Travel and tickets options for Super bowl XLIX are as limited as ever and if you aren’t among the top 10% you can basically know that getting to Phoenix to celebrate with Patriot and Hawks fans is not going to be easy. Travel options are extremely limited, hotel and VRBO have increased their rates 10 folds, and award space is none existence. Yet for a lucky few there are still a few contests running that could get you to the Super Bowl to cheer on the Seahawks (or the Patriots).
Alaska Airlines is teaming up with their Chief Football Officer Russell Wilson’s for Fan Fight II. This contest is only open to Alaska, Washington, and Oregon Residents and will provide 56 lucky winners with flights to Phoenix, hotels, and more!
- 2 round-trip coach Alaska Airlines tickets between Seattle and Phoenix with an ‘inflight tailgate party’ on the GO RUSSELL 737-900ER
- 2 Nights hotel accommodations, double occupancy in Phoenix, AZ.
- Ground transportation to and from the Phoenix, AZ airport.
- Admission for 2 to a private game day party at a Phoenix, AZ venue inclusive of food and beverages.
Although many of us won’t win this contest, one could always just plan to go to the Superbowl with the help of their own plastic and many George Washingtons, but this year plan to spend more and swipe more than ever before as prices in the Valley have jumped in preparation of the game. Just four weeks ago I was in Phoenix for the Seahawks/Cardinal match up and hotels around the University of Phoenix stadium were selling for $250 a night on Saturday and Sunday during the game, but quickly dropped $100 or more by Monday when the sport fans left Glendale and the business travelers flocked back downtown. At that time hotels downtown were in the sub $100 range over the weekend and every major hotel had rooms available with points.
Now, just a month later, the Super bowl & Probowl festivities are on the horizon and like airfare, hotel prices have skyrocketed. Hotels around the stadium are selling for $600 a night and award rooms are impossible to find! Even the motel 6 and other choice hotels in Glendale are renting rooms around the $300-$400 range during Super Bowl weekend!
If hotel prices aren’t bad enough, don’t get me started on Airfare! Having total faith in the Hawks, I bought my ticket months ago and even then ticket prices were inflated. Now, as Michael W Travels points out, Airfare prices are up 24-80%! A quick look on Alaska Air website shows airfare spiking at $1,100 one way on Friday between Seattle and Phoenix and completely sold out on Satuday!! if you can travel Thursday – Tuesday prices drop in half!
I will be in Arizona for the festivities, but have yet to decide if I will fork out the cash for a Super Bowl ticket. Only 7 teams have ever won back-to-back Super Bowls and as much as I would love to see the Hawks do this, forking out the 2K would be painful. The jury is still out. I may or may not go. Either Way – I have enjoyed the 5 other games I’ve been to this season at 5 different stadiums!
Above: Seattle @ Carolina
Above & Below: St. Louis @ Seattle
Seattle @ Kansas City
Below: Seattle @ Phoenix