It's no secret you’ll be dropping some serious cash to score Super Bowl tickets if you wouldn’t dream of missing the big game. So, while you’re at it, why not go all in with the baller-level experience and fly private?
Indeed, for many wealthy fans, private jet travel is a pretty typical way of reaching destinations — so it’s certainly common as a way to reach the big game. But this year, the pros say we might expect more private jet traffic than ever on Super Bowl weekend.
According to fractional private jet provider Flexjet, Houston is expecting more than 1,100 private aircraft to descend on the area for the event. So far, bookings are outpacing last year, when the company used a quarter of its fleet to meet Super Bowl demand alone.
“The actual volumes are still moving targets as the majority of our owners can book their travel with as little as 10 hours’ notice,” says the company’s vice president of owner experience Megan Wolf. “However, we are ahead of where we were last year at this time.” (And last year, Super Bowl bookings grew by 31 percent over the previous year.)
Why the big bump in VIP-level transport? Well first, when the game is located in a warm-weather location, people tend to make a trip of it, sometimes mixing business and leisure. On game day this year, temps are forecasted to approach 80 in Houston — which sounds like a pretty nice break for folks located in cold-weather climes.
As well, it’s a matter of geography. “This year, we have teams from two cities many of our owners call home — Atlanta and Boston,” Wolf says. “I think we will see significant activity from both of these team’s markets — especially with Houston being an easy point to access from the East Coast, less than a two-hour flight from Atlanta and under four hours from Boston.”
By the way? “Owners hailing from the New York City tri-state region always show up in force for the Super Bowl, regardless of the teams participating,” she said. (They're just fancy like that.)
Fun fact for aviation fans: The most popular aircraft headed to Houston this weekend from the Flexjet fleet are the Embraer Legacy 450 and the Bombardier Challenger 350.
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