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Super Bowl bound? Don’t fumble the airfare

Super Bowl fans wait to get rebooked.
Barry Williams / Today

Football fans heading to Glendale, Arizona on February 1 for Super Bowl XLIX may have to shell out upwards of $2400 for a game ticket, but might save money on airfare or hotel rooms by booking now or immediately after Sunday’s conference championship games.

In its search for best airfares to Phoenix (January 31- February 2) from the four cities that still have big game contenders, Priceline found fares dropped a bit between Tuesday and Wednesday, going from $570 to $343 from Boston, from $648 to $487 from Green Bay, from $404 to $363 from Indianapolis and from $487 to $299 from Seattle.

On Wednesday, Expedia found fares for round-trip flights to Phoenix (departing between Jan. 26 and Feb. 1 and returning between Feb. 2 and Feb. 5) from Boston ($300-$600) had a narrower range than last week at this time and that fares from Seattle ($290 to $500) had slightly increased. Fares from both Green Bay ($270-$440) and Indianapolis ($275-$580) had slightly decreased.

“We’ll be at that 14-day window after the games on Sunday,” said Expedia analytics manager Jeremy Boore, “and Average Ticket Prices (ATPs) tend to jump at this point. So if you’re intent on going to Phoenix be prepared to book your trip this Sunday versus waiting until later in the week.”

In terms of hotels, Expedia found lower priced properties still available around the Mesa and Chandler areas, but Boore notes that extra inventory closer in is likely to become available after Sunday’s games when some fans of this weekend’s losing teams cancel their reservations.

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