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How to travel on a budget to the 2014 Super Bowl

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With less than 50 days to go until the big game, thousands of fans are preparing to make their plans to witness the top two football teams in the league play for the first time in the New York/New Jersey area. After Sunday's tromping of the NY Giants with a score of 23-0 at MetLife Stadium, the Seattle Seahawks are poised to move forward toward Super Bowl 2014. Of course, the 12th Man will be eagerly attending so travel from Seattle to New York will be a hot-and-heavy topic.

Last year, the Super Bowl in New Orleans cost fans anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 each for flights, hotel stay, food and football fan gear. For those fanatics looking to score the best prices for travel this year, travel expert, Mark Drusch of leading online travel agency CheapOair, has come up with easy-to-follow tips on how you can score for the big game by saving a few dollars in your own pocket.

1. If you plan on going, regardless of which teams are in the game, start looking to book your flights now. Airfare prices will only go up as we get closer to the game.

2. As soon as the two teams are announced, for those fans who are coming from one of the two teams’ cities, they should start looking to book their travel plans as soon as possible. The airlines will quickly adjust their inventory to reflect the increased demand.

3. Fans should also check all of the airfares from New York airports, in particular LaGuardia, Newark and JFK. Another option would be ISP (Long Island Mac Arthur Airport), but I would only book there if you get a great deal, since you would need to factor in the cost of the car rental and the time it would take to get to the game. Fans can also look into staying in areas in New Jersey (for example Trenton), as the drive from Trenton to the Meadowlands is not unreasonable.

4. In regards to your travel plans for going home, returning on Monday will be the most expensive since it is when most Super Bowl travelers will want to leave. This factor is also combined with the usual high demand for business travelers who are flying. If you can afford it, and the extra cost of the hotel for one more day makes sense for your travel plans, I would recommend returning home on Tuesday.

5. Sign up for fare alerts, download mobile apps, and also utilize social media pages. Most consumers may not want to be receiving another email, but fare alerts instantly let you know when a price for a certain flight has changed. On social media, a lot of companies post last minute “fire sales” where prices can be slashed up to 50%. CheapOair does this via their Facebook, Twitter and email newsletters. Also, for those looking for deals on a budget can sign up for blog deals or Members only Deals with CheapOair as well.

No matter whether you intend to travel to the 2014 Super Bowl or stay home and party with friends and family, planning for that BIG day should start now and carry right on through until it happens.

Comments and advice from Mark Drusch, CheapOair, courtesy of 5W Public Relations.

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