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Via Fly4Free there’s an amazing $266 roundtrip fare right now for September and October travel between New York (JFK) and Turin, Italy.
That’s really all-in, including taxes. And it’s on Meridiana, the Italian airline that’s 49% owned by Qatar Airways. Who needs 5th freedom flights, the kind that Qatar says they aren’t currently interested in operating (between Europe and the US even though they’re based in the Mideast) when they can charge $266 through their Italian proxy?
Use airfare metasearch site Momondo to find this fare.
Here’s detail on the itinerary:
Admittedly it’s odd to fly from Milan to Naples to Turin when Milan and Turin are less than an hour apart by train…
Fly4Free thinks this is a mistake fare, rather than Qatar needling Delta, United and American after they declared a hollow victory for protectionism. And since we don’t know for certain how Meridiana will feel about such a deep discount sale, they might get seller’s remorse. I’d wait a few days after buying tickets before making additional non-refundable travel plans around the fare.
In theory an airline refusing to honor a sale like this would have to reimburse any out of pocket costs you incurred but there’s not much history with enforcement of that particular DOT statement so I’d still not test it.