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    Flights – Is there any benefit to booking with travel companies as opposed direct with airlines? With Europe travel its usually cheaper to book direct? I have a 13% discount with virgin and 10% discount with BA (ex military) – any other options to consider EG discounts with United / AA? Flights are around £400 each direct. One-stop flights are around £280 so clearly a case of milking the UK school holidays…..

    Hotels – I have stayed at the Hyatt and Grand Central station which is ideal but blinking expensive for the dates we are looking for. The Marriott in the financial district looks good but not sure about the location. Any recommendations for other hotels to look at? Anything from Premier Inn standards upwards. What districts are good to look at in terms of not being killed and subway access etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilmslow View Post
    Picking the brains of seasoned New York travellors…..

    Flights – Is there any benefit to booking with travel companies as opposed direct with airlines? With Europe travel its usually cheaper to book direct? I have a 13% discount with virgin and 10% discount with BA (ex military) – any other options to consider EG discounts with United / AA? Flights are around £400 each direct. One-stop flights are around £280 so clearly a case of milking the UK school holidays…..

    Hotels – I have stayed at the Hyatt and Grand Central station which is ideal but blinking expensive for the dates we are looking for. The Marriott in the financial district looks good but not sure about the location. Any recommendations for other hotels to look at? Anything from Premier Inn standards upwards. What districts are good to look at in terms of not being killed and subway access etc?

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    As for hotels, it depends where you're going to/what you'll be doing.
    The Marriott Marquis on Times Square is OK, it's nice enough area to go out exploring. Although I find Times Square disappointing.
    My preference is the Four Seasons in Midtown
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    Look at avois points options also

    Business class return would be £1600 ish


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    If you have no airline affiliations then you can get better deals via online travel agents. If you want to earn points and status then you need to book direct.

    If your primary concern is price then, other than when there's a really good sale on, there's little to be gained by booking direct.

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    You need to tell us the dates you're travelling. If it's winter make you have have ABTA (or ATOL, can never remember) protection. We had JFK closed in 2018 and BA took care of everything.

    As for hotels, how long is a piece of string. Brooklyn tends to be a bit cheaper and has good access to Manhatten. Queens and the Bronx are a bit rough. Staten Island is cheaper but far out and a bit cookie cutter. Try Hilton Garden Inn or something like that.

    Financial district is OK too. Again, easy enough to get around.

    It's NYC, it can be as expensive or cheap as you want to make it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WTFH View Post
    For flights, try Search Flights, Hotels & Car Hire | KAYAK and Skyscanner: Compare Cheap Flights, Hotels & Car Hire | Cheap Airline Tickets
    Don't forget to sort out your ESTA, if you don't already have one.
    Official ESTA Application Website, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
    (that's the correct web address, and not one of the businesses that charge you extra just to fill it out)

    As for hotels, it depends where you're going to/what you'll be doing.
    The Marriott Marquis on Times Square is OK, it's nice enough area to go out exploring. Although I find Times Square disappointing.
    My preference is the Four Seasons in Midtown
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mordac View Post
    Is that the one with the rotating bar at the top?
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    BTW, BA have a seat sale on until the end of the month - if you're flexible on your dates, now might be a good time to book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WTFH View Post
    BTW, BA have a seat sale on until the end of the month - if you're flexible on your dates, now might be a good time to book.
    Even if you're not... I've booked my summer getaway on the dates I wanted. I think the BA sale does actually provide value for money. Mind you, I think Virgin have a sale on too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilmslow View Post
    Picking the brains of seasoned New York travellors…..

    Flights – Is there any benefit to booking with travel companies as opposed direct with airlines? With Europe travel its usually cheaper to book direct? I have a 13% discount with virgin and 10% discount with BA (ex military) – any other options to consider EG discounts with United / AA? Flights are around £400 each direct. One-stop flights are around £280 so clearly a case of milking the UK school holidays…..

    Hotels – I have stayed at the Hyatt and Grand Central station which is ideal but blinking expensive for the dates we are looking for. The Marriott in the financial district looks good but not sure about the location. Any recommendations for other hotels to look at? Anything from Premier Inn standards upwards. What districts are good to look at in terms of not being killed and subway access etc?
    We normally stay downtown as we prefer basing ourselves around where we will be eating and drinking on an evening. SoHo is nice, we stayed at the Sheraton 4 points, very reasonable and close to subway.

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