Victor Alcantara doesn’t consider himself a Seahawks “Super Fan” despite his penchant for following them around the country.

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Victor Alcantara doesn’t consider himself a Seahawks “Super Fan” despite his penchant for following them around the country.

In fact, he wasn’t feeling super at all by the fourth quarter of last Sunday’s NFC wild-card game in Minneapolis, when he lost feeling in his toes during the Hawks’ comeback win over the Minnesota Vikings in subzero temperatures. But it’s a price Alcantara, 51, a retired former Microsoft employee, willingly endured to achieve what few fans will: Attending all of the team’s road playoff games.

He’ll head to Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday ahead of Sunday’s NFC divisional playoff with the Carolina Panthers. Alcantara says it takes planning to get desired comforts without completely blowing the bank.

“The biggest thing is airfare,’’ says Alcantara, who attended the past two Super Bowls and takes in four road games per season with a rotating group of buddies. “Once you get the airfare locked down, everything else just sort of flows off of that. Then, you can pick and choose according to what you want. But if you don’t jump on the airfare, it starts getting real expensive.’’

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From his Seattle home, Alcantara uses a system for securing needed airline seats even before playoff matchups are decided. A Delta frequent flier, he takes advantage of that airline’s free 24-hour cancellation policy when booking.

He’ll book flights to all possible next-round Seahawks playoff destinations within 24 hours before they’re finalized. The Hawks-Vikings game wasn’t set until the NFL’s regular-season finale Sunday night, so that morning he booked flights to Minneapolis and Washington, D.C., knowing either could be Seattle’s wild-card destination.

Minneapolis has an abundance of hotels, so Alcantara, a Starwood Rewards member, also easily snagged one of their four-star locations for $140 per night cancelable rate.

Once the Vikings defeated Green Bay that night to guarantee they’d host the Seahawks, Alcantara canceled his D.C. flight and kept his $376 ticket to Minneapolis. Flight and hotel booked, he sought game tickets.

He says it’s easiest to buy single seats, toughest to find three tickets — or higher odd numbers — together. If a group of them goes to a game, they’ll strive to keep it two, four or six people.

“I could have done everything real cheap, but I have certain preferences I insist upon,’’ he says.

One is an aisle seat, as he feels claustrophobic otherwise. He also prefers being near the 50-yard-line.

Alcantara frequently buys either at Seattle-based Epic Seats, or NFL Ticket Exchange and found ample deals at both, given the expected cold weather.

That’s also when he bought his divisional round tickets, already knowing the Seahawks-Vikings winner would play the Panthers in Charlotte.

He reasoned he’d get a better price before the Panthers’ opponent was known. Also, if the Seahawks were eliminated in Minnesota, he’d post the tickets back up for resale; figuring he’d absorb only a 20 percent hit at worst.

Those Panthers game seats, for him and a buddy, cost $834 apiece with another $214.76 in service fees for each. Again, he says, he could have gotten cheaper seats, but comforts are a priority.

And comfort proved tough when Alcantara’s playoff odyssey began in Minneapolis.

Preparing for brutal cold, he’d researched TCF Bank Stadium and discovered Vikings coach Mike Zimmer had wanted his team’s bench on the side of the field with more sunshine and a potential 10-degree warmth difference. That’s where Alcantara chose 50-yard-line aisle seats — $224 apiece, including service fees — for him and one of his Seattle buddies, Gregg Harmon, even though proximity to the home bench meant being totally surrounded by Vikings fans.

“I went to the game in Green Bay this year and I have to say, Packers fans are some of the friendliest around,’’ he said. “But the Vikings fans are probably the worst I’ve ever encountered. They’d come right up to you and tap you on the shoulder to tell you what they think of your team. I had to tell them to back away.’’

A plastic bag he’d used for personal items wound up cracking and breaking in the cold. He couldn’t remove gloves for more than a minute or two without his hands going numb.

A desk clerk at his hotel — a Hawks fan — had given them cardboard from shipping boxes to stand on so their feet wouldn’t freeze. Alcantara also had on polar boots from a recent Arctic Circle trip, but by the fourth quarter he could no longer feel all his toes.

“I started getting worried, jumping up and down trying to keep the feeling in them and not paying as much attention to the game,’’ he said. “I got the sense everybody else around me was doing the exact same thing. It’s the only game I can remember where I had no desire to eat or drink anything. All I cared about was getting out of there OK.’’

He’d booked airfare to Charlotte — $529 round-trip, connecting through Detroit — the previous day, knowing he could cancel if the Hawks lost. After their win, back in his warm Minneapolis room, Alcantara booked an Aloft hotel in Charlotte for $302 per night.

It was double the Minneapolis rate, but within a 10-minute walk of the stadium so he’ll save on car rental and parking. Rooms sold out soon after Alcantara booked his.

This Saturday, he’ll book flights to Green Bay and Phoenix for the NFC Championship Game and cancel one or both depending on Sunday’s outcomes. He’s monitoring NFC Championship ticket prices in both locales.

For the Super Bowl, he bought a flight to San Francisco in April to save on the rate. At worst, he says, he can cancel and apply the airfare to a future trip for a small penalty.

He’s waiting to see whether the Seahawks reach the Super Bowl before reserving a four-bedroom Air B&B property. He says the cancellation policy is too strict and the property too pricey to gamble in advance on the Seahawks making it to the big game.

The bigger issue is buying Super Bowl tickets.

Alcantara attended last year’s Super Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., when ticket prices soared instead of dropping as they usually do the week of the game. Fortunately, he bought seats the Wednesday before kickoff for several thousand dollars less than they’d have cost had he waited.

“The question you have to ask is ‘Was last year as outlier, or part of a new trend?’ ’’ he said. “For now, I plan to wait.’’

Alcantara admits it has taken time for his fiancée and friends’ wives to understand why they’d willingly freeze for five hours, or travel thousands of miles while spending thousands of dollars to cheer live instead of watching on television.

“As I get older and my buddies get older, we realize it’s about the experiences you have,’’ he said. “Last Sunday, I was miserable, but when you’re done you realize it was a pretty neat thing to go through. The run the Seahawks have had the past few seasons has been amazing and you don’t know when you’ll get a chance to do something like this again.’’