Well, you're almost too late. Almost. Less than 24 hours after Maryland was named the no. 4 seed in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament and set to play early rounds in the northwest, many - if not most - flights from Baltimore to Spokane have sold out.
Southwest is sold out from BWI and from Dulles. AirTran does not provide service to Spokane, unfortunately. So you're dealing with the legacy carriers, which means higher fares - especially on short notice. But there are a few flights remaining for fans who can cough up about $1,200-$1,500 for a round-trip ticket and who don't mind about 8-11 hours of travel time.
Your best bet to get there quickly: Delta Flight 1207/1707 departing BWI at 7 a.m., connecting in Salt Lake City and arriving around noon. Return flight departs Sunday around 1:30 p.m. and arrives in BWI at 11:30 p.m. It's a whopping $1,435 but avoids regional jet segments and is less than 8 hours of travel time each way.
You could also try US Airways Flight 365 departing BWI at 7 a.m. Friday and arriving in Spokane at 1:30 p.m. for $455. The return trip on Sunday will be tricky, involving a couple stops - pick your poison, all are painful. But if you're a good traveler, you can get this roundtrip for about $1,145.
If you're willing to get creative, you can fly Southwest from Philadelphia for about $728 round trip. You'll need to change planes in Las Vegas and Denver - and you'll need to figure out how you're getting back to Baltimore. But you can always use some of your savings to hire a limo - or pay for parking at the Philly airport, about $11 per day. No car? Take Amtrak and connect to the airport via SEPTA shuttle bus from the 30th Street Station. (Last pickup is around midnight, so you'll need to hustle depending on your terminal.) But where there's a will, there's a way.
If you want to fly like Greivis Vasquez, you better book your flight to Spokane today. Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun