Photo courtesy of Superbowl Host Committee
It seems like just yesterday that the lights went out in New Orleans, but truth be told, we are inside of 100 days until Superbowl XLVIII. The 2014 Superbowl will be played in the Meadowlands at MetLife Stadium on February 2nd. It's going to be outdoors, it's going to be cold, and it's going to be awesome!
Many fans who chose to attend the Superbowl make a week out of it. This trend will no doubt hold true in 2014 with New York City nearby. Attendees will also be looking to keep costs down, as they will be shelling out a pretty penny already for tickets. Last year, fans who went to New Orleans spent between $5-10,000 per person on hotels, airfare, food and NFL gear.
Travel Expert Mark Drusch, of CheapOAir, has put together a list of tips fans can use when planning their trip to New York/New Jersey for Superbowl XLVIII. Following these will help travelers keep a little extra dough in their wallets...
1. If you plan on going, regardless of which teams are in the game, start booking your flights now. Airfare prices will only go up as we get closer to the game.
2. As soon as the two teams are announced, for those fans coming from one of the two teams’ cities will need to book their travel plans as soon as possible. The airlines will quickly adjust their inventory to reflect the increased demand.
3. Fans should also check the airfares from all the New York airports, in particular LaGuardia, Newark and JFK. Another option would be ISP (Long Island Mac Arthur Airport), but I would only book there if you get a great deal, since you would need to factor in the cost of the car rental and the time it would take to get to the game.
Fans can also look into staying in areas in New Jersey (for example Trenton), as the drive from Trenton to the Meadowlands is not unreasonable.
4. In regard to travel planning for your return home, Monday will be the most expensive flight option since it's when most Super Bowl travelers will want to leave. This factor is also combined with the usual high demand for business travelers who are flying. If you can afford the extra cost of a hotel for one more day, it's strongly recommended you home on Tuesday.
5. Sign up for fare alerts, download mobile apps, and also utilize social media pages. Most consumers may not want to be receiving another email, but fare alerts instantly let you know when a price for a certain flight has changed. On social media, a lot of companies post last-minute “fire sales” where prices can be slashed up to 50%. CheapOair does this via their Facebook,Twitter and email newsletters. Also, for those looking for deals on a budget can sign up for blog deals or Members only Deals with CheapOair as well.
Attending a Superbowl is a big life event. You want to enjoy it, but at the same time, not break the bank. Follow these helpful tips to ensure that your Superbowl XLVIII trip to New York/New Jersey is a great success.