The Margin: Southwest adds more flights for the Super Bowl from Philadelphia to Phoenix
The Philadelphia Eagles just clinched another Super Bowl bid, their second in the past 5 years.
Fans of “The Birds” may be looking to fly west to watch their team compete against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII in Phoenix on Feb. 12, and Southwest
is looking to oblige.
After the Eagles won to make it to the Super Bowl, Southwest announced more nonstop flights from the Philadelphia area to Phoenix, as well as a few more flights from Kansas City to Phoenix. The total number of nonstop flights back to those cities after the game were also increased, the company says.
According to AAA, prices for flights from Philadelphia to Phoenix between now and the Super Bowl will vary from $500 to $1,000, depending on the airline, day of travel and time.
Tickets to attend the game between the Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs are shaping up to be expensive too. According to TicketIQ, the average list price on the secondary market is $9,825, the third highest since 2010.
Prices for both tickets and flights may change in the nearly two weeks before the Super Bowl.
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Last month, Southwest had a flight-booking debacle during the height of holiday travel season when it canceled thousands of trips over issues surrounding an antiquated crew-scheduling software, leaders of unions representing Southwest pilots and flight attendants say. The United States Transportation Department is probing Southwest Airlines in wake of its holiday meltdown.
Shares of Southwest Airlines Co. are down 0.34% during Monday trading. The company’s stock is down 19.31% over the past year, compared with a 10.57% drop for the S&P 500
over the same period.