2014 Winter Olympics: Getting Near “On The Cheap”

August 19, 2013

in 2014 Winter Olympics

  • SumoMe

Hot ThermometerWith temperatures hovering around 90 at my San Francisco Bay Area home, and thunderstorms hovering just over the horizon, winter was the last thing on my mind yesterday.

That is until I read a Los Angeles Times story about “cool” airfares from LAX to Moscow on United Airlines from January through March.

But going the “extra miles” on United in February to get to Sochi, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, will cost you another $6,000 on top of the $658 to fly to Moscow. (At about $1,700, Aeroflot seems to offer the best LAX to Sochi airfare, although there may be few seats at that price). Fares from San Francisco are even higher.

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But be prepared to pay another “price” — fatigue and jet lag. Flight duration (changing planes at least once or twice) is 16.5 hours minimum to over 40 hours. That may prompt you to consider “going for the gold” (in your wallet) and flying in Business Class ($14,000+) or First Class ($19,000+).

Having to fork over that many rubles, plus paying for hotels, meals, and Olympic Games tickets, means that staying in the Russian capital and watching the events on a big screen TV in a sports bar near the Kremlin might be your best bet.

But another option may be available that will cut your U.S.-Russian travel costs to zero: Following live updates from the Olympics on Tales Told From The Road, like those we provided during last year’s Summer Games in London.

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