Wide Open ITA Business Class Award Space To Milan, Rome, Tel Aviv, And More Bookable Via Virgin Atlantic

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ITA was born in 2021 after former Italian flag carrier Alitalia imploded. Ostensibly they’re part of SkyTeam, though other SkyTeam member airlines don’t seem to recognize ITA status. That’s not too much of a surprise given what a mess the SkyTeam alliance is.

But in better news, Virgin Atlantic can now book ITA flights online and availability is excellent!

You can find ITA destinations here.

In the US they fly the A330 or the A350 nonstop between Rome (FCO) and Boston, JFK, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, and Washington DC. They also fly nonstop between Milan (MXP) and JFK.

Availability is generally excellent, though you’ll have to deal with Virgin Atlantic website idiosyncracies.

Typing in Rome or FCO won’t work, instead you’ll have to click on “Full Airport List:”

 

And then search for or scroll down to Rome/FCO:

 

 

If your dates are flexible check that box, search for points, and look for “Upper Class” fares:

 

Want to see more than a week of availability? Just change the word “dates” in the URL bad to “calendar” and click enter:

 

You’ll then see a full month of availability. Click on filter and you can change the calendar to show nonstop flights only:

 

Filter options:

 

You can also toggle the number of passengers on top:

 

A business class flight from JFK to Rome is 75K points+$5.60:

 

The return will be 75K points plus about $59:

 

JFK to Milan also has great availability. You’ll need to go through the same process as Rome above to search for awards flights to Milan.

 

 

 

You can also find availability to Tel Aviv via Rome, or more destinations you can find here:

Want to earn Virgin Atlantic points?

  • You can transfer AMEX, Chase, Capital One Or Citi points to Virgin Atlantic instantly at a 1:1 ratio or Marriott points at a 60K:25K ratio. 

AMEX cards with transferable Membership Rewards points include:

If you, a member in your household, or an authorized user has one of the following Chase cards, you can transfer points into miles:

Chase no-annual fee cards that are fantastic for earning points, but require one of the cards above for points transfers include:

  • Ink Business Cash® Credit Card has a 75K signup bonus and earns 5 points per dollar on cable, TV, telecom, cellular, office supply stores, and gift cards from office supply stores, plus 2 points per dollar on dining and gas ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
  • Chase Ink Unlimited has a 75K signup bonus and earns 1.5 points per dollar everywhere ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
  • Chase Freedom Flex has a 20K signup bonus, plus 5 points on rotating categories, 5 points per dollar on travel purchased through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, and 3 points per dollar on dining and drugstores ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
  • Chase Freedom Unlimited® has a signup bonus offering 3 points per dollar on up to $20K of spending in your first 12 month, afterwards earn at least 1.5 points per dollar everywhere, 5 points per dollar on travel purchased through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, and 3 points per dollar on dining and drugstores ($0 annual fee). Read more here.

If you or a friend has one of the following Citi cards, you can transfer points into miles:

  • Citi Premier has a 60,000 point bonus for spending $4,000 in 3 months, 3 points per dollar on airfare, hotels, travel agents, groceries, gas, and dining. $95 annual fee. Read more here.

Citi no-annual fee cards that are fantastic for earning points, but require one of the cards above for points transfers include:

  • The Citi Double Cash card offers 2% cash back or 2 points per dollar spent everywhere that can be transferred into ThankYou points. If you also have a Citi Premier Card you can transfer points into miles. No annual fee. Read more here.
  • The Citi Custom Cash Card offers 5 points per dollar on up to $500 in purchases in your top eligible spending category each billing cycle. This is marketed as 5% cash back, but will actually come in the form of 5 ThankYou points per dollar spent! Eligible categories include Restaurants, Gas Stations, Grocery Stores, Select Travel, Select Transit, Select Streaming Services, Drugstores, Home Improvement Stores, Fitness Clubs, and Live Entertainment. You will also get 0% APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months. No annual fee. Read more here.
  • The Citi Rewards+ Card offering 20,000 points for spending $1,500 in 3 months. This card can’t transfer points on its own, but can transfer points if you have one of the Citi cards above. This card automatically rounds up rewards earned on every purchase to the nearest 10 points, meaning you earn 10 points on a $0.50 Amazon balance reload. Earn 2 points on $6K in annual spending at supermarkets, and a 10% points rebate when you redeem points, up to a 10K points rebate per year. If you also have a Citi Premier Card you can transfer points into miles and get a 10% points rebate on transferred or redeemed miles. No annual fee. Read more here.

Capital One cards with transferable points include:

Marriott cards with transferable points include:

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34 Comments On "Wide Open ITA Business Class Award Space To Milan, Rome, Tel Aviv, And More Bookable Via Virgin Atlantic"

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Yisroel

I have an economy seat booked on Ita booked via Amex travel fco-tlv anyway to cancel the flight and get a refund? And rebook on business class with virgin Atlantic

Cheaper

What about non-business class deals and availability?

Delve deeper

Air france or other skyteam partners don’t have the availability?

zow

Thank you, Dan.

Seems that it’s 100,000 Virgin points LAX-FCO and 121,500 LAX-FCO-TLV. Good but not great.

Daniel

Anything from Los Angeles? I get an error message when I try searching from LAX “Sorry, no reward flights are available for your search. Try using our Reward seat checker to find availability”

Chaim

does ITA have a decent Business class from Rome to TLV?

Moshe

Its not bad. Its not like virgin but better than most European airlines

Ly

Another work around to getting FCO to appear is to book via the app

Yakov

I was told by Delta via chat that ITA is still a SkyTeam member but not an elite member therefore you’re not able to add it to your reservation.. I’m wondering if they honor it by check-in.

Miami

Tired searching from Miami and keep getting error no dates available for award travel

Moish

Ok here goes. How good is ITA’s business class product? What’s it like transferring through FCO to/from Israel? What are the lounge options available for ITA business class passengers both in the US and in Rome during a stopover?

Shukel245

What about the hechsher on their airline meals?

God

If there are hebrew letters than its good enough for me

Moshiach770

The problem is most routes are operated by the old a330 with a sorry business class hard product with uncomfortable and small seats. The new a330 neo that’s operated between fco-jfk is much better. And the a350 which was made for Hainan airlines is also good.

alex

Thank you for the post, I was able to secure 2 tkts JFK-MXP. Now, I cannot find the reservation in ITA system, in order to reserve the seats: record locator, ticket number, FF#, neither work. Any suggestions?

Brad

The availability for LAX to FCO or SFO to FCO in July 2024 on ITA seems to have stopped populating on Virgin. Will this return?

Brad

Edit to my previous comment — availability is in June 2024 seems to not populate when searching anymore

Danfan

Dan, maybe you should post about buying virgin points. They currently have a sale with a 70% bonus, Until July 31.
The trick is to open an account with a British address (random), and you get a rate of $1.15 with the bonus, you have to have earned a point in order to buy points, so you just transfer in some points, or use the gift points option with a 60% bonus (you’ll need 2 accounts in this case).
Note. that you can’t book online with a new Virgin account, you’ll have to wait 24-48 hours, or ask a rep to book for you.

Ly

60% bonus not 70% and it’s up to 60% Buy 3,000-19,000 points, get a 20% bonus
Buy 20,000-64,000 points, get a 30% bonus
Buy 65,000-99,000 points, get a 50% bonus
Buy 100,000-200,000 points, get a 60% bonus

Danfan

You’re looking at an Americans account, Rates are much higher too, you’ll pay 1.5 per point

Dan d

Tried doing this for JFK – FCO or JFK to MXP in July 2024. Kept getting an error message

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