If you are planning to attend the Super Bowl event as a Denver or Carolina fan or just a visitor to the Big Games, you must be aware that everything from airfare to hotel bookings and car rentals among others has risen as visitors pour into the Bay Area, according to data released by Orbitz.com
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In fact, Orbitz, a leading travel website with thousands of consumers search for and book a broad range of hotels, flights, car rentals, cruises, vacation packages, and other destination activities revealed that 146% more fans from Denver are flying to the Super Bowl this weekend than fans from Carolina, and to this extent, airfare from Denver rose 113% and from Charlotte 64% after Sunday’s semifinal games, while hotels in the Bay Area rose 112% more.
“The Super Bowl is the kickoff to a big year of sports travel,” said Jeanenne Tornatore, senior editor of Orbitz.com. “Whether paying premium prices for football’s biggest game of the year or celebrating the Olympics in Brazil, the cost of travel is one of sports fans’ biggest considerations in attending these major events.”
Round-trip flights to San Francisco International Airport, Oakland International Airport, and San Jose International Airport at the Bay Area average $335 over the weekend. Travelers who arrived early on Wednesday, Feb. 3 or on Saturday, Feb. 6 will net the cheapest fares, at $294 and $343 respectively, while Thursday, Feb. 4 would be the most expensive, averaging $407.
Hotels in Santa Clara where the Big Game will be played are also filled to capacity and renting for an average $814 per night, but it should be noted that travelers could get cheaper options in neighboring cities. A 209% surge due to the Big Game makes hotels in San Jose average $544 per night, and a 122% increase makes properties in San Francisco spike to an average of $438 per night.
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Visitors needing car rental services in the greater San Francisco area would need to spend an average of $63 per day – a 26% increase week-over-week.