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There were like 5 stages of ticket buying last time where you can request tickets. I can't imagine it's going to be that tough unless you're going for a Brazil game.
A lot of people also scalped tickets for random games they decided they wanted to go to. I got about 10th row corner tickets for Argentina/Korea for about $100 (basically face) from some Argentinians that had extras. We did get shut out of Spain/Honduras though since it was a smaller stadium and the presumptive favorites were playing. That led to getting a ride back to the hotel with what I think (was praying) were rent-a-cops and ending the night plastered doing conga line dances with some Germans and some other nationality in a shitty shady bar. Good times.
Any idea as to what web sites or companies specialize in this kind of endeavor.
After some further research (mostly a 91-page TripAdvisor thread), I have a sense of direction it seems for this trip. I am likely going to be there for 10-12 days with intentions of staying in two cities (will travel to a third to see a US game if convenient enough). My initial thought it to use two different airports. Flights to/from Miami fly into Recife, Fortaleza, and Manaus and can easily get to Sao Paolo or Rio domestically from there, or vice versa. Really wanted to get to Natal but Fortaleza may be the move instead. Would love to follow the USMNT but it will be too pricey and I think it'll be cool to experience other fans/teams as well. Similarly, everything I have read indicates that all fans who have no real plan yet are settling in Rio, meaning that accommodations and tickets will not be easy to come by or cheap there.
Orrrrr I can just fly to/from Rio cause it's the cheapest and travel where I need to for matches from there (but then I need to choose what matches I want to go to and find accommodations).
Any suggestions? Thoughts?
This post was edited by GimmeTheShimmy 10 months ago
What are you trying to do?
I already feel bad for whatever nations have to play in Manaus
Yeah I think it's a waste of money to go to be honest. I'm thinking I'll try to get to Russia. It's a joke that 3 out of 4 World Cups are in total turd countries. The non-turd is Russia. C'mon.
From the spectator side, I think it would be really cool to check out the Amazon. Its not really involved in my favorite routes though.
"Maryland football: Where everybody gets hurt and the starting left tackle has an existential crisis."
This is the easiest way to find out who has actually never been to a World Cup. Sure you could watch the games on TV, but there's so much more to the experience than just the games.
Don't have any direct insight on Brazil, but I can tell you that in South Africa, South African Airlines increased their flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town to I think hourly departures. I would be surprised if airlines in Brazil didn't do something similar, if not quite as frequent.
Anything that could pay for my board, food, and boozing. Just enough to survive and get drunk at night.
I would be doing this without any support from parents.
ALL YOU NEED TO EAT IS ACAI
Sooo I was looking on the FIFA hotel website and I found something very interesting.
For almost every hotel, if you proceed like you are going to book it, the cost is much lower than it says on the web site. For example, I put in for six nights at a hotel of $449 per night in Natal, just to see how it worked. Do the math and that's roughly $2500 in total. When I went to checkout, the total cost was $1200. I thought that maybe it was making me pay half now to pay the second half later, but then I found this on the FIFA site:
"The credit card will be charged immediately with a 100% payment as per the Terms and Conditions of Booking."
The Official Website of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Accommodation
I wouldn't trust FIFA.
Actually, the Brazilian Real is .50 on the $ so that might be the reason.
This post was edited by lazy 10 months ago
Yup. Figured that out. I am stupid.
Just an estimate on my part. Although you can probably save a lot of cash by flying in to Ecuador/ columbia, Argentina , and hopping a regional jet top brazil
Think I am close to locking in a travel itinerary. I don't know if it's going to be two or four of us yet, but the entire idea is that we can see a good amount of games and save as much money as possible in the process. Based on that, here is what I have come up with:
Round trip from Newark to Rio (into Rio June 11, back to Newark June 23)
From Rio, round trip to Salvador (into Salvador June 11/12, back to Rio June 16/17)
Essentially, the trip looks like this: Newark - Rio - Salvador - Rio - Newark
There are games in Salvador on the 13 and 16 and spending two days on the beaches of Brazil sounds pretty nice to me. There are games in RIo on the 18 and 22. The gap in between the games means that we are able to take a day trip via plane if a US game is close by and doable (which would be ideal). Also, we will be staying in hotel rooms. The prices are not THAT high to book them now (there are decent rooms in Rio for $400+ per night for two people).
Anyway, nothing is locked in yet and my father thinks the days in between are not necessary, but I keep telling him that the country is too big and its too expensive to travel much in between the games.
sounds pretty legit. Haven't made any definite plans yet but am toying with the idea of flying into Buenos Aires or Montivideo and then making my way up from there. Figure if I'm going to be in South America I should explore another country or two I want to visit.
How much is all of this going to cost you?
Don't have a hard figure on it yet but based on some research I should be able to find the following:
Round trip from Newark to Rio ~$1300
Round trip from Rio to Salvador ~$350
Decent hotel per night for two in Rio ~$400
Decent hotel per night for two in Salvador ~$300
If I'm looking at six nights in Salvador and six in Rio, brings the total for hotels to $2,100 per person, add that to the flights and it's about $3,750.
That is obviously not taking game tickets or food or any other travel into account, but the number is around where I thought it'd be. Hotels can already be booked via the FIFA website and the prices aren't that bad this early out for some pretty nice places.
Pao de queijo. Eat it. It's some of the best food you'll ever eat.
You're probably not going to get those plane tickets for that price. I know that's what they are right now, but a quick kayak search shows late May flights already into the low-mid 2000s. Just a heads up
bringing a gf or a friend?
Brother probably. Possibly my dad/other brother as well.
Thanks for the heads up. I was just searching a random date in August 2013 and acting as if the World Cup was being held then. Prepared to pay more if necessary obviously or even to fly via Miami into a different city. The above is just the itinerary I want to go by for now and I can change accordingly.
My fiancee (Sao Paulo native) was told by her parents (law enforcement officers in Brazil) to stay as far away as possible for the World Cup because they anticipate huge infrastructure, crime, and crowd control problems. Good luck!
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