- Day 1: Getting There
- Day 2: Bryant Park
- Day 3: Head Downtown
- Day 4: Strolling & Culture
- Day 5: Central Park
How to have a free fantastic 5 days in Manhattan… All flights, hotels, attractions and entertainment 100% free (using points) with only food and ground transport not included. We will even point out great value but superb restaurants for an absolute minimum spend.
It is fitting for such a mammoth and diverse city that even it’s nickname the “Big Apple” has many and long explanations to it’s origin. Apparently a colorful 1920s horse-racing columnist named John Fitzgerald heard the term from stable hands in New Orleans who lovingly referred to New York City’s racetracks as “…the dream of every lad that ever threw a leg over a thoroughbred. There’s only one Big Apple. That’s New York.” In the 1930s, the term was adopted by jazz musicians, when Harlem was the site of all the choicest gigs.
It truly is a city where dreams are made and also crushed; a city not exclusive to skyscrapers but when you are there it feels like it owns the right to kiss the sky. I spent Christmas and New Years 18 months ago, and we had an awesome time. Maybe ’twas the season but we felt nothing but a welcoming spirit. New York has grown up and mellowed in her old age. How do we go about visiting her?
A sample flight from Chicago to New York’s La Guardia using British Airways Avios only 7,500 points each way, or from Austin or Dallas 10,000 each way. Paid for these flights could run up to $1,000 or more for a couple. (Sorry for the typo!)
A lucrative credit card offer is the United Mileage Plus for 50,000 bonus and with effectively two airlines in one now after the merger with Continental, what is great is that availability is strong with a major hub in Newark, JFK, and La Guardia also served. On checking for flights from Florida to NY for next month, there were multiple flights every single day available for 12,500 miles. Take your pick!
Remember folks to consider our trusty Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express which if we have 20,000 SPG points they can be transferred to either 25,000 BA Avios or US Airways miles which can also be used on United. Do not transfer them directly to United as the rate is terrible at 2:1 (10k Starpoints = 5k United miles)
So travel junkies we have our free flights booked and we are on our way. Stay tuned for Days one and two in the Big Apple with all activities planned are the princely sum of $0
Citi Prestige® Card
- Annual Fee: $450 fee
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Bank
The increase to 50,000 ThankYou points for the Citi Prestige card may be a signal that Citi wants back in the game, big time. The sign-up bonus has just been increased to 50K points from the previous 30K offer. An added benefit is a $250 annual air travel credit each calendar year -- so, if you sign up in April, you'll receive the credit this year, and again in January of next year -- which more than covers the $450 first year fee. When you add in lounge access for you and up to two of your guests, you’ve added another $400+ in value. One more benefit worth mentioning is the fourth night free for any four-night hotel stay booked through Wagonlit Travel. And lastly is the $100 statement credit when you sign up for Global Entry and pay for it using the Prestige card. Don’t forget the ever-growing number of airline transfer partners that work with the ThankYou points program.
- $250 Air Travel Credit each year
- Complimentary 4th Night for any hotel stay
- Earn 50,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open.
- Points are redeemable for an $800 flight on American Airlines or US Airways®, a $665 flight on any other airline or $500 in gift cards.
- Transfer points to a variety of travel loyalty programs from airlines to hotels.
- Earn 3x points on Air Travel and Hotels
- Earn 2x points on Dining at Restaurants and Entertainment
- 1 ThankYou® Point per $1 spent on other purchases