Travel Agents Working Overtime For Championship Games


Monday, November 26th 2007, 6:48 pm
By: News On 6


Green Country football fans are already gearing up for a big championship weekend. The OU Sooners will play Missouri for the Big 12 championship in San Antonio on Saturday, while TU travels to Orlando for the Conference USA title game. News On 6’s Chris Wright reports travel agents say if you've waited until the last minute, getting to the game may cost you, but it's still possible to make the trip.

The cloudy championship picture finally cleared up on Saturday. OU, which had already clinched a spot in the Big 12 title game, will play Missouri, who beat Kansas. After defeating Rice, TU will travel to Orlando to face Central Florida for the Conference USA crown.

All that success for Oklahoma football teams translated to a busy Monday for travel agent Greg Spears.

"Well definitely some last minute calls, people scramble around and decide that they want to go after the excitement of winning the championship and getting into the championship game," said Greg Spears, Spears Travel.

Spears Travel is offering packages for both contests. The packages vary in price depending on which options you want, but most include airfare, hotel and a ticket to the game.

Spears says OU fans, with their team's history of major bowl appearances, are used to these last-minute bookings. It's a relatively new experience for the TU contingent.

"With TU's situation, they didn't even know where the championship game would be, so it's definitely a scramble at this point," said Spears.

Fans of either team may also choose to book their own trip on the web. If you don't want to go through a travel agent, the internet is always an option. On travel sites like Orbitz, for example, flights from Tulsa to San Antonio are still available for about $355.

A quick search of hotels.com revealed a bunch of rooms in San Antonio that can still be booked. Even tickets to the game are still available on ticketmaster.com. OU is also offering some travel packages on its website, soonersports.com.

If you waited too long to book your trip, don't expect anything to come cheap.

Greg Spears says while Monday was busy, he expects things to be even more hectic if OU wins and fans start making travel plans for a BCS bowl game.