Trip Hack Guide: New York

Trip Hack Guide: New York

It’s the trendsetting capital of the world…and with that comes a price. Check out some of these insider hacks & tips to get the most out of the big apple.


AirFare Hacks:

Cheapest time to go:  April to Mid May.

Most Expensive:  July and December.

When to fly: Fly out on a Saturday, return on a Wednesday.

Best time to buy: On a Friday 4-6 weeks in advance.

Airfare tip: Try flying into these other three airports: LGA, EWR, HPN.

Cheapest Airfare always found using:  Skyscanner

Best Airlines: TAM Brazilian Airlines, Air Canada, and Delta Air Lines have the lowest fares.

Am I getting a good deal? Good deals for this route are priced below $195.



Accommodation Hacks:

Hostel Prices: Dorm for $24-40 USD/person (Hostel World).

Hotwire:  If you aren’t too picky with the brand of the hotel and are willing to forfeit  the name of the hotel for up to 50% off. You can access the deals here.

Air B & B: The selection of beautiful lofts, apartments and other unique accommodations in New York can be found on Air B & B. Here are the best AirBnB rentals for under $150/night in Manhattan. 

Expedia: New York is a massive tourist destination, so there are often packages on Expedia for 20-30% when booking your air together.

Jetsetter: Often has flash sales of only 4-5 star hotels like the Trump or Four Seasons for 20-40% off. You can access the New York deals here.



Money Saving Tips:

Free Tours:

  • Grand Central Terminal offers a free tour every Wednesday
  • Trinity Church offers free daily tours (when there are out of service)
  • Brooklyn Brewery offers free tours on Saturday

Discount Tickets: The TKTS stand in Times Square offers 40-50% off select shows. If you arrive to the counter the same day (you might have to wait up to an hour). You can access the TKTS here.

Free Museum Tickets:

  • The Whitney Museum of American Art is free on Friday
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim has “suggested” donations after 5 on Fridays
  • Museum of American Folk Art is free, the Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design is free on Tuesday evenings free
  • Steuben Galler is free, the MET is free (suggested donation is $20 USD)
  • Museum of Modern Art is free after 4 pm on Friday

*Check out Groupon New York  for entertainment, attraction and food deals between 50-90% off 



Airport Transportation:

JFK Air Train: A people mover system that runs 24/7, connecting all airport terminals with nearby rail and metro stations for $5 plus $1 for MetroCard . Find out more information here.

Taxi:  The most flexible route into the city from JFK is a taxi, although the wait for one can be long when many flights arrive simultaneously. Fare runs a flat $52.50 to anywhere in Manhattan, not including tolls (up to $5.50) or tips.

SuperShuttle:  Shared van service to or from most of Manhattan for $17-20 one way. 10% discount for online booking. More information can be found here.  




If you’re not staying in a centrally located area Like Manhattan it is highly advisable to not rent a car while in the area. Valet prices can run up to $50-60/night for certain hotels.

Taxis: Most cabs around the city will cost around $15 USD.

Public Transportation: It’s possible to pay bus fares using exact change (coins only), you must have a MetroCard to enter the subway system. Cards can be bought online, at station booths, at vending machines in subway stations. You can also buy a 7-day transit pass for $30 USD. 


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