Super Bowl 2022

Travel Tips for Super Bowl lovers heading to Los Angeles

(This is a barely special model of a story we wrote for NBC News online)

Football’s large day is arising. The Los Angeles Rams are set to play the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl 2022 on Sunday, February 13 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA, less than 4 miles from Los Angeles International Airport.

If this is the yr you are decided to be inside the stands on game day – or at the least on the town for the festivities – here are some hints on the way to get there, book a motel, and get a price tag to the game.

Spoiler alert: It gained’t be reasonably-priced.

Flying in for the Big Game

Local Rams fans can pass the plane ticket search because this 12 months’s Super Bowl is being performed inside the group’s home stadium. But Cincinnati Bengals lovers and others hoping to fly in for the sport have a brief window to look for and lock in final-minute flight deals. 

The good information is that further to the bustling Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) there are more than one industrial airports within the vicinity. So, sports activities fans who don’t find a top fare into LAX can enlarge their search to close by, smaller airports inclusive of Long Beach (LGB), Burbank (BUR), Ontario (ONT), and others to compare fares. Plus, a few airlines, including United, American, and Delta have added more flights to assist Cincinnati citizens make their manner to LA.

With the sport only some days away, there are still flights to be had, says Scott Keyes, founding father of Scott’s Cheap Flights, “But it’s getting more hard to get them cheap.”

In addition to increasing the pool of cities (at both ends) when the use of serps to locate fares, Keyes says vacationers have to hold in thoughts that Southwest Airlines flights most effective seem at the Southwest site. Fans may also be able to locate higher-priced flights through increasing their travel dates past the weekend. “Consider making it a week-lengthy vacation,” says Keyes. “Because fares will clearly drop with the aid of 1/2 the following weekend.”

Daily rental vehicle rates, and the parking costs at hotels and on the stadium may be quite hefty, so Keyes also shows checking car apartment charges on Turo, an Airbnb-kind service for apartment motors, or counting on rides hailing services inclusive of Uber and Lyft to get round.  

Wing in on a non-public jet

If you may’t discover a top fare for a industrial flight or don’t want to address the trouble, another option to consider is flying in for the big recreation on a personal jet.

In part, because the Rams are the home team and the Bengals are a small market team, the range of personal jets heading to the game is expected to be beneath the file-ranges set in 2014, when the Super Bowl was played in New York/New Jersey, and in 2020 whilst Miami hosted the huge game, says Doug Gollan Editor-in-Chief of Private Jet Card Comparisons.

But there are nonetheless plenty of personal jets heading to the Los Angeles place for the sport this yr and plenty of seats for the ones inclined to pay the fee and receive surcharges which could range up to one hundred%.

“From Cincinnati to Los Angeles and again on a jet that seats 8 passengers, I could assume the fare to be round $100,000,” says Gollan, “Although typically you may possibly get that flight from around $70,000 roundtrip.”

While there are lots of upsides to flying to and from the sport on a non-public jet, Gollan notes that with one-off charters there will be some downsides. “If your issuer cancels your flight, they received’t just rebook you on the following flight, as commercial airlines do,” he says. “They will requote the journey pricing primarily based on the new plane they’ve sourced as a alternative, and you may either pay the brand new – higher cost or get a refund.”

And that might not be ideal for those who have game tickets and nonrefundable hotel and limo reservations.

In the airports

For those flying to the big recreation, the parties will start at the airports with pop-up souvenir stands and fan activities in the terminals.

To send Bengals fanatics off, Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport has a giant “WHO DEY” balloon sculpture and signage and could be handing out CVG bag tags and CVG/Bengals rally towels.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has hard-to-omit Super Bowl signage and a terrific-natured bet with CVG airport in which the CEO of the losing crew’s airport will must wear the triumphing group’s QB jersey for the day.

LAX additionally has a detailed tour “game plan” published for vacationers with facts on the entirety from getting across the airport and in the metropolis to pointers for negotiating the busy instances at the airport after the sport.

For the beyond year or so, LAX, and other nearby airports have been working with National Football League (NFL), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), amongst others to protection and security for tourists heading to and from the sport, especially in the course of the busy submit-sport “break out” on Monday, February 14.

“Our passenger projections show that the number of tourists departing airports within the LA vicinity may be much like what we robotically see on a hectic vacation weekend,” stated Lorie Dankers, a TSA spokeswoman.  She said in addition to some unseen precautions in an effort to be in area, vacationers could be capable of spot a number of the greater than 30 TSA explosive detection canine and handlers running on the airport and other Super Bowl venues in the LA region.

Dankers says TSA’s key message to Super Bowl vacationers is to arrive on the airport early and arrive organized. That includes packing sport souvenirs with good sized financial or sentimental value in deliver-on luggage at the side of any Super Bowl souvenir applications.

Hotel Room and Home Rentals  

Average each day fees for accommodations within the Los Angeles location have already surged to $445 a night time, so you haven’t booked your Super Bowl accommodations but, be prepared to shell out a few large dough and conform to a minimum length of stay.

“It’s the Super Bowl, so inflation is anticipated,” says Melissa Dohmen at Hotels.com, who notes that inns in some top LA-are neighborhoods, inclusive of LAX, downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica are presently charging as much as $1,500/night. Rates in South LA, East LA, Long Beach, and the LA Valley are trending lower, at about $150 to $300 in step with night.

For the ones trying to lease a holiday apartment, Vrbo reports a surge in prices to a mean $620/night. A search of Airbnb rentals in Inglewood, CA over Super Bowl weekend again services for a median of $931/night time.  

If you’re still searching out lodging, don’t give up.

“It’s virtually really worth checking back in the direction of the game in case cancellations appear says Gaby Flores, Director of Sales & Marketing at Hilton Santa Monica. “Some lodges will obtain cancellations near the game. And maximum rates will drop down for last-minute arrivals, if they may be now not in a offered-out scenario, to try to select up the ones remaining-minute bookers.”

Need a price ticket?

As of Tuesday, Super Bowl tickets have been being supplied for among $4400 and $22,000 apiece on websites consisting of StubHub, Ticketmaster, and Gametime.

Of direction, it’s additionally possible to head to the LA vicinity with out a price ticket to the large recreation and now have amusing. Fans events and watching events may be taking location everywhere in the area. And tickets to the Super Bowl Experience, an interactive soccer subject park at the LA Convention Center are $forty, however unfastened for enthusiasts who get their 1st, second, or booster COVID-19 vaccine at the center at some point of the occasion.