One of the best ways to fly to Europe using miles and points is to avoid flying on a U.S. airline. And even better, don’t fly on a European one. Emirates flies from New York to Milan and Athens and right now business class award space is wide open for two or more passengers most dates February through November on both routes. This deal was first spotted by Thrifty Traveler‘s premium airfare deal alert service.
Even better, Emirates is a partner of pretty much every transferable currency: American Express, Chase, Capital One, Citibank, Bilt and Brex. So you probably have easy access to these points. Moreover,
- Expect to pay just 125,000 miles roundtrip
- And Emirates no longer adds fuel surcharges to redemptions on their flights
Here’s availability for two passengers in November (month chosen at random) on the Newark – Athens route:
And here’s what that same month looks like for New York JFK – Milan.
Bear in mind that Newark – Athens is served by an Emirates Boeing 777 which has an inferior business class. However New York JFK – Milan gets the Airbus A380 again starting March 1, and I’d expect that they will re-open use of the onboard bar once the Omicron wave of the virus passes.
You’ll around the same miles flying Emirates business class roundtrip than you’d use Delta miles on a business class one way to Europe. And fewer miles than United charges, while avoiding the draconian fuel surcharges that American AAdvantage passes along on British Airways itineraries for similar miles.