You Can Now Book ITA Airways Flights With Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Points You Can Now Book ITA Airways Flights With Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Points

You Can Now Book ITA Airways Flights With Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Points

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Virgin Atlantic Flying Club joined SkyTeam on March 2, 2023, and it's now possible to book awards for SkyTeam partner ITA Airways using your Virgin points. Best of all, you can do this online. ITA Airways, for those unfamiliar, is an Italian airline and is the successor to now-defunct Alitalia.

Here's what you should know about using your Virgin Atlantic points for ITA Airways flights — and the wide-open availability we're seeing.

Virgin Atlantic Partner Award Chart for ITA Airways Flights

Virgin Atlantic Flying Club publishes separate award charts for many of its partners, and ITA Airways is no different. You can find the award chart here, which is reproduced below.

Flight DistanceEconomy (one way)Business (one way)
0–5005,50014,500
501–1,0007,00015,500
1,001–1,50010,00021,500
1,501–2,25011,50035,000
2,251–3,00015,50040,000
3,001–4,00020,50060,000
4,001–5,00025,50075,000
5,001–6,00031,00085,000
6,001–7,00037,000100,000
7,001–12,00050,000140,000

Booking Examples

We're seeing wide open award availability from the U.S. East Coast to ITA's hub in Rome (FCO) in early 2024, specifically January–March. Filtering for direct flights only between New York (JFK) and FCO, this is the availability and pricing calendar for a round-trip economy flight.

screenshot of round-trip ITA flights award calendar in economy JFK-FCO using Virgin Atlantic points

Availability in business class is even more robust.

screenshot of round-trip ITA flights award calendar for business class JFK-FCO using Virgin Atlantic points

You'll pay 150,000 points + $69 for a round-trip award in business class or 75,000 points + $5.60 for just the New York–Rome leg.

one-way business class pricing from New York to Rome

A round-trip economy award will set you back 60,000 points + $68.15.

screenshot of round-trip ITA flights in economy JFK-FCO using Virgin Atlantic points

It's nice that the “flexible dates” search option works well, and this could be even better if ITA flights are added to the Virgin Atlantic reward seat calendar.

Getting  Virgin Atlantic Points

If you want to book ITA Airways flights with Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, you have several options to boost your Virgin Atlantic points balance. Flying Club has numerous transfer partners from bank and hotel points:

From
To
Transfer Ratio
Min.Transfer
Average Time
Virgin Atlantic (Flying Club)
1,000:1,000
-
Immediate
Virgin Red
100:100
1,000
Immediate
Virgin Atlantic (Flying Club)
1,000:1,000
-
Immediate
Virgin Atlantic (Flying Club)
-
Immediate
Virgin Atlantic (Flying Club)
3:1
3,000
1 day - 2 days
Virgin Atlantic (Flying Club)
1,000:1,000
2,000
Unknown
Hilton (Honors)
Virgin Atlantic (Flying Club)
10,000:1,500
-
11 hours
Hyatt (World of Hyatt)
Virgin Atlantic (Flying Club)
1,250:750
Bonus for transferring 50,000+ points
5,000
Unknown
IHG Hotels & Resorts (One Rewards)
Virgin Atlantic (Flying Club)
10,000:2,000
-
5 days

You also can earn Virgin Atlantic points on daily spending and welcome bonuses from the Virgin Atlantic® World Elite MasterCard®. In the U.S., this card is issued by Bank of America.

Bottom Line

We're big fans of new options for how to use your points and miles. It's even better when you can use them online, and that's now possible with Virgin Atlantic points for ITA Airways flights. Pricing isn't ground-breaking, but this presents additional options and might be better for intra-Europe flights than hopping across the pond.

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  • This is like communism….it works in theory! Easy to find availability but when you put in your details/card numbers it ALWAYS fails. I tried calling VS and agents cant book either.