U.S. Open Golf Tournament Travel Deals

by Jessica

March 18th, 2011

Although some might think Mark Twain wasn’t far off when he described golf as “a good walk spoiled,” for others watching a major golf tournament can be the ideal excuse to plan a trip. In particular, the U.S. Open is one that many people go to every year – and because its location changes each year, it’s a way to turn a sports vacation into a more extended holiday and explore a new destination every time.

Of course, since the U.S. Open takes place in June, which is the high summer travel season in the United States, it’s not always easy to make a trip to see the tournament a budget-friendly adventure. Here are some things to consider when you’re planning a trip to see the U.S. Open to help you avoid spending a fortune on the trip.

>> In 2012, the U.S. Open is in San Francisco, California at The Olympic Club and it runs from June 11-17.

Finding Cheap Airfare to the U.S. Open Golf Tournament

The first thing to do when planning a trip to the U.S. Open is to book your airfare – and since that’s going to be the highest price item in your travel budget, it’s a good idea to do your homework to get the best deal. Here are some tips to help you do just that.

  • Stay Flexible – Keep your search window as broad as possible to start, including as many dates and times as possible, and you stand a better chance of finding the lower priced tickets than you would if you only looked at one specific day or a few hours on one day. Use the “my dates are flexible” option many booking sites have to your advantage, making them do the work for you.
  • Find Out When Flights Tend to Be Cheaper – This isn’t always the case, but flights on Wednesday, Tuesday, and Saturday are often cheaper than flights on other days. Start with this information when you’re looking at flights and you’re even more apt to find the lower priced tickets.
  • Look at All Area Airports – For the 2012 U.S. Open, you’re lucky because there are a few airports in and around San Francisco, giving you even more options on flights and a better shot at finding a low price on a ticket. You can hunt for cheap flights to San Francisco, cheap flights to Oakland, or cheap flights to San Jose to find the best deals on airfare to San Francisco.

U.S. Open Package Deals May Not Be Deals

There are package trips out there for just about every sporting event, and the U.S. Open is no exception. In order to find out whether the packages you’re looking at will reall save you money, however, you need to do a little bit of math before you buy.

As best you can, figure out what all is included in the package trips you’re looking at, and see whether you can determine what each of them costs in the package. Then see how much you would pay for each item if you booked it separately. The big things you want to include are airfare, accommodation, and (if they’re included in the package) tickets to the tournament. There are often extras included in package trips, and if those extras are things you want and wouldn’t be able to get elsewhere then they may be worth it – but if you don’t care about those extras and you’d pay less by booking a la carte, that’s something you want to know before you fork over the cash.

U.S. Open Golf Tournament Travel Tips

Here are a few articles to help you plan your trip to the San Francisco area for the 2012 U.S. Open.

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