U.S. Open Tennis Championships Travel Deals

by Jessica

July 21st, 2011

There are several reasons why you might balk at the idea of a trip to New York City in August – the high heat and high cost being two of the biggest ones. If you’re a tennis fan, however, you’ll go anyway – because New York is the place to be for the U.S. Open Tennis Championships.

Since 1978, the U.S. Open has been played at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, taking place over the course of two weeks in late August and early September. Not every match is worth writing home about, of course, but if you plan ahead (and are willing to shell out the cost of the best tickets) you can get in to see some of the biggest names in the tennis world playing in the tournament.

New York is a famously challenging destination for budget travelers, so going to the city during a major sporting event isn’t going to be cheap. There are ways to make it less painful for your bank account, however, and in this article we’ll outline some of the ways to get to the U.S. Open Tennis Championships without spending your life savings.

>> In 2012, the U.S. Open Tennis Championships are taking place from August 27-September 9.

Finding Cheap Airfare to the U.S. Open Tennis Championships

When you’re planning a trip to see the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, the first thing to figure out is how you’ll get there – and for those of us who don’t live within driving distance of New York, that probably means taking a flight. Airfare is almost always the most expensive part of a travel budget, so to keep the overall cost of your trip down here are some tips to help you find cheap flights to New York for the tournament.

  • Be Flexible – When you begin searching for flights, keep your window of potential dates and times as open as possible in order to have a better chance of finding the cheapest tickets. Many sites have a “my dates are flexible” button – use that and let the site do the work for you.
  • Fly When Airfare is Cheaper – There are some days of the week and times of the day that tend to be cheaper, so it’s helpful to start looking in those windows. Usually, flights on Wednesday are cheapest, followed by Tuesday and Saturday. The earliest flights of the day are usually cheaper, as are the late flights each night (including red eye flights). Start with those days and times when you’re searching for your own flights.
  • Check Multiple Airports – Luckily, New York has a few airports in the area that you can use for your trip, so look at all of them to see if you can find a cheaper flight at one as opposed to another. Learn about choosing the right New York airport, and look into finding cheap flights to JFK, cheap flights to LaGuardia, and cheap flights to Newark.

U.S. Open Package Deals May Not Be Deals

As is the case with any special event, the U.S. Open Tennis Championships attract companies that put together package trips. Before you buy a package tour to the tournament, however, you’ll need to determine whether or not it’s actually going to save you money – and that requires math.

You’ll need to break down the individual components of the package trip you’re looking at, and then see what each would cost if you purchased it separately. Add up the costs of each piece purchased on its own and see how it compares to the package.

This isn’t going to be an exact comparison, partly because there are often extras included with packages (souvenirs, ground transportation, meals at the hotel), but you’ll be able to get a rough idea of the costs involved to see whether the package would save you money or if you could get a better deal buying each part individually.

U.S. Open Tennis Championships Travel Tips

Here are a few resources to help you plan your trip to the New York area for this year’s U.S. Open Tennis Championships.

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