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jan 24 2012

Good Luck Scoring a Cheap Flight for the Superbowl

Diehard football fans should be wary of flying in for Superbowl weekend with prices like these. (Courtesy cnewtoncom/Flickr)

With the NFC and AFC Championship games ending Sunday night, and the news that the New York Giants will soon be facing a long–awaited re–match with the New England Patriots in the Superbowl on Sunday, February 5th, airline prices from all over the country to Indianapolis have soared to over $1,000 in most cases.

The following sample prices were found on Kayak.com and may change at any time. Travel dates are Friday, February 3rd to Monday, February 6th.

Airfares from New England are fierce—from Boston to Indianapolis, flights range from $939 to $1,133 for nonstop flights via US Airways, or jump to around $1,169 for one–stop flights with multiple airlines. Flights from Hartford, Conn., are even worse, so don't even think about trying to skirt major airports to score a better deal. Unless you're interested in spending $1,252 for a one–stop flight on Delta Airlines.

Giants fans hoping to fly in for the big game will face steep airfares starting from $1,058 out of LaGuardia via US Airways, $1,182 from Newark on Delta Airlines or $1,153 out of JFK on United Airlines. Prices from Philadelphia start to dip a bit, but still end up being between $793 on AirTran and $1,132 on US Airways. Flights from Baltimore start at $788 on AirTran, while airfares from Washington D.C.'s Dulles International and Reagan–National will cost you roughly $922—also on AirTran—to start.

Even football fans hoping to fly in from the west coast will face ridiculously high prices. Airfares range from $1,307 to $1,461 on US Airways out of San Francisco, while it'll cost you roughly $1,171 on Delta Airlines to fly from Los Angeles.

Unbelievably, flights from southern cities like Orlando start from $1,404 and go all the way up to $2,114 (multiple airlines), while folks flying out of Miami will have to pay upwards of $1074 (Delta Airlines).

The best deal so far seems to be flying out of Atlanta, with airfares hovering around the $800 to $900 mark. For now.

With all the regional budget bus options throughout this part of the country, I'm starting to think that might be a more financially sound idea. Either that or maybe it's time for a good old fashioned road trip.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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