There are now more options for college football fans who want to be on the front row of the Bowl season, with Southwest and Delta adding flights to the cities where the games will be held.
The forthcoming holiday season brings all sorts of cheer, and that's not exactly limited to the refrains of "Jingle Bells" or "Auld Lang Syne." Nope throw in a few other sporting lines and you have the makings of another holiday period that collegiate fans call the Bowl season.
With 50 such events going on through December and early January, Southwest Airlines and Delta Airlines are making sure no fan gets left behind when it comes to two of the biggest Bowl games, both taking place Dec. 29th. That day, the country's four top college teams hit the field for a chance to appear in the national championship in January.
The Orange Bowl in Florida will see Alabama take on Oklahoma, while the Cotton Bowl in Texas will host a showdown between Clemson and Notre Dame. It's a big enough deal for both airlines to add more flights to both destinations to ensure no one gets left behind when it comes to pigskin revelry.
For Orange Bowl fans, both Southwest and Delta announced this week more direct flights from Birmingham and Oklahoma City to Fort Lauderdale on the day of the big game. Additionally, Southwest will provide return trips on Dec. 30th involving both cities, while Delta is doing the same thing, although its flights will be departing from Miami.
Cotton Bowl fans needing boarding passes for the summit in Texas will be able to take advantage of the two carriers expanding schedule on Dec. 29th as well. Southwest has just bolstered its schedule for the day before with direct flights to Dallas Love Field from Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina, with return trips slated for Dec. 30th. Additionally, fans in Chicago will benefit from an additional round trip to Dallas in that same period. Meanwhile, Delta will accommodate fans from Greenville/Spartanburg New York with a package that includes a Dec. 28th departure and a Dec. 30th return flight.
For the benefit of those who have a chance to see either of the two games, however, the offer comes with a steep price. Both Delta and Southwest are charging anywhere between $600 and $12,000 for those additional flights. And chances are, half of those fans will ponder doing it all again if their favorite teams hit the college final in Santa Clara, California on Jan. 7th.