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Super Bowl Means Super Airfares

Sat Jan 27, 2007 8:01 am

Courtesy: Northwest Indiana Times

Super Bowl Means Super Airfares

http://www.nwitimes.com/articles/200...e5bd7da56d16ba8625726e0080ada9.txt

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ikramerica
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RE: Super Bowl Means Super Airfares

Sat Jan 27, 2007 8:17 am

this always sucks. superbowl and ncaa final four both have this result, so for people going to the cities for business or vacation that aren't involved in the superbowl, they get screwed.

i remember when I went to the SAT NCAA final four, and I had to fly into IAH to get a reasonable airfare.
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RE: Super Bowl Means Super Airfares

Sat Jan 27, 2007 9:45 am

Nothing at all wrong with supply and demand.

I'm sure United wishes MIA was already an all Express station.  biting 
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RE: Super Bowl Means Super Airfares

Sat Jan 27, 2007 10:24 am

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 1):
this always sucks. superbowl and ncaa final four both have this result, so for people going to the cities for business or vacation that aren't involved in the superbowl, they get screwed.

In all fairness, though, these events are announced so far in advance that non-event-related travellers can easily avoid getting fleeced. Just go the week after, or even a few days after, and you're fine.
 
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RE: Super Bowl Means Super Airfares

Sat Jan 27, 2007 10:31 am

Quoting Bicoastal (Reply 2):
I'm sure United wishes MIA was already an all Express station.

Just give them time...
 
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RE: Super Bowl Means Super Airfares

Sat Jan 27, 2007 10:35 am

I'm always surprised that people don't think of taking Amtrak or other railroads to sporting events. Low cost tickets and the perfect venue for an ongoing party.

It's like they've forgotten that railroads exist.

Chicago-Miami roundtrip is about $190.

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RE: Super Bowl Means Super Airfares

Sat Jan 27, 2007 10:41 am

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 5):
It's like they've forgotten that railroads exist

People have forgotten that railroads exist because it takes so long to travel any distance. Chicago to Miami may cost $190 but it also takes 40 hrs 50 minutes.
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RE: Super Bowl Means Super Airfares

Sat Jan 27, 2007 10:48 am

Quoting JerseyGuy (Reply 6):
it also takes 40 hrs 50 minutes

Getting there is half the fun... Especially if you can party along the way.  hyper 

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RE: Super Bowl Means Super Airfares

Sat Jan 27, 2007 10:51 am

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 5):
I'm always surprised that people don't think of taking Amtrak or other railroads to sporting events. Low cost tickets and the perfect venue for an ongoing party.

It's like they've forgotten that railroads exist.

Chicago-Miami roundtrip is about $190.

Price depends oon how far out you buy - I put in dates next week and got a one-way price of $160. I threw in April 26 departure and 15 May return at random to see what that would come back with - $248 round trip.

But the reason no one takes the train is time - Amtrak shows Chicago-Miami as scheduled to take a total travel time of 47 hours - 41 hours on the train plus a six-hour layover in DC. (There's a two-connection option that has shorter layovers, but the total travel time works out to pretty much the same.)

I enjoy travelling by train, but 47 hours each way and $248 to do what I can buy on American (using the 4/26 and 5/15 dates as an example) in 4 hours and $184 R/T just doesn't make sense, unless you REALLY love trains or hate flying!
 
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RE: Super Bowl Means Super Airfares

Sat Jan 27, 2007 11:01 am

About the time of the Super Bowl in Florida is when a lot of people go there for mid-winter vacations and winter homes too. The highest fares would most probably Thursday, Friday, Saturday to MIA or FLL and from there Monday and Tuesday. One could also fly via Orlando, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Daytona Beach, etc. and drive 2-4 or so hours or less to the Miami area for a lot less money. I suspect some fans will be doing this.
 
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RE: Super Bowl Means Super Airfares

Sat Jan 27, 2007 11:11 am

Quoting ExFATboy (Reply 3):
In all fairness, though, these events are announced so far in advance that non-event-related travellers can easily avoid getting fleeced.

You are sure of that? Ever tried it? The airlines don't ignore the date up to a certain cutoff point, then all of a sudden realize that it's superbowl weekend. The high rates are there well in advance, as are the high hotel rates. You can't generally "outsmart" the revenue curve.

And it's not usually true that business people can plan 3 months out anyway...
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RE: Super Bowl Means Super Airfares

Sun Jan 28, 2007 3:28 am

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 10):
You are sure of that? Ever tried it? The airlines don't ignore the date up to a certain cutoff point, then all of a sudden realize that it's superbowl weekend.

Exactly my point - the date of the Superbowl, Final Four, Comdex, etc. is announced so far in advance that the airlines price accordingly. Which is your signal to just not go there at that particular point in time, period, unless you absolutely have to (in which case, it sucks, but that's capitalism, folks.)

If I'm planning a trip to Vegas, I check the convention calendar before I even look at plane tickets - besides Comdex, there are a few events (the Nat'l Ass'n of Broadcasters convention, boxing matches, etc.) that even if they don't affect flight prices far in advance drive up hotel rates.

Actually, I've found over the years that for major tourist, and especially convention, cities (LAS, MCO, etc.) checking hotel prices before you even look at flights is the best indicator that something's going on at your destination that you might want to avoid, as hoteliers tend to jack up their prices as soon as a major event is scheduled, while airlines may leave at least a few tickets out there in the lowest fare buckets. It's really annoying to score a deal on a ticket then discover that you managed to luck out on the air fare, but there's a special event in town and your hotel is going to be double what you anticipated...
 
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RE: Super Bowl Means Super Airfares

Tue Jan 30, 2007 3:57 am

Quoting ExFATboy (Reply 11):
Exactly my point - the date of the Superbowl, Final Four, Comdex, etc. is announced so far in advance that the airlines price accordingly.

Yes and no....the date of the Super Bowl is announced far in advance, but the teams playing in it are not known until two weeks in advance (at least not to me, as my sportsbook records show). If UA and AA had anticipated New England vs. San Diego in the Super Bowl and set fares from BOS-MIA and SAN-MIA accordingly several months ago, they wouldn't be getting much benefit now. Even if they upped all the MIA fares, it wouldn't have helped a lot if, say, New Orleans had made the Super Bowl as other carriers have most of the MSY-MIA capacity.