American Airlines, Miami’s hometown airline and the largest carrier serving Miami International Airport (MIA), is adding special flights to Miami from Kansas City, Missouri (MCI), and San Francisco (SFO) and San Jose (SJC), California, for football fans to cheer on their favorite teams at the big game.
American has also added larger aircraft — Boeing 777-200s — from its hubs in New York (JFK), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX) and Chicago (ORD) to accommodate additional traffic to Miami for the game. Flights for Miami are available for purchase now.
“We know dedicated fans have watched every pass, play and penalty that got their teams to this moment and what it means to root for them in person,” said Vasu Raja, American’s Senior Vice President of Network Strategy. “We’re looking forward to providing new and increased service to Miami, so more fans can make their dreams a reality.”
American operates more than 340 daily flights to nearly 130 destinations from MIA, and last year connected more than 30 million passengers through the hub. As the airline’s premier gateway into Latin America and the Caribbean, American provides service to more than 70 cities in the region.
“In the coming days, tens of thousands of football fans will be making their way to Miami, many arriving by air through our Miami hub, home to more than 13,000 American team members and to the airline’s largest international gateway,” said Juan Carlos Liscano, American’s Vice President of Miami Hub Operations. “As Miami’s hometown airline for the last three decades, we understand the important role that air service plays in the continued success of our community.”
American recently announced new special service that helps customers see firsthand big named golf tournaments, musical festivals and shareholder meetings, including new service from MIA to Augusta, Georgia (AGS), and Omaha, Nebraska (OMA).
American Airlines offers customers 6,800 daily flights to more than 365 destinations in 61 countries from its hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.
Super Bowl stays
The good news is that the Miami and the surrounding cities have a good supply of lodging options. But of course, many of the more desirable hotels are filling up quickly.
Hopper’s data crunchers say there are still good deals to be found on rooms in the $321 to $350 per night price range.
But an Expedia search earlier this week for a Friday to Monday stay, Jan. 31 to Feb. 3, at hotels with four stars or above ratings returned many “We are sold out” alerts and a few downtown Miami vacancies starting above $600 a night.
Elsewhere we found Solé Miami, on Sunny Isles Beach in North Miami, about 11 miles from Hard Rock Stadium offering stays from Thursday, Jan. 30 to Monday, Feb. 3 for $762 each night, not including taxes and resort fees.
The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida, about 20 minutes from the Hard Rock Stadium, has room rates starting at $759 per night (plus taxes and resort fees) from Thursday, Jan. 30 through Monday, Feb. 3. The hotel will be setting up TV screens in poolside cabanas, organizing a viewing party at the hotel bar and offering special treatments in the spa during halftime.
And the Greystone Miami Beach has room rates starting at $949 per night (excluding taxes and resorts fees) from Thursday, Jan. 30 through Monday, Feb. 3.
Too pricey? Home-share rentals, such as Airbnb, may offer a more affordable option.
Celebrate on a ship
Miami is home to many of the world’s cruise lines, and CruiseCritic.com has a good list of the companies that will be offering special Super Bowl-themed cruises or at least setting up screening rooms to make sure sports fans at sea are able to watch the game.
Fans in Miami for Super Bowl weekend may want to add a short cruise before or after the game as well.
“Now is actually the perfect time to book, as we’re in what’s considered the last-minute booking window, when cruise lines tend to slash fares to fill remaining cabins,” said Erica Silverstein, senior editor at Cruise Critic. “With fares under $75 per night, per person, you could score a three- or four-night cruise to the Bahamas for less than you’d pay for a single night hotel stay in Miami.”