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If you have a football fanatic in your home (I have several), then you likely already know that the 2013 NFL Football Schedule has just recently been released with the team match-ups, cities, and dates now available for the season that starts in less than five months. Not that anyone is counting…
What does this mean for points junkies who are also football fanatics? It means it is time to start strategizing. Football stadiums can hold upwards of 80,000 fans, and while some fans live locally, many travel in for the games and need hotel rooms – preferably ones either near the stadium, or close to other fun attractions. This means that it is better to go ahead and secure one now than wait and potentially lose the option to pay with points, or have to spend more cash as they book up closer to the date of the game. In fact, we just picked a Kansas City Chiefs game that we are going to try to make this fall and locked in a SPG cash and points award now to ensure we don’t end up paying more than we want later. If our plans change we can cancel that particular reservation until the day before with no penalty.
It also means you should start watching airfares to games you are interested in attending. I have found that using Chiefs football games is a great way to get my husband to travel to cities that otherwise would be a tougher sell, so you might be able to employ that strategy on an otherwise travel resistant partner. Almost all major US cities have an NFL team, so check out your team’s away games for this season and see if any of the destinations look enticing.
Of course if you are hoping to use airline miles to get to the game(s) of your choice, then as soon as you see availability it makes sense to grab it, since there is no guarantee it will still be there as the months tick by.
NFL tickets themselves for individual games don’t go on sale for a couple more months, but many hotels have pretty flexible cancellation policies for most rates/award reservations (though always double check), so I recommend securing rooms now for games you are hoping to attend just to be on the safe side.
Let’s hope the Chiefs win more games than last year…including the one we hope to attend! Anyone else planning to see some live NFL action this year?