Airfare to Super Bowl up 20% - for now

10:01 PM, Jan 14, 2014   |    comments
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KUSA - If you're planning on flying to the New York area for the Super Bowl, expect to pay a 20 percent airfare premium.

That's relatively a bargain, compared to the 59 percent increase in flights to New Orleans last year, and the 166 percent increases to Indianapolis the year before that.

"You can still get [round trip] flights out of Denver for $250 to $350," Expedia travel expert Sarah Gavin said. "If you want to have a shorter condensed trip, let's say you just want to fly in Saturday and fly back out Sunday night, you're going to pay about $350 to $400."

"I would say we would probably expect to see that figure increase as we get closer to game time," Priceline's Vice President of Communications said. "So you know up 20 percent now; it's still a steep hike. But it's probably going to go up more."

If Broncos fans book a flight out of Denver International Airport now and the unspeakable happens on Sunday, you will likely face a fee if you cancel your flight. That can average around $150.

Though you'll also end up with a flight credit, which can be used to fly off to a beach somewhere and have a margarita to drown your sorrows.

How confident are Broncos fans?

Expedia's been tracking flight searches to measure how confident fans are their team will make it to the Super Bowl.

They've seen the most searches from Seattle, followed by San Francisco, then Denver.

Boston brings up the rear, but a lot of Patriots fans would just drive to the Super Bowl instead of fly.

That said, Expedia says Denver's searches for flights doubled after the Broncos' Sunday win.

Across the internet at Priceline, they say since Sunday the most eager flight searches are coming from San Francisco, by a slim margin, then Denver, Seattle and Boston.

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