When to Go: Schedules for Future World Cup, Olympic Games

Attention, sports fans: Australia is the first team to arrive in Brazil for the World Cup where matches begin June 12. Not all locals are thrilled with the extravaganza, though; a media report cites allegations of misplaced priorities and broken promises: “Fans arriving at Fortaleza’s airport [on the eastern coast of Brazil] will find a giant tent rather than a new planned terminal.” But also remember – Sochi turned out alright.

When to Buy Tickets

Those who haven’t purchased tickets yet will endure high prices along with possible tents: Round-trip airfare from New York to Sao Paulo in mid-June now costs more than $1500, or $1800+ for non-stops. To find the cheapest airfare for big international events, you must buy more than a month ahead of time, and consider purchasing tickets several months before departure. Which means there’s plenty of time to book for these events.

Upcoming Olympic, World Cup Schedules and Cities

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Note: Most airlines do not allow booking more than a year ahead of time, but it might be helpful to get an idea of current prices, or you may want to visit before all the hoopla.

Upcoming Olympic Cities

Upcoming World Cup Cities

Remember – no matter where or when you’ll travel, the only way to be sure of getting the best deal on airline tickets is to always compare airfare prices.


Updated: February 10, 2016