“Prices go up and down for Super Bowls, but they are going to be historically high for this one,” said Malcolm Robinson, owner of Houston Ticket Brokers, where tickets are going for more than $8,000.
For this year’s event, he said, “billionaires are going to have trouble parking their planes.”
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Say you live in Houston and want to arrive in Vegas on Saturday, Feb. 10, the day before the big game, and leave on Monday, Feb. 12, the next day. You’re not alone; carriers like American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines have added domestic flights to meet demand. That hasn’t helped the cost: Airfare is still significantly costlier than a normal weekend to Las Vegas — about 112 percent higher compared with the same weekend last year, according to data from Priceline, an online travel agency.
On Tuesday, an online search showed that one of the cheapest flights available from Houston was a nondirect, round-trip ticket from George Bush Intercontinental Airport on Spirit Airlines to Harry Reid Airport, for $563 (including taxes, but without luggage).
Though Las Vegas does not lack hotel rooms — it has some 151,000, according to the city’s Convention and Visitors Authority — bookings and prices have also surged. The booking website Trivago reports a 140 percent increase in Vegas hotel prices for February, compared with the same month last year, and Priceline estimates the average cost of one night in a Vegas hotel room is $376 — which would come out to $752.
However, a booking found on Tuesday for two nights in an Extended Stay America hotel room, nearly two and half miles from the Las Vegas Strip, started at $498.