A few weeks ago now, I explored the fantastic travel package that the Pittsburgh Penguins were offering their fans. It was something like $3,000 PLUS airfare.
At least the Rangers are including the flights as they screw you.
For $3,625, you get the following:
- Roundtrip air from New York, NY (JFK) to Prague, Czech Republic. Departs JFK on Thursday, October 2nd; Returns on Monday, October 6th
- Departing from JFK is a preference, not guaranteed. This flight could depart from Newark, NJ (EWR)
- Three night accommodations at the Hilton Prague Old Town Hotel
- Check in Friday, October 3rd and check out Monday, October 6th
- Reserved upper level tickets to the Rangers vs. Lightning game on Saturday 10/4
- Reserved upper level tickets to the Rangers vs. Lightning game on Sunday 10/5
- Roundtrip deluxe game transfers
- Exclusive access to the Rangers’ morning practice on Saturday with Rangers alumni
- Prague Castle Tour on Sunday morning
- Roundtrip deluxe airport transfers in Prague with porterage
- Daily breakfast at the hotel
- Official Rangers Deluxe Gift Bag
- Premiere Corporate Events staff pre-planning and on-site to assist
- Passport required for international travel
- All taxes and porterage fees included
- Limited number of lower level ticket upgrades available
The Rangers have partnered with Premiere Corporate Events to bring you this once in a lifetime experience.
If nothing else, this at least seems like a better deal because airfare is included
Once again, let’s break this down (remember 1 US Dollar= 17.5 Czech Kuronas).
- Round-trip flight from New York City to Prague on Delta with a stopover: $848 plus fees, taxes, etc. from Priceline.
- Hotel from Friday to Monday: $259.87 per night, or $849.76.
- Reserved upper level tickets to both games: Games are sold out, but people I’m assuming are reputable ticket brokers have them as low as the admittedly steep price of $148 a pop.
- A ride to from the airport: $50?
- A ride to the rink: Call it $60. I figured $15 both ways for both nights if it’s on the high side.
- Castle Tour: If you were going by yourself, it’d be $25.70 for the long tour and an English-speaking tour guide.
- Morning skate with Rangers alum: A morning skate costs $6 where I go. But the inclusion of Jeff Beukeboom and Darren Turcotte makes it “Priceless.”
- Breakfast: Assume $60, just like in Sweden.
- Deluxe gift bag: Assume a $50 value, even though it won’t be that much.
That leaves us with a grand total of $2,097.46.
Total markup: $1,527.54, or 72.8 percent. What a steal.
At least the Rangers also offer a package without airfare that costs $2,525. Even if you use the $848 airfare, you still get out cheaper than the deluxe package.
It’s not Penguins-grade price gauging, which was almost 100 percent PLUS airfare, but it’s close.
Once again, I implore you: stay home.