Early Check-In: 2012 London Olympics
The countdown is on. With the London 2012 Olympic Games only months away, it’s either now or never to snag a ticket -- and finalize trip preparations. Smart planning is essential, so take a look at our checklist for a last-minute dash to the finish line.
Scoring Tickets/Securing Accommodations
How many London 2012 tickets are left -- and how do you get them? That’s the big question. The go-to source for many seeking tickets and accommodations is CoSport, the only authorized ticket reseller and hospitality package provider for Americans, Canadians and Australians, among others. (Warning: Unauthorized entities may claim to have Olympic tickets for sale, but only CoSport can guarantee they’re legit.)
CoSport’s sale of individual tickets is ongoing, but hurry. From April to May, CoSport will suspend ticket sales in order to assign and process the seat locations for all sold tickets. Then in June, CoSport will conduct sales of any remaining tickets.
Be Aware of Ticket Scams
Watch out for ticket scams. Already, Olympic organizers have identified 103 known email scams -- plus, fake prize draws and lotteries. Get up to speed on fraudulent individuals and companies at the Olympics’ official website.
Tips to avoid online fraud
The Olympics’ official website also offers a website checker to ensure the site you have used is an authorized ticket reseller.
Planning Your London Stay
Get smart about potentially over-inflated pricing. Discover who’s reputable by checking out the following list of companies, including hotels, which have signed a charter pledging to keep prices fair. Still, make sure you budget for hotel prices that are predicted to be double the current rates.
Full list here
London has a range of hotels available during the Olympic Games, including Holiday Inn -- the event’s official hotel provider. Search among a range of London accommodations -- including hotels, hostels and homestays -- at Visit London’s website.
Check out British Airways, the official airline of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Shop around for special deals from other airlines.
Looking to arrive in London by boat? London’s network of rivers, canals and docks offer a unique view of London during the games. Many waterways are close to Olympic Park and other venues.
Ferry connections to London
If you’ve got a ticket to a game event in London, you’ll receive a free 1-day Games Travelcard that’s good for the day of the event. Check out the PDF map below for areas covered by the Games Travelcard.
Discover the rest of London -- and avoid the hassle of paper tickets and long lines. Buy a Visitor Oyster card for use on London’s public transit service. But make sure you plan ahead. Estimated mail delivery to a US address is 7-12 days.
For events beyond London, purchase a National rail ticket. Once you’ve got confirmation that you’ve snagged Olympic tickets, you can book a 2012 Games Train Ticket before the games begin.
National rail info
Get a sneak peak of the 2012 Olympic Games ahead of schedule, courtesy the London Prepares series -- they're a variety of test events in advance of the Olympics. London 2012 test events will continue in April and May, focused on sports such as football, synchronized swimming, hockey, wheelchair tennis, water polo, athletics and Paralympic athletics.
London Prepares series
You don’t have to cross the pond to get an early taste of the Olympics. Olympic trial dates in the United States have been announced for several sports.
Swimming trials will be held in Omaha, NE, June 25 through July 2, 2012.
Gymnastics trials will be held in San Jose, CA, June 28 through July 1, 2012.
Marathon trials will be held in Houston Jan. 14, 2012.
Cycling (Men's BMX) trials will be held in Chula Vista, CA, in June 2012.
Men's BMX trials
Diving trials will be held in Federal Way, WA, June 18-24, 2012.
Wrestling trials will be held in Iowa City, IA, April 21-22, 2012.