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A good sale for to Milan

American / British Airways / Finnair / Iberia’s $563 fare is a regular economy fare with ONE checked luggage and normal size carry-on

American / British Airways / Finnair / Iberia also have a $413 fare, but it is a Basic Economy / Economy Light fare. These Basic Economy / Economy Light fares:

  • DO NOT allow for advance seat assignment
  • DO NOT include checked bags – they are $75 each way for the 1st bag and $100 for the 2nd
  • DO NOT allow for changes
  • DO NOT allow for cancellations – so if you cancel after the 24 hour risk free period, the Basic Economy version will have no value for future travel
  • Most online travel agencies are not properly displaying these fares with American / British Airways / Finnair / Iberia as BASIC ECONOMY.

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Duomo di Milano, Milan, Italy – Photo: mendhak via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Travel Date:

  • Sample from San Francisco
  • April 4th – 11th
  • This is just ONE SAMPLE travel date, for more availability, please follow the “Fare Availability” and “How to Search for Availability” instructions below

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel from January 2022 – early April 2022. A 7 day minimum stay is required. Availability is limited. Must purchase at least 28 days in advance of departure
  • Please note that while this fare is valid at time of posting, if this post is more than two days old, the fare is likely gone.

How to Search for Availability:

  • This is just to search for availability. To buy your tickets, scroll down to “How to Buy” section of this post
  • Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and use the following search criteria:
    • Departing from: SFO
      • For Newark availability, replace SFO with MIA on the Departing from: field
      • For Washington D.C. availability, replace SFO with DCA on the Departing from: field
    • Outbound Advanced Routing Code:
      • Textbox 1: aa JFK aa
      • Textbox 2: maxconnect 360
        • This is instructing ITA to search for the Basic Economy fare. Use those dates on Priceline and you will be presented with the option to upgrade to the regular economy fare.
    • Destination:  MXP
    • Return Advanced Routing Code: 
      • Textbox 1: aa JFK aa
      • Textbox 2: maxconnect 360
    • (Click on Advanced Routing Codes link to enable advanced routing code input)
    • Select “See calendar of lowest fares”
    • Length of stay “3-10” (This is just a sample, you can use any 7 day date range like 3-10, 7-14 etc)
  • Beginner’s Guide on How to Use Matrix by ITA Software
  • How to Read Airfare Rules and Use It to Your Advantage
  • The ITA search page should be like below when all values are inputted

  • You cannot buy tickets using ITA. To buy, follow our instructions in the “How to Buy” section below.

Fare Class:

  • O

Fare Class:

  • $451

Routing:

  • SFO – JFK (New York) – MXP (Milan) – JFK – SFO

Stopover:

  • Not permitted
  • How to Take Advantage of a Stopover

Mileage:

  • Miles Flown: 13,122 miles or 4.3 cents per mile
  • Elite Qualifying Miles: 13,122 miles
  • Redeemable Miles: 2,255 miles

How to Buy:

  • Support us by using our Priceline link to book with dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search.
    • Select the $413 fare in the search results and you will be presented with the option to upgrade to a regular fare for $150 more (or $563 total roundtrip). The regular fare with advance seat assignment and ONE checked bag included.

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