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The Cheapest Flights to the Super Bowl for Colts and Saints Fans

January 25, 2010 at 8:25 AM | by | ()

In case you were watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians and missed the excitement, let us fill you in. The New Orleans Saints earned a trip to the Super Bowl and the Indianapolis Colts did the same earlier in the day. If these are your teams, or if you just love the NFL, it’s time to decipher the account number off that credit card you cut up and book flights to South Florida. Here’s some of the options we found as of this morning, but they’re only going to go up, so get booking—you can always cancel later.

Right now Frontier Airlines is going to be the best bet for Indianapolis Colts fans. Those looking to see Peyton and company try for another title can leave from Indianapolis on Friday, February 8 and return from Ft. Lauderdale on Monday, February 8. This fare is going for about $400 inclusive of taxes on Orbitz and there’s one connection in Denver.

The schedule is a little more flexible with times for those that choose American Airlines. It’s $499 round-trip, and this would be our choice due to a little bit of flexibility in the arrival and departure times. Flights head into Miami’s airport, and require a stop in either St. Louis or Chicago. Unfortunately, there aren’t any non-stop options out of the Colts’ home, so ensure you have some layover entertainment.

Things are a little pricier if you’re trying to depart The Big Easy. The best airfare is heading out on February 5 and coming back on February 8, and there are several options in the $600-$650 range. US Airways is handing these flights with one connection, but they are to the airport in West Palm Beach. It’s like an hour ride to where the game will take place, but we don’t think that’s a deal breaker. There’s a few different times to best meet your schedule.

If you need a non-stop flight there are still options, but you need to be rich or crazy. American Airlines has a non-stop flight from New Orleans to Miami for the incredible price of $1137 round-trip. This will get you to Miami first thing in the morning—like 9:00am—on the Friday before the game to start the weekend. You’ll have a choice of three different departure times to head back on Monday.

If there’s little to no cash left in the emergency travel fund, there’s always a road trip. This year’s game is only about 850 miles away from New Orleans—like a 13-hour ride. Indy fans really need to consider flying, because they’re almost 1,200 miles away from the game—probably about 18 hours behind the wheel.

The train is an option as well, but we wouldn’t recommend it. Just one itinerary we priced this morning would set you back about $350 out of Indianapolis; however, you’re looking at almost 24 hours of travel to get to Florida and about 18 hours to return—no thanks. Amtrak options from New Orleans were worse because passengers need to change trains in Washington, DC or Chicago—not really on the way.

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· Where Saints and Colts Fans Can Find Last-Minute Super Bowl Hotel Rooms [HotelChatter]
· The Top Five Most Outlandish NFL Playoff Packages [Jaunted]
· Super Bowl Travel coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo of Sun Life Stadium: Wikimedia]

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