Traveling for the Final Four? How to save money on a March Madness trip
By Aimee Heckel
Feeling mad? If you’re planning a trip to Atlanta for the men’s 2013 Final Four or New Orleans for the women’s basketball championship, here is your guide for making the most of your trip.
Get informed. Learn the ins and outs of the game on the official NCAA website. Here, you can purchase tickets to the games. Several of the packages to the Final Four April 6-8 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta are already sold out, so act fast.
Book an event package. Here are some options you can choose from:
- The Deluxe Package, starting at $1,995, includes four nights at the Ellis Hotel, upper-level behind-the-basket tickets to the semi-finals and national champs, a cocktail party, reception, souvenir, travel assistance and more. Upgrades are available, too.
- Benchwarmer Sports also offers Final Four packages. The Value Package starts at $1,195 — a pretty good deal because it includes three nights accommodations, tickets, breakfast and more.
- Roadtrips.com also offers Final Four packages — custom packages starting at $1,695. What makes this different? You can pick your seats in any location for the semifinals and finals, and you will stay within walking distance of the dome, so no need to rent a car.
Note: Piecing a package together yourself in Atlanta during this time period may be challenging, because many of the hotels are booked out. For example, the Ellis Hotel has no rooms available independently during the games.
To save money, just buy tickets to the game and look for a cheaper place to say, such as a vacation rental by owner through VRBO.com. Tickets to the Final Four are not cheap, however; they start at $585 for row 30 on the NCAA website.
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