For Seahawks fans it’s a dream come true — the Super Bowl in balmy Phoenix.
Then there’s the nightmare part: Airfares and hotels prices have soared for the Feb. 1 Super Bowl. And a game ticket cost $2,655 to $13,407 on the NFL ticket exchange on Monday.
For those who want to splurge and go south with the Hawks, here are some tips.
Official Seahawks packages: PrimeSport has partnered with the Seahawks to offer travel packages for the Super Bowl that can include flights, three nights in a hotel, ground transportation and fan events. But you’ll pay for convenience of one-stop shopping: A PrimeSport package including Seattle-Phoenix roundtrip flights, a stay at the Doubletree Tempe and an upper -level game ticket is $5,855 a person, based on double occupancy. See primesport.com.
Flights: Want to put together your own trip? Airfares between Seattle and Phoenix have been climbing. For a Jan. 31-Feb. 2 round trip, a ticket was around $740 (with a few cheaper seats as of Monday morning). Fares can change rapidly, even hourly, depending upon demand so shop around. If you find a fare that’s acceptable, book it; you generally can cancel within 24 hours without penalty and keep comparison-shopping in that time period for something better. (Just be sure to read the airline’s fine print). More flights are being added to Phoenix for the Super Bowl, including two roundtrips daily on Alaska Airlines between Seattle and Phoenix.
Some lucky people could get to fly free: Alaska is offering a special “Russell Wilson Fan Flight” charter-flight sweepstakes for its mileage-plan members. Fifty-six winners will get two round-trip tickets plus two nights at a hotel and fan events (but not game tickets). To enter, see facebook.com/alaskaairlines
Hotels: Many hotels in Phoenix and surrounding areas (the game will be played in suburban Glendale at the University of Phoenix stadium) are sold out and prices even at modest chain motels have tripled; the Super 8 Phoenix is $340 a night on Super Bowl weekend. Want to save? Consider staying in Tucson or in nearby resorts. Rooms at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf Tennis Resort start at $169 a night on Super Bowl weekend.
Search for lodging at the city’s official visitphoenix.com (scroll to the bottom of the page to do a multiple-lodging search). Also check out VRBO.com, Homeaway.com and AirBnb.com for rentals by owners — but it’s buyer beware for private rentals (and always pay by credit card as you have some legal consumer protection).
General info: Get details on Phoenix, the game and fan events, including the NFL Experience at azsuperbowl.com