In September 2015 when I returned from my trip to South Africa, my friend Louisa told me about a killer deal from Jetblue airlines. They were opening a new route from Palm Springs to New York, non- stop, and it was a red eye flight (that means it was overnight). The introductory price was $99. one way. Oh hell yes!!
She booked the flights and I kept an eye out for the hotel deals.
I set up alerts through tripadvisor.com and booking.com for hotels close to Times Square. In late November I received an email that a hotel is available at a discounted price. Louisa suggested we get one room with 2 full beds, since we were doing this trip on a budget. The room came out to $601.95 for 4 people (2 adults and 2 teenagers) for 2 nights. Departure was set for Monday March 28th and arriving at 7:05 am on the 29th.
We surprised our kids on Christmas day with the news of the trip.
Fast forward to March 28th. We arrived at Palm Springs airport around 9:30 pm and checked in. I have to add that Palm Springs airport is very small and easy to get checked in. No crazy security lines like LAX. after being at the airport for an hour, we learned that our flight was canceled. what a bummer! but Jetblue was very accommodating and re-scheduled our flights.
We flew out of Long Beach airport the next day and arrived in New York at 11pm the night of March 29th.
We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Times Square on 5th and hotel staff was very friendly and accommodating since we had to add an extra night to our itinerary.
We were so hungry when we arrived at the hotel we ordered pizza from Ray's pizza.. It was amazing!
The area we stayed in was so clean and safe. There was a grocery store on the corner from the hotel and a Starbucks right across the street . ! think I will stay at this hotel every time I visit New York, because it was so centrally located.
The next day we had to be at Battery Park by 12pm to take the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty. We took the subway there. The trip lasted until around 4:30pm. We walked around New York every day and explored the stores and attractions.
My favorite part about the trip was being on the viewing deck of the Empire State building.