Yesterday’s ~ $320 discount for any bookings made on Alitalia’s Japanese website is dead. Plenty of folks booked US – Europe for under $300 per person, and intra-Europe tickets for free. The free intra-Europe tickets in particular we don’t know whether they will be honored yet.
There’s still a 25% discount on all Alitalia flights bookable via the US website.
I thought that there might be a better deal available for sub-$500 tickets, MileValue posted this morning a $129 per ticket discount from the promo.alitalia.com/russia website — a discount of 4000 Rubles.
My Russian isn’t very good (it’s been a long time since I was a Cold War spy). Fortunately, Google Chrome translates for me.
But when I managed to pull up the promo itself, I found new language that wasn’t there a few hours ago when MilesValue wrote:
“Valid for departures from Russia only”
Alitalia seems to be setting limits on the promotions they offer in order to reflect their intentions.
Previous Alitalia discounts used to work on Delta flights, too, folks were taking 15% off on Delta which hadn’t been what they wanted to offer.
Now they’re limiting some country-specific discounts to flights departing from that country.
Fortunately the 25% off discount was intentional, continues to be offered, and is even the better deal on any $500+ tickets. Which is most of the tickets that readers of this blog will be booking anyway.