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It’s a tough call for sports fans: do you buy plane tickets to Dallas before your team wins its Conference Championship Game, knowing there’s a chance they might not even make the Super Bowl, or do you wait until they’ve clinched a spot and pay hundreds of dollars more. The Wall Street Journal has a look at the price differences. Before Pittsburgh won the AFC Championship, Steelers fans could have booked a round trip flight to Dallas from Pittsburgh for $1,014, but once the Steelers locked up their spot in Super Bowl XLV, the price immediately jumped to $1,435. Green Bay fans experienced the same problem; flights on the 18th from Milwaukee would have cost $565, but they were up to $950 on January 23rd.
This week the price has dropped a bit because many airlines have added a few extra flights to Dallas, but they’re still hundreds of dollars more than they were before the Conference Championships.
The Super Bowl is an expensive trip to begin with, so it’s hard to suggest that fans who would only go if their team made it should buy tickets before that’s a sure thing. However, if they’re already shelling out thousands of dollars for Super Bowl tickets, it has to be awfully frustrating to see jacked up airline prices as an added expense.
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