Flying to the Super Bowl can be an expensive endeavour, which is true for flying anywhere these days. Most of it is common sense, but there are a few tips that can help you find the best deals too. It is hard to say how much your ticket will cost, depending on where you are flying from, but you can expect to pay hundreds of dollars on the low end and thousands on the high end, depending on how you play your cards.

It is true that airlines will jack up prices to the Super Bowl location each year as game day gets closer and closer. It is also true that certain airlines will add extra flights just to accommodate the enormous demand to get in the gates of the chosen city/stadium. Everyone is looking for their piece of the Super Bowl pie profit.

How can you dodge outrageous flight fees? Quite simply, plan ahead. Last minute deals are available, sure, but it is also very risky. You are better off buying a ticket sooner rather than later. As early as you can nab that flight, get it. Super bowl venues are listed a few years in advance. If you want the least expensive ticket you can get, think about trying to buy it six to eight months ahead of time. Sure, you will not have a clue who will be in the Super Bowl that year, but at least you will get there in an affordable way – and who knows, you might be able to get the Super Bowl flight ticket which you can transfer off, and resell that bad boy for a big profit – in case you dislike the football teams playing it.

If you just can’t swing that kind of forethought, you should at least know the least expensive days to travel are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday. This is true throughout the year. When you are doing a flight search, look for those days. But beware, airlines will jack up prices on Monday, the day after the Super Bowl knowing people will be trying to get home. If you can stay a few days longer, it might be worth it. A lot of people do not know there are specific times of day that offer cheaper fares too. The first flight of the morning, those that are during or after lunch and those during dinner time can also be less expensive. So, think about early bird departures, noon time and around five, six or seven p.m.

Do not be afraid to shop around. Our recommended flight websites are flight and accommodation comparison sites that will save you time in cost comparisons; the sites do the work for you, and they are flight websites that you can certainly trust for better prices, and secure transactions.

If you are planning on buying your ticket near the time of the Super Bowl game, check the weather report. It is rare for a game to be played in a state that has cold winter temperatures, but if it is, like 2012 Super Bowl 46 game, you do not want to be snowed in.

And finally, consider other modes of transportation like car and train. If you opt to rent a car or use yours, do not forget to calculate the cost of gas and staying overnight somewhere if necessary.