How to see the Super Bowl with points and miles

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The Super Bowl is one of the biggest sporting events every year. While most Americans watch the big game with family or friends, some dedicated football fans attend in person. Super Bowl LVI will be held on February 13, 2022 at Sophie Stadium in Los Angeles. If you’re planning to be there in person, here’s how to travel to Super Bowl LVI on a budget.

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There are several airport options to choose from when traveling to Southern California. Unfortunately, few airports are further away from Sophie Stadium in Inglewood, California. But, they can be worthwhile options depending on routing, pricing, and rewards availability.

Airports serving the Los Angeles area include:

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LAX usually Have the most flight options Since it is the largest airport in the region. However, says Bethany Walsh, a travel rewards specialist at BougieMiles.com, “Small airports can offer competitive pricing and routes, depending on where you’re traveling from. They’re also at the airport.” Less congestion, which can reduce flight stress.”

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Flying to LAX with Points and Miles

You can fly almost any domestic airline at LAX. Southwest Airlines, LUV,
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United Airlines, UAL,
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Delta Air Lines DAL,
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American Airlines AAL,
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and Alaska Airlines ALK,
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significant presence.

There are nonstop flights to LAX from 28 cities as far east as Nashville in the southwest. The price of flights varies by day and route. For example, you can book round-trip flights from Phoenix to Los Angeles for Super Bowl weekend, except on Friday, February 11, and returning on Monday, February 14.

If Delta is your airline of choice, you may be better off converting Super Bowl weekend to Super Bowl week. In our search, the cheapest dates to fly from Atlanta to Los Angeles with SkyMiles were Wednesday, February 9, through the following Wednesday, February 16.

Meanwhile, round-trip from Boston to Los Angeles could probably run you at least 30,000 miles on United for travel from Friday to Monday.

Flying to Long Beach Airport with Points and Miles

Since Long Beach is the next closest regional airport, this is another viable option. You can fly to LGB nonstop from 16 destinations on four airlines:

Three of these nonstop destinations – Honolulu, Maui and Phoenix – are serviced by more than one airline.

Travelers have the most options in the Southwest; Its nonstop flights for LGB go from California cities like San Jose, Oakland and Sacramento to destinations east like Chicago, St. Louis and Houston.

Southwest flight costs vary depending on travel dates and your departure city. For example, you can find flights from Chicago-Midway to LGB on Thursday, February 10, starting at points 3,458 only, and return flights on Tuesday, February 15, starting at points 2,686. Travelers with flexible schedules can find the cheapest flights with Southwest Low Fare Calendar.

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American Airlines operates several hubs around the country and offers two of them flights that fly directly to Long Beach: Dallas-Fort Worth and Phoenix.

From Dallas-Fort Worth, you can fly to Long Beach for 14,000 AAdvantage miles round-trip. That’s 7,500 miles on February 10th and 6,500 miles on February 15th – and these prices are available on multiple dates.

Hotels on Point for Super Bowl LVI

it can be challenging book hotel rooms with points During Super Bowl weekend in several cities. However, because Los Angeles is such a large city with many hotels, you can find availability for almost any loyalty program. Still, you may have to stay further away depending on the hotel brand.

Marriott Hotel within 5 miles of the stadium

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Lists 172 hotels when searching for Inglewood; However, if you want to stay closer to the stadium then the options are reduced considerably. Marriott has 20 properties within a 5-mile radius of the stadium. Unfortunately, only one has rooms available if you want to use Marriott Bonvoy Points for your stay: Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles International Airport.

The hotel is only 2.1 miles from Inglewood and is conveniently located near LAX.

Booking cost in points: The property is a Category 5 hotel with rooms priced at 40,000 points per night. When booking any Marriott hotel with Points, you’ll get a free fifth night – a 20% savings on Points. So, for example, for a five-night stay Thursday through Tuesday, you’ll redeem 5th-night free benefits and pay 160,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

There is no additional charge, except for a daily $40 fee for parking. However, if paying in cash, you will pay $484 per night for a total of $2,423 inclusive of all taxes and fees.

Hilton Hotels near So-Fi Stadium

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The website returned 27 properties for Inglewood searches in the Los Angeles area, but only 13 are within 5 miles of downtown. Plus, most of these hotels are sold out for big game weekends. So, your options are limited if you’re looking to book a Hilton hotel with points during Super Bowl weekend.

Your best option is the Embassy Suites by Hilton Los Angeles International Airport South, only 3.5 miles from Inglewood. The Embassy Suites offers more space than most standard hotel rooms as each unit is a suite with a separate bedroom and seating area. Plus, the Embassy Suites is known for its complimentary evening happy hour and made-to-order hot breakfast.

Booking cost in points: The Hilton doesn’t have a set rewards chart, but rooms are priced between 38,000 and 50,000 points. If you have Hilton Honors Silver status or higher, you’ll get a free fifth night at Awards Stay. A cash reservation including taxes and fees for five nights from February 10th through the 15th will cost approximately $393 per night, or approximately $1,965 in total.

Hyatt Hotels near Stadium

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There are six properties within 5 miles of Inglewood. Of these properties, four have sold out and only one allows rooms to be booked on Super Bowl weekend – the Hyatt House Los Angeles / LAX / Manhattan Beach.

This Hyatt House property offers a two-bedroom, two-bath trio suite that is ideal for families or friends traveling together. If you want to cook any meals during your stay, these large suites have a living room and a fully equipped kitchen.

Booking cost in points: Category 3 (Rooms start at 12,000 points or $610 per night).

While rooms can be booked with points and cash ($519 + 6,000 points), this may not be the best option as the standard cash reservation is $610 per night. That means you’re only getting 1.5 cents per point with points and cash reservations.

John Nickel-D’Andrea, the first-class cabin enthusiast behind NoMasCoach.com, advises against cash and redemption points that way. Instead, he says, “it’s better to save your Hyatt points for high-end redemption, as booking this room will get you about 25% less value for your points.”

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Bottom-line

It is possible to travel to the Super Bowl on points and miles as there are many airport and hotel options in Southern California. Major domestic airlines fly into LAX and many of the most popular also fly into Long Beach, a small airport close to the stadium. So your best option is to compare flights to airports serving the Los Angeles area and find the one that matches your schedule and offers the best deal.

Hotels near Sophie Stadium in Inglewood can be difficult to book with points, so expand your search to nearby cities. Additionally, some credit cards have travel portals that allow you to: Book hotels with flexible points, which opens up even more options for your stay.

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