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A good sale to Milan.

United and its partners Air Canada, Austrian, Lufthansa and Swiss Air’s $581 fare is a regular economy fare with ONE checked luggage and normal size carry-on

United and its partners Air Canada, Austrian, Lufthansa and Swiss Air also have a $461 fare, but it is a Basic Economy / Economy Light fare. These Basic Economy / Economy Light fares:

  • DO NOT allow for advance seat assignment
  • DO NOT include checked bags – they are $60 each way for the 1st bag and $100 each way for 2nd
  • DO NOT allow for changes
  • DO NOT allow for cancellations – so if you cancel after the 24 hour risk free period, the Basic Economy version will have no value for future purchase
  • Most online travel agencies are not properly displaying these fares with United / Air Canada / Austrian / Lufthansa / Swiss Air as BASIC ECONOMY
Galleria Vittorio Emanuel, Milan, Italy. Photo: Dennis Matheson via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Travel Date:

  • November 13th – 20th
    • This is a sample date. See below for more available travel dates

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel from late October – early December or January 2020 for Monday through Thursday departures and returns. A 7 day minimum stay is required. Must purchase at least 28 days in advance of departure.
  • Note: This fare is valid at the time of posting. If this post is more than two days old, the fare is most likely gone.

How to Search for Availability:

  • Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and use the following search criteria:
    • Departing from: IAH
    • Outbound Advanced Routing Code:
      • Textbox 1: ua ua
      • Textbox 2: maxconnect 240
        • This is instructing ITA to search for the Basic Economy fare. Use those dates on Orbitz and you will be presented with the option to upgrade to a regular economy fare.
    • Destination: MXP
    • Return Advanced Routing Code: 
      • Textbox 1: ua ua
      • Textbox 2: maxconnect 240
    • Click on the “Advanced Routing Codes” link to enable advanced routing code input
    • Select “See calendar of lowest fares”
    • Enter departure date
    • Length of stay: 3-10
      • The maximum search range is 7 days, so enter ranges in this format: 0-7, 3-10, 5-12, etc.
  • The ITA search page should look like the following when all values are inputted.

  • You cannot buy tickets through ITA. To buy tickets, follow our instructions below in the “How to Buy Airline Tickets” section.

Fare Class:

  • K

Elite Qualifying Dollars:

  • $471

Sample Routing:

  • IAH – EWR (Newark) – MXP (Milan) – EWR – IAH

Sample Mileage:

  • Miles Flown: 10,788 miles or 5.4 cents per mile
  • Elite Qualifying Miles: 10,788 miles
  • Redeemable Miles: 2,355 miles

How to Buy Airline Tickets:

  • Support us by using our Orbitz link to book with dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search.
    • Select the $461 fare in the search results and you will be presented with the option to upgrade to a regular fare for $120 more (or $581 total roundtrip). The regular fare with advance seat assignment and ONE checked bag included.

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