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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Auburn and Alabama football fans are gearing up to cheer on their teams at the BCS National Championship in Pasadena and the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans and travel experts are issuing several precautions for travelers before they spend thousands on trips.

Many travel companies are offering different packages for both the national championship game between Auburn and Florida State on Jan. 6 and the Sugar Bowl between Alabama and Oklahoma on Jan. 2.

AAA is among the companies offering packages for both games.

For the BCS national championship, the company is offering charter flights from Birmingham and Mobile and transportation to and from the stadium. Clay Ingram, Public Relations & Marketing Manager for AAA Alabama, urges fans to be sure that they are dealing with a reputable company when booking trips and buying tickets.

"Doing things with companies that you're not familiar with is dangerous. A lot of things can go wrong. Book with someone you trust. Make sure all of the pieces are in place before moving forward with anything. Read the fine print and ask a lot of questions," Ingram said.

According to Ingram, parking at the stadium in Pasadena is limited and "tricky getting in and out." That's why AAA has arranged bus travel.

AAA has 10 offices around the state. Those interested in booking a trip can call 1-800-521-8124 or go to one of their locations to book. Information can also be found on their website. You do not have to be a AAA member to book a trip.

Ingram also encourages fans to book early since tickets, packages, hotel rooms and airline seats are selling out.

That was the case at Alabama World Travel on Taylor Road in Montgomery where two of their three travel packages for the national championship had completely sold out Monday afternoon.

"We've never been busier. Our phones have not stopped ringing," said travel advisor Grace Wells.

AWT's remaining available package Monday was a three-night accommodation with round trip air on a private charter flight from Birmingham and included game day celebrations.

"Don't wait till the last minute. Go ahead and plan ahead of time. Pricing isn't going to go down. It's only going to go up as we get closer. Airfare is limited. Work with your travel advisor. We're here to help you. We're here to get you the best price and the best package that would suit you and your family," Wells said.

Wells said the cost of the three-day package to the BCS National Championship is around $4,000. A same-day trip is available where fans would fly in the day of the game and fly back afterwards for $3,200. Packages for the Sugar Bowl are around $900 for one person and $1,200 and up for two people.

More information can be found on Alabama World Travel's website. You can contact their office directly at 334-279-8720 for information about Sugar Bowl packages.

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