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How to Fly to Italy Cost Effectively
Italy is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet, combining a rich history with some of the finest cuisine the world has to offer. For these reasons—and many others—it is also among the most expensive places to visit. You may not be able to avoid some of the more exorbitant price tags while staying in Italy, but you can find affordable ways to get there from just about any destination.
Narrow down the most affordable times of the year to travel to Italy.When it comes to airfare, travelers would be wise to consider flying during off-peak tourist seasons. Flights booked from June to early September will almost assuredly result in the highest prices and most crowded trips. April, May, September, October, and the 10 days before Christmas are known as “shoulder season,” where good deals can be had but prices remain high. Flying during low season—November to mid-December and Christmas Day to the end of March—will yield the most inexpensive flights with plenty of seats available.
Run an Internet search for airfare providers.The majority of air travel bookings are conducted online, with dozens of reputable sites to choose from. Stick to the most well-known booking sites, as they tend to have the most user-friendly interfaces and regularly offer seat sales other sites cannot match.
Monitor as many sites as you can on a daily basis.Flight prices can fluctuate greatly from one day to the next, and some sites will offer seat sales on short notice. By being diligent with your search, you can land a cheap seat to Italy before anyone else finds out. It might also help to create accounts with each site and request to be put on the recipient list for daily emails, nearly all of which highlight seat sales or other promotions.
Look into the possibility of a connecting flight.Flying directly into Italy may not fit into your budget, but a trip to a neighboring airport might work better. Taking an initial flight to London, Dublin, Frankfurt, Munich, or Paris and then traveling from any of those cities into Italy may be a more cost-effective way of achieving your goal. It likely won’t matter if you must travel during peak season, but during other times of year you should find success.
Keep an eye on smaller carriers.While Delta, British Airways, Qantas, United, or American Airlines are among the largest carriers in the world, they won’t necessarily have the best deals available to international destinations. Smaller carriers, such as Meridiana, operate flights from the continental US to Italy and may end up being less expensive than the bigger carriers.
Using Travel Miles
Check the website of the miles provider you use to confirm how many bonus miles you have.A quick search using an ID number, login/password, or similar unique identifier can tell you how many miles you’ve accumulated.
Check with your preferred airline to determine how many miles you require for your flight.Airlines vary on how many miles they require per flight. The time of year you decide to fly will also factor into the miles cost of the trip. Peak season travel may require as many as 20 percent more miles than traveling during low season.
If you are short, look into “mixing and matching.” Some airlines allow passengers to cash in their miles and pay a discounted rate for the remaining “distance” required to reach their destination. As an alternate option, some miles distributors will permit members to purchase additional miles, thereby allowing them to make up the difference between the miles they have and the miles they need.
Cash in your miles.Speak to either your miles provider or your airline to cash in your miles for a ticket. Even having a fraction of the miles required to make your trip will result in savings you otherwise would not have enjoyed.
Talk to a travel agent about charter flight availability.Charters to Italy are not readily available in some areas of the world, and those that do operate are often out of a normal traveler’s price range. An agent can set you up with other people who are looking to make a similar trip, thereby facilitating the process more quickly than having to do the legwork yourself.
Ask others about joining you on the trip.Even though the agent can help you find other passengers, you can still help move things along by locating others who would be willing to join you on the flight. The more passengers you can recruit, the lower the cost of the charter will be.
Board the charter flight.Make sure you have the proper identification, as you will likely face customs and border inspection upon your arrival in Italy.
- Pack light. Not only will you avoid excess baggage charges, but you’ll have plenty of room to buy new digs—and where better to do that than one of the trendiest countries in the world?
- Beware of hidden fees. Some sites will advertise a low flight rate but fail to factor in all of the extra costs, including taxes and fuel surcharges. If the site doesn’t say “all inclusive” next to its flight price, then count on additional charges.
- The early bird gets the cheaper flights. Not only should you consider booking several weeks in advance as possible—thereby avoiding having to scramble for an expensive last-minute seat—but you should be willing to book a red-eye flight. Overnight trips, or those that arrive late at night, are often less pricey than flying during the afternoon or early evening.
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