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Must-Read Super Bowl Travel Tips

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | January 29, 2016

Must-Read Super Bowl Travel Tips

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The Super Bowl is a little over a week away, which means a great migration of football fanatics is headed to the Bay Area.

Of course, this means a great deal for those in the hospitality industry. Thankfully, travel website Expedia offered a glimpse of how things are shaping up for the big game taking place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Feb. 7.

According to Expedia, those in Boston and Seattle made the most searches for accommodations in the Bay Area throughout the playoffs.

To which we join Nelson Muntz in saying:

As we now know, the Carolina Panthers will join the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50, which means a sizable section of both cities immediately looked into getting to Northern California.

Expedia explains that Los Angeles, Seattle, and Boston were the top three cities looking into Super Bowl travel (flights to San Francisco) as the date approached but, wouldn’t you know it, “Denver and Charlotte have moved up to the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.”

Now let’s say that you are one of the two camps currently corralling the crew for one heck of a time in Santa Clara. Expedia has some intriguing facts and tips.

Denver Travel:

Flight Frenzy:

Expedia notes: “Following Denver’s win over the New England Patriots on Sunday, Expedia saw flight searches per hour spike for flights from Denver to the Bay Area. By Sunday evening, Expedia saw more flight searches from Denver to San Francisco than from Charlotte to San Francisco. Average ticket prices (ATPs) from Denver to the Santa Clara area are ranging from $170 to $570, depending on day/time of flight and the specific airport.”

It’s obvious that the second Peyton Manning and his aging arm entered what could be his final game, those who were on the fence drove up prices due to demand.

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Expedia has some nice advice to save you a sizable chunk of change simply by wisely choosing your departure date.

The website offers: “If flying into Oakland or San Jose from Denver, Expedia recommends travelers fly back on the Tuesday following the game for better savings. If travelers are planning on flying into and out of San Francisco from Denver, Expedia has found that travelers will likely save by flying back on Monday, as travelers will pay slightly more for airfare but less on a hotel room.”

Charlotte Travel:

Flight Frenzy:

As you would expect, a similar thing happened in the area housing all those rabid Panthers fans. Alas, the farther flight means a bigger dig into the bank account: “Following the Panthers' win on Sunday, flight searches sharply increased for flights from Charlotte to the Bay area. ATPs from Charlotte to the Santa Clara area are ranging from $500-800.”

READ MORE: 9 Best Experiences in San Francisco


The website offers: “Expedia recommends that Panthers fans look for flights going to Oakland or San Jose, as current rates into San Francisco from Charlotte tend to range from $650-800.”

You are going to pay a great deal for a trip that, for many, is something taken on a whim—a vacation taken the minute your team secured passage to the Super Bowl.

Hopefully, with a few tips like the ones seen above, you can ease the sting of all the cash you are about to drop on travel. Then again, a win would solve that conundrum just as well.

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