Fares on Emirates, FIFAís "official" airline, are also starting at $2,000 a well from San Francisco, Houston, and Toronto to JoBurg or Cape Town via Dubai.
As with all airplane tickets, do some shopping around. Due to Matchís initial overestimating of visitors and their subsequent releasing of plane seat and hotel room inventory, there are more opportunities to score decent last-minute deals.
The 10 host cities can be hundreds of miles apart, so these transfers may be the most important part of your trip planning if you intend to game-hop. Tour operator packages usually include transfers to and from the various stadiums on game day, but usually means those ticket holders must stay in a single city.
But those not booking a package can fly discount carriers such as 1time, Mango Airlines and SA Express, to travel between host cities like Durban and Johannesburg. For example, itís a 17-hour drive from Cape Town to JoBurg, but only a two-hour, $65 flight via discount carriers 1time and Mango Airlines.
SA Express has also committed to offering 24-hour domestic operation on certain days during the tournament so no one gets stranded. And as of now there are still seats available.
On match days, free shuttle buses for ticket holders will run from major city's main bus terminals to the stadium. Airport-to-city service will also run 24/7 during the tournament.
· 8 FIFA Stadiums and Their Big Games [Jaunted]
· 2010 World Cup Travel Guide: Inside Moses Mabhida Stadium [Jaunted]
· 2010 World Cup Travel Guide: How to Get Last-Minute Tickets[Jaunted]
[Photo: Chanize]Disclosure: Chanize Thorpe was hosted by South Africa Tourism on a recent assignment.