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Posted: January 25, 2016

7 things to remember before booking Super Bowl trip

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers stiff arms Ed Stinson #91 of the Arizona Cardinals in the second half during the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers stiff arms Ed Stinson #91 of the Arizona Cardinals in the second half during the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

By Jason Stoogenke

WSOCTV - Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

With the teams solidified for Super Bowl 50, many football fans are starting to think more seriously about their travel plans to San Francisco.  

In response, many travel agencies have begun offering travel packages for the Feb. 7 game. 

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Experts have said fans can expect to pay $5,000 to $15,000 per person, so make sure you know what's included and what's not included.

The easy part: buying airfare.

The hard part: buying a ticket to the game and booking a hotel room.

According to the Better Business Bureau, excited game-goers shouldn't just pick a travel agency with a good reputation. They suggest looking for one with experience planning for major sports events.

"Super Bowl's pretty much it's own animal," BBB president Tom Bartholomy told WSOC-TV. "I would go to their website first, see what they're about, see what they've done, see what they claim to have done and then, see what their reputation is (on) BBB.org. And you'll be able to see are the claims they're making on their website backed up by what their customer experience has been."

Plus, don't forget to do these seven things when choosing a travel agency:

  1. Ask what hotels they work with. Then, double check that's true with the hotels themselves.
  2. Get the package in writing.
  3. Read the fine print, especially cancellation and refund policies.
  4. See if taxes and tips are included.
  5. Pay by credit card. It gives you more protection.
  6. Ask about ground transportation.
  7. Remember, meals aren't usually included in package deals.

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