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American Airlines is offering $400 roundtrip flights from Los Angeles to Rome and Los Angeles to Milan. Depending on which flight you choose, you’ll connect in either Chicago or Miami on the way there and on the way back.

Contents

  1. When are the cheap fares? What is the baggage allowance?
  2. Why Milan or Rome?
  3. Mileage Earning
  4. Baggage Allowance
  5. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket

$400 Roundtrip from Los Angeles to Milan and Rome

The easiest way to see the cheap fares is on Google Flights. Available date ranges for the low price span from mostly August through October (see a list of example dates on Secret Flying).

I brought up the following graph of roundtrip prices between Los Angeles and Milan on Google Flights by clicking the Flexible dates tab.

You can find that price on American Airlines’ website.

There are fares that are $20ish dollars cheaper on momondo.com–if you want to save that at the expense of potentially worse customer service in case of needing a change or cancellation.

Why Rome?

Ancient classic architecture. Art. Carbohydrate overload with some of the world’s best pizza and pasta.

Photo by Mark Tegethoff
Photo by Mark Tegethoff

Why Milan?

High fashion. More art. The Duomo Cathedral.

Photo by Ștefan Jurcă
Duomo Cathedral, Photo by Ștefan Jurcă

Mileage Earning

Here’s how the process of crediting to a partner works.

Assuming you have no status, you’ll earn 5 American Airlines miles per dollar spent. For this ticket that means you’ll earn 2,060 redeemable miles ($412 x 5).

You’ll also earn 1 Elite Qualifying Segment, $318 Elite Qualifying Dollars (ticket price less government imposed taxes and fees, which I found on ITA Matrix), and 13,136 Elite Qualifying Miles as that is the distance between Los Angeles > Chicago > Rome > Chicago > Los Angeles.

I found the fare class for the ticket on ITA Matrix.

Baggage Allowance

Fare class O is economy, not basic economy. You get a free personal item, free carry on, and one free checked bag up to 50 pounds each included in the ticket price.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

You should buy this ticket with the Barclaycard Arrival Plus. The card comes with 50,000 Arrival miles after spending $3,000 on the card in the first three months. Arrival miles can be redeemed for 1 cent each toward any travel expense. Here is How to Redeem Arrival Miles.

With the Arrival Plus, you don’t even have to wait to meet the minimum spending requirement before you spend the miles. Open an Arrival Plus, put whatever revenue tickets on the card you want now to help you meet the minimum spending requirement, and then redeem Arrival miles within 120 days to offset the charges.

Don’t have the Arrival Plus card? Put it on whatever card you have travel statement credits for, like the Sapphire Reserve or Citi Prestige. Don’t have any travel statements credits to earn? Check out the Best Credit Card to Buy Airfare.

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Hat Tip Secret Flying

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