The transfer ratio is usually 1,000:1,000, so through this promotion you’ll instead get 1,250 Alitalia miles for every 1,000 Amex points. Since the bonus is hard coded into the transfer ratio, the bonus should post instantly, and you can take advantage of the offer as often as you’d like.
Overall I’m a big fan of Alitalia’s business class product, and that’s despite the fact that I haven’t flown them since they’ve undergone a refresh.
Alitalia’s catering is exceptional, among the best offered by any airline in business class. As is the tradition in Italy, they serve both a primi and secondi. I’d say along with Austrian and Turkish, they have among the best catering in business class.
While I generally recommend flying Alitalia, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend their frequent flyer program.
Tiffany wrote a post a couple of years back entitled “How (And Why) To Use Alitalia Miles,” which sums up the pros and cons of the program. On one hand they have some good redemption values, while on the other hand there are some quirky aspects of the program that make some redemptions complicated.
For example, Alitalia charges only 80,000 miles for roundtrip business class redemptions between the US and Europe, which is an exceptional value. However, there are fuel surcharges (~$850 roundtrip for business class), and Alitalia’s award chart says that rate is good through October 14, 2016. I suspect the same rate will be extended after that, but we don’t know for sure.
So there’s value to be had, especially if you’re looking for a saver level award ticket on Alitalia, or even one of their “flex” awards with better availability, which is generally still a good deal. Upgrades can also be a good deal, since Alitalia makes more upgrade space available than saver award space.
However, you’ll want to be aware of the quirks of the program, which is why I generally don’t recommend holding onto those miles.
Does anyone plan on taking advantage of the 25% bonus for transferring Amex points to Alitalia?