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5 tips for saving on Super Bowl flights from Seattle and Denver

by on Mon January 20, 2014 • 1 Comment

Flights to the Super Bowl


If you’re among the lucky Seahawks or Broncos fans who can get a ticket to the Super Bowl at Met Life Stadium there is more good news: this may be one of the more affordable Super Bowls in recent memory when it comes to airfare. That’s because New York has three major airports serving it and lots of competition. But airfare will go up as more fans get tickets so you should act now to lock in good fares.

Seattle fans are already having to pay more – over $600 for some dates, and over $1,000 for nonstop flights. But Denver fans are in luck with many fares less than $400 if you’re willing to do a quick layover along the way.

We reviewed airfare and mile award ticket options for both Seattle and Denver as of Monday morning, January 20. Airfare was pulled via and, while award options were searched on each airline’s website, specifying flights with at least 2 seats available.

Seattle – New York

Lowest Airfare (dollars), Award price (miles / points)

Fri - Mon$65750,00060,00075,00037,860N/A
Fri - Tue$45137,50060,00050,00033,540N/A
Sat - Mon$65750,00060,00075,00037,860N/A
Sat - Tue$46437,50060,00050,00030,96045,000

Denver – New York

Airfare (dollars), Award price (miles / points)

Fri - Mon$36425,00060,00025,00030,120N/A
Fri - Tue$26525,00060,00025,00013,500N/A
Sat - Mon$35725,00060,00025,00028,380N/A
Sat - Tue$23925,00060,00025,00011,760N/A

Here are some money-saving tips for flying to the game…

1. Start your search with the right code

Screen Shot 2014-01-20 at 12.09.56 PMWhen searching on sites like use the ‘NYC’ airport code as your destination. That code tells the sites to  search all three major New York area airports, which will give you the most low fare options. New York has lots of public transportation so getting to your hotel from any of the three airports will be viable.

2. Don’t forget to check Southwest

Also make sure you check Southwest’s flights only display on so you’ll miss them if you use other sites. Some days Southwest has the lowest fare, others it doesn’t, so it’s worth checking.

3. Use one-way searches to your advantage

When using unfortunately there is no shortcut to search ‘NYC’ as an airport. You should search its two New York area airports separately: LGA for LaGuardia, and EWR for Newark. And do your search as one-ways. There is no penalty for one-way tickets on Southwest, and it may be cheaper to fly into LaGuardia for example, and fly back from Newark. 

4. Book a no cancellation fee ticket

Southwest charges no cancellation fees, so why not just buy a ticket now and lock in the low prices? You can always use the value later for another trip.

5. Miles can save you money

Check your frequent flier accounts – they can help if you’re short on cash after buying those expensive tickets to the game. If you have Southwest points this is a great time to use them – they have the lowest mileage prices to the game of any airline. American is also decent with availability at good mileage prices, while Delta is only making seats available at its highest mileage price.

Hometown airlines aren’t faring well with miles though. From Seattle, Alaska’s own flights are sold out on some days, while in Denver Frontier is not making any award seats available for getting to the game.

These flights may only get more expensive, so it’s a good time to lock in a mileage award while you can.

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