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Travel Tip: How Expensive is the World Cup?

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Olympics fever may be taking over, but let’s not overlook the next big event in sports: the World Cup in Brazil. This summer, soccer fans from all over the world are planning to attend World Cup matches in 12 cities around Brazil. With high demand for limited tickets, can you even afford to go to these games?

First, let’s start with the good news: Government regulations mean that fares on national airlines Avianca Brasil and Azul can’t top more than $450 each way.

Hotels ARE charging a premium, with some rooms going for five times the average rate. However, there was a lot of backlash, so hotels in Rio have announced that they won’t charge beyond their typical New Year’s Eve rates. Gee, thanks guys.

While travel is expensive, tickets are almost reasonable if you start planning now. You have until February 7 to apply for tickets. To buy them, you must be a U.S. Soccer Supporters Club member. Options start at $90, but don’t expect the best views or matches at that level.Iif you miss the deadline, there will still be pre-packaged offers on sale, but those will be at a premium cost.

For more information, visit the sports travel archives.

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