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Last-Minute Ideas For Getting To The 2014 Super Bowl

by on January 23, 2014 · 10 comments

in Points Guy Pointers

Superbowl Sunday is coming right up on February 2 and though it’s bound to be a busy weekend in New Jersey where the game is being held, there are still opportunities to get there using points and miles – especially if you’re a Broncos or Seahawks fan and want to see your hometown team play.

There's still time to plan your trip to the Super Bowl!

There’s still time to plan your trip to the Super Bowl!

In fact, American Airlines just announced that US Airways would be operating two additional direct flights on A321′s from Seattle to Newark on Friday, January 31, and three additional returns on Monday, February 3. They’re only available for purchase via US Airways, not American.

Unfortunately, there’s not award space via USAirways.com those days:

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 1.28.55 PMHowever, there are still plenty of options to snag awards to the big game! I kept my searches to NYC area airports, but you should also have some luck looking into Philadelphia, Hartford and even Washington DC if you are willing to hop on a train to get to the game. The one problem I did have was finding Delta saver availability to any nearby cities, but you never know what might open up at the last minute with Delta, and you can save money by booking last-minute awards through them because they don’t charge last-minute booking fees. In the meantime, here are some of the other options.

DENVER

Outbound from Denver to New York on Friday, January 31 – there are plenty of options in business class on US Airways:

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 1.11.26 PMAnd if you just want to shave it a little closer and fly on Saturday, February 1, you’ll have even more options including these:

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 1.13.07 PMThen if you want to return on Monday, February 3, there are a lot of flights with Saver Economy availability on United:

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 1.14.22 PMAnd in business/first on US Airways:

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 1.15.18 PMI also did a quick search through American Airlines as well, and in addition to the US Airways flights, it also turned up a few more options including economy saver awards on January 31:

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 1.31.11 PMAnd quite a few returns on February 3 on American flights via DFW and Miami:

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 1.31.55 PMIncluding flights out of LaGuardia and Westchester on American in business class:

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 1.32.41 PMWhile they’re not the most direct itineraries – they’re still an option.

 

SEATTLE

On January 30 you can get from Seattle to the New York area in either economy or business/first at the saver level on both United and US Airways (some of the awards listed are mixed because you would transit through Philadelphia – so you could consider just booking through there and taking the train up to Newark or New York):

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 1.16.45 PMAnd then there is plenty of business/first availability on US Airways on Friday, January 31:

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 1.18.55 PMThen for the return, there’s a business class award via Houston available on Monday, February 3:

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 1.24.48 PMAnd a lot more options on both United and US Airways on Tuesday, February 4:

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 1.25.36 PMAlthough the returns are a bit limited for now and it’s bound to be a busy travel time, but I suspect even more last-minute availability will open up if you were willing to chance it.

Meanwhile, on American, there are also some options to/from Seattle departing on January 31 with a leg on Alaska:

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 1.34.54 PM

 

But there are no saver economy awards on the 3rd at this time. However, on the 4th there are mixed award options on American, US Airways and Alaska:

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 1.35.41 PMThe business class options on January 4 are all on US Airways, and those on the 3rd all include US Airways flights from various area airports including Islip and Westchester as well as Newark and LaGuardia:

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 1.36.59 PMACCOMMODATIONS

There are also opportunities to use your points to stay nearby in New York City, Jersey City and Hoboken. I searched for rates/awards from January 31-February 3 – so three nights – and kept my searches to New York City since I figure most folks would want to stay in the city but shuttle out to the stadium for the game, just to see what was available. Though room rates are high, there is plenty of award availability.

Carlson

Club Carlson has a few available properties in the area including this Manhattan hotel:

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 1.50.30 PMAnd the Country Inn & Suites in Newark:

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 1.51.19 PMHilton

Both the Hilton Times Square and the one Midtown have both paid and award stays available (though look at those points rates!):

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 1.47.04 PMAs do several other Manhattan properties:

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 1.48.15 PM

Hyatt

Every Hyatt hotel in Manhattan has both paid and award nights available those dates. The Andaz 5th Avenue is a particularly good deal with points redemptions at 25,000 points for rooms that would cost $905 otherwise!

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 1.44.20 PMIHG Rewards

All the IHG properties I found in Manhattan were offering both paid and award stays at this time including the Intercontinental and Crowne Plaza near Times Square and the Hotel Indigo in Chelsea.

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 1.53.21 PMMarriott

Marriott has a ton of hotels in the area with rooms available for both paid and award stays including the Marriott Marquis:

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 1.57.28 PMThe two Renaissance properties in the city:

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 1.58.10 PMAnd both Ritz-Carltons in the city (though that will run you quite a few points!):

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 1.59.31 PMStarwood

In New York City alone, many of Starwood’s properties still have rooms available at both paid rates and for points including the Chatwal, the St. Regis, the Westin Times Square and the W Union Square:

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 1.39.17 PMThe W Hoboken has rooms for a whopping $832 a night – or 16,000 points:

Screen shot 2014-01-22 at 1.41.12 PM

So…there are still plenty of options and though hotel rooms will cost a fortune, there seems to be a preponderance of award rooms available and if you’re a diehard football fan who has been hoarding those hotel points, it might just be time to put them to use.

Any of you plan on going to the Superbowl? Tell us about the awards you book and send in your pictures – I’d love to see shots from the game!

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  • Bryan

    It’s Seahawks….

  • Andrew

    A few weeks ago I got the IC Barclay with my Chase free not certificate for 2/1. It would have cost $600+ for the room. I am 2 hrs away from NYC so will enjoy the city for the day and night. It was a good use of my $49 annual fee for the PC Card.

  • Kevin

    How about tips on getting cheap tickets to the game?!?!

  • James

    There have been some spontaneous round trip jet blue flights for 96 dollars.. I would defiantly keep your eyes open on those.

  • Eric

    The only danger is if heavy snow in NJ postpones the game until Monday, that might cause some problems with the flights. What do you do then?

  • James

    They are not postponing the superbowl no matter what.

  • Eric

    They will if there is a heavy snowstorm that Sunday. It would go to Monday….or possibly Tuesday if really really bad.

    Trust me I dont want this…I live in the area and thinking about getting a ticket for it….

  • James

    they may postpone flights because the weather. but there is no chance at all that they are changing the date of the Superbowl.

  • Eric
  • James

    Thanks for the article, but as the video and article said, for the super bowl to moved there would have to be a much bigger storm in nj then yesterdays storm.
    So basically all im saying is that when booking tickets to the superbowl (which I have booked)the game being moved is essentially nothing you have to worry about.

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