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I wrote a couple weeks ago about my internal debate on really splurging on a “once in a lifetime” experience when the price is higher than I wished. While in retrospect some experiences may indeed be priceless, the price tag they come with can be breathtaking…and not in a good way.
Along those lines, my husband’s lifelong favorite team, the Kansas City Chiefs, are having a really good year, and making it to the Super Bowl is not outside the realm of possibility. In fact, it is even more likely now than two weeks ago when I wrote that post. Of course, it is still faaaaaaar from guaranteed (ugh, Patriots, Foxborough, January), but since the Super Bowl is here in Houston this year, I know that Josh will really, really want to go should his team make it. Truthfully, the Super Bowl could be held outdoors in Antarctica in the middle of winter and he would want to go if the Chiefs made it…even if the cheerleaders didn’t.
But, ticket prices are truly, truly astronomically insane for the Super Bowl, especially if you want several seats so that your family can experience it together. Josh is a big boy, so he will ultimately make his own decision about whether or how to see the Super Bowl in person if the Chiefs make it, but that doesn’t mean I’m not trying to concoct a good compromise…
Based on the sporting events I have attended, there is nothing like seeing your team play at home during the playoffs. I’ve seen some pretty deep Astros playoff games in Houston, and that atmosphere was electric. Having been to some regular seasons games at Arrowhead in Kansas City, I can only imagine what the postseason would be like in that sea of deafening red.
Price aside, a playoff game at Arrowhead with tens of thousands of hometown faithfuls and the smell of barbecue hanging in the air sounds more fun to me than a Super Bowl game in an unrelated city surrounded by lots of people who have no true affinity towards your team. Okay, the price differential of hundreds of dollars per ticket vs. thousands of dollars per ticket does bias me a bit, but still….home field advantage is a real thing.
So, to set up options, and perhaps slightly encourage an affordable-ish family trip to a playoff game in Kansas City vs. a gazillion dollar Super Bowl visit, I just made some refundable award hotel reservations at the Sheraton Four Points that is within walking distance to Arrowhead Stadium. My husband’s family has stayed there before a few times and walked to various Chiefs and Royals games, so I know it is a very convenient spot that actually saves you money on parking, too. Hurray for points from the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card!
If the Chiefs don’t ultimately host those playoff games, or we don’t need the rooms for whatever reason, I can cancel the reservations until the day before without any penalty. However, if we do want to use the rooms then I have secured them for just 3,000 – 4,000 SPG points per night, when I can guarantee the rooms will sell for several hundred dollars per night in the event the home playoff games occur.
This strategy is one that I highly recommend for others since you can make award reservations with many hotel chains on points as long as standard rooms are available. However, the bigger jump you have on others in making those reservations the better. We have nothing to lose by making these reservations right now before we even know if we need them, but we have hundreds and hundreds of dollars to lose if we don’t take the 60 seconds to book now and we decide we want to go later.
Do you currently have any speculative reservations pending in case you want to attend a major event?
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