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Right now you can book a roundtrip in economy between Newark (EWR) and Rome (FCO) for $280 for travel November through March, 2018 on Norwegian Air. Flights are direct.
Norwegian is the low cost carrier that we’ve featured before for roundtrips to Stockholm, Oslo, and Madrid in the $250-$400 range. You can also sometimes find dirt cheap roundtrips to the French Caribbean. Now they’re back at it with a cheap fare to Europe.
Contents of this post:
- Cheap Fares
- Optional Extra Fees
- Check the Price in Krone, Sometimes it’s Cheaper
- Best Way to Buy the Ticket
Search and book on norwegian.com with their low fare calendar:
The $280 roundtrip fare is available between Newark (EWR) and Rome. You’ll find all the cheap fares on travel dates spanning from November of this year through March, 2018.
Sample Dates for One Traveler
Picking an outbound and return that each cost 139.89 Kroner, your total roundtrip price in USD will be about $280 USD.
Newark to Rome, Three Night Roundtrip in March
All the cheapest fares are in the “Lowfare” bucket. That comes with one free carry on that weighs up to 10 kg (22 lbs.) Check out Scott’s post on one bag travel.
Everything else costs extra.
Your first checked bag is $45 each way. Your second is $50. Similarly a seat reservation is $45 each way.
All the add ons are expensive, so I suggest traveling with just one carry on, eating before take off on the outbound, packing a lunch for the return, and taking whatever seat they give you for free. Then you REALLY can’t beat a $200 roundtrip to Norway or Sweden.
Check the Price In Krone, Somtetimes It’s Cheaper
Start on the Norwegian version of Norwegian.com/no because sometimes prices are lower in Norwegian Krone than US Dollars. Use Google Chrome to translate the page to English. Pay with a card with no foreign transaction fees.
This practice–buying plane tickets in foreign currencies–can save you money with other airlines as well.
This time, it’s pretty much the same price so buy in whichever currency.
Best Way to Buy the Ticket
Buy this ticket with the Barclaycard Arrival Plus. The card comes with 50,000 Arrival miles after spending $3,000 on the card in the first three months. Arrival miles can be redeemed for 1 cent each toward any travel expense, so the bonus alone will more than cover this roundtrip to Rome. Learn How to Redeem Arrival Miles.
With the Arrival Plus, you don’t even have to wait to meet the minimum spending requirement before you spend the miles. Open an Arrival Plus, put whatever cash tickets on the card you want now to help you meet the minimum spending requirement, and then redeem Arrival miles within 120 days to offset the charges. Buy your ticket to Norway on the Arrival Plus to help meet your minimum spending requirement you’ll still get all your money back for it if you redeem your Arrival miles on the charges later.
Don’t have the Arrival Plus card? Put it on whatever card you have travel statement credits for, like the Sapphire Reserve or Citi Prestige. Don’t have any travel statements credits to earn? Check out the Best Credit Card to Buy Airfare if you’re concerned with earning more rewards. Check out our series on the travel protection benefits of popular rewards cards if you’re more concerned with travel insurance.
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