue recently harmonized the baseline award pricing for transatlantic flights with Air France and KLM. However, the pricing for flights with ITA Airways follows a different model.
For example, one-way flights in business class from Rome to New York JFK price out at 72,000 miles, plus $224 (CAD) in taxes and fees.
At the present, availability isn’t too bountiful in either direction on any routes, but hopefully that improves in the near future. Pricing on other routes could be different; however, in the absence of widespread availability, it’s difficult to gauge how much it will cost.
If you can find availability, it’s worth noting that pricing appears to be somewhat competitive with other transatlantic options to get to Italy. However, there are certainly less costly award seats to keep an eye out for, mainly through Air Canada Aeroplan and “Saver”-level flights with Air France and KLM booked through Flying Blue.
Furthermore, you can book ITA Airways flights through Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, and the availability appears to be better through Flying Club at the moment. If you find award flights, be sure to compare pricing with Flying Blue to make sure you’re getting the best deal.
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