Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to Alitalia Low/Off-Peak Premium Economy fares between Madrid and New York City.
- Fare: Alitalia AZ AL7P2ES.
- Route: MAD-FCO-JFK.
- Booking class: MAD-FCO J (Business Class)/FCO-JFK A (Premium Economy).
- Price: USD 971.
- Valid for: Round trip travel.
- Seasonal restrictions: Permitted 01 MAY through 30 JUN 2017 for each transatlantic sector.
- Ticketing restrictions: Reservation and ticketing are required at least 7 days before departure.
- Minimum stay: Saturday night stay required.
- Maximum stay: Inbound no later than 30 JUN 2017 per seasonal restrictions.
- Stopovers: No stopovers permitted.
- Transfers: Unlimited transfers permitted.
- Sales restrictions: Tickets must be issued on/before 30 APR 2017. Tickets must be issued on AZ or AF/DL/KL/UX stock.
- Changes: Before/After departure for a EUR 150 fee. Changes not permitted in case of no-show.
- Cancellation/Refunds: Any time. Ticket is non-refundable.
- Available on: Travelocity, Orbitz, Expedia.
A fare search using Matrix ItaSoftware shows plenty of availability for May and June. Prices using this fare are definitely cheaper than other Premium Economy products available on that route.
Here is an example of a mock booking through Travelocity:
Fare construction example for those interested in using a travel agent to book it:
The following mileage accruals were estimated without considering any elite status bonuses.
MAD-FCO segments book into J fare bucket. For these segments, the mileage accrual is as follows:
FCO-JFK segments book into A fare bucket. For these segments, the mileage accrual is as follows:
Cost per mile estimated for the most generous accruals:
This is an excellent fare for Alitalia Premium Economy product (that by the way gets excellent reviews), only if they do not go bankrupt by the end of this month (we discussed the latest round of drama on Alitalia’s endless financial difficulties soap opera here). As ticketing should happen before 30 APR 2017, in case of interest I would wait a bit to see how the situation develops. In any case, I would buy them using a credit card with travel insurance. Mileage accrual on Etihad is sweet at a whopping 4.39 cents per mile!