Going to cheer on your team at an away game is a fun vacation activity. You can’t just show up though. There is a lot of planning to be done. Here are some tips to help you plan your trip in a way that will make your trip go smoothly and save you the most money.
Book your trip well in advance. Airline tickets are less expensive if you buy them at least two weeks in advance. If you can buy a month in advance you will save even more money. For example, a ticket may cost $159 a month in advance, $215 two weeks out, $450 a week out or $1500 within 5 days of the trip. This is quite an extreme price difference, so this should be your top priority. You should also check prices for days around when you want to go. Sometimes staying over a weekend on a round trip can save you 50% off your tickets. It may be a much better deal going home on a Monday instead of Sunday.
Also, if you wait too long, you might not be able to get airline tickets that you want. If you run into the problem of not being able to get your desired flight, check different times of day or even a different day.
Use a comparative price tool like Hotwire to find the best deal. They will check multiple websites to find the best prices. For hotels, Trivago searches among over a million hotels on hundreds of sites to get you the best deal. Check alternative routes or dates or towns for stays. For example, if you are going to a Green Bay Packers football game, it might be more convenient and cheaper for you to fly into Milwaukee instead.
Check combo packages out for combinations of game tickets, hotel, rental car. Travel agents can offer these deals because they buy in bulk quantities and pass the savings onto you.