Thinking of seeing the Chiefs in the Super Bowl? Here’s how to afford the trip to Arizona
The Kansas City Chiefs return to Super Bowl for the third time in four years, and people from Missouri and Kansas may be considering making the trip to see them play against the Philadelphia Eagles on Feb. 12 in Glendale, Arizona.
The Chiefs beat the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday night 23-20.
Super Bowl LVII tickets, in addition to flight costs and hotel reservations, are sure to make for an expensive experience. With the game less than two weeks away, it’s important to make plans now so you don’t rush out or pay extra last minute.
We’ve compiled a guide on how to find the best deals for your trip if you’re traveling from Wichita to State Farm Stadium in Glendale. Here’s what you need to know.
Where can I get my Super Bowl tickets?
Even though Super Bowl LVII is just under two weeks away, it’s not too late to buy your tickets. However, keep in mind that the tickets themselves might be the most expensive part of your trip.
According to TicketIQ, tickets for this year The Super Bowl starts at $5,663. Ticketmaster has prices from $5,653and Seat Geek the lowest price is $4,748. To find more information about the game and tickets, visit the National Football League website.
Before settling on a price, be sure to shop around for the best deal. Remember that some ticket sellers charge a service fee on top of the cost of the ticket, so you won’t just be looking at the ticket and taxes.
You can also keep an eye on radio stations to organize ticket giveaways. You might get lucky and land a good spot for less than you would otherwise.
Before buying your tickets, make sure you buy them on a valid site. Many websites may claim to sell tickets and look legit, but be sure to check reviews and be careful before you click buy. If the prices seem too good to be true, it’s even more important to make sure the tickets are from a valid seller and not a scammer.
Always keep a copy of your purchase receipt.
How can I find affordable flights to the Super Bowl?
When looking for flights, check with all airlines, not just the one you know best. If you’re a frequent airline traveler and have points stored up for a special occasion, now might be the time.
If you plan to fly to Arizona from Wichita Eisenhower National Airport the day before the big game and return the following Monday, prices start around $600 round trip. United and American have the cheapest prices.
You might get a better price if you are flying from Kansas City International Airport, which has round-trip nonstop flights starting at $187.
There are various booking sites that can offer cheaper flights. As always, if you’re using a booking app you’ve never heard of before, check online reviews and make sure the app is valid.
Skyscanner is also a valuable tool when looking for flights in your price range. It compares flights, hotels and rental cars, so you can find the price that best suits your budget.
Be sure to book your flights as soon as possible. Flight costs may change daily, so if you see a price you like right now, it might be best to grab it while you can.
If you decide not to spend the money on airfare and instead choose to make the roughly 16-hour trip from Wichita to Glendale, keep gas prices in mind and the number of times you go stop to refuel. You can use apps like GasBuddy or AAA to check fuel prices en route.
If you want to split the road trip over two days, consider overnight costs as well.
What about hotels around Glendale?
By registering with third-party booking sites, such as Trivago, Hotels.com, Expedia and others, you might find discounts and cheaper prices.
Trivago offers rentals ranging from $105 per night to over $1,000. Hotels.com has availability at $213. Other properties under $250 are all sold out for Super Bowl weekend. Expedia is similar to Hotels.com, with only three hotels listed around $250 which are not exhausted on Monday afternoon.
Just like with flights and tickets, it’s always best to shop around. Even with third-party sites, be sure to compare prices between them and see prices when booking directly with the hotel. This way you can know that you got the best price.
If you’re traveling with a group, the most economical option might be to book a short-term rental instead of multiple hotel rooms. To find an Airbnb in your budget area, go to Airbnb’s website and you can filter what you see based on the price that suits you.
The Airbnb website has 159 properties listed available February 11-13 for less than $300 a night.