Cheap Flights: Austin to Rome / Milan $521-$537 r/t – Delta + SkyTeam

[09/18/2018 @ 5:56  PM] Book this fare on: Priceline, BookingBuddy, Travelocity, OrbitzCheapTickets, Expedia, Hotwire.
[09/20/2018 @ 12:32 PM] Fare gone. Removing from deal list.

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Delta and SkyTeam partners have round-trip flights from Austin (AUS) to Rome or Milan (FCO/MXP) starting at $521 with a connection. Flights November to February. 7-day minimum stay required. Flight may operate as an Alitalia code-share.

Note: Carry-on bag is allowed for free, but checked bag will cost +$60 each-way. Upgrades into “Regular Economy” are available for +$40 each-way.

  • Rome – Example Dates: (Priceline / BookingBuddy) Nov 29 – Dec 07  / Dec 01 – Dec 09 / Dec 08 – Dec 16 / … / Jan 10 – Jan 18 / Jan 17 – Jan 25 / Jan 26 – Feb 03 / Feb 02 – Feb 10 / Feb 09 – Feb 17 / Feb 16 – Feb 24 / Feb 23 – Mar 03 / Other dates: There are more dates available than the ones we list here, experiment on your own.
  • Milan – Example Dates: (Priceline / BookingBuddy) Nov 07 – Nov 14 / Nov 13 – Nov 20 / Nov 21 – Nov 28 / Nov 27 – Dec 04  / Dec 03 – Dec 10 / … / Jan 11 – Jan 19 / Jan 18 – Jan 26 / Jan 26 – Feb 03 / Feb 02 – Feb 10 / Feb 09 – Feb 17 / Feb 15 – Feb 23 / Feb 23 – Mar 03 / Feb 27 – Mar 06 / Other dates: There are more dates available than the ones we list here, experiment on your own.

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I was able to pull this fare up on Priceline. Screenshot taken when this post was initially created. See timestamps at the top of this post.

Note: OTAs such as Travelocity and Priceline allow free cancellation without penalty within 24-hours after you purchase. As deals sell-out or expire quickly, this policy will allow you to “lock-in” the cheap fare while you sort out a plan. Just keep in mind that after 24-hours, you will not be able to cancel without the regular penalty.

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