A Guide to cheap Transportation between World Cup 2014 Cities

A Guide to cheap Transportation between World Cup 2014 Cities

Problems with Infrastructure and High Prices for Flights It’s no secret that Brazil is facing some “challenges” regarding the World Cup. The Brazilians are phenomenal at a lot of things, but having a government that spends tax payer’s money efficiently and wisely is not one of them. Not only are the stadiums behind schedule, but so are the renovations of the Airports. Last week Brazil’s government agency Anac approved an extra 2,000 flights during the World Cup, which will add even more stress to the already over-burdened airports. They did so because they wanted to reduce the price of airfares, however by putting out one fire they are fanning the flames of another. To be honest though, something needed to be done. According to Business Week, TAM flights to Rio the day before the Final are up to 10 times more expensive than the same flight one month later. How to find cheaper flights during the World Cup Interested in gauging the level of prices for myself and comparing it with all the hype, I searched for 6 flights from 6 different websites, getting a total of 36 different price points to analyze. (Flight 1: São Paulo to Natal, Flight 2: Natal to Brasília, Flight 3: Brasília to Cuiaba, Flight 4: Cuiaba to Brasília, Flight 5: Brasília to Salvador, Flight 6: Salvador to São Paulo) I chose the four airlines that do business in Brazil: TAM, GOL, Avianca, Azul, and two aggregators: Kayak and EDreams. Below is a Summary of what I found: The average price of these 6 flights was 241 USD. The President of Avianca said that the average fares...

PMA Application Process for World Cup Tickets: 10 things to know

PMA Ticket Information: Approximately 16% of the total value of tickets will be given to Participating Member Associations (PMA). For every match, FIFA allocates 8% of overall stadium capacity to each team playing. In FIFA’s official ticketing guide, it is stated that approximately 364 thousand tickets will be available to PMA supporters. Within the first 24 hours of opening the second sales phase (lottery), approximately 1.2 million non PMA tickets were requested (i.e. General Public Tickets).  However only 29 thousand were requested by PMA supporters. This is a positive sign for those that are PMA supporters.  If you are a member of one of these associations, you can get access to these PMA tickets, which gives you an advantage over the normal Joe on the street. You can find a list of all PMAs here. To become a member of the USA PMA, click here. 10 things to know about the PMA Application Process: The application process for PMA tickets started on the 8th of December. You can apply for PMA tickets until the 7th of February. Note that the PMA ticket window is longer than that of the General Public lottery, which is only open until the 30th of January. It doesn’t matter when you apply during this sales period, you will have the same chance of getting tickets no matter if you applied on the 8th of December or the 7th of February. Be careful if you plan to apply on the 7th of February, since FIFA closes the sales period at 12:00 CET, which is 6:00 am eastern time in the USA. For the USA PMA, you need to either be a...

World Cup Ticketing News: Pots, Black Market and Member Associations

Draw Procedure The 2014 World Cup has been all over the news recently. On everybody’s mind is the group draw, which will happen Friday the 6th of December at 16:00 GMT in Salvador, Brazil. FIFA has separated each of the 32 teams into 4 pots. Each World Cup Group, A through H, will ultimately contain four teams. Fifa will have a random draw that will disperse the Pots evenly throughout the groups. No more than one team per pot will be included in a particular group i.e. Group A will include Brazil and one team from each of the other pots 2 through 4. As seen in the above graphic, pot 4 has one more team than pot 2. FIFA will thus move one of the European teams to pot 2 through a random draw. However FIFA imposes a “Geographical Separation rule” which means that no more than two European teams and only one South American team can be in each group. FIFA has come up with a complicated procedure to ensure this which you can find here. CLICK HERE FOR A COMPLETE GUIDE TO WORLD CUP TICKETING Furthermore, FIFA has explained that all teams in Pot 1 will receive a corresponding 1 seed in their group. That means if Spain is drawn into group B, they will be assigned B1. If you have tickets to a game with a “1” team, you are guaranteed one of the top seeded teams. USA Group of Death For the US, a dread scenario would be Brazil, Ghana USA and the Netherlands, while on the other side a fairly easy road could be taken if they are paired with Switzerland, Algeria and Bosnia. Further draw considerations...

World Cup Tickets Second Stage: First Come First Serve

So you applied in the first round and came up a few tickets (or all tickets) short? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Out of the 6.2 million ticket applications, only 889 thousand tickets were awarded. The first come first serve round is like a game of musical chairs, with each applicant scrambling to take the next best available ticket within minutes after the start time of 12 pm CET or 9 am Brazil time, November 11th (write it down or put a note in your calendar!). So it’s very important to know the rules of the game before sitting down to apply, otherwise you might be left without a metaphorical chair. So I called up the FIFA hotline (+41 445 831000 for international customers) today to get the scoop on the second round ticket application process. This is what I learned. Complete your application within 10 minutes First, be aware that you can only apply for one ticket product at a time, meaning a TST product (Team Specific Tickets), a VST product (Venue Specific Tickets) or a single match ticket. For the product you choose, you can apply for 1 to 4 (max) tickets Once you choose the ticket product and quantities for purchase, you will be given a spot in the line for tickets and a 10 minute countdown starts. You then need to complete the application within this time frame, otherwise will you lose your spot in line. After submitting all necessary information, i.e. Credit Card, Guest Info, etc., you will find out whether your application is successful or not. (edit: It should be possible to add...

The Ultimate Guide to World Cup Tickets

Guide to World Cup Tickets – Brazil 2014 Securing World Cup Tickets is not easy. Cracked.com said about the 2010 World Cup that you had a better chance of having sex with Megan Fox than getting tickets. I am here to say it can be done! I have been to 4 world cups (1994, 1998, 2006, 2010) and have seen the US play in all of them. One of my travel goals is to make it to all of the subsequent world cups until I die. From the way I calculate it, I have another 13 in me before the final whistle blows. Start of World Cup Ticket Sales The sale of stage 1 tickets began on August 20, 2013 and runs until October 10th. Don’t panic; the first ticket stage is based on a lottery system so you have the same chance of obtaining tickets even if you apply on October 10th. Hospitality rights tickets are available for purchase right now, without waiting for a lottery (more on the ticket types and stages shortly). For a new post on the latest First Come First Serve round on March 12th click here. Stadiums and Hosting Cities To some people, the decision of which city or cities to visit is just as important as the teams that will be playing. In total there are 12 stadiums that will be hosting the World Cup. Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Cuiaba, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, and Sao Paulo. Click here for A Guide to Cheap Transportation between World Cup 2014 Cities. When Will the Tournament Schedule Be Determined? The dates, times and stadiums...