How do I find Super Bowl travel deals?
I don’t have tickets to the game, but I want to go to Dallas during the Super Bowl and watch it from there. Any tricks to finding a good deal? Also, any recommendations on where to stay? I don’t know Dallas very well, and I see there are a lot of hotels in surrounding areas.
You came to the right place! I’m a Dallas native and can give you some local tips on where to stay, but first, I want to set your expectations in terms of deals. The cost to travel to a big event such as the Super Bowl is going to be set at a premium. A Travelocity data report shows average airfare to Dallas for Super Bowl weekend is $326 for a roundtrip ticket; hotel rates average $188 per night; and car rental rates average $226 for the weekend. These are higher than typical averages for the Dallas area, so keep those Super Bowl price points in mind as you search for your travel deal.
There are a few things you should know when you book for a big event like this:
1. Booking your flight and hotel together saves up to $525 per booking.
2. Most hotels require a 4-night minimum stay and are not allowing changes or cancellations.
3. You’ll need to be flexible to save some money, especially when booking a flight. Try the +/- 1 to 3 days option on Travelocity to determine the cheapest days to travel.
Dallas/Fort Worth is a sprawling metroplex, so I should also mention that you should plan on driving a lot while you’re there. A rental car is definitely a must! The stadium is actually in Arlington, Texas, which is about a 30-minute drive from Downtown Dallas and centrally located in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Arlington has plenty of hotels, restaurants, bars and shopping, so it’s a good option for travelers. Of course, the traffic will be horrendous!
If you don’t feel the need to be right in the middle of the action, I’d suggest checking out your options in Dallas proper, Fort Worth, Las Colinas or Grapevine. I love Downtown Fort Worth; the area is hopping, and there are solid lodging options. In Dallas, I suggest staying in Uptown or Downtown to be within walking distance to tons of bars and restaurants; Grapevine is also a good spot if you want to be in the middle of both Dallas and Fort Worth.
Here are a few hotel recommendations:
- Hyatt Regency DFW for $293 per night. Book hotel.
- NYLO Dallas Las Colinas for $361 per night. Book hotel.
- Holiday Inn Express in Denton for $138 per night. Book hotel.
- Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine for $528 per night. Book hotel.
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My name: Jennifer Gaines, but my friends call me Gaines, Jenni-Dallas or just plain Jenn.
(Find me on Twitter @jenngaines)
Travel ambitions: It's my mission to visit each of the New 7 Wonders and to step foot on every continent before my next milestone birthday.
Greatest travel lesson learned: Find the local hangouts to experience the real, true culture of a place. During a trip to Europe, my friends and I spent several days with a French family in the small town of Vichy. We had a private party in their family-run creperie, feasting on cheese-stuffed crepes and sampling wine that we picked up in the Bordeaux region a few days earlier. Their English wasn’t much better than my French, which is limited to a few well-known phrases from Moulin Rouge and the question: Parlez-vous anglais? (I'm proud to say that I can spout this question off in several different languages, and luckily most Europeans do indeed speak English!) After a few bottles of wine, the language barrier was hardly noticeable (slurring actually sounds the same in French!), and we managed to swap stories about life in other places. What a slice of local flavor!
My most beloved place in the whole world is: My grandparents place in Texas. It’s a 10-acre oasis in between two sprawling cities: Dallas and Fort Worth. A creek runs through their enormous backyard, where Granddad built a deck over the water. The entire place is shrouded with all types of trees (mainly pecan), blocking the Texas sun in the summer. Dusk is the best time to sit on the deck, drink a glass of ice tea and watch baby raccoons from the spring litter surround their back porch as Gram feeds them bread (no lie!). There will be dozens of raccoons eating on any given night. In the fall, my family gathers in the courtyard in front of their house for an annual “weenie roast.” Granddad lights the bonfire, and we roast dogs and s'mores. Yes, y’all, we’re from Texas!
Favorite way to get around: Well, I’m not much of a driver. I get lost easily and my tires have never come across a curb they didn’t want to get to know a little better. But, I do enjoy cruising around and listening to music. That said, I much rather explore a place by foot (with my iPod in tow) for a more intimate encounter.
View that took my breath away: Coming from Texas (where the view is wide but there’s not much to see), scenes from my new home of San Francisco never fail to amaze me. The city is a pedestrian’s dream, but don’t forget to turn around and look behind you as you meander through its neighborhoods. You won’t realize it, but you’ll be at the tip-top of a hill and the ocean will suddenly seem to be at eye level. Take a drive through the Presidio and over the Golden Gate Bridge where even more stunning views await!