(Spanish CNN) — Lionel Messi has announced that his future in football is in UNITED STATES. The Argentinian star leaves behind two seasons at Paris Saint Germain, where, although he was recently crowned champion of the French championship, he never really felt comfortable. The heavy criticism and even boos he received from the fans themselves also didn’t help a better farewell from there.
For this reason, Messi decided to pursue his career at Inter Miami, a team that competes in Major League Soccer (MLS). And, when the news broke, his Argentinian supporters began looking for options for tickets and Miami tour packages to see their idol.
Inter Miami is not living its best moment. He is last in the league and lost the last game he played (1-3 against New England). However, that doesn’t seem to matter to his Argentinian fans, who have a few Expectations are so high for Messi’s arrival that they are already planning to see him on his debut.
So much so that the co-founder of the travel agency Turismocity, Julián Gurfinkiel, revealed that “the search for flights to Miami during the Thursday and Friday of the week of Messi’s announcement increased by 54% compared to on the same days of the previous week”. ”.
In any case, due to the volatility of the dollar in Argentina, the prices for this trip for those departing from there are often unaffordable. And to this is added that, in terms of travel, Miami is in high season because it coincides with the summer, when there is a high tourist demand from the Southern Cone.
How much does it cost to fly from Argentina to see Messi
Although it is speculated that Messi will make his Miami debut at the end of July, neither the player nor the club authorities have yet given details on when his first game will take place in the Inter Miami shirt.
In this sense, the general manager of another Argentine agency, Travel Services, Pablo Aperio, explained that he is waiting for the official dates of his arrival in the MLS team to be published to launch more complete packages.
“In any case, we are already seeing a strong interest in this destination and an increase in requests for flights and packages to this city in all our service channels,” he added. The packages sold by these agencies generally offer the possibility of paying for both plane tickets and hotels in pesos from Argentina, although they take the parallel exchange rate of the dollar as a reference. This is an added advantage, as access to dollars is limited for Argentine citizens.
Although there is nothing firm on the dates, if Messi played for Inter Miami for the first time on July 21, the second week of June, the flights with stopovers for this date are around 500 000 Argentine pesos (1,028 dollars to change). on the parallel market). For example, on the Despegar.com travel portal page, a ticket on these dates to spend five days in the United States today costs 436,526 pesos (US$898); and on the Almundo website, a ticket with the same characteristics costs 446,705 pesos (919 US$). The values expressed correspond to the parallel dollar rate on June 13, which is the one used for this type of transaction.
In any case, it is likely that the closer the start date, the more expensive the ticket will be. In addition, the fact that many users have searched for the flight at the same time can increase the value of the air ticket.
“Flights to Miami with layover normally start from 290,000 pesos ($596), and for Messi’s match dates it is estimated to be double that, almost 600,000 pesos ($1,234 ),” Gurfinkiel said.
How much does accommodation cost to see Messi
When it comes to accommodation, there are different options available to you. Considering the parallel dollar pricing, for a basic five-night stay for two people, prices can vary approximately between US$164 (80,000 pesos) and US$617 (300,000 pesos) per night, depending on location and the services you offer.
For example, according to Despegar.com, a hostel located 10 kilometers from the city center costs 117,584 pesos (241 USD). However, a luxury hotel 4 kilometers from the center has a value of 275,708 pesos (567 USD).
In some agencies, such as Travel Services, they offer a combination of airfare and three-star hotel accommodation at 553,625 pesos (1,139 USD) per person for the suggested date.
How much are tickets for Messi’s debut?
Tickets are generally not included in flight and accommodation packages offered by airlines. And since the possible release of Messi’s possible first game date, prices have skyrocketed. According to the Vividseats ticket sales page, prices range from US$739 for the cheapest to US$14,329 for the most exclusive. In any case, the official tickets are only put on sale a few days before the match, except in the case of the public who are already subscribers and these tickets can be part of the match package that they have already purchased.