‘Book your flights’: Travel agent shares strategies, prices for Packer fans planning trip to NFC Championship game

MADISON, Wis. – For those planning to follow the Packers to the NFC Championship game in California Sunday, the main message from a local travel expert is to plan the trip now.

Packer fans back their team, even if that means travel.

“This is my 56th straight game, home and away, including the playoffs,” Justin Sterna told News 3 Now after Sunday’s win over Seattle. He’s excited to make that number ‘57.’

“I’ll be there,” Sterna said. “Now, I’ve got to make arrangements. I take it one game at a time.”

Planning a trip to a playoff game comes with added challenges.

“There’s no advance planning that can be done,” said Ed Mani, president of Burkhalter Travel.

Now that the upcoming game is a done deal, Mani said those hoping to attend better act fast.

“The closer we get to this weekend, flights will start to sell out, and as that happens, as more people book, the prices go up,” he said. “If you want to go, make your decision and book your flights.”

To find the best deal, Mani advised playing with the depart and return dates, along with airport destination. Travelers can choose from San Francisco or San Jose, which is actually closer to Levi’s Stadium, or even Oakland.

As of Monday afternoon, Mani said round trips out of Madison were listed at anywhere from about $500 to $600, but are now going up.

With hotel cost added in, Mani estimated the full trip will cost a couple about $1,800 or more.

“The closer you want to stay to the stadium, the higher the price is going to be, definitely,” he said.

Ticket Master lists tickets to the game at anywhere from about $350 to a couple thousand dollars, depending on the seat.

If the Packers beat the 49ers, Mani said Burkhalter Travel will offer Super Bowl travel packages to Miami on its website.