Making a trip to New York? Here are a few recent travel-related news stories about the city that may affect your plans.
In addition to the travel chaos created in Europe by the eruption of the unforgettably named Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland last week, things in New York City have also been thrown into a bit of a tailspin. According to NY1, the many travelers stranded here when their flights to Europe were canceled have been packing the city’s hotels (at a 15 percent discount, which expired today) and have spent some money, but not enough to make up for the millions that would have been spent by visitors who haven’t been able to get here. The NY Times reports that some key participants in the Tribeca Film Festival (tickets went on sale today) may be unable to find flights to the U.S. in time for the event.
Big Bucks for Business Travel
The results are in…and they’ll probably come as not much of a surprise to seasoned business travelers. In a recent national survey, New York City tops the list of most expensive destinations in the United States for business travel…for the third year in a row. According to the survey by Business Travel News, getting a hotel room for the night, meals and a car rental in New York cost a whopping $622—compared to $563 in Washington, D.C. (the second most expensive city on the list) and $255.70 in Akron, Ohio (the cheapest). Ouch. Check out our list of best hotels for business travelers, as well as our guide to making the most of your stay in Wall Street and the Financial District.
Schumer Says No to Carry-On Luggage Fees
NY1 reports that New York’s Senator Charles Schumer has been calling the CEOs of America’s airlines to urge them not to follow in the footsteps of Spirit Airlines, which earlier this month announced plans to start charging passengers $45 for bags that require storage in overhead bins. He announced today that he’s received commitments from Delta, American, JetBlue, U.S. Air and United, and will continue pressing Spirit to change their policy, which would take effect in August.