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Deal alert: Flights to Rome under $500 round-trip from major US cities

Jan. 15, 2022
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Visiting the historical sites of Italy is just one of the many reasons travelers flock to this European destination. Rome is filled with magnificent monuments and cultural attractions including the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon. American, Delta, Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA) and United Airlines are offering flights to Rome (FCO) for under $500 round-trip from several major U.S. cities.

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An aerial view of the Colosseum in Rome. (Photo by Nico De Pasquale Photography/Getty Images)

The deal was reported by Thrifty Traveler Premium, which for $7.99 monthly or $49.99 annually will send notifications on cheap flights, award flight sales and business-class deals. These fares are available for travel through 2022 with the exception of the peak summer travel season from June to September.

Deal basics

Airlines: American, Delta, ITA, United Airlines
Routes: ATL/BOS/CLT/EWR/JFK/MIA/ORD and others to FCO
How to book: Directly through the airlines or through Google Flights
Travel dates: February–May 2022 and October–December 2022

Related: From Venice to Rome: 6 cities you can easily visit on Italy’s high-speed train

Sample flights

Here are some of the departure cities included in these deals to Rome (FCO):

  • Atlanta (ATL) - $517
  • Boston (BOS) - $551
  • Charlotte (CLT) - $490
  • Chicago (ORD) - $458
  • Dallas (DFW) - $551
  • Miami (MIA) - $465
  • New York (JFK) - $464
  • Newark (EWR) - $464
  • Philadelphia (PHL) - $501

The deals below are for basic economy seats which include a standard seat and a carry-on. Seat selection and checked bags will cost extra.

One of the lowest-priced trips I found is from Chicago (ORD) to Rome (FCO) at $458 round-trip on United at the beginning of May. The outbound flight includes a stopover in Washington, D.C., (IAD) and the return is nonstop.

Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights.

Travelers from New York and New Jersey have wide availability for nonstop flights to Rome (FCO) at $464 round-trip. Trips at that price from New York (JFK) are on Delta and flights from Newark (EWR) are on United throughout February, March and April.

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(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Floridians can fly to Rome (FCO) from Miami (MIA) at $465 round-trip throughout April via British Airways, a partner of American Airlines. The flight includes a stop in Charlotte (CLT) each way.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Delta is offering round-trip flights from Charlotte (CLT) to Rome (FCO) via their partner KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines). The March flight is $490 round-trip with a stop in New York (JFK) each way.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Travelers from Georgia can trade-in peaches for pizza on a round-trip flight that is just over $500. A flight from Atlanta (ATL) to Rome (FCO) will cost $517 round-trip on American Airlines with a stop in Philadelphia (PHL) each way.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Related: Take the family to Florence: A complete planning guide

Maximize your purchase

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The information for the Citi Prestige Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Related: Cleared for Takeoff: Booking a milestone birthday trip to Rome and Florence

Bottom line

For lovers of art and ancient architecture, Rome is a dream to visit. When planning your stay, think about spending the night inside an art gallery.

Italy has tightened its travel restrictions so make sure you stay in the loop on updated requirements and policies here before booking. Don’t miss out on this deal to visit Italy’s largest city.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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  • The current welcome offer on this card is quite lucrative. TPG values it at $1,600.
  • This card comes with a long list of benefits, including access to Centurion Lounges, complimentary elite status with Hilton and Marriott, at least $500 in assorted annual statement credits and so much more. (Enrollment required for select benefits.)
  • The Amex Platinum comes with access to a premium concierge service that can help you with everything from booking hard-to-get reservations to finding destination guides to help you plan out your next getaway.

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  • Outside of the current welcome bonus, you’re only earning higher rewards on specific airfare and hotel purchases, so it’s not a great card for other spending categories.
  • The annual airline fee statement credit can be complicated to take advantage of compared to the broader travel credits offered by competing premium cards.
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  • Get $200 back in statement credits each year on prepaid Fine Hotels + Resorts® or The Hotel Collection bookings, which requires a minimum two-night stay, through American Express Travel when you pay with your Platinum Card®.
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  • American Express has expanded The Centurion® Network to include 40+ Centurion Lounge and Studio locations worldwide. There are even more places your Platinum Card® can get you complimentary entry and exclusive perks.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit: Get up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one select qualifying airline.
  • $200 Uber Cash: Enjoy Uber VIP status and up to $200 in Uber savings on rides or eats orders in the US annually. Uber Cash and Uber VIP status is available to Basic Card Member only.
  • Get up to $300 back per calendar year on the Equinox+ digital fitness app, or eligible Equinox club memberships when you pay with your Platinum Card. Enrollment required. Learn more.
  • Breeze through security with CLEAR® lanes available at 100+ airports, stadiums, and entertainment venues and get up to $189 back per calendar year on your membership when you use your Card. Learn more.
  • $695 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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