Headed to the Big Game? Check Out These Last Minute Travel Tips Tom Spagnola January 15, 2015 Air Travel, Travel Tips, Trending Stories The Big Game is almost here! I am excited, you should be too! Think traveling to Arizona to experience the greats on the gridiron is out of the question? Most certainly not! Here are some last minute travel tips on how you can get to the host city (or close enough to rent a car and drive down to Glendale) to witness football fever for yourself! Book Instantly via an App: Download a mobile travel app, like the CheapOair mobile app, and search and book every aspect of your travel instantly during the fourth quarter. CheapOair users can search 450 airlines by price, stops, departure/arrival time, as well as hotels by price, popularity and star ratings. Book Outside of the Host City: Flights: Begin searching for flights as soon as you know you are going to the game. Consider looking for secondary airports or airports about 30-50 miles away from host city, this will likely get you the best flight deals at the last minute. Lodging: Most of the major hotels within 15 miles of the city are typically booked a year in advance for teams, media and big game entertainment. For last minute close to the game, search for hotels about 20-30 miles outside of the host city, this will increase your chance of securing a room nearby at an affordable price. Rental Cars: Like flights and lodging, search for car rentals outside of the host city for a better price and/or access to a rental car at all. Be Flexible: In order to save the most, especially at the last minute, be flexible with your travel dates, book alternative dates/airports if cheaper fares are found. Compare Prices: Always utilize comparative websites, like CheapOair, to compare over airline prices. Many online travel agencies, like CheapOair, allows you to mix and match fares to find the best deal. Leverage Travel Points: Utilize loyalty programs and point systems to potentially get free hotel nights. Many loyalty programs have eliminated blackout dates for points redemption so travelers can cash in their points during big events or holidays. Book with Tour Companies: To avoid searching and booking each aspect of your travel, consider booking a package for the Big Game with a tour company. Some tour companies will package the whole experience from air, flight, hotel and game tickets, at a set price. Are you traveling for the Big Game?