Oneworld airline partner Air Berlin has a sale July 11-18 for flights to Europe from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New York JFK and Miami. Today I see fares from San Francisco to Florence, Italy at $648.10 round trip for October departure dates. The routing is a one-stop SFO-Dusseldorf, Germany DUS connecting to Florence, Italy FLR. The real deal here is San Francisco seems to be the sweet spot on low fare tickets. New York JFK – Florence FLR is the same $648 round trip ticket price making San Francisco’s low fare seem like an even better deal.
The fare is $696.10 from Los Angeles LAX – Florence FLR in October.
This sale is also advertised as a Business Class sale starting at $1,700 round trip from USA-Europe.
The tricky part of this deal is finding the date range for low fares. Prices show up on Air Berlin’s website and OTA sites like Orbitz, however, I don’t see these fares on Google Flights or ITA Matrix, making it difficult to determine the date range quickly. On Air Berlin I found $648 fares for many dates in October 2016 for 7-day trips. There have not been many deals from SFO to Europe the past two weeks and this one stands out as a unique low fare to Italy for early fall travel.
Air Berlin has this fare search function I found useless. It shows the ticket price SFO-Florence at $1,300+. It does provide an idea of cities in Europe to check for low fares with Copenhagen, Zurich, Stockholm, Hamburg and Salzburg showing round trip ticket prices between $599-$699.
I found SFO-Rome/Venice tickets and SFO-Zurich for $661 in October.
My best guidance is play around on Air Berlin site or Orbitz/OTA for even faster searches and hopefully these fares will show up today on Google Flights for quicker searches.
Air Berlin has a weekly fare calendar you can check by clicking the +/- 3 Days box in a fare search.
Air Berlin SFO-Florence fare calendar
After spending 40 minutes playing with their site, I don’t like it much. Finding lots of glitches and easier to use an OTA for fare searches.
Air Berlin San Francisco SFO – Dusseldorf DUS – Florence FLR
$648.10 round trip Orbitz ticket Mon Oct 17 – Mon Oct 24
Flight earns 6,570 TopBonus miles in Air Berlin Z class. I don’t see any other frequent flyer program eligible for miles in this fare class.
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