When I think of luxury travel in New York, images of Gossip Girl, Eloise at the Plaza, the Waldorf Astoria, and Sex and the City fill my head, along with the debt I would rack up trying to make such images become reality.Â Even a budget trip to New York City can break the bank for some travelers. A luxury trip is simply out of the question. But, you might actually be surprised by how much you can stretch your dollar, if you know where to find the best luxury travel deals.
If the rack rates on New York City hotels are more than you can stomach, check out online auction sites like Luxury Link or sales sites where you can score anywhere from 40-60% off the rack rates, especially if you travel in off season when hotels are scrambling to fill their empty rooms, or if you wait until the last-minute when unfilled rooms go for rock-bottom prices. You can also searchÂ vacation package sites that bundle services to secure better deals to New York – but only if you’re going to take advantage of all the extras included in the package.
One area where it’s easy to save? Flights and transportation. For other areas on the east coast, you have a range of options, including inexpensive bus and train tickets. If you’re coming from farther away, it’s still easy to find a cheap flight to New York. The city offers three airports to choose from, and with so many flights coming in and out of the city, competition keeps the prices relatively low for those coming from other major hubs.
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So don’t write a trip to New York off as unattainable on a small budget. With a bit of savvy sleuthing, you can score some great deals and enjoy a luxury trip to New York for less than you thought.
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