How to get cheap Super Bowl tickets and flights to LA: Sticker shock is real

CINCINNATI — The drought is over. For the first time since 1989, long before many Cincinnati Bengals fans were born, the Bengals are heading to the Super Bowl.

But if you’re hoping to score a seat for the Big Game at SoFi Statium in Los Angeles, be prepared to spend some cash.

Actually a lot of money. If you have a car to sell, you may want to do it now.

Face value tickets started around $900 for upper deck seats, but those are now impossible to get. Nearly all went to deep-rooted business leaders and others with good connections.

What do you have to pay?

Sunday night, shortly after the Bengals win over the Kansas City Chiefs, tickets started around $6,000 for the top level, according to a check from Ticketmaster, StubHub and Vivid Seats.

Better seats cost about $10,000 each.

The most expensive chairs take precedence a whopping $75,000 each, the price of a very nice SUV or a small lake house, according to The Sporting News.

So you’re thinking about breaking the bank and spending $12,000 for a few tickets? Don’t forget the round trip to LAX, currently about $600 for Super Bowl weekend, although that’s quite a change compared to ticket prices. American Airlines announced it would add nonstop flights from CVG to LAX Super Bowl week.

Plus, decent hotels near the SoFi stadium cost $400 a night or more.

So even a “budget” trip to the Super Bowl, with the worst seats in the house, costs about $15,000 for a couple.

Compared to the last Super Bowl appearance….

The last time the Bengals played in the Super Bowl, at what was then Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, FL in 1989, tickets were only $100, according to The Bleacher Report, and you could get into the stadium for about $500.

But the Bengals lost that game to the 49ers. Hopefully this game has a much better result for Bengals Nation.

As always, don’t waste your money.

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