Traveling to New York City is a lot of fun, but it can be quite expensive depending on where you stay. Throughout many years of traveling to The Big Apple, I’ve learned a few ways to save money on accommodations during each visit. Learn more about the best budget travel advice for NYC.
Stay at an Airbnb
A great way to save money when visiting New York City is to stay in an Airbnb. You can choose to stay in a room within someone’s house or rent the entire house or condo to stay in during your trip. An excellent reason for selecting an Airbnb is that you get to have all the comforts of home while you are traveling. There are Airbnbs with kitchens, multiple bedrooms and even parking spaces assigned to the property, so you always have a place to park while visiting NYC.
Book a Hotel for Several Days
I’ve also found that booking a hotel room for numerous days is an easy way to save money when traveling. Hotels often provide you with discounts when you book the same room for an extended period. There are even hotels that offer reward programs for guests who choose to stay with them during each visit. The programs can sometimes provide you with discounts on future visits or even free stays from time to time. Be sure to ask any hotel you plan to stay with if they have a reward program for frequent travelers.
Book Multiple Travel Needs With One Company
Some companies let you book all your travel needs at one time, and they provide you with a discounted rate when paying for everything as a group deal. If you know that you will need to get a flight, book a hotel and rent a car during your travels, don’t try to make each one a separate transaction. Booking all of them together with one company could save you a lot of money.
Book With a Travel Agent
Many people don’t realize that travel agents still exist. Hiring a travel agent to book your trip for you can save money, since that agent may have access to certain discounts that the average consumer might not know about. However, you need to let the agent know when you plan to travel, where you want to go and how many people you plan to bring along with you on the trip. The agent I use typically asks for a few weeks to make all the arrangements so she can get the best deals possible for me.
Another great aspect of using a travel agent is that they can help you find fun excursions to do while you are in the area, all for a great rate. We were able to see New York in an up-close, personal way without having to deal with any tour companies or make reservations on our own.
Since New York City can be so expensive to visit, having the ability to save money on your accommodations lets you experience other things while you are traveling. Be sure to try some of the amazing food and visit the best sites in New York so you can enjoy it to the fullest.