Fans traveling to Wisconsin for the LSU vs. Wisconsin football game at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field may be finding that attending a once-in-a-lifetime event can carry a price tag that they may not want to pay more than once. As a Wisconsin-based tour operator and a huge college football fan, I’ve put together a series of tips that can help you have an outstanding trip, and save you money.
First and foremost, come early and stay late. Flights into Green Bay are less expensive earlier in the week. You may find that your flight savings can just about pay for the extra days. And if you are wondering what to do with your extra time in Wisconsin, the weather is typically very nice with an average high of 76. In the next few months, we’ll have dozens of suggestions coming, such as Being Frank, visiting the Windy City, shopping at the Mall, and experiencing the Brew City. (Visit BOWLJET.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or subscribe to our WordPress blog).
And if you have the time, not only do we have the beer, you can save a lot of money — Amtrak’s daily service currently runs $155 from New Orleans to Milwaukee game week. The journey isn’t bad, it leaves New Orleans at 1:45 p.m., and arrives in Milwaukee the next day before Noon. The return leaves at 5:45 p.m. and arrives in New Orleans at about 3:30 p.m. If you are a student or senior, or belong to AAA, there are discounts available. (My company is providing transportation to Lambeau, more details at end of story.)
Perhaps the best alternative is to fly into Milwaukee (MKE). As of this writing, a round-trip on Southwest Airlines from August 31 to September 4 is less than $400, and other carriers have flights available for a little more than $300. Besides saving money, Milwaukee is a great alternative, and where we are basing our packages out of. (We’ll make it easy for you, because we’ll pick you up at the airport, – more details here or after the story.) But Milwaukee is where you can sleep in a brewery and party at Harley. Catch fish from the Great Lakes, catch the Brewers and Cubs or tee off where another Tiger was launched. Taste the best Bloody Marys in America, find out for yourself why it is called the Brew City and attend Sunday mass at the Basilica.
Just 67 miles from Milwaukee’s Mitchell Airport is Chicago O’Hare International, the second-busiest airport in the country. Chicago O’Hare (ORD) has numerous flight options, and round-trip fares available for a little more than $200. Also in Chicago, is Midway Airport (MDW), a hub for Southwest Airlines that offers nonstop service to New Orleans. Flights to Midway on August 31 currently can be purchased for $119. (We are offering transportation from either Chicago airport for our customers.)
No matter which destination you choose to fly into, remember that you can buy one-way tickets on Amtrak, as well as to all of the airports that I have listed. Don’t hesitate to fly in and out of different airports, such as into Minneapolis or out of Milwaukee, or take the train for one part of your journey. Experience the Midwest and save a little bit of money too.