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You can now book award flights on ITA Airways with Virgin Atlantic points

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Virgin Atlantic Flying Club members can now use their points on Italy’s flag carrier.

Although ITA Airways has been a member of SkyTeam (as was its predecessor, Alitalia), previously, ITA Airways flights weren’t bookable using partner airlines. However, Virgin Atlantic now becomes the first SkyTeam carrier to add ITA Airways award flights, as Frequent Miler first reported.

The news comes following ITA Airways’ inaugural flight from Rome Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport (FCO) to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) earlier this month. ITA Airways also flies from its Rome hub to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Miami International Airport (MIA), New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Washington, D.C.’s Dulles International Airport (IAD).

Best of all, there’s some decent award space on ITA Airways’ U.S. flights during the first couple of months of 2024.

Redeeming Virgin Atlantic points for ITA Airways flights

Tom Bradley International Terminal TBIT Virgin LATAM ITA

Virgin Atlantic has a fixed-rate award chart for ITA Airways flights. When there’s award space, here’s what you can expect to spend for a one-way flight from the U.S. to Rome:

Distance Economy class Business class
4,001 to 5,000 miles (BOS, JFK and IAD routes) 25,500 points 75,000 points
5,001 to 6,000 miles (MIA route) 31,000 points 85,000 points
6,001 to 7,000 miles (SFO and LAX routes) 37,000 points 100,000 points

On flights departing from the U.S., you only need to spend $5.60 per person in taxes and fees. The return flights will incur between $60 and $80 in these added costs.

To check award space, head to When you enter your city pairs, you must select “Full Airport List” to search for award flights to Rome.

Full airport list Virgin Atlantic

After you submit this search criteria, you’ll see the award space for the week of your desired flight.

Our test searches show more business-class award space than open award seats in economy; however, award space is limited on LAX and SFO routes in both cabins.


While taxes and fees are higher on Air France and KLM flights, award prices are significantly less expensive than ITA Airways flights.


Availability is particularly great on flights from JFK in early 2024. In fact, at the time of writing, almost every date in January and February has at least two seats available in business class.

Virgin Atlantic award calendar from New York-JFK to Rome in early 2024

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How to earn more Virgin Atlantic points

There are several ways to earn Virgin Atlantic points, but if you want a sudden boost to your Flying Club account, you can transfer points or miles from American Express Membership RewardsBilt RewardsCapital OneChase Ultimate Rewards and Citi ThankYou Rewards at a 1:1 ratio. Bilt points and Capital One miles transfer to Virgin Red points, and you can redeem Virgin Red points with Virgin Atlantic Flying Club.

Here’s a look at some of the current top card offers for programs you can use to transfer rewards to Virgin Atlantic:

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Bottom line

You can now redeem Virgin Atlantic points to book award flights on ITA Airways. Although these award rates are more expensive than most saver tickets to Europe, we’re pleased to see another way to use points for travel to Europe.

Hopefully, ITA Airways flights will soon be available with other SkyTeam currencies like Air France-KLM Flying Blue and Delta SkyMiles.