My first upcoming trip will be in the beginning of June.I will be spending a week in fascinating NYC at the Fordham University for my MBA studies.
It’s always a joy to go to NYC. If I remember well this will be my 8th trip to the big apple, there’s always something new and always a lot going on.
Off course NYC can be an expensive city for lodging but there are a few tips that can save you quite some money on your lodging. I’m paying 96USD/night for the Fairfield Inn NY Long Island (just outside Manhattan but fast access to Manhattan with the subway)
NY is pretty big so you can’t pick a hotel close to all attractions. I will probably loose 20 minutes in the morning and the evening with this hotel but I don’t mind as I have seen all major attractions already. I found discounts for hotels in Manhattan as well but I opted for the cheapest of them all.
Here’s how I got to this rate:
Most Hotel Programs have a “Best Rate” guarantee. Small print of the various programs will probably be slightly different for each of them so if you’re planning on using this tip I would advise to quickly scan through the T&C to make sure you’re doing it right.
Here’s the direct link for Marriott’s program: Marriott Look No Further Best Rate GuaranteeWhat’s important:
– You need to have a reservation for the hotel arranged using any Marriott channel
– Your claim needs to be filed within 24 hours of your original reservation with Marriott- It must not be a prepaid rate or a rate with a voucher
What’s the best part: If you file such a claim and it get’s approved Marriott will offer an additional 25% discount!
Off course it all starts by finding a cheaper rate for your hotel. There’s no magic approach to achieve this. Following tips will however help you.
1) There’s a friendly community of fellow travellers out there that can help you. People share their success of finding a LNF rate and maybe you find hotels that would match your needs by scrolling/searching this forum.
2) Google Hotel Finder comes to help as well. Type in your destination and dates and Google will add a note to the hotels that are cheaper than usual. This is a good indication for a claim.
I hope this post will help you in relieving the budget for your accommodation needs. Although I referred to the Marriott program other chains have similar programs, their website will inform you about the details.
I will be back with more information later.