Reporting Doug Sovern
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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— So what happens if you’re a San Francisco 49ers Faithful and you want to go to the Super Bowl? The 49ers sold out of their small allotment of Super Bowl tickets on Tuesday to a lucky handful of season ticket holders and have no seats to sell to the public. That means any Niner fans who want to go to the game must fight online for a dwindling supply of seats, hotel rooms and airplane tickets.
You can go to New Orleans, but expect to spend a lot of money. The franchise is partnering with a travel company called Prime Sport to sell packages, ranging from $2,500 for a ticket to the game to over $5,000 a ticket, three nights in a hotel and a charter flight from Oakland.
If you don’t cough up big bucks for a package, hotel rooms are scarce. We checked with Sherry at The Royal Sonesta on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. She said they’re actually experiencing a buyout.
“We’ve been booked up for months now.” She said every hotel in New Orleans is sold out, and online resellers are offering rooms up to $12,000 a night and advised checking out some of the hotels along the Gulf Coast.
Southwest Airlines is adding two special nonstops from San Francisco International Airport to the Big Easy. Southwest Spokeswoman Michelle Agnew said they have seven regularly scheduled flights every day from Oakland, but those are almost sold out too.
“At this point we don’t anticipate adding any other extra flights,” Agnew said.
The bottom line seems to be; if you must go, you should do a lot of online research and have a high limit on your credit card.
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