Alitalia has a coupon code PROMOJP worth approximately $320 off most flights.
You have to:
- Book by October 26th (but I do not expect it to last that long because it is too good)
- Travel between November 5 and March 7 (but December 20 – January 6 travel is blacked out)
- Book on Alitalia’s Japan website, entering the promo code in the E-Coupon field at checkout
The promo code is good for 25,000 Japanese Yen.
It works anywhere that Alitalia flies, lots of folks are getting excited over the possibility of booking tickets within Europe because many of those only cost about that much. Some tickets are being issued that are free. I have no idea whether those will ultimately be honored or not.
Others will find it more useful to fly from the US to Europe via Italy, there are New York fares that with this discount will price out at under $300 (for non-upgradeable coach).
Remember, you need to book this on Alitalia’s Japanese website. Go to Alitalia.com and change to Japan. I like doing this with my Google Chrome browser with built-in translation. The Flight Deal blog, where I found this, recommends using two browsers — one on the US site in English to do a mock booking so that you know what’s going on, and a second browser on the Japanese website where you actually make the bookings. If you use this latter technique just remember that the day of the month comes before the month on non-US websites.
Also bear in mind that you will want to pay for tickets with a credit card that has no foreign currency transaction fees, since your tickets are being booked on a non-US website.
And then wait a few days to make other arrangements to see whether these tickets are honored, especially for flights that do not touch the US where current Department of Transportation rules forbidding cancelling paid tickets when an airline doesn’t want to honor the fare won’t apply (I haven’t kept up on my European law on the subject).
Some will prefer to fly today before the airline even has a chance to decide what to do but I wouldn’t take that approach over a $320 discount.