Despite cold weather concerns, the NYC area is shaping up to be one of the most fan-friendly cities for travelers to the big game over other years. Travel patterns in and around the NY/NJ area offer key insights for fans who are preparing for the biggest football event of the year.
New booking data frompriceline.com reveals travel trends and deals in advance of the big game and uncovers how The Big Apple "fares" against previous host cities. Key highlights include:
Fan Friendly Fares -With 187% more hotel rooms than New Orleans and 576% more rooms than Indianapolis (the sites of the 2013 and 2012 games, respectively), the greater New York area has a lot more options for fans! Average daily room rates are comparable with other major cities ($355 average rate across star levels in NYC and $233 in the NJ area), but on a percentage increase basis, New York and New Jersey are offering more reasonably priced Big Game accommodations than many expected. Overall, hotel rate increases in New York and New Jersey for the big weekend (93% and 56%, respectively) are far less than in New Orleans in 2013 (143% increase) and Indianapolis in 2012 (255% increase). While the least expensive rooms are on the Jersey side, fans looking for more than just a room - theatres, restaurants, designer shopping - should stay in Manhattan.
Up in the Air - Flights are still available for the Big Game, but travelers can expect to spend about 20% more on airfare to the NYC area - a bargain compared to the increases seen during the New Orleans and Indianapolis games (59% and 166% increases, respectively).
Local Refugees -Not everyone's sticking around for the Big Game! Hotel bookings are up 100% in Atlantic City, 30% in Boston, 38% in Washington, DC, and 35% in Baltimore from this time last year.
There's Still Time to Book - Hotels are still available through priceline.com's "Express Deals," where travelers can save up to 40% off rack rates. And, rental cars can be booked for as low as $15/day. For travelers looking for the best last-minute deal, priceline.com's "Tonight Only" mobile app offers exclusive deep discounts and fliers who choose to "Name Your Own Price" 7-days or less from their departure can save up to 50%.