Originally Posted by Steve911
Slykens: What website did you go through for Orange/Fiesta bowl packages quoted? You can PM me if you don't want to post here.
American Express Platinum Travel Service is who I spoke to about it.
Sounds fancy, basically its the often overpriced internal travel agency for Platinum card holders. They have an external group they work with for tours. I'll see if I can get the phone number from them and send it to you in the morning.
I spent about 90 minutes on the phone with them to put together a air/hotel/car package that was going to be about $1250 pp for four of us, I built my own on Orbitz for $956 pp, two rooms at each hotel too.
I ended up getting on StubHub tonight and bought four tickets for what worked out to $360 per. When I add in for the beach hotel we're staying at in Miami we're at $535 per person, about the same price for the components of the Amex package, but I'm also spending 3 days in Tampa near my best friend's place, flying down, and getting a rental car for a week for the $956 number.
I learned an expensive and valuable lesson... When Penn State locked up a BCS berth I knew I wasn't going to pay to go to the Rose and that Orange or Fiesta were my choices. If I would have bought tickets then I'd have paid only $675 for four for the Orange Bowl and probably about $750 for the Fiesta. And its not like I wouldn't have been able to sell the ones I didn't need.