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Sky-high towers, melting pot flavors and contagious creative energy make NYC a can’t-miss destination. Plan an economical trip by taking advantage of discounts and low-cost sightseeing.
Experience the magic of bright lights and pizza slices the size of your face without breaking open your piggy bank.
Peak season in NYC hovers around the winter holidays. Flights and accommodations will likely cost more if you visit NYC in late November through December and New Year’s Eve.
To save money, consider planning a trip in January or February when flights and hotels are at their cheapest.
But if you can’t stand the cold, book in late April through June or September through early November for reasonable rates.
The cheapest flights to NYC are usually found in January and February. However, booking with a budget airline like Frontier or Spirit could save you a chunk of change year-round.
Compare airports — John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia, or Newark Liberty International — to find the cheapest touch-down spots, and consider taking a red-eye to cut fares. Browse our guide to cheap flights to NYC to glean pro tips on passage to Gotham.
Plan ahead to save sightseeing funds. When creating your budget, be sure to:
Hotels near Times Square and on the Upper East Side are the most expensive, so budget travelers should stay off the beaten track. Think Brooklyn, Queens or a residential neighborhood in Manhattan.
NYC also has some decent hostels for solo travelers, and you can find a gem of a short-term rental on Airbnb.
If you’re sold on staying in a hotel, visit during the off-season between January to February or in early autumn to get the best deal.
An impromptu jaunt to the Big Apple is like a shot of caffeine straight to the soul. If you can’t wait another second, shop sites like Expedia.com and Orbitz that offer discounted rates. Scour Airbnb for rooms in the outer boroughs, and plan on indulging in street food rather than white tablecloth dining.
A trip to Gotham doesn’t have to break the bank. The key to getting the best NYC travel deals is to plan ahead on the off-season and favor attractions without fees.
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