Fans can expect a pricey trip to the Final Four

By: Angela Beavin; Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Angela Beavin; Elizabeth Dorsett Email

Where ever the Kentucky Wildcats go, their fans are sure to follow, but getting down to the "Big Easy" could be anything but.

WKYT checked up on travel expenses for Big Blue fans who plan to head to New Orleans.

If you're making last-minute plans to go to the Final Four to see the Cats take on Louisville and then hopefully vie for an 8th National Championship, the time to book is now.

"Today (Monday) is a great day because of the teams that didn't win. A lot of people are cancelling reservations," says Lilla Mason with AAA of the Bluegrass.

But keeping up with the Cats doesn't come cheap. AAA is trying to help the Big Blue faithful get to the bayou with a little less strain on the bank account. They're offering a package with a chartered flight.

"It includes airfare, four-night hotel accommodations, and transport back and forth from the airport. It starts at about $2,159 for double occupancy," Mason says.

That price is per person, if you book as a couple. If an individual books the same package, it will cost a little more than $3,000.

And that all-inclusive price looks good compared to just buying a flight. showed a round trip Delta flight from Lexington to New Orleans for more than $2,000 around noon; by three Monday afternoon, all flights from Lexington were booked according to that website.

A round trip from Cincinnati to the Big Easy is around $1,000.

Fans can always hit the road, making the 12-hour drive.

"We estimate your gas cost would be about $236 for an average size car," Mason says.

By air or ground, the demand is high to get to New Orleans, as Kentucky is taking on its arch rival Louisville--the first time the two have met in the Final Four.

The chartered flight AAA agents told WKYT about has 172 seats. The first chartered flight sold out so fast, AAA officials have arranged a second.

Agents says seats are filling up quickly, and it's best to book as soon as possible.

For more travel information from AAA, call 800-989-8900 or call 859-233-111.

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