Cheer SF, as travel to Green Bay is costly
If the Seahawks beat Atlanta this weekend, die-hard fans planning to travel to the next matchup will find it easier and less expensive to travel to San Francisco than to Green Bay.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Budget-conscious fans looking to travel to the NFC conference championship game a week from Sunday should hope San Francisco wins this weekend. It will cost them less.
Sure, the opportunity to watch the Seahawks prove they can beat the Packers even without replacement referees is tempting. But it will be far easier to make plans to see the team give the 49ers another beating.
Seattle travel agent Marti Anderson advised against making travel arrangements until after Sunday's 49ers-Packers matchup, when fans will learn exactly where (and if) the Seahawks will be playing.
Most airline tickets are not refundable, although Southwest has some flights that are and Alaska Airlines will issue a credit after assessing a $75 change fee for a canceled flight. Travelers should be aware that airline ticket prices are likely to jump as planes fill up, Anderson said.
When checking on Friday, a round-trip ticket to Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wis., cost between $650 and $800. Travelers should be concerned about weather delays as all flights from Seattle to Wisconsin have layovers, she said.
Seahawks fans could also fly into Chicago O'Hare International Airport and drive to Green Bay, which would take about 3 ½ hours.
"My biggest advice is allowing themselves plenty of time to make a connection, and don't cut it short," Anderson said, "because if the weather is an issue, and a flight is delayed, you're out of luck, you missed the game."
There are more — and less expensive — ways to reach San Francisco.
Fans can fly, drive or take a bus or train. Round-trip airline tickets to San Francisco or San Jose run about $375 to $500, but beware: A fully refundable/changeable ticket can cost up to $2,000. Airfares to Oakland appear more expensive. A one-way train or bus ticket will cost about $150, and it will take almost 24 hours to get there. Driving, meanwhile, takes about 13 hours if none of the mountainous stretches of Interstate 5 in Oregon are closed. You can check here: bit.ly/WZ3sWU.
The bad news is tickets to the 49ers game run about $250 or higher on stubhub.com, while tickets to the Packers game are $41 and higher. Tickets are not yet available through the official NFL box office or ticket exchange, but they are likely to be hard to come by, especially at Green Bay's Lambeau Field where locals them up quickly. Be sure to buy tickets before you leave.
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