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2010 World Cup Travel Guide: How to Get Last-Minute Tickets

June 3, 2010 at 1:20 PM | by | ()

All this week, we'll be giving you the low-down on the many venues of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This five-part guide is designed to inform and ease the logistics of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see all the action, should you decide to get on the ball and go for it! Next up, how to get tickets to the games!

Kick-off is less than two weeks away, and despite early reports of sold-out games, FIFA says that there are seats still available for choice games.

How is this so? Air/land/ticket packages through Match Event Services, FIFAís exclusive agent and their approved tour operators, were criticized for holding a mass of both plane and match seats, then releasing them after their packages werenít quickly snapped up by fans. This means there are now tickets available for games previously said to be sold-out.

Three U.S. companies are also selling packages. They are Destination Southern Africa, Great Atlantic Travel and Cartan Tours, which is advertising a five-night $799 hotel/ticket package on its site.

You donít have to buy a package though. Upon landing in South Africa, match tickets can be purchased at the FIFA Ticket Terminals inside the airport arrivals section at JoBurgís O.R. Tambo, Cape Town and Durbanís King Shaka International.

There are also FIFA ticketing centers stationed around the host cities. A max of four tickets per person will be sold for individual games (starting at $80 each), for up to seven of the 64 matches. Or, one can buy up to four Team Specific Ticket series (TST) starting at $265 each.

For TST tix, a fan follows their chosen team, and depending on play, will see between three and seven matches. If your team is eliminated and your TST Series still has rounds left, your ticket strip is valid to follow the progressing team. Tickets are sold in categories 1-3 with Category 4 seats behind the goal said to be only available for SA residents.

A Note About Scalping
Word on the street is that ticket scalping will be near impossible as legit tickets must be purchased with ID and purchaserís name will be on them, making transfers difficult. Also, under South Africaís Department of Trade and Industry, itíll be considered a criminal offenseto sell non-FIFA approved tickets.

The "Ticket Transfer Policy" on FIFAís website is a laundry list of rules meant to deter anyone thinking about selling up. Ironically, posts appear on that same website with people offering their tickets for one reason or another, so there may be a way around the uber-strict rules.

Related Stories:
· 8 FIFA Stadiums and Their Big Games [Jaunted]
· 2010 World Cup Travel Guide: Inside Moses Mabhida Stadium [Jaunted]
· 2010 World Cup coverage[Jaunted]

[Photo: David DiGregorio]

Disclosure: Chanize Thorpe was hosted by South Africa Tourism on a recent assignment.

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